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First Small Business Tip - Claim Your Google Maps Listing

Posted on September 23, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Welcome to Church Family Biz’s blog on Small Business Tips! I try to post useful small business tips frequently. I know you are busy, and I know you want practical tips that you can apply to your small business. I am Certified Business Advisor and see hundreds of clients in my Newberry Area SBDC office either one on one or in my workshops every year. I have to say, no two small businesses are alike and what works for you may not work for someone else. Please feel free to share what works for you – the more we help each other, the more we all benefit and grow.\


OK – my very first tip:


CLAIM YOUR FREE GOOGLE MAPS LISTING!

 

  1. Go to GYBO.com
  2. Enter your business name and city
  3. If you show up claim or edit your listing
  4. If you don’t show up, create your listing
  5. Add pictures and info about your business (copy and paste from your website)
  6. Be sure to request post card verification and VERIFY when your pin comes in a week later so your listing is live!
  7. Post on your Google + Business page and link to your website
  8. Ask for Google Reviews
  9. Respond to Reviews

 

This will really help your SEO – post about specials and topics of interests or links to updated blogs. Try to be interactive and post pictures as well. 


I work with Google through the Small Business Develop Center (SBDC) and directly train with them so I learn straight from the experts. (By the way, the SBDC is a non-profit organization that helps small businesses free of charge – another free resource you may not know about). Google gets 93% off all searches (Bing and Yahoo get 3% each and all the others only get 1%). What does this tell us? It is a Google world, and you need to play by their internet marketing rules. If you are in South Carolina, then you may have an opportunity to attend one of my upcoming free Google workshops, “Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map”. I have several coming up this fall, and you can email me for more information at Nancy@ChurchFamilyBiz.com. You really don’t need to attend a workshop to get your business listed on Google Maps; just follow the easy online instructions above. But if you do attend a workshop, you will get a great free t-shirt and bag and it is a great opportunity to network.

 

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