<<Previous Next>> (Click to Download Infographic) Scroll Down To See The Blog Video Having your business show up on Google is obviously of the utmost importance. Claiming your business on Google means putting it on the map, which can have a significant impact on the traffic you receive! 1. This requires little effort, as you just
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Having your business show up on Google is obviously of the utmost importance. Claiming your business on Google means putting it on the map, which can have a significant impact on the traffic you receive!
1. This requires little effort, as you just have to go to Google.com/business and follow the step-by-step process. You can look up your business through the search box. Select your business name when it pops up. If you don’t find it, it means that it isn’t listed, and you will have to add your business at this point.
2. When you enter your business information, go over it carefully to be sure that there are no typos. It can really hurt your business if your listing includes a misspelled business name or incorrect address or phone number. While it may seem that this information is so familiar to you that there’s no way you could make a mistake, these are exactly the kinds of typos that our brains self-correct, making us think that we’ve read what should be there, instead of what actually is in front of us.
3. The final step is the verification process. This is when you are sent a code, which you will have to enter in order to verify that you are the current owner of the business.
Even though this process is short and straightforward, one issue that can occasionally occur is that when you search for your business, you find that it has been claimed by another owner. If this were to happen, here’s how you can straighten it out.
1. First off, be sure that you haven’t already claimed the business using a different email address. I know this sounds ridiculous, but our memories are fallible. Google receives messages from people all the time who believe that someone else has claimed their business, only to discover that they did it themselves and didn’t remember doing it! Once you’ve checked with all of your email addresses, you can move on. Or, just glance at the listing. The phone number listed should tell you right away whether you’re the one who claimed it.
2. If someone else has claimed your listing, click ‘report a problem.’ You’ll have the option of including a message to the person currently claiming the business. You should tell them who you are, that you are the business owner, and that you need to have them relinquish ownership to you.
3. Allow seven days for a response. If a full week passes without your message being acknowledged, contact support at Google by replying to the confirmation message you will have received. They will be able to assist you in straightening the matter out quickly and efficiently.
That’s all there is to claiming your listing on Google! Remember, this search engine is so woven into the fabric of our lives, most people don’t even realize there are other search engines, and we use ‘Google’ interchangeably with ‘look it up!’ Why? Because everything is on Google! If your business isn’t there, do you even exist? Perhaps in theory, but not in most people’s reality.
Author: Denise Keniston
Denise Keniston is an entrepreneur and former network news anchor. After leaving the TV news business, she founded Keniston and Company which grew to $7M annually. Today, she manages Web4Retail and several other businesses including Blue Tidal Wave and Decorate Small Spaces. She frequently writes and speaks about marketing, social media, and entrepreneurship.