Put your Business on Google Maps for FREE: Just 10 minutes to set up
Attention, all small business owners, now you can put your business on the world map. Google Local Business Center lets you to add a business listing to the Google Maps and when someone is looking for your business via Google Local search, they can find you.
The benefits of putting your business on the world map is enormous. Let me tell you a short story. Once my friend had to send some flowers from Australia to his lover who was residing at a hotel in USA on a Valentine’s day. But, we had a day left to deliver the flowers and we tried many online sites – every one said it would take at least 2 days. We used Google Local search to find a flower shop which was in the same street in the City and placed a direct online order, paid via credit card. BHOOOM. The flowers were delivered within hours. The world is flat, huh?
How does it work?
Start here to add your business. You can place a location mark by zooming in to the Google map or you can enter your address with Street, City and Zipcode details. Provide at least one phone number (must), specify which category your business is in, your business hours, what type of payment do you accept (from customers) and photos if any.
The final step involves Google verifying your business address by phone, SMS or sending a post card (may take 2 weeks). It is wise to choose the verification method by phone – so, your business will be added in 10 minutes.
Which countries are covered by this scheme?
As of now, only for businesses in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, the United States and the UK.
Do you need to pay for a listing?
No. This is different from a sponsored listing such as adwords. Here, you add your business on the Google Map for free. When a user searches for your business type with Google Local, your business listing will appear on the map.
If you want to combine your existing sponsored ad listing with this Google Local listing, you can do it too.
[link via Kate, Google Latlong blog]
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