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What is Google Places? How to Register with Google Places

What is Google Places? How to Register with Google Places

What is Google Places?

Google Places gives your business a physical location and phone number on the web. Think of it as a modern day local phone book listing. This information goes into searches based on location and proximity for the searcher using Google. It’s a simple way for businesses to let Google know about them and list where they are located, what the business does or offers and their contact information. Google Places is a great way for local businesses to show up on local Google searches and it’s a must for online search engine optimization and online search awareness.

Surprisingly, many small businesses are not registered with Google Places. They do not understand the potential marketing impact that Google Places has to offer. The more information that you can provide Google Places about your business, the greater your chances are of coming up higher in localized Google searches. In a search, Google often lists local results and if the person doing the searching is located in your area listed in Google Places, your listing may appear in the search. The best part of Google Places is that it is a FREE service, so why not use it to promote your business and jump ahead of your competition?

Google Places will show your business in local searches, plus you don’t have to list an exact location if you work from home or don’t have customer access, like a store front. Google Places will let you display detailed information about your business such as the name of your company, the location (if you choose), your telephone number, your email address and web address. In addition, you may also include a 200-character description of your products and services (which should include your rich keywords), up to five categories that describe your business products or services, a radius distance served, a list of areas served, hours and days of operations and your business payment options. You can also load up to ten photos for viewers to see and include up to five videos from your YouTube account. The more information fields that you fill in, the more online presence your business will have ... so try not to leave any fields blank!

How to register with Google Places

Registering with Google places is free and simple to do. Once you fill out a Google Places online form, your application will have to go through a verification process. This process can take two to three weeks and it works like this: After you register you business, Google Places will send a postcard to the business address with a code number to confirm the address. You will then log in to your Google Places account and submit the code. This will validate your business address.

It is a good idea to log into your Google Places account occasionally to review and update the information about your services, add a photo or video and make sure that your information is up-to-date. Now that you have an idea of what is needed to set up your very own Google Places for your business, just follow this link to get started:
http://www.google.com/placesforbusiness/

Links to help you get the most out of Google Places

Google Places has great information online to help you get the most out of Google Places. Here are links that will help you create a Google Places listing that gets found:

Creating a great listing on Google Places:
http://support.google.com/places/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=142902&topic=1660711&parent=1656746&rd=2

Tips to help users find your business on Google Places:
http://support.google.com/places/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=148047&rd=1

Google Places Quality Guidelines:
http://support.google.com/places/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=107528&rd=1

Google Places is great way for local businesses to show up on local Google searches, and it’s a must for online search engine optimization and online search awareness.

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