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Table of Contents
Was ist Google My Business? Why is Google My Business important? How do I set up Google My Business and get my business listed on Google? Step 1: Visit the official website Definition of your company name Determine your business address Set your location Categorize your business Specify which contact details should be displayed to your customers Complete and verify your company How to verify your Google My Business listing How to optimize your Google My Business listing Optimization of your information area What should I add to my information area? Advanced tip for tracking Google My Business organic traffic in Google Analytics Brick and Mortar vs. Service Area Business (SAB) Brick and mortar business service area What is a Service Area Business (SAB)? Examples of stationary companies Examples of Service Area Businesses (SABs) Choosing the right Google My Business category The service editor How to optimize the service area Google My Business-Attribute How to add and edit Google My Business attributes How do Google My Business attributes help my business? business descriptions Example of a good company description additional options Google My Business photo guidelines What types of photos can I add to Google My Business? profile picture size Kap Photos Shared image size Logos Google My Business Video Policies Video requirements for Google My Business Review guidelines for Google My Business How can I remove negative reviews from my ad? How can I dispute a fake review on my Google listing? How do I turn off reviews on my Google listing? Can I embed my Google reviews on my website? Do Google Reviews Affect My SEO? Activate your reservation button Google My Business-Messaging To enable messaging for GMB: Can I manage GMB messages from my desktop computer? Google My Business Posts What are the welcome offers in Google My Business? product catalogue Short names and URLs Additional Thoughts Download the official Google My Business application FAQs Videos

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This step-by-step guide will help you understand Google My Business inside and out so you can improve your Google Maps ranking, communicate with customers, control your online presence, and generate more leads.

Was ist Google My Business?

Google My Business (GMB) is afree toolcreated by Google to help business owners manage how they appear in Google search results and on Google Maps. With it, you can claim your free local business listing on Google and add things like contact information, business hours, photos, services, and more.

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Why is Google My Business important?

Because whether you like it or not, your business can, and probably will, appear on Google. Anyone can enter their company name and register it with Google. This will make a Google My Business profile more prominent for your businessgoogle mapsResults. It also helps your business appear onknowledge boardAlso.

LikeGoogle optimized business listIt allows you to provide search engines with useful business information like business hours, your location, driving directions and more to improve your overall online presence.

would you rather be the personManage your entryInstead of a random person?

Business analyzes can also be derived from thisinformation boardif:

  • How customers search for your business
  • What searches do they use to find your business?
  • How they interact with your ad and more.

This information is often easier for small business owners to understand than Google Analytics data.

A profile/listing is the #1 tool that helps balance visibility between large and small businesses.

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How do I set up Google My Business and get my business listed on Google?

Note that I recommend setting this up on a desktop or laptop. It will be a lot easier.

If you want to delete an entry: Check out this resource to find out.How to delete your Google My Business listing.

Step 1: Visit the official website

Visit the following page: go to google and type "google my business".

This is the first result you see.

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click nomanage nowTaste.

If you're not already signed in to a Google account, you'll be prompted to sign in.

Make sure you're signed in to the Google Account you want to associate with your Google business listing.

Definition of your company name

If you have not yet created an entry, you will be prompted to enter your company name after logging in.

Go ahead and write it down.

If someone has already Googled you (which is not uncommon), your listing should show up.

If your company is not listed, click the result that has text under the company name that says:

Create a company with that name

Otherwise, if your business appears (like mine below), go ahead and click on it.

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then clicknext.

Determine your business address

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Now you can choose between a classic commercial or a service sector. See the Traditional Business vs. Service Sector section for more information.

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Set your location

The way you define your location depends on whether your business operates in a store or in a service area.

Hide your address

If you already have a listing and want to hide your address from Google, you can do so in your GMB dashboard's About settings.How to hide your Google My Business address from Google MapsHere.

Define your location as a physical store

if you are a...Brick and Mortar ShopYou must define the location of your business on a map. You may need to drag the marker to the exact spot on the map where your business is located. Simply place your marker where you want it to be on the map and click the "Next" button again.

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Define your location as a service area business

If you're a business serving a specific area, you need to tell Google which area you're serving customers in.

monitoring- As of February 2019, it looks like Google still lets you set a radius around your business. I think this is a mistake.

Once you've created your listing, Google will likely let you know that the radius around the business is no longer an option (at least that's what my GMB alerts in Fall 2018 told me).

If Google will make you define your catchment area usingSpecific Territoriesso you might as well do it now.

You can define your service area by city, county, state, zip code, country, etc.

So let's take an example.

Let's say a local electrician services the western Kentucky area.

You could type something like:

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  • Marshall County, Kentucky
  • McCracken County, Kentucky
  • Calloway County, Kentucky
  • County Graves, Kentucky


They can also enter these areas by zip code or even into larger cities within each county if that's what they want to focus their business on.

Advice: If serving an entire county, just enter the county name instead of trying to list all zip codes.

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Categorize your business

This step is also very important, so take your time. Take your time and do it right.

When defining your "Categories" you can define bothprimary and secondary categories.

Getting this step right is crucial if you want to appear on the Google results page when potential customers search for a product or service you offer.

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Specify which contact details should be displayed to your customers

Adding this information to your Google list is optional, but I'd love toMAXIMUMI recommend.

Adding your website has the obvious benefit of directing potential customers to your website where you can more easily convert them into a lead.

If you include your phone number, customers can contact you directly.

Advice:Every time a visitor visits your website, gets directions, calls you, texts you, etc., you get a small boost in your local Google ranking. from a local search.

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monitoring: If you don't have a website, you can select the "I don't need a website" option or the "Get a free website based on your information" option.

If you want more information on how to get a free website if you don't already have one, click View Details during this step.

Make sure that wherever you publish your site on the web (on a Google listing, Yelp, Yellow Pages, local chamber of commerce sites, etc.) you use the exact same URL structure for your site's web.

In other words, if your website is, don't list it as anywhere.

If you don't have www in front of your name, don't put it anywhere like that (and vice versa).

Also make sure to use the same http or https structure before your name in all entries, depending on yours. It is important that your company name, address and website are consistent across all directory listings. A tool like Address is perfect forChecking the consistency of your NAPthrough the web.

Google recommends having a secure website (https) that requires you to have the certificate known as Secure Socket Layer (SSL) installed.

If you don't know what it is or how to do it, ask the website developer or just do itContact us here at Ardent Growth.

After completing this information, press the Next button again.

Complete and verify your company

Don't get too excited. You are not done yet.

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You then have to verify your company, which can take a few days. In the meantime you can optimize your listing.

Google may offer another option to verify your business, but most business owners have to wait for Google to send you a postcard with a verification code.

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How to verify your Google My Business listing

Depending on the type of business listing you want to create (or manage), you may have a few options to verify your business:

  • Check by mail (mail)
  • verify by phone
  • Check by email
  • instant review
  • bulk verification

Once your postcard has arrived, you will need to register, CliqueCheck locationno menu or notCheck nowIf available, enter your 5-digit zip code.

monitoring: Google recommends not editing your business name, address, category, or requesting a new code while waiting for your confirmation postcard.

This can become a nightmare for you (requiring a few calls to Google customer support).

And that's it. You know you've got your list fully set up.

Now it's time to tweak it (if you haven't already) so you can leverage the value it can bring to your business.

How to optimize your Google My Business listing

Search results show businesses related to your location.

Appearing at the top of a Google search is like gold. But you know that, right?

One26% of all clicks go to the first result in the list.(without ads) if there is no featured snippet. else about8.6% of clicks go to featured snippetsand 19.6% goes to the first organic result.

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Regardless of whether you were able to verify your business or not, you can still optimize your Google My Business listing.

Creating your listing is like the foundation and structure of a house, it needs to be in place. Optimizing it is like making sure the roof is tight and the insulation works well. With this in mind, you should ensure that you follow the Google My Business guidelines for how you are represented on Google.

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When someone searches for a service or product that Google thinks could be offered by a local business,Search Engine Results Page (SERP)is changed to include local results.

Be happy. This is where Google searches for local businesses.

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For example, if you search for "plumber," you'll likely see something like this:

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appear in it3 packs(also known aslocal package) is your chance to shine as a local business.

It's a way to beat all those directory services trying to grab a customer's attention.

There are a number of factors that affect your Local Pack ranking and no one knows for sure. We've learned some best practices through direct advice from Google and our own experimentation and testing.

Let us begin.

Optimization of your information area

On the left side of your dashboard you will see an option calledInformation, Clique.

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Add as much information as possible to your information field. The more complete it is, the better!

What should I add to my information area?

  • business hours
  • phone number
  • Website address (if applicable)
  • Citation URL (if applicable)
  • Services you offer
  • business description
  • The date you first opened your business
  • Photos

To edit a section, just click on the pencil icon for that section.

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monitoring: Anyone can edit your ad. Therefore, please provide as much information as possible. This will prevent someone from accidentally adding the wrong information to your listing.

Also, check your business listing regularly to make sure everything is correct.

Advanced tip for tracking Google My Business organic traffic in Google Analytics

One problem with tracking organic traffic in Google Analytics is that you can't easily tell if the traffic is coming from your Map Pack listing or regular organic results.
You can solve this by adding UTM parameters to your website URL in your Google My Business dashboard.

Add the following to the end of your URL:

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Now, when you check your analytics in the future, you can see what traffic is coming from your GMB listing.

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Brick and Mortar vs. Service Area Business (SAB)

Brick and mortar

Leave the “I provide goods and services to my customers” checkbox blank if you have a physical store where your customers do business with you.

business service area

If you are a business in the catchment area, check this box.

You will see another box appear giving you the optionHide your address.

If you don't want your address to be displayed (for example, if you run a private business and use a home address as your business address), select this check box.

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What is a Service Area Business (SAB)?

  • A business that goes to the customer or delivers things to the customer, but does not primarily serve its customers at its place of business (e.g. landscapers, plumbers,roofs).
  • When you serve customers at your business addressmisupply, then you can also register as a service business (e.g. pizzerias, flower shops)

Examples of stationary companies

  • Super Market
  • Gas station
  • Praxis
  • mechanical workshop
  • Restaurants (that do not deliver)
  • iglesias
  • lawyers
  • Accountant

Examples of Service Area Businesses (SABs)

  • general contractor
  • exterminator
  • plumber
  • roofs
  • Electrician

If you don't know which category you belong to, feel free to do sosend me an emailand ask.

Choosing the right Google My Business category

If you're not sure which category is the right one, you can search Google for the nature of your business and see which categories your competition has chosen.

we have one tooSearch listing for Google My Business categoriesif you want to see an up-to-date list of available categories.

If you see a trend in all of them, you can probably assume that this is the right category.

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In the example above we can see that most construction companies in the Murray area have been classified as some type of contractor.

Feel free to be specific if you primarily offer one type of service.

The service editor

In the service area you can add additional content to your entry. They are helpful to users, but they don't help you.Ranking for additional keywordsfrom an SEO point of view.

Google My Business automatically suggests some services, but you can also create custom services.

As of October 2020, the services will not yet appear for desktop searches, but will for some mobile searches.

How to optimize the service area

  • Click Servicesin the left navigation of the GMB dashboard
  • Create a section or add a service to an existing section.
  • add aServicewhat do you offer
  • Add a list price if you like.
  • After adding the information, click Add and voila!

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Google My Business-Attribute

ÖAttribute/HighlightsIn this section you can add articles based on the industry in which your company operates. The attributes appear on your business profile in Google Search and on maps.

This can include things like:

  • led by women
  • veteran led
  • W-lan
  • Disabled access

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How to add and edit Google My Business attributes

The easiest way to add or edit Google My Business attributes is through the business dashboard. From there, look at the information screen and scroll down to the section with a small label

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Click the edit icon

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to choose which attributes apply to the deal and finalize those changes by clicking "Use."

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How do Google My Business attributes help my business?

Adding attributes to a Google My Business listing allows the business to appear in additional, more refined searches. For example, if a person is short on cash and only has one card, they may want to know what payment options are available.

Or maybe you have a small B&B and want to let potential searchers know you have WIFI; this is an attribute you can add.

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Restaurants also have several options that can be added (see below). Regardless of the type of business you run, be sure to fill it out completely and encourage people you know to answer questions about your business to highlight the highlights as well.

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business descriptions

That's pretty easy. Make it sound natural and human. Don't try keywords. Google is smarter than that, and let's face it, it looks weird.

Example of a good company description

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additional options

Some types of businesses may include additional items in their listings.

For example, restaurants can add menus, hotels can add the ability for people to make reservations, and so on.

Be sure to check out everything that is available for your industry and feel freesend me a messageif you want me to include details about it in this guide.

Google My Business photo guidelines

  • Format:JPEG oder PNG
  • Size:Between 10KB and 5MB
  • Minimum resolution:720px x 720px
  • Quality:Use high quality images. They should be sharp and well lit, with no major modifications or overuse of filters. In other words, the picture must represent reality.

It is very important to add aProfile pictureto your entry.

Customers who see a good profile picture are more likely to click on your listing than one that doesn't have a picture.

Make sure your photos are SEO optimized by naming them appropriately.

Do not upload images with generic filenames (or filenames like IMG2018_05_21).

Instead, think of a real name like (boxing-up-pizzas-for-hungry-customers.jpg).

What types of photos can I add to Google My Business?

  • Kap Photos
  • Profile pictures
  • Other photos

Other people can also add photos to your listing (so-called user-generated content, which isn't always a good thing, keep that in mindHow to delete user generated photos). I encourage you to do this and treat it similarly to your Facebook page.

Don't upload random photos of your business.

Make sure they're high quality, well-lit, and relevant. Your photos should reflect what your business does.

Also, use photos that work well in both square and landscape orientations, since your images will be formatted as rectangles on phones and squares on desktop. So make sure that the main focus of your photo is near the center.

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profile picture size

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250 x 250 Pixel (mindestens 120 x 120; maximal 5200 x 5300)

Kap Photos

As of June 2019, you can now set your preferred cover photo for your profile. Choose your cover photo carefully as it is the main image that will appear when your business appears in search results.

Get a professional cover photo that will appeal to your ideal customers and, as always, make sure it accurately represents your business.

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A new photo module has also been added to the lists. Company-submitted photos will immediately appear in this module.

cover image size

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1080 x 608 Pixel (mindestens 480 x 270; maximal 2120 x 1192)

Shared image size

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497 x 373 Pixel (Mindestbreite 497; Maximum 2048 x 2048)


Once you've set up your logo, it will also appear in the listing (similar to how your favicon appears next to your website listings in mobile search).

You can set up your logo by going to the GMB dashboard and clickingPhotosin the left navigation menu.

If you don't have a set yet, continue and so on.

You can click the pencil icon next to your logo if you want to change an already defined one.

Google My Business Video Policies

Video content is doing very well online and is growing fast.

Don't just add videos randomly. Make sure your videos aren't shaky and not shot in portrait orientation.

Ask yourself, "If my competitor uploads a video like this, would I make fun of them or envy them?"

Video requirements for Google My Business

The video posted in your listing must:

  • 30 seconds or less
  • 100MB or less
  • Resolution 720p orhigher

Review guidelines for Google My Business

You definitely want your customers to leave reviews online.

You can encourage customers to leave reviews just by asking them, and you can also reply to reviews customers leave you. However, be sure to follow the rules.

Note: Don't forgetGet reviews on other top online platformsAlso.

When customers see you interacting with the people who post on your listing, they're much more likely to say something, too.

  • If a review is positive, thank the customer.
  • If they are negative, be kind and try to make things right if you can.

⚠️ Don't go to war with someone just because they gave you a bad rating online.

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How can I remove negative reviews from my ad?

You cannot remove customer reviews from your list just because they are negative.

However, Google allows you to challenge fake reviews. Please note that just because you dispute it, there is no guarantee that it will be removed.

How can I dispute a fake review on my Google listing?

  • From the Business Dashboard, click Feedback (on the left)
  • Find the review you want to bookmark and click the three dots in the top right corner of the review.
  • Click Report as inappropriate
  • You can track the status of your dispute by clicking on the Support option in the left-hand menu.
  • You can also send inLegal Removal Request FormAlso. But remember, the bar for defamation is set very high.

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How do I turn off reviews on my Google listing?

There is no way to disable your comments on Google. If you don't like the feedback, it's best to respond politely and try to resolve the issue.

Even if it is a fake review; respond as a legitimate complaint while waiting for Google to make a decision after you mark it as an appeal.

While it may seem unfair or scary to put your company's reputation in the hands of consumers, the truth is, it always has been. It's clearer now. Don't live in fear of comments. Instead, treat yourself professionally online when you reply to them, and you'll still look good for the people who matter: your ideal customers.

Can I embed my Google reviews on my website?

Yes, there are different ways to embed your Google reviews on your website.

tools likeEmbed reviewsMake this easy for your webmaster without having to create your own Google API connection.

Do Google Reviews Affect My SEO?

Sim.Google states on its own websitethat "positive, high-quality reviews from your customers improve the visibility of your business and increase the likelihood that a potential customer will visit your location."

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Activate your reservation button

a... haveReserve button on your GMBListing can be a powerful addition to your ability to generate leads.

Businesses in supported regions that have been integrated into one of Google's websitesReservation/reservation partners are supportedYou are authorized to activate this enhanced GMB feature.

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Google My Business-Messaging

Once your business listing has been verified, you can turn on messaging.

Messaging is a powerful tool to use, especially if you're trying to attract a younger audience to your business.

I think we all know that the younger generation spends more time looking at their smartphones than talking to them.

Enabling messaging allows a customer to text youwithout them knowing what your mobile number really is (assuming it's different from the one on your list).

If you don't want to receive text messages from your mobile number, you can download third-party applications or even the official one.Google Voiceapp and let them send text messages to this app.

You'll never notice the difference, and you can usually limit the times an app sends you notifications by adjusting the app's settings on your phone.

Don't underestimate how many leads you could lose if you don't enable this option. It's not uncommon for a person under the age of 35 never to become a leader simply becauseI don't like making phone calls.

To enable messaging for GMB:

  • On the dashboard, clickMessageson the left.
  • Click Activate

Google provides full guidelinesto be followed by business owners using the messaging feature.

Once enabled, mobile users will see the option to send a message.

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Can I manage GMB messages from my desktop computer?

Update for June 2020:Now it is possible to manage your messages from your desktop computer (also on laptops). Google has allowed prospects to send business messages from Google Maps and Google Search as long as they have set up Google My Business.

The downside was that you had to use your GMB app to message people as there was no way to do it from a computer.

This was pretty frustrating for franchise owners and busy businesses who just couldn't keep up with things on their phones.

We're excited to announce that Google has now partnered with multiple customer service solutions so you can communicate with customers on the same platform they're used to.

You will find a list ofPartners available here.

Google My Business Posts

Think of GMB posts, which are similar to Facebook posts.

Google offers another way to provide potential customers with information about your business. Keep things active on Google and stick to an omnichannel marketing approach.

Google My Business posts can contain text, photos, and videos.

come and see usComplete Guide to Google Postsif you want to dig deeper into this area of ​​Google My Business.

What are the welcome offers in Google My Business?

In June 2019, GMB released a new feature calledwelcome offers.

It's no surprise that most online shoppers are looking for a deal (which is why most of them shop online in the first place).

Businesses can now encourage customers to do thisconsequenceswith youwelcome offersfor this

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A small blue tick icon is attached in the top right corner of theconsequencesbutton in your listing.

However, I would not trust most people to realize this until it is more commonly known. So in the meantime, create an attractive offer and promote it on social media and in your GMB posts.

Think carefully here and remember that the initial goal is to attract followers so that you appear in theirsFor hercard guide.

product catalogue

You can also display your product and product categories on your listing.

You can add new categories and products from the Posts section of your Google My Business account or from the dashboard by clicking Products in the left navigation.

This feature works especially well for brick-and-mortar businesses that sell branded retail items that they want to promote.

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Short names and URLs

You can also add a nickname to your profile. This will give you a link to your most prominent GMB listing.

You can use this to promote your listing and provide customers with an easy link to leave a review.

You can define your nickname list by accessing the information panel of the GMB control panel.

You'll see the setup location just below the setup your phone number section.

While no announcements have been made, Google has confirmed that there is an ongoing bug with Google My Business short names that could result in your listing being banned.#seo #googlemybiz #gmb

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Additional Thoughts

Download the official Google My Business application

Download and install the Google My Business app on your phone.

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This allows you to edit your listing, reply to messages, review information, create posts, and more.

If you have any questions about setting up or optimizing your local business listing, please feel free to contact us and ask.


How do I pass Google business verification? ›

Important: To get your verification code, make sure you can directly answer your business phone number or receive texts.
Standard verification methods
  1. Go to your Business Profile. ...
  2. Click Get verified. ...
  3. Answer the call or open the text with the code.
  4. Enter the code into your profile.

How do I answer questions on Google My Business? ›

Search for your business on Google. In the “Questions and Answers” section of your business profile select “See all questions“ Find the question you want to answer. Type or paste your answer and hit the “Post” button.

Where is the question and answer section on Google My Business? ›

Where can I find Google business questions and answers? Search for the business on Google. Click the "See all questions (#)" link in the "Questions & answers" section in the right-hand sidebar to find all questions and answers related to the business.

Why is my Google business not getting verified? ›

You may need to wait a few minutes for your verification to process. Avoid any delays with verification by not making any changes to your business address, name, category, or requesting another code. If you don't receive a postcard after 14 days, contact

Does it cost money to verify your business on Google? ›

Yes, it's free to create your Business Profile on Google. Create your profile at no cost, and you can manage your business from Google Search and Maps to start reaching more customers.

How do I complete Google My Business? ›

Claim your business through Google Maps
  1. On your computer, open Google Maps.
  2. In the search bar, enter the business name.
  3. Click the business name and choose the correct one.
  4. Click Claim this business. Manage now. ...
  5. Select a verification option, and follow the on-screen steps.

How do I get Google to answer a question? ›

Ask the Google app in three easy steps.
  1. Take the appTap the app.
  2. Say Hello Background Say "Ok Google"
  3. And ask awayAnd ask away.

Is Google My Business easy to use? ›

This efficient tool is free and easy to use, so even any business can utilize it to promote their business or service. Creating and verifying your profile can be done in a matter of hours. In fact, there are tools that can get you instantly verified. Once that's done, you're ready to rock page one of Google.

Does Google My Business still exist? ›

Transitioning from the Google My Business app to Google Maps & Search. The Google My Business mobile app is no longer available. You can use the Google Maps mobile app and Google Search to keep your Business Profile up-to-date and reach your customers where they are. Learn how to manage your profile directly on Google.

What is Google Q&A? ›

Google Q&A is a simple tool that allows Google users to ask and answer questions about a business online. It is yet another way to provide customers with useful information, right in the knowledge panel of a Google Business Profile (GBP) listing.

What do I need to avoid doing at all costs when using Google My Business? ›

Q9 - What do I need to avoid doing at all costs when using Google My Business?
  1. Do not encourage fake reviews! Use legitimate ways to get a review on Google My Business.
  2. Don't over-hashtag your Google My Business posts. ...
  3. Pin your business location accurately on Google My Business!
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How do I get my Google listing higher? ›

How to improve your local ranking on Google
  1. Enter complete data. Local results favor the most relevant results for each search. ...
  2. Verify your locations. ...
  3. Keep your hours accurate. ...
  4. Manage & respond to reviews. ...
  5. Add photos. ...
  6. Add in-store products. ...
  7. Relevance. ...
  8. Distance.

What is the best time to post on Google My Business? ›

When Should You Publish Google My Business Posts. If you're wondering when is the best time to post on Google My Business, the answer is early morning. Specifically, between 9:00 and 11:00 am. As for the days, research indicates that posts published on Thursday and Friday tend to perform better.

How do I rank 1 in Google My Business? ›

Here are ten steps to take in order to rank well, drive more traffic and secure more customers via Google Maps.
  1. Claim And Complete A Google Business Profile. ...
  2. Post Linked Content (Including Photos) ...
  3. Optimize Your Web Presence For Local Organic Search. ...
  4. Use Local Business Schema. ...
  5. Embed The Google Map On Your Contact Us Page.
Jun 29, 2022

What happens if Google can't verify it's you? ›

Important: If you can't verify it's you, Google may not allow you to complete the sensitive action for a period of 7 days. This delay is to make sure your account and data stay protected.

How long does it take Google to approve a business account? ›

In some cases, the review may take up to 30 days. If Google is unable to confirm the accuracy of your proposed edit, it may not be accepted. Learn more about the guidelines for representing your business on Google.

How long does it take for Google to approve Google My Business? ›

Verify your local business on Google

The postcard can take up to two weeks to arrive and will feature a 5-digit verification code for you to input on the Google My Business website or through the app. Some businesses may be able to verify their profile over the phone, by email or through the Google Search Console.

Why is Google My Business going away? ›

What you may not have heard is that the Google My Business App is being rolled into two separate apps: Google Search, and Google Maps. Both of these apps access the same business listing information, so you don't have to recreate your listing. And, you can still access your listing through

How do I get a blue check for my business on Google? ›

On the Google My Business app, click "Call me now". An automated message will provide the code, which you should enter into the app, then click the arrow symbol. You have now verified your Business Profile on Google. A limited number of businesses will be able to verify by email.

Does Google call you to verify your business? ›

Google does not make unsolicited sales calls from an automated system. However, we may place automated phone calls to your business for non-sales tasks such as confirming your business details for Google Maps, making reservations, or scheduling appointments on behalf of Google users.

Can I turn off Google reviews for my business? ›

Can you turn off your reviews for your Google Business Profile? In almost all cases, the answer is no. Unfortunately, you will have to deal with the system Google has created.

Does Google have all the answers? ›

Google's strength is that it has all the answers. For the first time in recent memory, however, the tech community is looking at the company's search business and asking questions.

How do you find the answers to a question? ›

To find an accurate, peer-reviewed answer to your question, the best place to look is academic websites. Search the website for articles, lectures, and videos relevant to your question to gather research towards the answer. Some popular academic websites include Academia, JSTOR, and Bartleby.

What is the best question and answer site? ›

  • User-powered question and answer platform. ...
  • Ask a Librarian. Online reference desk service from the Library of Congress. ...
  • Brainly. Post questions to a community of millions of students and teachers. ...
  • Chegg Study. ...
  • Dummies. ...
  • eHow. ...
  • PolitiFact. ...
  • Quora.

How often should you post on Google My Business? ›

More often than your competitors, but not so often that you spam your Google My Business listing with less helpful information. You should aim for a post at least once every seven days. Without fresh posts, your Google My Business information will go stale.

How many times a week should I post to Google My Business? ›

So how often should I post on Google My Business? At a minimum, you should be posting on Google My Business once every 7 days. Many businesses post once per day, and have seen good results and improved rankings. Google tends to look favorably on businesses that use Google products frequently.

What is the difference between Google and Google My Business? ›

In other words, Google+ is just one aspect of Google my Business, which contains a number of other features. While Google+ is its own thing, Google my Business allows you to link your accounts together, furthering the point that Business acts as a dashboard for your business online.

What are the top 3 popular questions asked on Google? ›

Most Asked Questions for “What”
RankQuestionAverage Global Search Volume
1what to watch9,140,000
2what is my ip4,090,000
3what time is it1,830,000
4what song is this1,500,000
6 more rows

Which question Google can't answer? ›

When was the first nuclear reactor opened? One second. Google has no answer for questions about effort, worth, desire, character. We have these answers inside of us.

What are the top 10 questions asked on Google? ›

Here are the top 10 most asked questions on Google in 2022:
  • what to watch – 9,140,000.
  • where's my refund – 7,480,000.
  • how you like that- 6,120,000.
  • what is my IP address – 4,090,000.
  • how many ounces in a cup – 2,740,000.
  • What time is it- 1,830,000.
  • how I met your mother – 1,830,000.
  • how to screenshot on mac – 1,830,000.
Jan 6, 2023

Can you have a Google My Business without a physical address? ›

If your business does not “make in-person contact with customers during its stated hours” through either 1) a physical address, or 2) a service area around your physical location that allows you to “travel to visit customers where they are,” you cannot have a Google Business Profile, according to Google's guidelines.

How much does Google charge to promote your business? ›

So, how much does Google charge for ads? Google Ads pricing varies and is determined by several factors. However, the average Google AdWords cost per click is between $1 and $2 on the Search Network(search results). The average CPC on the Google Display Network(on other websites) is under $1.

How much can I charge for Google My Business? ›

Is My Google Business Listing Free? Yes, completely free. Just like how the Google Maps app is free (this is the platform on which Google My Business listings appear). Anyone can add a place to Google Maps at no cost.

How do I get noticed on Google? ›

How to get your website noticed by Google
  1. Target keywords with your website. ...
  2. Make it easy for Google to crawl your pages. ...
  3. Build more website pages. ...
  4. Add your website to online directories. ...
  5. Get verified by Google. ...
  6. Use compelling titles. ...
  7. Reach out to websites and blogs that have already been noticed by Google.
Nov 17, 2020

Why has my Google listing dropped? ›

Many factors can cause your rankings to drop in Google. Most frequently, we see drops because of changes that were made to the website, but they can also be caused by an algorithm update, technical issues, improvements competitors made, SERP lay-out changes or a Google penalty.

Where do I add keywords to Google My Business? ›

Select a campaign, then an ad group for your new keyword. Tap + Add a keyword. Enter a word or phrase as your keyword, then choose the right keyword match type.

How often should you add photos to Google My Business? ›

Make Photos an Ongoing Priority

At the very least, you should try to add a new photo or two every week. It will require a bit of your time, but it will also signal to Google that your business is active and committed to providing useful content to customers.

Do Google business posts expire? ›

Ben Fisher shared a screenshot of this notification on Twitter that read "did you know that after 6 months your most recent posts won't be highlighted on your Business Profile." So Google tells you "to keep attracting customers, get into the habit of sharing updates, exclusive events, and more."

Do hashtags work on Google My Business? ›

Tip: Hashtags serve no purpose in Google My Business posts. You also want to be careful about the words you use in your post. Certain words can cause your post to get rejected – and some of those words may seem benign to you, but Google may see them as offensive.

How do I get 100% on Google business? ›

Google, that company who determines who-ranks-where on their search engine, offers suggestions on improving your local ranking on Google.
Why a 100% Complete Listing is so Important
  1. Verify your location(s)
  2. Entering complete data.
  3. Keeping your hours accurate.
  4. Add photos.
Jul 26, 2016

How much does it cost to rank #1 on Google? ›

There's no cost to appear in organic search results like Google's, and making changes to improve your website's SEO, can greatly impact your search rankings over time. Learn more about how Google organic search works and find tips for getting started here.

How do I improve SEO on Google My Business? ›

8 Ways to Optimize Your Google My Business Account for SEO
  1. Verify Your Business.
  2. Fill out Your Profile Completely.
  3. Make Sure Your Profile Information Is (and Stays) Accurate.
  4. Ensure NAP Consistency across the Web.
  5. Pick the Most Relevant Categories.
  6. Include Semi-Professional Pictures.
  7. Get More Reviews.
Aug 2, 2022

How do I verify my business on Google without a code? ›

If you have already tried to verify Google My Business with the postcard option, you will see the “I don't have a code” in the verification section. Click it. If you didn't try to verify Google My Business with the postcard option, you would see the “Verify Now” button in the verification section; click it.

How do I verify my Google business without a phone? ›

If you don't have a business phone number, you can verify your Places listing via postcard.
  1. Fill out your Google Places listing. ...
  2. Select the “By Postcard” verification option. ...
  3. Return to your Google Places dashboard once the postcard arrives.

How do I get into Google without verification? ›

Login to Google Account Without Verification Code
  1. Find a Device Where You are Already Logged in. This might not be a possibility for many people. ...
  2. Try Logging in on a Trusted Device. ...
  3. Try Logging in on a Familiar Wi-Fi Network. ...
  4. Get Help from Google.
May 27, 2021

How do I verify my business on Google without video calling? ›

The email verification option is often present alongside the call verification option.
Follow these steps to verify your listing by email:
  1. Sign in to your Google Business Profile.
  2. Choose the location you wish to verify (if multiple locations)
  3. Click the Verify now button.
  4. Select the Email option.
  5. Enter the email address.
Jan 4, 2023

How long does it take for Google to verify your business? ›

The verification process takes about 5 days. If the process is successful, you'll get a notification. Otherwise, the “Verify Now” button will return to the app and you will need to use another method to confirm your company's listing.

How many digits does the verification code consist of in Google My Business? ›

Step 2: Enter your verification code

Go to your Business Profile. Learn how to find your profile. In the “Code” field, enter the 5-digit verification code from your postcard.

What happens if you don t verify your Google account on your phone? ›

When you're setting up a Google Account with a non-Google email, we'll send a verification code to the email address you used to create the account. If you don't verify your address, you won't be able to create a Google Account.

Can you use Google My Business without a Gmail account? ›

Yes, you can get your business listed on Google My Business for free. To sign-up for the service, all you need is a Google account. If you use Gmail for business, Hiver can help convert your inbox into a help desk.

Can you bypass 2-step verification on Google? ›

Bypass Google Account Verification From the Setup

In order to bypass Google 2-step verification during setup, you'll need to do the following: Navigate to Settings > General Settings > Reset. Follow the setup process until you get to Connect to the WiFi Network. Tap the WiFi password textbox.

How do you recover a Google Account if you cannot get the two step verification because you don t have access to that phone no more? ›

If you've lost access to your primary phone, you can verify it's you with:
  1. Another phone signed in to your Google Account.
  2. Another phone number you've added in the 2-Step Verification section of your Google Account.
  3. A backup code you previously saved.

How to bypass Google verification without phone? ›

Use the backup codes associated with your account.
  1. Go to the sign-in page and attempt to log in.
  2. Click Try another way to sign in or tap More options.
  3. Select Enter one of your 8-digit backup codes.
  4. Enter your backup code to log back in.


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