How to set up Google My Business
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How to set up Google My Business

Google my business setup

How to set up Google My Business

Google my business is a pretty important element of the Google Suite of tools. It basically puts your business on the map and is a great way to get extra exposure for your content. We get asked regularly for tips on how to set the channel up and so, in an effort to bring a bit of value to these blogs, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to creating your Google My Business profile.

How to set up your Account

Step 1: Sign in to Google My Business

Go to www.google.com/business to sign in. You’ll either sign in with a pre-existing Google account, or you’ll need to create a new one – this can be a pain but stick with it as it’ll open up a world of tools for you to use. Make sure you sign up with your business email domain. If you’re already signed in, skip ahead to the next step.

Step 2: Add your business

Enter your business name, it should populate as you type but if it doesn’t, click Add your business to Google. You can then select the appropriate category for your business.

Step 3: Enter your location

If you have a physical office/location customers can visit, select Yes and add your address. You might also get the option to drop a pin on a map to mark your location.

If you don’t have a location for customers to visit but you offer a service or delivery you can select your service area.

Step 4: Fill in your contact information

Enter your business phone number and website address so customers can reach you. If you use a Facebook page rather than a website, you can add that instead.

Step 5: Finish and manage your listing

Check Yes if you would like to receive updates and notifications, this is worth doing – they don’t send a lot of emails. Then click Finish. You’ll then be asked to verify your business.

How to verify your business on Google

Now that you’re Google My Business account is set up, here are some steps to help you get verified; the easiest way to do this is by requesting a postcard through snail mail – that’s right – Google the digital giant wants to send you a postcard in the post!

Step 1: Sign in to Google My Business

Go to www.google.com/business to sign in.

Step 2: Click Verify now

If you have multiple Google My Business accounts, you’ll just need to select the one you’re looking to verify now.

Step 3: Choose a way to verify

They give you a couple of options if your business is eligible – they might ask if you want a phone call or an email – choose your preference, fill in the form and make sure it’s correct then click Submit.

It can take up to 14 days for the postcard to arrive and it will have a code on it. Just sign in to your Google My Business dashboard, select your business and click “Verify Location” to enter the code from the postcard. It can take a couple of weeks to start showing.

So, that’s it – your Google My Business location is set up and you can start posting updates just like you would on any social media network.

Get In Touch

If that all sounds like a bit much hassle, drop us a call and we can do this kind of work for you. If you have a business and are interested in any of our other digital marketing services, please contact us today to see how we can help you. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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