With so many people using Google Maps to find locations -- and directions for getting to them -- why not let them find their way to your local business? Having your company or store show up on Google Maps, as well as several of Google's other services, can be a huge boost to your market visibility, considering how popular and widespread Google is nowadays.
In order to have your business appear on Google Maps, you will need to register it with another service run by Google, which is called "Google My Business".
NOTE: For this to work, you must either create a Google Account, or log into an existing one. If you have an account on Gmail, it's the same thing as a Google Account.
Go to www.google.com/business/ in your web browser and click Get on Google.
You will be prompted to log into your Google Account. Click in the box marked "Email" and enter your account-related email address, and then click the box marked "Password" and type in your account password (it will appear as bullet points to keep it hidden). Then click Sign In.
If you don't have a Google Account, click Create an Account, then follow the instructions and fill in your information as required. The process is almost identical to creating an account with Gmail, so see our How to Create a Gmail Account tutorial if you need help.
You will now be taken to a screen that looks very similar to Google Maps. Click inside the search bar in the top-left corner and type in the name of your business and/or its address. Don't worry if none of Google's suggestions match your business; we're trying to add it, after all!
If you make a mistake and need to start over, click the "X" at the edge of the box. Otherwise, click the search button ().
Chances are that Google won't be able to find your business. This is totally fine, because we're trying to add it to Google Maps. Simply click I've Correctly Entered the Name and Address to continue.
You'll now be asked to enter the details of your business, including:
- its name
- the country it is headquartered in
- the street address at which it's located
- the city it is headquartered in
- the province/state/territory it is headquartered in
- the mailing code for the area in which it's located
- its phone number (optional; click the flag to select a country code)
- what kind of business it is (you must select one of Google's suggestions)
As you enter this information, the map view will change to reflect the details you've entered.
If you run a business that delivers products to customers -- or where you go to customers' homes and perform your services -- as opposed to having them come to your store, click the box labelled "I Deliver Goods and Services to My Customers at Their Location" to check it.
When you're all done entering information, click Continue.
If your business does not already have a page on Google Plus, you will be asked to make one. Click the check box here to say that you manage this business (or have been given permission to do so) and that you accept Google's terms of service. Then click Continue.
You will now have to verify your business with Google via a special code. Click Mail Me My Code to have Google send you a verification code via email within usually one or two weeks.
NOTE: If you entered a phone number for your business, there will also be an option here for you to have Google call you at that number, so you can get your verification code much faster!
Once you get your verification code, type it in at the appropriate spot on the "Dashboard" (main screen) of your business's Google Plus page. That's it! Your business should appear on Google Maps shortly!
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