How to Claim Your Business on Google
If your business appears in a Google Maps search, this means it is already listed. To gain control over your listing, however, you need to claim it. Here’s how to do that:
1. Click the name of your business on the map, or click the link provided in the email from Google, and a side panel on the map should appear that looks something like this:
2. (Note that Google changes the appearance and layout of their pages pretty regularly, so you may have to hunt around a bit, but “Claim this business” is the magic phrase you’re looking for.)
3. Clicking on “Claim this business” will open a series of pages walking you through the steps of identifying and claiming the business as your own. You’ll have the chance to correct the name, address, and contact information for the listing, enter a URL for your company website, tell Google what kind of business it is, and confirm your ownership.
4. If you are the one who created the listing, then confirming your ownership is as simple as clicking “Claim this business” – assuming you’re still logged in to your Google account, Google will recognize you as the creator and immediately validate you, giving you complete control over the business listing. Congratulations!
5. If the listing was created by someone else, or (more likely) was added to Google’s database from a third-party tool like a business directory or a phone book, then you will have to prove to Google that you are the owner of the business. Fortunately, this is a very simple process. Depending on the information that Google already has on file concerning the business, you will be able to choose from at least one method of confirming that this is your business – but relax, none of the methods are onerous.
How to Get Verified by Google
If you need to confirm that you are the owner of your business, Google will send you a PIN verification code, which you can then enter online. The PIN code can be sent out via:
- Postcard to the physical address of the business
- Phone call or text to the phone number associated with the business
- Email to the email address listed for the business
- Instant verification process if the business listing has already been validated in Google Search Console.
Regardless of which option you choose, once you have the PIN you can verify your ownership and manage your Google My Business listing.
Google My Business on Mobile
Are you more of a mobile warrior than a desktop dynamo? Not to worry, Google still has you covered. The “Google My Business” app (available for Android and iPhone via the Google store) will let you create new business listings, verify your existing listing, and manage your My Business account all from your smartphone or tablet. Get Started! What are you waiting for? Your business isn’t going to list itself. It’s time to get started and get your business the attention it deserves!
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