If you've done a search on Google for a particular service in Toronto, you may have "Local Business Results" at the top of the search results:
Wouldn't it be nice if your business was listed on here to? (for the appropriate search of course)
Not only is getting your business listed on Google's Local Business Center free, but the "Local Business Results" appear above the normal search listing! There is one slight potential drawback: the map centers in the center of a city. Businesses located on the edges of a city may get reduced exposure.
Sound good? Simply follow the steps below to list your business:
Step 1: Go to Google's Local Business Center website and login or create an account as necessary. After you're logged in, click the button labeled “Add New Business”.
Note: if you don't see the “Add new business” button, click the link “Add new listing”. You'll see "Add new listing" rather than "Add new business" if you've already created a Google Local Business Center account in the past with your email address.
Step 2: Enter your business's basic information.
You'll notice once you've added your address the map on the right will zoom to your location. Click next when you're ready to proceed.
Step 3 (Optional): If your listing already exists, you may see the screen listed below. Click “Claim Listing”. This will allow you to change the listing details.
You may now edit your listing information or suspend the listing.
Step 4: Enter detailed information about your business including your businesses category, services or products offered (using either the Categories or Additional Details areas), hours of operation, accepted payment methods, your logo under the Photos section and more. You may also associate a video with your listing if you've uploaded a video about your business to Youtube.
Step 5:After submitting your business information, Google will now ask you to verify your listing. You have three options:
- mail (snail mail)
I find the phone option to be the easiest and most convenient.
Step 6: Using the phone option, Google will call you using an automated message service. You have the option of being called now or in five minutes. Click whatever option suits you. Google will then display a PIN (personal identification number) on screen. You will be asked to enter that PIN on your phone's touchtone pad when Google calls. If you selected “Call Me Now”, you may expect to be called very promptly – usually within 10 seconds. Answer the phone, push 1 and then enter your PIN followed by the pound sign (#).
Step 7: Congratulations! Upon successful completion of the call, your business should be listed on Google Maps within 1 business day.