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Claim your “Place” on Google

Have you claimed your Place on Google? Your Google Places page that is.

If you haven’t, why not? It’s free!

Your Places page is the page that shows up with a map and hours and other information when a Google Maps search is performed on your business. (See the Six Degrees Web Design Google Place Page)

As a business owner you can claim this page and edit the information that appears here including fixing the placement of the little red map marker when it isn’t on your place, but another address a couple of doors down for instance. Claiming your page requires you to sign up for a Gmail address if you don’t already have one.

Information you can post on your Places page includes:

  • your company’s physical address
  • contact information (including phone number, e-mail address and website address)
  • a description of your business
  • your business hours
  • your service area (i.e. delivery, etc)

The e-mail address and website fields are optional. Of course, if you don’t have a website and would like to have one, you can always contact me. 😉 You may also choose up to 5 categories in which to list your business’ Places page based on what type of business you are in. Custom fields are available for additional information as well. Google Maps automatically provides a listing of any transportation available such as which bus route to take to get to you.

You also get a dashboard page showing you how many Impressions (How many times users saw your business listing as a local search result) and Actions (actual clicks to your website, for driving directions, or more information), and how what queries were used to find your page. In my case queries such as web designer, internet marketing, and website designer were use to find my Places page.

Your information may not show up automatically, as Google does require verification of some of it which is done by a phone call to verify your phone number is correct (this takes about 30 seconds of your time) and Google verifying other information before posting which can take a day or two.

Google Tags

An additional feature of Google Places you can take advantage of, which isn’t free, is Google Tags. (Although they do have a 30 free trial from time to time)

What Google Tags is essentially is an online coupon for visitors to your Google Places page. Only people who visit your Places page can take advantage of this coupon. Google even helps you set up your tag for free. With Google Tags you can always cancel if it doesn’t work for you as there is no contract.

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