Google Places – Have You Claimed Your Business Listing?

Google Places-What’s That?

google places listing for Naomi Johnson Social Media

my google places listing

I’ve been reading recently about Google Places, having already listed my social media consultancy business.  Just out of interest,  I did a quick Google  search for accountants, solicitors and dentists in my local towns.  I think you’d agree that all of these businesses are likely to be searched for pretty frequently,  as almost everyone is going to need them at some time or other!   Nowadays, local searches are vitally important and help to cut through the “noise” of so many businesses competing for search engine rankings.

I was amazed, although admittedly not completely shocked, to find that for my nearest town (about 10 miles away),  not a single one of these businesses had a Places listing.   The other (larger) local town (16 miles away) had a good number of dentists, accountants and solicitors listed on Google Places.

If your business hasn’t claimed its Google Places listing yet,  did you know that you could be at risk of losing your ranking?  Businesses that have claimed their Place  are listed at the top of the rankings – you may have noticed that red “pin” symbol  (but perhaps didn’t know what it meant)??    Here’s the search page for dentists in Worksop……

google search results

 

Have you claimed your Google Places listing yet? (it’s totally free).  If you need any help with this,  don’t hesitate to get in touch.

I’d also love to hear your comments if you’ve successfully claimed your listing and have found it beneficial in helping your business  get found.


You can contact me on 01777 249075
or by email at info@naomijohnsonsocialmedia.co.uk

Comments

  1. Thanks for the advice – which I have now taken. No instant gratification though, I now have to wait up to 2 weeks for the validation letter to come through the post..!

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