Claim Your Business On Google

This is the first step in getting listed on Google.

Have You Claimed Your Business?

Surprisingly enough we find that many business owners arn’t aware that they need to claim their business. Here’s what you need to know.

Claiming your business is not only the first step but it’s the most important step in getting listed online.

You need to carve out about 30 minutes for this at a minimum. This will include filling out the basic information for your business.

 

On A Computer

To add or claim your Business Profile, follow these steps:

  1. Open Google My Business.
  2. In the top-right corner, click Sign in.
  3. Sign in to your Google Account, or create one if you don’t already use Google services.
  4. Enter the name of your business, and click Next.
  5. Enter your business location, then click Next.
  6. Choose if you want your business location to appear on Google Maps.
    • If you serve customers at your business address:
      1. Enter your business address, then click Next.
        Note: If you also serve customers outside your business address, you’ll have the option to list your service areas as well.
    • If you don’t serve customers at your business address:
      1. Enter your business address.
      2. At the bottom, click I deliver goods and services to my customers and then Next.
      3. List your service areas, then click Next.
  7. Use the search field to select a business category, then click Next.
  8. Enter a phone number or website URL for your business, then click Next.
    Note: You’ll also have the option to create a free website based on your information.
  9. To complete sign-up and verify your connection to this business, click Finish.
  10. Select a verification option.
    • To verify at another time, click More options and then Later. If you’re not authorized to manage the business, find the person in your organization who’s authorized and continue the process.

Note: If you see a page that says “This listing has already been claimed,” click Request access and follow the directions to claim your business. Learn more about how to request ownership.

 

On A Mobile Device

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the My Business app My Business.
  2. Sign in with the Google Account you’d like to use to manage your business.
    • If this is your first time adding a business to Google, sign in with the Google Account you’d like to use to manage your business and tap Continue.
    • If you’ve added a business before, tap More, then tap the name of your business to reveal a list of all listings in your account. Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose Add a new business.
  3. If you see a dialog letting you know that someone else has verified the business, follow these steps.
  4. Enter your business name and information and agree to the Terms of Service. Tap Continue when you’re ready to create a listing for your business.

 

Use Google Maps to claim your business

To claim your business on Google Maps, follow these steps:

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Maps app Maps.
  2. Search for your business.
  3. Open the business information panel, then scroll down and tap Claim this business

Verifying your business on Google is next up. You verify your business so that customers can find your business in Google search and maps.

Most local businesses will verify by Mail

In order to manage your business information in Search, Maps, and other Google properties you’ll need to have completed the verification process.

One key point in the verification process is making sure that only you the business owner or manager has access to it.

Pro Tip: The Owner or Manager Should Perform The Verification Process

Trust me on this, don’t farm this out to someone else. If they leave the company your business listing and all the hard work could be in jeopardy of going away.

This happened to one of our clients when the person responsible for the Google business listing was let go. They then closed out the listing since they were the only ones with access.

Pro Tip: After creation and verification you can grant access to someone else like an agency

Verify By Mail Process

  1. Sign in to Google My Business
  2. Choose your business then click verify now
  3. On the Postcard screen verify your info is correct and add an optional contact name.
  4. Click Send Postcard
  5. Check the mail for your postcard. You should see it within 14 days.

Pro Tip: Do Not edit your business Name, Address, or Category or request a new code while your waiting

To Enter The Verification Code

  1. Sign in to Google My Business
  2. Open the site you would like to manage if you have more than one.
  3. Click Verify Location from the menu or click the Verify Now button.
  4. In the Code Field, enter the 5 digit code from the postcard.
  5. Click Submit

From A Mobile Device

Follow the steps below to use the mobile app to request a postcard:

  1. Open the Google My Business app.
  2. Tap Send postcard.
  3. Choose the business you’d like to verify, then tap I don’t have a code.
  4. Check the mail for your postcard. It should arrive in 1–2  weeks. Do not edit your business name, address, or category, or request a new code while you’re waiting for a letter. This may delay the verification process.

 

To enter the verification code, follow these steps:

  1. After you get your postcard, open the Google My Business app.
  2. Choose the business you’d like to verify.
  3. Tap Enter code to complete the verification or I don’t have a code if you didn’t get your postcard.

After you enter your verification code, your business information will be eligible to appear live in Search, Maps, and other Google services.

 

Other Ways to verify your business

We find that the following methods aren’t as widely available so we suggest sticking with the postcard.

 

  • Verify by Phone – If your business is eligible to verify by phone you’ll see that option when you click on it otherwise your not.
  • Verify By EMail – Click on the Verify By Email option and see if your able to verify that way. Don’t forget to check your spam folder if you don’t see the email.
  • Instantly Verify – If you have already verified your business website with Google Search Console, you might be able to use the instant verification.
  • Bulk Verification – In most cases electrical contractors don’t have more than the required 10 locations to use this option. If you do then congratulations.

Let’s Work Together

Take the first step in getting your electrical contracting business listed on Google. We’ll be happy to give you a quick overview of your current site and what we think you can improve on.

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