Listing in Google places is essential for local businesses. With the yellow pages literally dead small companies are turning to the internet to promote their company.
Google places allow local business to be featured on Google’s listings above the organic natural search.
For example, if someone searches for “IT company Birmingham” in Google the search will bring up Google places above the natural search results along with a map to show where the companies are.
However, there are only 10 available spots for each page on Google places and with so many businesses competing for the top 10 spaces it can be rather difficult to get in the top 10.
If you are lucky enough to be in a smaller city with less competition then getting in the top 10 of Google places would be much easier. If you are from a larger city with a lot of competition then all is not lost – there are ways to get you in the top 10 places.
Here are some tips to help you get your company listed in the top 10 Google Places search results.
Use your full address and details when registering. Ensure the address is exactly the same as on your website e.g. street and st. are not the same according to Google.
Google requires a local telephone number for each local listing.Give as much detail about your company as possible in the registration and leave nothing out.Use the same email address as the one on your website.Put the keyword in the description but be careful not to keyword stuff.Upload photos and videos of your company.
To get your website to rank higher in the listing you have to keep the content fresh on your website.
Try to change your website once a month. You can add coupons or change special offers to keep your website fresh. If possible add articles or any other industry specific news to your website. By doing this you are keeping your website fresh and active. This will really help in your Google Places rankings.
Ask your current customers to review your company – only ask customers who are positive and likes your company. Direct them to a review site and give them a discount on future purchases in return for their review. Remember to tell them to give the exact name of company and address as the one on your website otherwise Google will not count it as the review for your company.
By getting more reviews and updating the content on your website you can slowly get your website listed in the top 10 of the Google Places listings.
If you have a website, and the website pertains to starting a home business, business opportunities, or promoting your latest affiliate program, I assure you that this information will help you, and best of all, it’s very simple. Now before we get started I know you heard all of the gossip about recipricol linking, the quality of links, how many links, and oh, did I forget content? Well actually, I didn’t. This is all great but this has no bearing on whether or not you get listed in google, this has to do with your page rank or “how high your site lists in the search engines”. Did I say I was going to keep this simple?
Your best bet is to actually create your site presenting your home business, your affiliate program, or your business opportunities. Yes, you can tailor your website for keywords (more on this later) but keep it simple and just write your site as you would want your first visitor to see it.
OK your done. Now What?
Now submit it to google, and yahoo, and any other major search engines you want to be listed in. (In the comment box, Thank them for reviewing your site and taking the time to consider it)
I know your saying WHAT? I didn’t even tailor my site to the search engines yet! Thats okay, I’m going to let you in on a little secret, the search engines aren’t really fussy. We are the fussy ones. We are the ones that want these high, crazy overnight rankings in the search engines. But guess what. The search engines won’t have that. So submit your site to all the major search engines.
Now you are going to start working on your recipricol linking, and yes, your content, because guess what, your site will be listed in the search engines in a week.
I did not say you were going to get a high ranking, or be #1 in the search engines, but guess what, that takes time.
Please Read the rest of my articles to find out what you do next.
I had my plain old home based business site listed in Google and yahoo in under 7 days.
If you don’t believe me, click on my site in my signature, and then search in Google and yahoo and you will be pleasantly surprised.