Getting listed in Google Maps and other local listing websites can be a challenge and frustrating task for many business owners. GlobalWebFX.com assists business owners in getting their businesses listed in Local Search Results. In this article I will explain how this process is done, and how the Local Search results work.
I have bad news and good news for you. The bad news is is that Google Places listings are for the most part random results. The good news is is that Google uses it’s awesome algorithms to assist in their placement for local listings.
Many listings on Google Places listings are not complete and contain erroneous data. Many times under certain circumstances these faulty listings will display at the top of Google Maps search results. I do not know the reason why but I am certain that Google will correct this issue in the near future. Now in case you didn’t know, Google is all about providing the best possible search results period. And all you would have to do is create a good website with basic SEO such as meta tag and content optimizationto your site and create a Google Places listing that links back to your website to start showing up in the local search results rotation.
However many markets are already hip to the fact about Google places and have already done this portion of their local SEO campaign. Now if you want to stay in the game and be competitive you will need a well built business website that contains relevant information about your business and locations. You will also need a well written Google Places account that contains accurate and quality information about your business. Then Google may (or may not) take into account the content, inbound links, and information from other websites that is related to your business and/or website and apply that information to your Google Places listing. If the stars are aligned with the moon, sun, and the center of the galaxy then you may begin to show up on the first page of Local Search results.
Tips For Creating A Quality Google Places Listing That Stands Out
- Do not create a listing with a keyword stuffed business name (unless that is your legal business name)
- Write a thorough business description that would be useful to potential customers.
- Get your customers to visit your Google places listing on a regular basis by creating special offers and discounts.
- Create a video and upload it to your Google Places listing. If you have done a commercial, intro, or demo put it on your Profile.
- When replying to negative reviews, don’t go Al Qaeda on them. This is your chance to show how professional you are at handling tough customers.
How Much Does A Google Places Listing Cost?
Believe it or not a Google Places listing is absolutely free! No kidding!
Why Pay Someone To Create My Listing?
You don’t have to pay anyone to create your Google Places listing. There are many telemarketing companies that call business owners and give a false impression that they are with Google and guarantee that they will place you at the top of Google Places for your keywords from $100 to $500 per month. Be very wary of this service as there is nothing that anyone can do to keep your Google Places listing at the top of Google Places listings. In fact the only thing that these companies can do is change or upload photos (limit 10) or videos, and change offers and content. Trust me the time it would take you to do this it would not justify $500 or even $100 a month. This service is a total scam. Even the companies that say we’ll get you to the top for $200 per month and if we don’t you can fire us are just trying to take you for a ride. What that means is is that they will keep charging your credit card until you are hip to the fact that you are not ranked on top of Google Places then cancel your account. After that they close your account and delete your FREE LISTING FROM GOOGLE! Don’t let this happen to you!
Is There Anyone That You Can Trust?
There are a few companies out there that charge a one time fee to create your local listing account. If you don’t have the time or writing skills to do this then you should hire a professional as they would be able to create an effective Google Places listing for you. This service should include the following.
- Access to your local listing account and password
- Professionally written business profile
- Photos of your business
- Current promotions
- Business Hours
- Listing of services and amenities
- Areas served
- Phone, email, and fax information
- Any additional info about your business
Global Web FX Inc. charges a one time fee to create a professional written Google Places profile for you. After we’re done creating your account we will transfer your account info to you and you will then have full control over your Google Places account forever! I promise.
For more information about our Local Listing Service please visit our local listings page.