How Do You Claim Ownership of Your Google My Business Listing?
When thinking about online search, what is the first website that comes to mind? For most people, it would definitely be Google. With over three point five billion searches happening each day, there is no doubt that having a presence on Google makes sense for any business. But claiming your Google My Business listing is an easy way to make sure you are in control of your business’ presence on the site.
According to Google, “Google My Business is a free and easy-to-use tool for businesses and organizations to manage their online presence across Google, including Search and Maps.” This means that as a business owner, you should claim your listing so that potential clients know exactly who they are dealing with.
If you don’t have a listing already, you can create one from scratch, but first make sure you don’t already have one. Follow these steps.
Type your business name in the search field. If you have a listing, it will show up on the right side of the screen on desktop or at the top on mobile. If you don't have a listing yet this process won't work for you. You will need to create a Google My Business listing from scratch.
As part of the listing there will be an option that says "Own this Business?" Click that option and you can begin the process of claiming your business.
Next Google will prompt you to sign in. If you have an account you can use your existing account. If you don't you can create a new one.
After signing in you will have the option to find your business (yes again) or Add Your Business To Google.
If your listing exists, just search for it again. If not, you can add it to google and start making a new listing.
Next you'll be presented with other information about your business to verify if it is correct. If it is correct you can continue, but if something isn't correct you can choose "Verify Later".
Google will then take you to your Google My Business page where you will be able to make changes after you have verified your business.
To verify your business, Google will either make an automated call to the phone number they have for the listing. If you don't have access to that number, you'll need to verify by mail. If you verify by mail, Google will send a postcard to the address they have for the business.
Once you get it you will just need to follow the instructions on the card and your business is verified.
You can then make any changes to the listing you want. You can add photos, change the description, create posts and much more.
You have now claimed your Google My Business listing!
Claiming your business is a pretty straightforward process, however, it can be a bit time consuming. Also, once you have your listing, fine tuning it to perform well in search takes some time.
Adding pictures, enabling messaging, creating posts all help your listing to perform better. We can help with all that including claiming or creating a new Google My Business listing.