How to Claim Your Business on Google
Updated: August 31, 2021
As the pandemic has caused businesses to close, change business hours and delivery methods – having the correct information on Google is now more important than ever. This is why it’s imperative to have your business verified on both Google Maps and Google My Business. Not only does this help users find you easier, but it will also increase your SEO by making sure your business shows up in search results! Check out our easy, step-by-step guide on how to claim your business on Google.
1. Make a Google My Business Account
The first step in verifying your business on Google is to sign up for a Google My Business account. To create your profile:
- Head to google.com/business and click on the “Manage Now” button.
- Next, type your business into the “Find My Business” text box to search.
- If your business is already verified and is owned by someone else, click the “Request Access” button.
- If your business is not yet claimed, you will be directed to start creating your profile by adding your Business Name and Business Category.
When creating your profile, you will be required to add information important to your business such as adding a location to your business. This is one of the most important steps as it’s how your business shows up on Google Maps.
2. Verify Your Business
After you create your profile through Google My Business is to choose how to verify your business. Choose your verification method – either by phone, email, or mail. Official verification can take up to a few days to receive. However, you can continue to update business information and settings in your profile while you wait.
3. Enter Necessary Business Information
Once you go through Google’s request verification process, you will be directed to your Google My Business dashboard. This dashboard is where you will be able to add all of the necessary information for a user to find you on Google.
To edit your business information, click on the “Info” button on the left-hand menu. Be sure to add important aspects such as:
- Business Hours
- Special and Holiday Hours
- Images of Your Business
- Phone Number
4. What’s Next with Google My Business?
Now that your business is officially on the map double-check that your information is correct by looking at the preview of what your business looks like on Google Maps. Then, search your business on Google to triple-check!
Once you’ve finished putting the final touches on your listing, you can start to use Google Posts to ensure your latest blog posts show up in search results. Plus, keep track of your Google Reviews, search activity, and the latest insights on Google searches related to your industry.
Finally, make sure you are consistently checking in on your Google listing and updating your post feed so users can see the newest results when they find you in their search results!