The advantage to having your business on Google maps is that people can easily find you. Most countries have well-established post codes but the relatively new Irish Eircode system has yet to fully catch on. Another advantage is that it should help with your search engine performance. For example, when I search Google.ie for Kells Physiotherapy, the following is what I see, it is the area to the right of the allows the user to click on the map and be shown a larger view of the exact location.
Another example is when somebody navigates to Google Maps directly and searches for Kells Physiotherapy or a similar term, the following will show up:
Adding A Business To Google Maps – Step by Step
1. The first thing to do is to create a Google Business account. To do so, navigate to https://www.google.com/business/
2. Follow the simple step by step guide, filling in the fields that are relevant to your business.
3. Google need to verify that you own this business, so they will request to send you a postcard to the address with a verification code. This is to ensure that somebody cannot register a business at an address which they do not receive mail.
4. About 10 days later, you will receive a postcard. Once it arrives, login to your new Google Business account and select ‘Verify Business’. Enter the code and a few days later, your business will show up on Google maps!
This step by step guide to getting your business on Google Maps is following on from our previous post, Search Engine Optimisation which isn’t a prerequisite but does have some handy tips for improving your performance with search engines.
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