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Improve Your Local Business Profile With Google My Business

Tuesday, February 16th 2016 2:35pm

Claiming and optimising your Google My Business Page is a great way of getting your business in front of potential customers and improving your online profile for local keyword terms. If you have a local business or service it really is essential you use this Page as an easy way to get high Google rankings.

Google now have what is known as a 3 pack of Google Business Listings which they usually show for local keyword terms, for instance `Accountants Belfast` or `Plumbers Dungannon`, at the top of their search page. For your business to be in with a chance of being in this 3 pack, which is obviously highly desirable for any business, you need to Claim and verify your own Google My Business Page and ensure it is optimised and 100% complete.

When you find your Page initially you should see a statement on the Page which says Claim Your Business and when you ask to claim it from Google they will send you a postcard a few days later with a code on it. You then need to place this code in your listing to ensure it is then verified and under your control.

Search Engine Optimisation

The listing then needs to be optimised for the search engines which entails filling in all the relevant sections on the Page. This includes ensuring you have the correct business name, address and telephone numbers on the page, having a link back to your website, putting in categories that your business fits into, filling in your opening hours and writing a short description about your business trying to use as many keyword terms as possible.

You also want to add photos related to your business, including a profile photo, a logo picture and a cover photo. The more photos you can add the better and if you `Geo-Tag` the photos this can be of great benefit to improving your ranking (for information on how to geo-tag your photos please contact our offices).

You may have also noticed that many Google Business Listings have reviews on them from customers, and it is really useful if you have some positive reviews of your business as this both gives people confidence in your business and means that Google is more likely to rank your listing higher. There are quite easy ways to get your customers to write reviews for you (and by the way always ensure the reviews are genuine and are customers of yours) which we can share with you if you want us to help you with your Google My Business optimisation.

We hope this post has been useful to you and you use this to claim and optimise your own listing. If you wish us to do the work for you please contact our offices for a quote, our prices are extremely reasonable.

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