Google My Business Listing

Tip: Claim Your Google My Business Listing (It only takes 5 minutes!)

What is a Google My Business Listing?

Have you ever noticed those helpful boxes of information about a company that pop right up when you search for a business on Google? (On the right hand side on desktop, the top listing on mobile). The content you see in the knowledge box is pulled  from a Google My Business listing, information from other online sources, and user-generated content.

Learn more about the different features of Google My Business listings here:

The good news? You can claim your business and make sure that information is accurate.

*Note: some elements of your listing you can control, some you have partial control over, and some are crowdsourced.

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Why should you claim your Google My Business Listing?

  • Your listing gives your business a visible public profile
  • The information you provide can appear all across Google in Search, Maps, and Google+
  • You can provide accurate information about your business including hours, location, and services
  • You respond to customers
  • A good listing can help you in local search results

Are you a home based business? You can still use your Google My Business if you don’t have a storefront - there is an option to list your business without an address.

How do you claim it?

  1. Go to:
  2. Click: “Manage Now”
  3. Complete the information about your company.
  4. Google will mail you a postcard with a verification code.
  5. Once you get the postcard input the provided code to verify your claim.

So what’s next after I claim it?

  • Google will send you a monthly report with some analytics on your listing. These include page views and clicks from your My Business listing to your website.
  • You can visit your profile to add and update information.
  • Set a reminder to review your profile. Remember content is pulled from multiple sources, and isn’t always completely in your control.

*Note: It is helpful to have a Gmail account when setting up your listing so you can access all of your Google products under one login. Note: it is possible to use another email address, but you will have to register it as a Google account.

Want to optimize your listing?

Here are a couple helpful resources to take your listing up a notch:

Are you starting a company? You might enjoy this post: 6 Struggles and Lessons Learned Starting a Small Business


Dana Gevelinger

Dana Gevelinger

Dana Gevelinger is the owner and designer at Gevelinger Design LLC, a company that helps companies build their brand through strategic graphic design.

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