How to Claim Your Business on Google
Why should you claim your business on Google My Business?
As well as being a search engine, a web browser, and a cellphone-maker, Google is the largest review site in the world. It is usually the first place customers will be looking for your business.
It stands to reason that you should claim your business on Google and make sure that any information about your business is correct and up to date.
Once you claim your Google listing, you will be able to get Google reviews and respond to your online reviews.
What does Google My Business do?
Google My Business is an online dashboard designed to streamline the management of business information across multiple Google services. This is used to create and manage your Google business listings.
Google My Business is a central portal created to help streamline your business information across multiple Google services. This information is used to create and manage your Google business listings, your ad words, your reviews and any posts about your business.
(Please note: If you have previously used Google Places for Business, Google+ Pages Dashboard, or Google Local to manage your business information on Google, those accounts will have been automatically upgraded to a Google My Business account.)
We have created a step-by-step guide on how to get your business on Google:
How to Claim Your Business on Google My Business
Step 1. Head to https://www.google.com/business/ and sign in (make sure you sign into your business account) or create a Google business account.
Step 2. After you have logged in, search for your business name or address.
Your search results should appear on a map as well as in a list, from here you should pick the business you are trying to claim.
If your business is not yet listed, click “Add Your Business” or head to https://business.google.com/create. You will then be asked to pick a business type, brand and service area.
Step 3. Now you need to verify that you own your business.
Google won't just give ownership of your business to anyone who claims it, they will need proof of address. They do this by posting a verification code to the address you have provided (so make sure it is correct!) - this takes a week or two.
After receiving and entering your verification code, you will be able to start managing your business on Google.
Now that you are listed on Google My Business, your business will show up in Google search results and on Google maps. This will allow your customers to leave reviews and potential customers will be able to read positive reviews from your happy customers.
As you have access to the Google My Business dashboard, you will be able to respond directly to all of the customer reviews left on your listings.