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April 25, 2019

Google Places Benefits and Instructions

WHAT IS GOOGLE PLACES?

Google Places are business listings that appear in Google’s search results with the option to click into a business website or find direction to a business location. There are normally 4 listings displayed with a star rating and review system that are rated by customers, as well as all the necessary business information such as name, contact number and opening hours.

BENEFITS OF GOOGLE PLACES

- Its Free To Sign Up and Join

- Get Found Locally by Interested Clients

- Provides Vital Information About Your Business To Interested Clients

- Increase Search Engine Visibility

- Improve Your Organic Position on Google by getting a Google Places Backlink

- Can submit Listing Whether you Have A Website or Not

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY

1. Go to Google and search Google Places

• Click on the Link https://www.google.com/intl/en_za/business/

• Enter your business details in the necessary fields

• Select the area or radius in which your business operates.

• Enter your operating days and hours.

• Select the different types of payment you receive.

• Upload Images of your Logo and Business.

• Verify Listing by Mail or Contact Number

VERIFY LISTINGS

You have two options to verify your business location.

1. Mail Verification
2. Telephone Verification


Mail Verification

Google will send a postcard to your business location within 3 weeks. This postcard will contain a code which you will have to enter into your Google Places account to verify your listing.


Phone Verification

Google will call your business landline and provide a code you will be required to enter into your Google Places account to verify your listing.

TIP: We recommend using phone verification as it is simpler and quicker. The postcard sometimes gets lost, or arrives too late to your business location and the code may expire.

RATINGS AND REVIEWS

Google Places provides customer ratings and reviews for each business listing presented. Clients may rate a customers business with 5 Star Rating System with the option of leaving a comment.

TIP: Ask your customers to rate and review your business listing. Good reviews increase your Click Through Rate and Conversion Rate. When people find your listing with lots of positive reviews, they will click into it with a good sense of trust.
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