Google Maps Question (for Offline Marketers?)

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Real quick,

I just wanted to know if there's a specific way to get a business listed on the first page of Google using Google Maps?

And if so how does one do so using specific keywords etc?

Anybody know the process for this?

Thanks in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Yes you need to claim your business listing in the local business area.

    Local Business Center User Guide - Maps Help

    Quentin
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    • Profile picture of the author Vikuna2009+
      Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

      Yes you need to claim your business listing in the local business area.

      Local Business Center User Guide - Maps Help

      Quentin

      Yep, that is the place, lol

      A few pointers:

      1. Phone # should be a local #, not a cell #, 800# or tracking #.

      2. Address should be a physical address, not a P.O. Box

      3. You can only have one listing or risk being deleted

      4. You can not keyword stuff. Where the business name is supposed to go, for ex. Ken Harman Garage inc. you can not put "Best Mechanic, Lexington, KY"

      That's all I can think of for now.

      However, I have a question, lol.

      I've asked several people but do not seem to be able to get a complete answer. If you are a marketing consultant (or whatever title), creating a gmail account for your client from your own computer, with a password that you as a consultant picked, can you then, by telling them the email address and password, give it to them?

      That is, after you have added all their information, and having gotten the phone verification PIN #. That is how you do it if I understand it correctly. After that, they can change the password so that you as a consultant no longer have access (unless they want you to).

      Could someone please verify or correct me if I am wrong? I have studied google maps a lot for a long time and this is the last piece of the puzzle.

      Many thanks in advance
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      • Profile picture of the author DogScout
        Originally Posted by Vikuna2009+ View Post


        However, I have a question, lol.

        I've asked several people but do not seem to be able to get a complete answer. If you are a marketing consultant (or whatever title), creating a gmail account for your client from your own computer, with a password that you as a consultant picked, can you then, by telling them the email address and password, give it to them?

        That is, after you have added all their information, and having gotten the phone verification PIN #. That is how you do it if I understand it correctly. After that, they can change the password so that you as a consultant no longer have access (unless they want you to).

        Could someone please verify or correct me if I am wrong? I have studied google maps a lot for a long time and this is the last piece of the puzzle.

        Many thanks in advance
        Yes, in a word. you can even change anything in the listing. (but recommended to enter the correct info 1st.)
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      • Profile picture of the author Nic Lynn
        Originally Posted by Vikuna2009+ View Post


        However, I have a question, lol.

        I've asked several people but do not seem to be able to get a complete answer. If you are a marketing consultant (or whatever title), creating a gmail account for your client from your own computer, with a password that you as a consultant picked, can you then, by telling them the email address and password, give it to them?
        I have yet to have a client ask for this information. They are perfectly happy letting me manage any changes and control all the "details." The more "details" that I manage directly, the more valubale I am perceived (and, the more valuable I actually am).
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        • Profile picture of the author Vikuna2009+
          Originally Posted by Nic Lynn View Post

          I have yet to have a client ask for this information. They are perfectly happy letting me manage any changes and control all the "details." The more "details" that I manage directly, the more valubale I am perceived (and, the more valuable I actually am).


          Thank you Nic for your reply , makes sense when you think about it. I just get so caught in the details, Eva
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    • Profile picture of the author DaveManTheCaveMan
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      Originally Posted by greff View Post

      Dave,

      DM me.


      greg
      I can't DM yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author VegasGreg
    Use the 'categories' as the keywords you want to target.

    Getting to the front page of the Map (Top 10) depends on how many people are competing and how many 'mentions' (links/reviews) pointing to the business name/number/address (among a few other things).
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Riddle
    With Google local you have to be mindful of what categories in your area have google maps.

    Not all categories have the maps 7 pac.

    Google Local is looking for different guidelines that organic search.

    Companies with complete data in their local dashboard will help drive customers to their places of business that is as important if not more important than being listed first.

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    • Profile picture of the author Vikuna2009+
      Originally Posted by Mark Riddle View Post

      With Google local you have to be mindful of what categories in your area have google maps.

      Not all categories have the maps 7 pac.

      Google Local is looking for different guidelines that organic search.

      Companies with complete data in their local dashboard will help drive customers to their places of business that is as important if not more important than being listed first.

      Mark Riddle



      Hi Mark, how would you know which categories are in the 7 pack, thanks, Eva
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      • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
        To get a business ranked higher on google maps you need to think a little differently.

        It's a different kind of SEO because Google is taking into account different major factors specifically:

        # The TYPE of business.

        # The physical location of the business.


        The surest way of getting a higher listing on google maps is to:

        # Make sure you have the business types you want to be ranked high for listed in the categories.

        # Have the business name and its physical address listed on as many local sites and directories as possible.

        You don't need a backlink (although backlinks won't hurt), just the business name, address and other contact details listed on local sites, related sites and directories.

        Google is looking for information that confirmst the location of a business.

        It seems the more they find on sites that seem to be an accurate indicator of your location the higher they rank your business on Google Maps.

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        Andrew Cavanagh
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    That is exactly how we do it Vikuna.

    Alternatively if they are not web savy we do it all for them and change the password once all has been completed.

    Quentin
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Adams
    Chad Kimball has put together some good info on Google "10 box" marketing
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    • Profile picture of the author npsol
      Originally Posted by Mike Adams View Post

      Chad Kimball has put together some good info on Google "10 box" marketing
      how do I find this info? thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author pyrmontvillage
    The most definitive guide to do with Google Local is from David Mihm.

    Everyone who is anyone in the local space borrows from this guide.

    Its the best and its FREE!!!!

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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Peters Benn
    Actually, I would ignore the David Mihm article - it is full of inaccuracies, guesses and downright wrong stuff. My top piece of advice would be make sure the data in your domain registration matches exactly the info on your website and your listing. Any slight variations will cause you trouble.

    If they are already out of sync, expect a long wait for things to rectify!
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    • Profile picture of the author Money on the Side
      Originally Posted by Steve Peters Benn View Post

      Actually, I would ignore the David Mihm article - it is full of inaccuracies, guesses and downright wrong stuff. My top piece of advice would be make sure the data in your domain registration matches exactly the info on your website and your listing. Any slight variations will cause you trouble.

      If they are already out of sync, expect a long wait for things to rectify!
      I agree...i spent a day going through his stuff. All the experts in his survey tend to contradict each other.

      I am still finding consistencies in relation to "city center" or proximity to a post office (without being a PO box) but my test show it varies by each city.

      So, I think location is still important as are citations.
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      • Profile picture of the author DogScout
        Originally Posted by killercopy View Post

        I agree...i spent a day going through his stuff. All the experts in his survey tend to contradict each other.

        I am still finding consistencies in relation to "city center" or proximity to a post office (without being a PO box) but my test show it varies by each city.

        So, I think location is still important as are citations.
        Location can be a factor....BUT

        using St. in one listing and Street in another
        (and maybe ST. in a 3rd and St on a 4th and ST on a 5th)
        will pretty much ruin all the work you have done.
        Each listing must be EXACTLY the same or you risk a bot as seeing them as different businesses.
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    • Profile picture of the author tomsmart80
      Originally Posted by Steve Peters Benn View Post

      Actually, I would ignore the David Mihm article - it is full of inaccuracies, guesses and downright wrong stuff. My top piece of advice would be make sure the data in your domain registration matches exactly the info on your website and your listing. Any slight variations will cause you trouble.

      If they are already out of sync, expect a long wait for things to rectify!
      Not true!!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author tomsmart80
      Originally Posted by Steve Peters Benn View Post

      Actually, I would ignore the David Mihm article - it is full of inaccuracies, guesses and downright wrong stuff. My top piece of advice would be make sure the data in your domain registration matches exactly the info on your website and your listing. Any slight variations will cause you trouble.

      If they are already out of sync, expect a long wait for things to rectify!
      not correct
      domain name registration is not afactor
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  • Profile picture of the author Vikuna2009+
    Originally Posted by DaveManTheCaveMan View Post

    Real quick,

    I just wanted to know if there's a specific way to get a business listed on the first page of Google using Google Maps?

    And if so how does one do so using specific keywords etc?

    Anybody know the process for this?

    Thanks in advance.


    Go to getlisted.org and you will find links too google, bing, best of the web and yahoo. Just type in any businessname or website and their zipcode and they will search to see if that particular business is listed.

    They also have quite a few articles about local search.



    Thank you guys for answering my questions
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    • Profile picture of the author Vikuna2009+
      Another question,

      if a business owner has already claimed their listing through google but their listing is incomplete, how can you add to it?
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      • Profile picture of the author Vikuna2009+
        Originally Posted by Vikuna2009+ View Post

        Another question,

        if a business owner has already claimed their listing through google but their listing is incomplete, how can you add to it?


        I've been trying to wait patiently for someone kind enough (and knowledgable, lol) to answer this particular question but so far, no response.

        I would really appreciate if someone could come up with an answer. Thanks so much in advance
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        • Profile picture of the author tomsmart80
          sign into gmail with the email used to create the listing then goto google places
          then edit
          simple
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  • Profile picture of the author Pat Ordenes
    If that business owner has claimed it, then they have a Google account set-up.
    You can request access to it from them, so that you can then edit and 'optimize' the listing...

    As far as ranking in the Top 10 for a listing, there are quite a lot of variables... it can get as tricky as SEO for a normal site sometimes!...
    Some of the things to look out for would be:
    the proximity to the center of the city you want to be listed for
    the amount of citations in other directories (make sure there are closely matching your Google listing... i mean WORD for word!)
    Reviews added (don't try and add reviews yourself, Google checks IPs...)
    Images and videos added (i would even optimize these with the city, etc)
    Thats just the tip..!
    Hope that helps,
    PAt
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    • Profile picture of the author Vikuna2009+
      Thank you Pat for clarifying. Now, since a couple of weeks, Google has started to add a ten pack after the reviews. So. lets say you are a restaurant, you will now have ten competitors advertised on your listing.

      It doesn't matter if the owner has claimed their listing or not

      Nearby places you might like

      Thanks again, Eva
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    • Profile picture of the author npsol
      Originally Posted by Pat Ordenes View Post

      If that business owner has claimed it, then they have a Google account set-up.
      You can request access to it from them, so that you can then edit and 'optimize' the listing...
      If they have not yet claimed it - what account do you use to claim and update it for them?
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  • Profile picture of the author -Jericho-
    #1 Setup the Local Business account on Google.
    #2 Make sure that the listing is SEO'd for your keywords.
    #3 Add SEO'd pictures
    #4 Submit the exact same business info to multiple other business directories like superpages, yellowpages, and any local ones you can find.
    #5 Get reviews from customers by sending out a template email walking them through a simple process of adding a review.
    #6 Go look at the competitions profile pages for each listing and do everything they did but more of it.

    That should be plenty to get you in the top 10 if not the top 3.
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    • Profile picture of the author DogScout
      Originally Posted by -Jericho- View Post

      #1 Setup the Local Business account on Google.
      #2 Make sure that the listing is SEO'd for your keywords.
      #3 Add SEO'd pictures
      #4 Submit the exact same business info to multiple other business directories like superpages, yellowpages, and any local ones you can find.
      #5 Get reviews from customers by sending out a template email walking them through a simple process of adding a review.
      #6 Go look at the competitions profile pages for each listing and do everything they did but more of it.

      That should be plenty to get you in the top 10 if not the top 3.
      Better to do step 4 before step 1
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  • Profile picture of the author freudianslip27
    I love working with google maps because I've found that many times businesses already have many citations out there and I just come in, claim the listing and "connect the dots".

    They see me as the "rainmaker" because it is my actions that led to the boost in the listings.
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