Verify one or several locations
The internet has changed the way people do business. It’s no longer necessary to have a physical office or storefront in order to engage in commerce and interact with customers. Google My Business is one of many tools that help small businesses compete online. In this article, we’ll give you some tips for verifying your locations on Google my Business so that potential customers can find you when they search for your products and services.
Verify the location of a landmark
Before you can verify your location in Google My Business, you must verify that the address is accurate. For example, while it’s easy to verify a business located on Main Street, verifying the location of a landmark or geographical feature may take a bit more effort if your business name doesn’t clearly indicate its physical address. In addition, some businesses are located in buildings that were constructed before the pre-digital era and thus don’t have street addresses. If this is the case, then you can verify using a nearby street address or postal code.
Setting up your location on Google My Business
Use the following steps to set up your location in Google My Business. Step-by-step instructions are available if you need help.
Step 1: Verify your business’s location If you’ve already verified that your business is located where you want it to be on Google Maps, then skip this step and go to the next step. If not, you’ll need to give us some information about where your business is—and the more specific that information is, the better.
Step 2: Confirm that you own or manage this business You’ll need to confirm that you own or manage this business using Google+. If you don’t already have a Google profile, you can create one for free.
Step 3: Verify your business address To verify your business’s address, follow the on-screen instructions and submit a photo of your building from the ground floor (or wherever the address appears). Include the street address, city, region or province, and postal code where your business is located. Most businesses have a single verified address but if you manage several locations, you can store multiple addresses in your Google My Business account and verify each one separately. It’s also okay to leave Street Address blank if what it says on the building is similar to the nearby street address (for example: “Suite 1” or “Main Entrance”).
Step 4: Include your business’s operating hours Add operating hours if you want people to know when you’re open or closed. This information will appear on the map and in Local Search results, so that people can easily find out when they should stop by. Note that operating hours are not verified by Google—we only verify the address of a location.
Step 5: Verify your business ownership If you don’t have a Google+ profile, you can create one for free. To verify that the business belongs to someone, follow the on-screen instructions and provide an official document with both your signature and fingerprint (such as a driver’s license or passport). Your account will be reviewed by a Google My Business representative before you can add more locations to it.
Step 6: Add a phone number and link your website If you want people to be able to call or visit your business, then you’ll need to provide a phone number and create a Google+ page for your business. When someone searches on Google, they’ll see information about your company, such as your address, operating hours, and a phone number. If you have a website that provides more information about your business (for instance, if it sells products or services), then you can add a link to that site. You can also choose to show the URL in Local Search results.
Step 7: Publish your changes Once you’ve filled in the information, click Save. Your business listing will be reviewed and may be updated within 24 hours. Once it’s approved, you’ll see a notification that your address has been verified on Google My Business or Maps (for example: ” Main Street , Anytown , USA”).
Step 8: Join Pages for your businesses If you own multiple locations, you can link them all to one Google+ Page. To join a page for your business: Sign into your Google My Business account and click its name (for example: “Your Company”). In the left-hand navigation menu, select Pages and create a new page.
Step 9: Add photos You’ll also see some optional boxes related to photos and Google Business photos. If you want to upload business photos, click Add photo to select a picture of your company (for example: a group shot of your team). Then you’ll be asked to provide a description about the picture and choose information that will appear next to it in local search results (such as operating hours or website URLs).
Step 10: Review your changes When you’re done, click Save. Your information is reviewed and may be updated in 24 hours. If there’s a problem with your business listing, you’ll get an email from Google My Business support. Note that it can take up to 30 days for new or recently-changed listings to appear in Google search results.
Verify that a street address is within the correct city or county.
Google My Business is a free and easy way to manage your business online. When you sign up for Google My Business, it’s important that you verify your address so customers know where to find you. If they can’t find you, then what’s the point? With just a few minutes of work, Google will verify your location and add it to their database – making it easier than ever before for potential customers to find out about all of the great things you have going on at your business. And if they don’t show up in search results, nobody will be able to see them!
Here’s how to make sure your business information is up-to-date:
1. Sign in to Google My Business with the same account you use for all of your Google products (like Gmail, Drive and YouTube).
2. Click on the edit button next to your business name at the top of the page.
3. Click on the update information tab.
4. Review the address and make sure it is correct and complete, then click “Update Address”.
5. Check your location to ensure that Google has identified it correctly .
Google will send a postcard to the mailing address they have on file for you asking you to verify that it’s correct. If you don’t want to wait for the postcard, you can verify your location right away by printing out the form from Google and mailing it back (use any address you like since they won’t be able to tell it apart).
After reviewing your new information, click “Submit” at the bottom of the page. Google will confirm that you’ve submitted the information.
Once Google has verified your location, it may take up to a week for their new data to appear in search results.
Check if an address exists in Google Maps
Google my business is a major tool for local businesses. It allows you to create or claim your own Google My Business page and connect it with other social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
It also provides an easy way to publish your opening hours, photos of your store front, contact information etc. All this can be done through the dashboard on www.google.com/business/.
But how do you know if an address exists in Google Maps? There are two ways: one via a web browser and another using the map app on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets running on iOS8+ or Android 5+. To see if an address exists in the web browser version of maps enter any street name followed by “street view” in the search bar. This will show a mini map with available street views and on it you can turn yourself around to see the front of the building or property.
If you want to check if an address exists on a Google map app then open it and enter the same address as above. The result will appear in your search engine immediately. If there is no match found you will see the message “no results found”.
You can also open up Google My Business and go to ‘Updates’ in the left-hand column. Make sure you are signed in with your personal Google account and then click on ‘Edit details’.
In the new window that opens up, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Suggest an edit’. This will take you to a new window where you can enter updates and choose whether or not you would like them to be shown on your business listing.
In the field titled ‘Address’ you can enter any address and Google will show it on the map of that location in a split second. If there is no match, then you will see a “No results found” message just like above.
You can use this feature to check if a new address you want to add is already in Google Maps, especially if it is not listed on your business details.