Free Google Placement through Google Maps – are you listed?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with RealSupport Inc.

I recently discovered that when I do a Google search on certain phrases that have a geographic location, I get a return from Google that has the Google Maps results at the very top. 

Why does this matter?  It is free Google placement at the very top of the page.  For example, do a quick search for “Real Estate Agent in YourTown, YourState”.  You will notice that most of the returns that come up are agents/companies that have enhanced their listing though Google Maps. I enhanced one client's Google Maps listing and now they are at the top of the list. (Not sure how long it will last, but we'll take it!)

I did a few searches this way for several of our clients.  What I found was that most were at least listed, but they were displaying as “unverified” and worse, they didn’t have the correct information and in all cases, they did not have as much information as they could have.

SAMPLE OF AN UNVERIFIED LISTING:




SAMPLE OF ONE THAT HAS BEEN ENHANCED AND VERIFIED:

 

Here is your Step-By-Step Instructions on Getting Your Own Business Listing on Google Maps:

This will take you about 30 minutes to set-up.  If you don't have time, email this to your Virtual Assistant to do.  Don't have a Real Estate Virtual Assistant? Call RealSupport today 847-705-1655 or email info@realsupportinc.com!

 

Step 1 - Log-in/Sign-up for Google Local Business

  • Go to Google's Local Business Page
  • Sign-in to your Google Account, or set-up a new account if you don’t already have one.
  • Click on ADD A NEW BUSINESS Don't worry, if you already have a listing, it will match you up and let you "Claim" your listing so that you may update it.

 

 

Step 2 - Add Your Information to Find (or Create) Your Business Listing

  • Add as much information to this page as possible. Notice you can add "more phone numbers" so add as many as you have.
  • I recommend making the Company/Organization name something like "Carrie Gable - Company Name Here" similiar to the example of above but I would put your name first.
  • After you hit submit, you'll get a screen that will find your current listing, or also allow you to add a new one if you don't have a current listing. 
  • So, if you have a listing, CLAIM IT.  If you don't, then ADD LISTING.

Step 3 - Adding More Info, logo, details

  • Now that you've claimed your listing, you can add a ton more information.  You can also put in your category which is important.  Start typing Real Estate and it will give you the list of possible categories you will use.  You can add up to 5 Categories, and I recommend adding all 5.  You could use a category like "Condo Specialist" etc.  How cool?!?
  • ADD VIDEOS - they make it really easy to add videos from youtube too.
  • ADD your Photo!
  • Bottom line, add as much information as possible and submit your listing.

Step 4 - Verification

  • At this point, Google will want to call the listed number to make sure you are who you say you are.  They will give you a pin number and call you.  Just plug in the pin number and you're done! 
  • You can also have them verifiy you via snailmail.

Next Steps:

Now that you've got your account set-up you should:

  1. Send an email to your past clients, family, friend, etc. to go to your listing and WRITE A REVIEW. This is HUGE and very powerful.
  2. View your stats - when you log into your Google account, you will be able to see your Business Listing and see how many people viewed your listing.
  3. Create a Coupon - Google Business Center allows you to create a coupon for your listing. "FREE CMA" or "FREE Home Warranty if you purchase through me".  These can only add more "Google Juice" for you!

 

This is a powerful FREE tool and we should all take advantage of it!  If you need help setting up your Google Maps, RealSupport can help, just give us a call today at 847-705-1655, or visit our website www.RealSupportInc.com.

Carrie Gable
President

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Lenn Harley
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Yes, I am.

 

Apr 27, 2009 07:23 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Lenn, good for you!!!! I just did a search for you on google maps and there you are, all updated and full of information.  Even a coupon!!!  You go!!

Apr 27, 2009 07:30 AM #2
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June Piper-Brandon
Houwzer Inc - Baltimore, MD
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Thanks for sharing this.  I am loading our office information while I'm typing this comment.  This is a great opportunity.

Apr 27, 2009 10:04 AM #3
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Robert Schwabe
EXP Realty - Orange Park, FL
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That's some goood information I'll have to check it out I already have a account.

Apr 27, 2009 01:41 PM #4
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Winston Westbrook
Westbrook National Real Estate Co - Victorville, CA

Good stuff . Thanks for posting this up. It's always good to read these blogs every now and again to pick up some good tips.

Apr 30, 2009 06:33 PM #5
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Paul Perrone
Realty Connect USA - Port Jefferson Station, NY

Read your article and signed up.  Thank you so very much.

PaulPerrone.com

May 01, 2009 05:45 PM #6
Rainmaker
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June and Paul, glad to hear you signed up. I received several emails from folks that signed up that had more questions.  Let me know if you have any.  Also, let me know how it goes and if you see any leads come in from it...

Many Thanks,

Carrie

May 04, 2009 02:45 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Hi Robert,

Yes, you should. If you already have a listing, you can then claim it and add more info, phone numbers, even YouTube Videos. Very cool stuff.

Thanks,

Carrie

 

May 04, 2009 02:46 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Winston,

You are very welcome.  I agree, reading all the blogs from active rain can become addicting!  ;)  Thanks for the comment!

Carrie

May 04, 2009 02:48 PM #9
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Myra Eagle
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Thank you for the great idea!

Myra Eagle

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May 08, 2009 11:05 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Hi Myra,

Thanks for reading...  As a follow-up we've had a lot of interest from our real estate agent clients, they are getting great organic placement.  Yeah!  Let me know if you try it for any of your clients.

can be reached at 847-705-1655, by email at Info@RealSupportinc.com or online at www.RealSupportinc.com

Carrie Gable, President
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Phone: 847-705-1655 x200
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