How To Get No Brainer Traffic From Google Maps

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Epoch Lending NMLS #1674385

Here’s a quickie tip to get you some free traffic. Get listed in Google Maps. Google Maps is free and very easy to get set up.

Google Maps shows local listings right there at the top of the search page. For example, if you type “Dayton Ohio Dentists” into Google it will show a list of dentists in the Dayton/Miami Valley region.

Google Maps has become quite a goldmine in recent years for people that understand it. In fact, the first thing that I did when I finished this website was to apply for a Google Maps listing. Now, it’s right there at the top for the term “Dayton SEO.” Shockingly, NONE of my competitors completed  this simple task  for their OWN business! How would you expect them to do it for yours? That’s right. They won’t! Unbelievable….

Google is changing their maps because of spam problems. In one case, there were 10,000 locksmiths listed in just the Phoenix area. Scammers were putting in fake addresses and then selling the leads to real locksmiths! Lovely…

In the good ol days, your map listing would often show up for up to about 50 miles. Under the old rules, my map listing would show up for “Dayton SEO”, “Dayton Ohio SEO”, “Kettering SEO”, “Centerville SEO” and so on. It would show up as far south as Middletown and then the Cincinnati market would be considered a separate map listing. You would also be listed for each zip code in the region. So, I could be listed under 45449 SEO, 45459 SEO and so on.

Under the new rules, you are only listed by city name and zip code. For those of us living in the suburbs that can’t decide what city we live in, it’s very important to consider this when submitting your map listing. If you are a dentist, insurance agent, or any super competitive category or if you service a small area, you should list your map based on the suburb name. If you target the larger Miami Valley region and there’s not a lot of competition, it’s better to list it under “Dayton.”

I’ve also noticed that sometimes if you don’t have the category name listed in the title of your business, it will show up incorrectly or not at all. For example, if you are “Dr. Joe Smith” and you are a cosmetic dentist, the correct way to list the company name would be “Dr. Joe Smith, Cosmetic Dentistry” or “Smith Dental” instead of just “Dr. Joe Smith” so be sure to keep that in mind.

Here’s how to get listed in Google Maps:

First step is to go to www.Google.com/LocalBusinessCenter

Next, sign in with your Google account (or get a Google account).

Then, click on Add A New Business.

Fill out the form and then click next. Be sure to go through the categories thoroughly to make sure that you pick the right one.

It will then look to see if you are already in Google Maps. If you aren’t there, you can add it.

You will then see a screen where you can add operating hours and other information. You will also need to do a phone number pin verification or get a postcard from Google.

That’s it! Pretty easy.

Yahoo and Bing also have maps, so be sure to get listed there as well. The search engines also pull information from Superpages, so make sure that’s updated. There are dozens and dozens of other sites out there that you can get listed on. Check them out!

I hope you enjoyed this quick tip. Of course, if you are a client of Easy Local SEO, you don’t have to do any of this since we will do it for you with your membership.

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Comments (55)

Anonymous
Gwena

Great info!  Thanks for sharing!!

May 17, 2010 04:15 AM
#36
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Orange, CA

Hi Carlos,

Great post and great tip! We recently added this feature on our virtual tour service, so agents can also have all their tours show up on Google Map with a location-pin on the map and a listing in the sidebar.

May 17, 2010 04:18 AM
Julie Nebeker
Keller Williams - Tampa Bay Florida - Tampa, FL
Tampa Bay Florida Realtor

This is a great tip.  I live in the Tampa Bay area.  There are so many realtors, I am not sure if I should get suburb specific.  Most people coming to the area initially search Tampa, then realize the surrounding cities might be for them.  Any advice?

May 17, 2010 04:22 AM
Joel Jadofsky
Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach - Panama City Beach, FL
One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area

Just signed up for this thanks for the heads up

May 17, 2010 04:25 AM
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Thanks Carlos, for your post.  I had my listing there but fine tuned it!

May 17, 2010 05:18 AM
Cliff Kavanaugh
Keller Williams Realty of Charlottesville Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
ck@kw.com - 434-466-5128 - www.CvilleHomeSearch.com

Great post thanks!

May 17, 2010 06:21 AM
Kathy Opatka
RE/MAX CROSSROADS - Ocean City, MD
Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches

Carlos,

Thanks for this wonderful FREE info!  The hardest part was getting my VERIFICATION number from Google!  It's automated (from Google) and my secretary kept hanging up!  hopefully it will be up and running within the 24 hour estimated time span!

May 17, 2010 07:14 AM
Anonymous
Angie Murphy

Thanks for the tip , sounds good

May 17, 2010 07:49 AM
#43
Judy Colburn
ProStaged Homes - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Glendora, San Dimas Covina, Home Staging

Thanks for the tip Carlos. I just entered my info. Excellent tip!

May 17, 2010 08:27 AM
Jirius Isaac
Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage - Kenmore, WA
Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA

Thanks, I just went through this and confirmed everything and hopefully it will make a difference and get me some business.  I guess it can not hurt anyways!

May 17, 2010 08:45 AM
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Great tip. I think I'm listed, but I don't know. I can see that it's important that I confirm.

May 17, 2010 02:10 PM
Agnes Pau
Re/Max - Sabre Realty - Coquitlam, BC

Don't forget to add pics and videos to your listing.

May 17, 2010 08:37 PM
Linda Lohman
Fonville Morisey Realty - Cary, NC
Former Teacher/Broker

Great reminder to check my Google Map listing...see how I'm ranking.

May 18, 2010 02:20 AM
Shawn Rooker
Realty Austin - Austin, TX

I am putting this information into practice right away!  One important thing to remember is that real estate agents are a business unto themselves, we operate where we want.

May 18, 2010 04:57 AM
Pippa Mac
Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring - The Woodlands, TX
The Woodlands TX Real Estate

Thank you Carlos!   I will make sure that I am advertising myself correctly.

May 18, 2010 08:13 AM
Cari Anderson
Danville, CA

Carlos: I will be doing this for sure. Thanks for the great tips. So glad AR put this one out there in the Daily Drop or I would've missed it - thank you!

May 18, 2010 08:52 AM
Catherine Marrone
Integrity Residential Brokerage LLC - West Newbury, MA
West Newbury MA real estate, Essex County

Good info.  I did this awhile back.  Very easy to do!

May 19, 2010 03:40 AM
Bert Spangenthal
Retired Realtor - Toledo, OH
Let's see what is out my front door.

You were right.  It was a no brainer filling out the info.  So there must be more that I need to do than to just fill out my contact info.  I only uploaded my picture.  Should I upload listings, recent sales, or the fun things to do around the Toledo Ohio area.

A 58 year old dinosaur working his way thru the www

May 21, 2010 10:45 AM
Christopher Pataki
RE/MAX Associates - Hockessin, DE
Hockessin Delaware Real Estate

Thanks for the info........................chris

May 23, 2010 03:26 AM
Lisa Ludlow Archer
Live Love Homes-Keller Williams, Charlotte, NC Ballantyne Area - Waxhaw, NC

Carlos:

Thanks for the info. Amazing that out of 250 agents in our office, we were the first to claim it. WOW. Have a great week. Thanks again.

Jul 06, 2010 04:49 PM