Google Maps will list your Business for FREE! Hot Marketing Tip!

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Services for Real Estate Pros with www.LAHomePhotography.com

I was tooling around Google, checking my analytics and seeing where my new web site (www.lahomephotography.com) was ranked, when I stumbled on this great feature. It is so good I thought I would share it with everybody.


Did you know you can put your business on Google Maps for free?

It's pretty awesome! Go to maps.google.com and click on the "Put your business on Google Maps" link on the left. You can add all your contact info, web site, upload photos and videos, and more. All for free. You can even ad coupons.

Being listed on Google Maps will be a perfect way to reach people who use Google to find photographers, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, home stagers, etc. in their local area.  You can even show up nationally.

Google Maps Business In Action - Increase your Rank

To see this in action, type Headshots into the maps.google.com search.  You will get a visual listing of the Top 20 results in the country.  I'm the California result like 17 or 18.  If you type Real Estate Photographer in the search, I think I'm number 27 out of over 87,000 results. If you double-click California before searching, I think I'm #1. Not too shabby considering I just entered my info a few days ago.

I just did one for "real estate agent" (without the quotes) and guess where the #1 result is?  Go ahead and give it a try. 

Advice for Google Map Businesses

When you're entering your business, make sure the number you enter for verification is a direct line because the Google computer will call you within seconds to verify your information.  Also, like the regular Google search, your company/organization title is very important.  Keep that in mind when thinking about how people will search for you.

I hope you find this information useful. Let me know if you add your business.  It'd be nice to know my blog helped somebody.

 

Gregory


Agent Headshots | Real Estate Photography
www.lahomephotography.com

Comments (39)

Liz Kennedy ~ Stage It Simple, Bedford, TX
Stage It Simple - Bedford, TX

What a great idea, but I work from home.  Not really sure I want to put my home address on there though.

Aug 21, 2008 02:58 AM
Gregory Storm
www.LAHomePhotography.com - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Photographer

That makes sense.  Maybe there is a way to do it without the addess?

 

Gregory

LA Home Photography logo
Agent Headshots | Real Estate Photography

Aug 25, 2008 04:23 PM
Gregory Storm
www.LAHomePhotography.com - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Photographer

Two bookings in one day.  They both found me using Google Maps!  Yeah Google!

 

Gregory


Agent Headshots | Real Estate Photography
www.lahomephotography.com

Sep 24, 2008 03:11 AM
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Great free advice I just love these finds, I'll make sure my friends at the chamber of commerce know about this option,, Steve..thanks

Sep 24, 2008 12:09 PM
Gregory Storm
www.LAHomePhotography.com - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Photographer

Getting to #1 on Google Maps really makes a difference

 

Gregory


Agent Headshots | Real Estate Photography
www.lahomephotography.com

Sep 25, 2008 08:42 AM
Gregory Storm
www.LAHomePhotography.com - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Photographer

For those that found adding your business to Google Maps useful, check out this post that tells you how to add your business to Zillow for free.

Zillow Adds A Real Estate Professional Directory - Add Your Name For Free

 

Gregory


Agent Headshots | Real Estate Photography
www.lahomephotography.com

Oct 27, 2008 08:28 AM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

WOW!  Thank you!!!!! 

Oct 27, 2008 04:22 PM
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

THANKS for sharing...really thanks.  T

Oct 27, 2008 05:49 PM
Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you Gregory! I definitely needed this one. I need all the help that I can get in getting people to find me online something I seem to be having problems with. Great post.

Oct 28, 2008 03:14 AM
Gregory Storm
www.LAHomePhotography.com - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Photographer

Lanre - It's great.  I'm amazed how many calls come in from my Google Maps listing.  And most are local because they are on Google Maps searching an area and you're right there.  Even if they are searching the regular Google and type in their search with an area, you'll show up there too.

Make sure to call your business "real estate agent."  Start it with that and that should get you higher on the search results.

Good luck!

Gregory


Agent Headshots | Real Estate Photography
www.lahomephotography.com

Oct 29, 2008 05:07 PM
Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX

Gregory,

This is too great.

I will jump on the google map.  Thanks for sharing it.

Oct 30, 2008 02:30 AM
Abby Roselli
ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC - Staten Island, NY
Staten Island Home Stager

I'm going to check on mine...I think I had one at one point.

Oct 30, 2008 02:44 AM
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging

Gregory,

Good to know!  Thanks for sharing this handy tip! Where would we be without Google and Active Rain!

Oct 30, 2008 03:09 AM
Aspen Robinson
Century 21 Tri City Realty - Saint Marys, GA

Great Info

Oct 30, 2008 03:29 AM
Michael Wayne Jackson
Coldwell Banker - Novato, CA
Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato

Very powerful information here Gregory. I will go onto google maps right now.

Oct 30, 2008 07:58 AM
Gregory Storm
www.LAHomePhotography.com - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Photographer

You can now re-blog this post if you want to.  I hadn't realized that the re-blogging thing wasn't checked.  It is now good to go!

Gregory


Agent Headshots | Real Estate Photography
www.lahomephotography.com

Oct 30, 2008 10:38 AM
Nancy Lancaster
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA - Sacramento, CA
Realtor - EcoBroker - Healthy Homes Program Coordinator

How fun!  I never thought my name would be displayed on Google Maps...but there I am!  Too much fun for a late Friday night...Thanks Gregory!

Oct 30, 2008 06:41 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Great information Gregory, thanks so much.  I am a little late getting to this, but better late than never.  I am going out right now to add my info to google maps!

Nov 06, 2008 05:41 AM
Rhonda Burgess
Southern Living Realty Partners - Smyrna, TN
Moving to Nashville TN Real Estate Specialist

I'm late too but better late than never.  This is #1 on my to-do list in the morning.  Thanks for the great tip and congrats on your success.

Nov 06, 2008 03:29 PM
Gregory Storm
www.LAHomePhotography.com - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Photographer

Just found out that doing a nationwide Google Map search for a Real Estate Photographer pops me up 17 in the country and a nationwide search of Architectural Photographer‎ pops 17 in the county and first in California.

Go Google!

 

Gregory


Agent Headshots | Real Estate Photography
www.lahomephotography.com

Jan 19, 2009 12:51 PM