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.
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