Google Maps is one of the most useful tools which Google has come up with. This handy tool always comes to our rescue in our hour of need. Whether you are lost in an unknown city or searching for a particular business to suit your needs, the answer to all your queries can easily be solved by a simple search on Google Maps. If you want to add your business or even a new location on the Maps, just follow the following steps.
==Add a listing==
#Go to “Google My Business”. Open your web browser and go to the Google My Business page my searching ‘My Business’ on Google. You could alternatively type the address on your https://www.google.com/business/ browser address bar.
# Click the “Get on Google” tab & log in. Right in the centre of the page there is the blue colored ‘Get on Google’ tab, clicking on which will take you to Google Maps. To add your listings, first you have to log into your Google account by filling in your email address & password. In case you don’t have one, you can select the ‘Create an Account’ option. Just fill in your details, your desired email address, password & voila you have your very own Google account.
#Search your listing. In the search bar located on the top left corner, type in the address of a well known nearby location/business which is sure to pop up on Google Maps. At the bottom of the listings, there will be a ‘None of these match; Add your business’ option. Select it.
#Fill in the details. There are a number of fields like business name, street address, etc, which you are required to fill. There is a category field as well in which you have to specify the category of your business, whether it is a restaurant or taxi service or a bar. In the end there is a box along with the line ‘I deliver goods and services to my customers at their location’. If your business is of the delivery type, like food delivery or perhaps a taxi service, then check this box.
#I Agree to the Terms & Conditions. Check the Terms & Conditions box. Congratulations you have just added your first listing. You may need to verify your business before it is visible on Google Maps. The steps for verification are given at the end.
==To add more than 10 listings==
#Make a list of the businesses you want to add. You can use MS Xcel or Notepad for this purpose. Google actually supports the following extensions .txt, .xls, .csv, .tsv, .ods, and .xlsx.
#Labeling the columns & filling in the details. Use the following headings to label your columns in the exact same order- Store Code, Name, Address Line 1, City, State, Postal Code, Country Code, Main Phone, and Category. Fill in the details of each store location under the heading. Adhere to the standard codes of each detail. The phone number should be of the format (555) 555-5555.
#Save your spreadsheet and upload it. To upload these listings, first save your spreadsheet. After logging into your Google account and clicking on the ‘Get your page’ tab, right at the bottom of the page is the Google My Business Locations link. Click on it, on the blue bar, there is a button, which on selecting drops down. Select the ‘Import locations’ button & browse the location of your saved spreadsheet, select it & click on the ‘Publish Listings’ button. Congratulations have just uploaded your listings. Wait for an hour before beginning with the verification process.
==Verify your business==
#Select verification method. At the time of submitting your business, the submission form will directly show you your verification options. The verification options available to you are by telephone, texting or having a postcard sent over by Google. The postcard may take 2 to 3 weeks to come to your location. The verification method involves Google providing you with a unique verification PIN code.
#Enter the verification PIN code. Enter your unique verification code by signing into your Google Places account & clicking on the ‘Verify Ownership’ link in your main Dashboard.