Why you should be on Google Places

Want your website and business to attract more potential customers? You should register your business with Google Places. Google, the most widely used search engine, prioritizes search results by ranking local businesses near the top of the listing. This is probably the biggest single thing you can do to improve your traffic and increase the effectiveness of your website. Be sure to list the products you represent and add photos and video as well. That way if an architect in your area searches for Skyfold or Smoke Guard or any other product you sell, your website will get Google search priority as the local source for that product.

On February 27, 2012 Google announced Panda 3.3 and said  that they will be putting even more emphasis on ranking local results higher in searches. Google’s says in their recent blog post that local results are being improved because of a “new system to find results from a user’s city more reliably. Now we’re better able to detect when both queries and documents are local to the user.”

Here is some more information directly from Google on why and how to take advantage of Google Places.

Click here to get started  with GOOGLE PLACES

Benefits of using Google Places

Reach millions of Google users, quickly and for free, with Google Places

More people search for businesses online than anywhere else, so it’s important to make sure your local business listing can be easily found on Google.com and Google Maps. With Google Places, creating a great listing takes just a few minutes and doesn’t cost a thing.

Edit your listing and speak for yourself

Your business probably already shows up on Google, but you should still verify your listing and make sure its details are accurate and thorough. Your improvements will start appearing soon after you verify them through Google Places. Also, you can add notifications

Practical and easy to manage

Your Google local business listing is an easy way to maintain an online presence even if you don’t have a website. You can visit Google Places anytime to edit your information or see how many people have seen and clicked on your listing.

Premium options, all for free

Make your listing really shine with photos and videos; custom categories like your service area, brands you sell and how to find parking; and coupons to encourage customers to make a first-time or repeat purchase.

Create your listing today using Google Places by following the walkthrough below.

Signing up for Google Places is simple

If you own a business, you probably know the basics. You can add extras like photos and descriptions if you have them handy, or come back to add them later.

At the end of the sign-up, we’ll ask you to verify your submission by phone or postcard. We do this to make sure that only the right people are able to change any public data about your business.

Okay, let’s learn more about getting started on Google Places!

via Benefits of using Google Places – Places Help.

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