Claiming your business in the Google database is probably the most crucial piece of your search engine optimization (SEO). SEO isn’t all about fancy tags and keyword-rich content, that’s just part of it. Claiming your business will help you be listed on Google with correct location information along with some photos and your hours of operation, and it is said this will help your site’s SEO as well.
Here are some of the key steps in claiming your business on Google:
1. Have your Gmail account ready. If you prefer, create a new Gmail account for your business. We advise you to have a separate Gmail account for your business to keep things more organized, by not mixing personal and business information.
2. Go to Google My Business at http://business.google.com,
click the “Start Now” button, then follow the instructions.
3. You will receive a post card to verify your permanent address from Google so you won’t be able to claim someone else’s business and hijack it. Once you receive the post card, you can follow the instructions to set up your business profile.
With Google My Business, you can set up your:
Reviews (and respond to reviews)
Once set up is complete, you’re now in charge of what people find about you on Google search!