The Ultimate Guide to Google My Business For Notaries

First impressions matter and first impressions can come from anywhere – including Google! Your customers rely on Google to find you quickly and easily, but that’s only possible if you take the time to properly create your company page on Google My Business. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know about Google My Business from start to finish. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

If you're looking for a strong Google My Business listing, then read on! Here's how to

  1. Create an account 
  2. Claim your business,
  3. Optimize it for success. 

What is Google My Business?

Google My Business (formerly Google Places) is an online tool that helps you manage how your business appears across Google’s network. You can control everything from what your business information shows up on (Google Search, Maps, and more), how you’re found on mobile devices, whether or not your updates appear in location-based search results like those for nearby businesses, and much more. With these basic steps, you can learn all about what Google My Business can do for your company and start taking advantage of its tools right away. The end result will be a strong foundation for using various marketing platforms such as Yelp to manage how your business is viewed online.

Create a Google My Business Listing

  • Step 1: Create a Google Account or log into the account you want to be associated with your business.
  • Step 2: Go to google.com/business and select "Start now" in the top right-hand corner.
  • Step 3: Enter your business name.
  • Step 4: Enter your business address. 
  • Step 5: If you work out of your house or another address that you don’t want publicly shown, select “Hide my address (it's not a store) Only show region.” Then select your Delivery area. ( the area that you will provide notary services. )
  • Step 6: Choose your business category.
  • Step 7 Add your business phone number or website
  • Step 8Choose a verification option

How to Verify Your Business on Google

The most important part of implementing a successful business presence on Google is claiming your business on their network. To do so, you need to verify that you are, in fact, who you say you are. Fortunately, it’s easy to confirm your company’s details on Google. You simply have to follow these steps

Here are the ways to verify your GMB listing:

  1. Postcard: Postcard Verification The postcard should reach you in five days using your business address. Once you receive your postcard, please follow the instructions on the back to log in to Google My Business. Please enter the five-digit verification code on the back of your postcard in that box. Click "Submit." 
  2. By Phone: Google lets businesses verify their location by phone. If you're eligible, you'll automatically see the "Verify by email" option when you start the verification process.
  3. By Email: Google lets some businesses verify their location by phone. If you're eligible, you'll see the "Verify by email" option when you start the verification process.

 

The Benefits of Google My Business

It’s no secret that most people find businesses on Google before they find them anywhere else. The potential is almost infinite with everything from your hours of operation, location, address, photos and more being at your fingertips for new customers who are searching for you or nearby businesses. Some of these benefits include + Enhanced page rank: Your business listing will appear in local search results and once it is live you can claim and verify your listing using a verified phone number.

How to Optimize Your Google My Business  Listing

Once you've verified your business, it's time to finish fleshing out your profile.

Go to the Google My Business dashboard, click the listing you'd like to work on, select "Info," and then choose a section to fill out or update.

In order to be verified, you need to have a profile on the Google My Business dashboard. This is where you can update your business information, add photos and links to your social media pages, and more.

The premise behind Google My Business is pretty simple. When you sign up for an account, you create a listing for your business on their site. Then, other users can search for businesses based on specific geographic locations. If they search for keywords that match your business name or descriptions, then your listing will appear in their results. You can also pay a fee to have your listing appear at or near the top of every page of search results whenever people search for certain keywords related to your business.

 

Google My Business Photos

Make sure your business is showing up on Google Maps. If it’s not, you can add your company info and link it directly to your website for free. A good photo of your business or storefront can attract more customers—as well as more phone calls since users are 40% more likely to call businesses with photos than those without.

 

Google My Business Reviews

Having a well-established online presence is crucial in today’s digital world. Online reviews are one of many factors potential clients use when researching your services, so it’s crucial that you have a well-rounded online presence. Claiming and managing your business listing on Google’s My Business can greatly impact your visibility in search results—and if you want customers to find you easily, be sure you take full advantage of every available feature. Read on for an expert guide to mastering your GMB listing.

 

One of the best ways to encourage future customers to leave positive reviews? Respond to current ones. Not only does leaving an appreciative response show the original reviewer you're thankful for their support, it also makes that positive review stand out on your listing and influences people to leave their own reviews.

Remember that it's important to respond to negative reviews and show that you take them seriously. However, make sure your response is courteous and will placate the unhappy buyer. Attacking them back will only make their review more credible.

Google My Business App

Google My Business is now available for both iOS and Android.

 The #1 thing you need to know about setting up your business for maximum visibility on Google is that you absolutely need a verified listing. For that, it’s all about Google My Business (GMB). Your business will only be included in local searches and maps if you create a verified listing on GMB.

Now you can use the Google My Business app to update your business status and description, post statuses and pictures, view search insights, and more!

The app has the following limitations:

- You cannot delete your business listing,

make changes to its settings 

-give ownership of the listing to another user.

 

 

 

 

 

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