Google Plus & Google Maps Optimization
Google Maps is many people’s primary tool for finding local North Carolina businesses – especially if they need to visit a physical location to purchase products or services; such as a Restaurant, Retail Store, or many Personal Care Services.
Even if you don’t service customers at your address, it will still benefit you to be at the top of the Google Maps Listings. Why? – When Google knows you are searching for a local company they include a section of Google Maps Listings on the first page of the search results. You have probably noticed this yourself when searching for local businesses in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Greenville, Wilmingon, or anywhere else in North Carolina. We want to make sure your company is at the top of that list. So how do we do that?
The first step is to create a Gmail Account, register a Google Maps Listing, and verify your address with the code from a postcard that they’ll mail you. Your Google Maps Listing will have a Google Plus Page and that’s where you enter the code to verify your address.
Google Plus is Google’s version of Facebook. It’s a social networking site for individuals and businesses. You’ll need to customize your page with a logo and a banner image. You can also include contact information, your website address, hours of operation, and a short description about your company. Then you can post messages, images, and videos about your products and services. We recommend updating your Google Plus Page just as much, or more than your Facebook page.
With Google Plus, customers can leave Reviews and rate your company with 1 to 5 stars. The company with the most positive Google Reviews, will generally show up at the top of the Google Maps Search Results List.
All you have to is tell all your family, friends, and customers to follow the link from your website to your Google Plus Page and give you a review. You can also send your customers an email with a link to your Google Plus Page.
This is one of the easiest ways to get on the first page of Google and to start making more money!