How To Get Your Local Business To The Top of Google With Google Places

Have you ever searched for a local business or service and seen google search results that look like this:

Business Directory

These are called Google Places and if you are a local business or service provider with a real address you can grab one of these for free, courtesy of Google.  In fact Google wants you to grab your place page and make it the best it can be so that they can rank you in the search engines.  If you are a local business there is no better way to reach for the top of the search engines than creating a Places page.To claim or create your Google Places page just follow the steps below.  If Google has already created a page for your business you must claim it by verifying that it is in fact your business either through phone or postcard verification.  If Google hasn’t created a Places page yet for your business you can go ahead and do it yourself and let Google and the rest of the world know that you exist.

 Step 1 – Go to

Google Places


Step 2 – You will see a page that looks like this.  Click on Get Started.

Google Places tutorial

Step 3 – You will be taken to a form to fill out that looks like this.

How to use Google Places 

Fill out the form with all the necessary information about your business and submit your info. for Google verification.  Make sure and watch the video above to get specific details on filling out the form.  Once your Places Page is verified by Google it is eligible to show up in the search engines.  If you are in a competitive market you will need to get reviews and citations in order to compete for a top spot in the search engines.

This guest post was written by Maria Calanchini. For More Information go to

Maria Calanchini is an internet marketing and social media consultant that specializes in small to medium sized businesses.

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4 Responses to “How To Get Your Local Business To The Top of Google With Google Places”

  1. Shay Jordan November 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    What a great blog! I am thankful I found this resource. I am still trying to find my way around google :)

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