The My Local Business online blog is getting quite full and I understand that it may be difficult to find answers to your questions. I have summarised the Google questions here on this page. Each link opens in a new tab.
If there is a question you would like to see answered, contact me.
Google +Local (was Google Places)
Google Places – What are citations?
Google takes information from all over the web, not just business directories and review sites. News, video sites, social networks, blogs and other websites are all valid citation sources. What are citations and where can you get them?
Google Accounts – This service is not available
Occassionally, when you come to claim your Google Places listing (and other Google services) you get the error, “This service is not available”. here’s a quick video on how to fix it.
“My listing Has Incorrect Information“
The Google troubleshooter and help section is rather backlogged since the switch to Google +Local. here’s best practice until they get organised again
What to say if Google Maps calls your business
Service area business are getting calls to verify business details – avoid having your listing removed by preparing what to say.
Maintain your Google Places listing
Google Places – staying on top
Your Google Places listing is not set and forget!
Google Places User Editing
Other Google users can suggest changes to your local listing. Find out more in this post.
Google Places Listing Hijacking
It’s sad but true, it is possible for others to steal your Places listing
You could write a whole series of books about Google search! Here are the common questions I get from Local business owners.
Why isn’t my website in Google?
The Internet is too big and far too busy to simply put up a website and expect it to show your website in Google search rankings for terms people are actually looking for. This isn’t the Field of Dreams, build it and they will come – actually, no they won’t.
What is a keyword anyway?
How different words affect local search results.
Does your business need to be at the “top of Google”?
A common statement, “I want to be at the top of Google!” Well which Google and why? Know what you are asking for.
Getting traffic to your website
Unfortunately, traffic doesn’t just turn up unless you get really lucky!
Setting up a Google+ business page
Google Plus is starting to play a bigger part in search results. Yes, you will need it! Here’s how to set up your Google+ page.
Adding Managers to Your Google Plus Business Page
A quick video explaining how to add other people to manage your Google Plus business page
Merging Google+ Local (Google Places) and Google+ Business Page
The first stage of merging Google+ properties has started. Available only for local businesses with a “store front” – not service area businesses.
Merging Google+ Local (Places) and Google+ Business page – Latest Google Advice
Google still haven’t got their act together, here’s the latest advice Nov 2012
Get More Information – It’s Free!
Download my free “Getting Started Online” guides by simply completing the blue box below. There’s more information about setting up your Google Places listing, citation sources and other ways to increase your online visibility.
Work With Me
Getting found online isn’t always easy. The questions above bearly scratch the surface. We can work together to get your local business found online, click the link to find out more about what I do.
Feel free to contact me with your questions. I will answer your questions with no obligation what so ever. And no, I don’t call you every other day afterwards chasing you for work either!