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How to Claim Your Free Google+ Local (Google Places) Listing as a Small Business

Google+ Local, formerly Google Places, is a huge opportunity for small businesses. If your business depends on local customers... if your customers search Google for your keywords... then you need to claim your FREE Google+ local listing! Here's how to claim your free Google+ Local (Google Places) listing as well as how to conduct 'local SEO optimization' on your Google+ Local (Google Places) listing. All for free!

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  1. Claim your listing on Google+ Local
    • Sign IN to your Google / Gmail account! (Be sure it's the one you want to be the master account!)
    • Go to Maps.Google.com (click on MAPS listing if you are on Google).
    • Find your listing by name and address!
      • Example: Murray Hill Pet Hospital NYC
    • Click on the 'Is this your business?' link and claim your listing.
    • Alternatively, go to http://www.google.com/places and click on 'Get started now.' Follow the instructions to find and claim your listing.
    • Usually, you will claim you listing by verifying the telephone number. If not that, then the address will be verified by postcard.

  2. Optimize your listing
    • Be sure to FIRST sign in to your Google Account, ideally your GMAIL account. Then, click on http://www.google.com/places (Google Places), and click on 'Get started now.' You should find your listing (that you just claimed).
    • Optimize the following by cleverly placing KEYWORDS where appropriate in -
      • Business Name
      • Business Description
      • Categories (use at least three of the Google pre-existing categories!)

  3. Cross-link to your website - make sure your website has your physical address on it, and your website has ONE CLICK access to your new Google+ Local account (note the URL MUST be at http://plus.google.com/ - do NOT use the old Google Places (maps.google.com) URL's!)
    • Address
    • Cross link 'one click' links!

  4. Get reviews! (in an honest way!) - Get your happy customers to login and review you.
    • Example: Watch Repair NYC (Google Search)
    • Example: Breitling Repair NYC (Google Search)

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