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Why is my google places listing not showing up on searches?

The answer – your Google Places listing needs to be both verified and optimized

You may have noticed that Google has recently merged Google Places with Google+ and is now calling it Google My Business. So in order for your company to be found on Google Maps, you now need to create and optimize a Google+ page.

Here are some of the top reasons why your organization isn’t showing up in search results. google-maps-image

  1. Make sure the information on your Google Places page is correct. You’d be surprised how many times it’s not. Also, refrain from creating duplicate listings based on variations of your businesses name. It’s a good idea not to confuse Google.
  2. Double check your phone number. Both iPhone and Android users (and most other smart phones) use Google Places in their directory look-up apps. You’ll end up getting more calls from your Google Places page than from your website.
  3. Is your logo and branding present on your Google Places page? Once your Google Places page is verified, updated imagery can be added. You can also add videos from YouTube and up to 10 photos. If your page has neither a logo or a custom wallpaper, Google will likely show a competitors page who has one, before they show yours.
  4. What do your reviews say about you? Reputation management is very important to any business. Make sure that you respond appropriately to reviews. This lets your patients know that you’re listening. Do the pages that are shown instead of yours have a better rating or more reviews overall? Because Google wants to provide the best results for their visitors, they actually take reviews into account. Bottom line, your customers have a huge say in your rankings.
  5. Categorize your listing. Google uses categories to place your Google Places page in the right searches. Without proper optimization, your listing won’t display keyword rich categories and, therefore, won’t get found.
  6. Is your Google Places page linked to your website? If not, you may need to add some extra code from your website to do so. This lets Google know that your website is affiliated with this particular Page.

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24 thoughts on “Why is my google places listing not showing up on searches?

  1. Decent information here, Nathan.

    One more thing – a very important factor is the website, so a badly structured website could also have negative impact.

    1. Good point. Since Google is now combining the Meta information from websites into the Google Places search listing, it is very important to have a correctly optimized website.

  2. Decent information here, Nathan.

    One more thing – a very important factor is the website, so a badly structured website could also have negative impact.

    1. Good point. Since Google is now combining the Meta information from websites into the Google Places search listing, it is very important to have a correctly optimized website.

  3. In order to add home business to google places listing, it isn’t difficult if things perform properly. Assuming everything optimize the right way, then it will surely bring more consumers to the business. This is a very great potential for internet marketers like us to bring in additional business!

  4. In order to add home business to google places listing, it isn’t difficult if things perform properly. Assuming everything optimize the right way, then it will surely bring more consumers to the business. This is a very great potential for internet marketers like us to bring in additional business!

  5. Hi, my name is Gary and I’ve been an amateur blogger since about 2008 (or was it ’09?)…

    Anyway, I took an interest in SEO and getting pretty good at it considering…

    A Local Business owner asked me to help him out because he was on page 15 and up for his key-phrase. I’ve gotten his site on page-1 now, but not his “Places Page”.

    His Google Places Page only shows up (so far) when I type in his business name plus city.

    This article I believe has helped me to better understand what I need to do.

    There seem to be a few very important differences in Organic SEO and “Local” SEO. I’m learning it the hard, slow way 😉

    Thanks!

    Gary Anderson II

  6. Hi, my name is Gary and I’ve been an amateur blogger since about 2008 (or was it ’09?)…

    Anyway, I took an interest in SEO and getting pretty good at it considering…

    A Local Business owner asked me to help him out because he was on page 15 and up for his key-phrase. I’ve gotten his site on page-1 now, but not his “Places Page”.

    His Google Places Page only shows up (so far) when I type in his business name plus city.

    This article I believe has helped me to better understand what I need to do.

    There seem to be a few very important differences in Organic SEO and “Local” SEO. I’m learning it the hard, slow way 😉

    Thanks!

    Gary Anderson II

  7. Thanks for the comment Gary. I’ve always believed that it is not enough to just optimize one’s website but the real task is to take over the first page of Google for search results by optimizing multiple pages to maximize impressions – including Google Local.

  8. Thanks for the comment Gary. I’ve always believed that it is not enough to just optimize one’s website but the real task is to take over the first page of Google for search results by optimizing multiple pages to maximize impressions – including Google Local.

  9. Hello! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any recommendations?

    1. Yes, there is a WordPress plugin that I like using called BulletProof that works well for that purpose. It is also good to back up your data on a regular basis and there are many ways to do that as well, both managed and automated.

  10. Hello! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any recommendations?

    1. Yes, there is a WordPress plugin that I like using called BulletProof that works well for that purpose. It is also good to back up your data on a regular basis and there are many ways to do that as well, both managed and automated.

  11. Just wondering, what is your opinion of the future with this search industry? I have been experiencing a number of tough problems within my company, nevertheless always wondering to listen to other thoughts.

    1. From what we’ve seen, in the future, websites will matter much less and the collective reviews of friends matters much more. Gone are the days where corporate advertising causes the greatest influence. You’re absolutely right – it makes things tough for advertisers but I really see this as a good thing because if you can properly harness social advertising, much greater results can be achieved with much less effort.

  12. Just wondering, what is your opinion of the future with this search industry? I have been experiencing a number of tough problems within my company, nevertheless always wondering to listen to other thoughts.

    1. From what we’ve seen, in the future, websites will matter much less and the collective reviews of friends matters much more. Gone are the days where corporate advertising causes the greatest influence. You’re absolutely right – it makes things tough for advertisers but I really see this as a good thing because if you can properly harness social advertising, much greater results can be achieved with much less effort.

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