Google+Local (formerly referred to as Google Places) is a free online directory where you can list your business. I've got all the tips for you to create the most search friendly profile possible. As well as answering some of the most common questions biz owners have when it comes to that Google listing.





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Written by ShibaniRoy
2883 days ago

Here are the various options available to you, if you want to rank high on Google:

Google Places: It has a pretty neat interface (much neater than Google Plus). If you are a business catering to a local audience (aiming to appear in Local Listings), and Posting as a Business is not very important to you, then you can go for this. If your business is verified, Google would eventually upgrade your account to a Google Plus Local account.

Google Plus Local: If you want to appear in Local Listings (address is important for your business), and you want to post socially as a business and engage with your followers, Google Plus Local is what you want.

Now, if you already have a local listing (Google Places), and you create and verify your Local Business (from Google Plus Local page), the listings get merged with the Page, thus enabling the functionalities of both Places and Local.

Google is also auto-upgrading some verified Google Places accounts to Google Local Pages; if it doesn’t happen for you automatically, and you have a verified business, you might see the upgrade option in your dashboard.

Google Plus: If your business address and locations are not very important to you, and social interaction is your main aim, Google Plus Page (other than Local) is the way to go.

For more information - read this post - http://www.leadsquared.com/google-places-for-business-and-google-local/



Written by Martina Iring
2880 days ago

Thanks so much for providing this info! Just wondering if you know if there are still issues with merging accounts. From what I've heard, it's a bit of a nightmare.



Written by grmond56
2883 days ago

Great article,

I never realized how important a profile was in Google Places. Thanks for all the steps to create one, if you don't have one, and how to get your business listed.

Geri



Written by Martina Iring
2880 days ago

Glad it was useful for you Geri! Cheers



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