Hopefully by now you have heard that Google is moving their Google Places to Google+ Local. The good news is that if you have an existing Google Places profile they will automatically make a Google+ Business Page. The bad news is that you will have to claim and to do you will need to register your own personal Google+ account. While I do not care for this method of forcing users to use their product, I do know that I get a large amount of my traffic from them. I am sure that most of you do to.
Since I am just now preparing to claim my business page I thought I would document it and share it with you. Let's get to it.
- If you do not have Google account you will first need to sign up for one. You can do so by visiting their sign-up form. If you already have an account you will need to log in.
- Once you're logged in go to the Google+ Business page and select a category that fits your business. I chose local business as it fits my business model today best.
- Next Google will ask you for the primary phone number for the business. Based on this they will either pull in your old Google Places profile if they have one for your business.
- Officially you now have a Google+ Business page now but you do not want to stop there. Continue through the prompts providing a profile picture (be creative).
- Lastly invite members of your own circles.
- You will then be taken to your newly created page where you can learn more about Google+ and continue to personalize it.
You are now the proud owner of your own Google+ Local page which will greatly increased exposure for your business. Places on showed up in local searches and maps. With Google+ Local you now get exposure from organic search+, Google+ (90 million users) including circles and search, maps and mobile.
Please stop by my business page for It's A Photo Booth. I will gladly return the favor.
Be sure to share page's address in the comments below.