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Sound too good to be true? I promise that if you spend just a few moments with me today I will show you a legit way to get listed in Google and it's not a scam, nor will I charge you thousands of dollars for the answer. Ready?

We hear a lot about search engine marketing and how potential customers often go online to find the products and services they are looking for. The problem that most businesses run into is that they are not yet listed in the search engines, or if they are they are so far down in the search engine results that those seeking for their products or services don't find them. I'm going to show you how to change that by using the feature of Google Local Maps.

You've probably seen these results in your own search queries. They are listed on the front page in the middle of the page right next to the Google map. The listing includes the business name, address and telephone and a link that goes directly to the businesses website.

I often look at Google Local as a hidden treasure, most do not know how to get listed there, well that's not the case anymore - there is no excuse. I'm going to show you how you can get listed on the front page of the search engine results of Google when potential customers search for your product or service within your local region. It's really not difficult to get listed using the Google Local feature and you can do it in just five steps.

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June 4, 2009 at 9:52 pm
(1) I Like Websites says:

Well Laura…i must confess that this strategy sounds pretty reliable! i will use it to get better on the search engines!

Tanks for the good tips!

Gene

June 5, 2009 at 7:35 am
(2) Lotusworks.com says:

Thanks laura, had no idea the Google Local Business centre existed and very straight forward to use, every little helps when tryign to get ranked. Great piece of advice

June 8, 2009 at 12:46 pm
(3) Stefan Drew says:

Getting listed on Google Maps (or Local Business) is a no brainer and is totally free. Like Laura I use it for all my business products and services and the results frequently appear in less than an hour.

There is another upside. By appearing on Google Maps in the UK (and presumably the US and elsewhere) you also appear on some Satnav systems. This is great for hotels, garages, and things that people seek whilst on the move ……..but also works for consultants like myself.

You owe it to yourself to appear on these maps as it costs nothing but has the potential to drive a lot of business your way.

June 8, 2009 at 3:31 pm
(4) Melody says:

Brilliant!! Thank you, Laura!

June 8, 2009 at 9:35 pm
(5) Angel Morales says:

You learn something new every day…thank you! :)

June 9, 2009 at 3:43 am
(6) Lancaster PA Marketing says:

Google Maps seems a little weird with their results sometimes. Why is it that a website that is not related at all to the category would get a higher listing than one that is completely relevant?

June 9, 2009 at 11:26 am
(7) Laura Lake says:

Lancaster, a lot of where a business ranks has to do with what “categories” a business selects, this could be the reason you are seeing results like that.

June 13, 2009 at 1:11 pm
(8) Deena Coutant says:

Laura,
Thanks for this great tip. I just registered with Google Local and it was a very easy process. And just moments later, my business already showed up in the search results!

June 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm
(9) Joe Web site design says:

Thanks for the reminder. Seems like small gems like “local” listings often fall to the wayside as we chase the more difficult tasks. But when you set out the steps as simply and clearly as you did here, that makes it all the more difficult to justify putting it off for another day. Great job on this – and all your other tips.

July 1, 2009 at 8:35 am
(10) james says:

Thanks Laura, for this information.I learn new thing for your post.

July 3, 2009 at 10:46 pm
(11) makemoney says:

Thanks for the seo tip Laura. I will give it a try.

October 15, 2009 at 10:24 am
(12) Derek Hulewicz says:

Good article. Thanks a lot.

November 5, 2009 at 3:13 pm
(13) Manu says:

Laura, thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge. I have tried what you have suggested in your article and related article.

November 19, 2009 at 12:26 pm
(14) greg says:

Question is there a way to stay on the front page of the local business maps, I have been rotated out of third position…. and now will only be found on page 3 or 4. The first two in my search are always the same.

February 24, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(15) will b says:

I guess the competetion is more fierce for moving Labor companies, I followed all the steps and ranked #80. Any more suggestions?

February 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm
(16) marketing says:

Will, here you go I wrote this specifically for you:

6 Steps to Improving the Rank of Your Google Local Map Listing

March 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm
(17) Resume Letter says:

Great information! This sounds like a great strategy! I have a friend who has online business that I can pass this on to.

April 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm
(18) Gerald says:

Hi Laura

I got listed on google local business today and made it to top of the first page!!! But to acheive this you have to search “Motorcycle tours in Donegal”. Donegal is the County we are in (Ireland). What can I do to get results from “Motorcycle tours in Ireland”?

Gerald

April 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm
(19) Will Cook says:

That is something I will try out and I’m sure it will work thanks a bunch.

September 28, 2012 at 12:43 am
(20) local seo uk says:

You can definitely see your enthusiasm within the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

January 11, 2014 at 12:27 pm
(21) vic says:

im on page 1 of google and just stopped getting new business–anyone have an idea? thanks vic

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