Google, the biggest search engine in the world, more than likely already has a ‘Google+ Business Page’ setup for your business.  It’s free, Google wants you to have it and use it.  That becomes a no brainer to me!

  • From what I have seen, it appears in search results ABOVE even your own website;
  • From what I have seen it appears very high in search results on Google+ Local;
  • From what I have seen it appears very high in search results on Google Maps;
  • It is totally free – there is no charge or fees from Google;

It looks to me as if Google is trying to dominate the online business world … that makes a whole load of sense and you’d be crazy not to capitalise on this!

See for yourself – Click here to open a new window with Google  and type in your business name and see if your Google page shows up.  That’s your page!  Free …

What does a Google+ Page look like?

On a Windows 7 Laptop, this is what a Google + Local Page looks like.  The owner needs to ‘take ownership’ which is free and easy … click on the link near the red arrow and follow the simple steps.  Once you are verified as the actual owner, you can place additional photos and textual content, place a StreetView style Virtual Tour ( that’s where I come in! ) and start to develop the potential this free service from Google offers your business! 

Do not underestimate the potential this could have for your business …

Example of a Google+ Business Page Example of a Google+ Business Page

Google Places, Google+, Google+ Local, Google+ Business Pages, Google Maps, Google Mobile – what does it all mean????

My explanations and interpretations as at 30th Oct 2012:

Google Places have now become Google+ for:

Google+ Local Business or Places Page is a presence on Google+ for your business.
A Google+ Business Page is sortta like a FB page for business – can have multiple admins posting content and uploading photos.
Google+ Button is Google’s version of the FB like button but on steroids!
Google+ page will appear on Google Maps and Google Mobile.
*Your Google+ Page for Business can have multiple admins ( like a FB business page ) who can each post photos, content, updates.

Google states:  “97% of consumers search for local businesses online. Be there when they’re looking for you with Google Places for business – a free local platform from Google”.

May 2012 Article from Search Engine Land  – “We asked about management of multiple locations from a single page. Google said that there’s no news for the time being but that’s the ultimate goal:

“A single page through which businesses can manage their online presence is a top priority, and we’re committed to ensuring business owners have a clear voice in how their business is represented on Google, via Google+.”

Chances are you already have a Google+ Local Page for Business

Some time ago Google migrated Google Places page to the new Google+.  Search up your business name on Google and you may find you already have a Google+ listing of which you can take ownership  … for free!  Before you do so … Google highly recommends having a separate private and business Google account: – “Should I have separate personal and business Google accounts?”

* Your Google+ Page for Business can have multiple admins ( like a FB business page ) who can each post photos, content, updates.
* Multiple admins will all login to your Google+ Page with the same Google account.

Local Google+ pages are unique from other categories of pages because they have features that allow customers to easily connect with that business’s physical location.

For example, local pages include a map of the business’s location and feature its address, phone number, and hours of operation. Local pages also share the functionality of other Google+ pages – you can create and manage circles, start and join hangouts, and share content like posts and photos.

How to verify that you are the business owner.

Google has a number of options to verify that you are the business owner.  If your phone number is listed on the existing Google+ page then the easiest way is to have Google phone you with the Page ‘Pin Number’.  You’ll see on the Google+ page for your business in the right hand lower column “Is this your business”  Manage this page.  Click on that link and follow the verification steps.  I have a number of Google pages and the mailing option has taken around 14 days to get to me …

Google User Guide to Pin Verification Click on this link for the Google User Guide to Pin Verification.

How to create your own Google+ Page for Business

Step 1 – Create your Google+ Profile on Google

Do you already have a Gmail account?  Easy … login straight away to get started. BUT, it is recommended you setup 2 separate Google+ accounts – one for business and one for personal.

Don’t have a Gmail account?  Easy … sign up to Google to get started – click here to get started.

Step 2 – Create your Google+ Page – Click here to start creating your Google+ Page.

Quick links to Google:

Google+ Your Business – click here to download the PDF guide from Google

Google+ for Business – Introduction

Google+ for You – Sign in/Sign Up

Google+ for Business – Getting Started

Google+ – Business User Verification Guide QLD360