5 Google + Tips For Google Places SEO That Will Get You On the Map
Are you struggling in getting your local business listed in the top position of Google Places?
There has been a lot of controversy in the local SEO industry about what it is going to happen with Google+ and Google Places.
Is Google going to put more importance on Google+ than Google Places? Or were they going to get rid of Places completely and force business owners to move over to Google+?
Nobody seemed to have the answer for quite some time, until Google began doing some integration from Google+ into Google Pages back in November. Then a short time after that, the examples of integration that we saw disappeared.
Now fast forward to February and we are see integration again. It appears Google+ is integrating some of their data into Google Places. This is contrary to what many people thought would happen.
Take this example of this search phrase, Dentist 29607:
What Google Places listing does you eye get drawn to?
The Greenville dentist, Julian Thomas, seems to be on the ball when it comes to Google+. His profile photo that he uses on his Google+ profile is appearing, and I bet it is paying off big time for his dentistry business!
Although he is not #1 for that keyword phrase, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is getting more exposure and more business than the two competitors above him. This is because his listing sticks out. It has something that all the other listings don’t have.
Use This Quick, Easy Way to Get Ahead of Your Competitors in Google Places
If you would like your listing to stick out, just like the dentist did in the example above, follow these steps:
- Create your Google+ profile by going to https://plus.google.com/. Be sure to fill out your name that you’d like displayed and use a professional photo as your profile picture.
- Once your Google+ profile is complete, you are going to have to link your content to your Google+ profile and vice versa. The easiest way to do this is to add a link to your Google+ profile in your sidebar or the footer of your site. Something like this is perfect:<a href=”[profile_url]?rel=author”>Google</a>
- Once you have linked to your Google+ profile, you can now notify Google that you are the author/owner of your website. To do this, go back to your Google+ profile, and select the blue “Edit Profile” button. On the right side, you should see a box that says “Contributor to”. Put your mouse over that and click and you’ll be able to add your website to the “Contributor to” box.
- That’s it! You can use Google’s Rich Snippets Testing Tool to see how your site would look now that you’ve connected your Google+ account to your website.
You won’t notice immediate results. In some cases, it can take up to six weeks for Google to start adding your photo to the search results, but when it does happen, you will have an extra little boost on your competition.
Are You A Local Business Owner and Ready to Dominate Google Places?
Google+ is just one of the many different topics we will be teaching and discussing at the Local Search Workshop on Saturday, March 24th. If you are serious about getting ahead of your competition and getting more customers from the internet, then you do not want to miss out on this workshop.
I attended the Local Search Workshop last year as a student and it changed my life. I applied everything that Roy and his team taught me and built a six-figure business within a year.
Since then, I have dedicated my whole business to local search marketing and I have been helping local business owners get found online. I will also be a teacher alongside Roy Reyer and Steven Ferrino sharing my tips and strategies at the Local Search Workshop in March.
Take a look at what past students had to say about the Local Search Workshop:
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