You created your own business and now you want to rank on Google’s #1 page. Good! You came to the right place.
Google My Business has become essential for online visibility to small to medium size businesses. By being Verified through Google My Business, a company can now begin to be noticed by Google’s algorithm more clearly. This means that your business will be officially seen as a certified business and can begin to be promoted online with confidence. Your business can now be reviewed, have pictures posted on it, as well as be found easier through Google Maps.
The benefits don’t stop there either! With better online visibility your company now has a new way to interact with customers. Google My Business becomes a new free marketing tool that you can use to promote your business easier. You can provide useful information to new customers such as:
Hours of operations
Call button for ease of contact
The exact description of your company
All of these benefits begin as soon as you verify your business with Google My Business. There are a couple of ways you can start the verifying process.
Before beginning the verification process you will have to claim your business in the Google My Business listing. Once you have claimed your business, you will be able to choose how to verify your business from a multitude of options.
1. Postcard / By Mail
To verify your business listing by mail, enter your business address in Google My Business. Then Google will send you a postcard with a verification code. Postcards expire after 30 days, but most clients receive the postcard within 14 days for the US and 28 days for Canada.
If you update your business information, there is a possibility that Google will require us to send out a new postcard. This is most commonly seen with an address change.
NO PO BOX, VIRTUAL OFFICE, OR MAILING CENTER ADDRESSES MAY BE USED.
Follow the steps below to use a computer to request a verification postcard:
Sign in to Google My Business.
Choose the business you'd like to verify, then click Verify now.
On the postcard request screen, make sure that your address is displayed accurately. If it isn't, edit the address before you request your letter. You can also add an Optional contact name to help us get your postcard to you.
Click Send postcard.
Check the mail for your postcard. Most postcards arrive within 14 days. Do not edit your business name, address, or category, or request a new code while you're waiting. This may delay the verification process.
To enter the verification code, follow these steps:
After you get your postcard, sign in to Google My Business.
If you have multiple locations, open the location you'd like to manage.
Click Verify location from the menu, or click the Verify now button.
In the Code field, enter the 5-digit verification code from your postcard.