Did You Claim Your Google Places Listing?
If a business owner sees that their business is listed in Google, they tend to think their Google listing is OK and will show up when clients search for their services, so they take the business listing for granted. But in fact, unless a Google Places listing has been claimed, and owner verified, the business is at risk of losing their listing. More importantly, claimed listings tend to rank higher than non-verified listings.
What is a verified business listing? Google wants to know that the business owner controls the address and/or phone number associated with the business. Google has established a procedure for the business owner to confirm this information. After the owner has followed the steps provided, the business is then verified.
So how do you know if your business has claimed its Google Places listing? Click through to view the “Places Page.” Take a look at the listing. If there is a line that says “Owner-verified listing”, the listing is verified. This is shown in the first image. On the other hand, if the business has not been claimed and verified, there will be a line showing a link that says “Business owner?” An example of this is the second image.
Before you think that everything is fine and your Google local listing is secure, make sure you have checked your actual place page to see if it has been owner verified. If it isn’t, you are at great risk of losing your position. So, if you’re a business owner, go to Google Places and claim your business listing now.