Gone are the days when people referred to volumes and volumes of yellow pages to find out about a local business or businesspersons who operate out of your local area. Searching for a local listing has an all-new avatar and the most effective way these days is searching online.
Google has hosted its online local business listing service which means that if you are not registered or listed to Google Local Business Listing, you may be losing our your business opportunity to your competitor who is listed in this local business listing.
Let us take an example of a service related business, say you want to search for a local electrical services around your area. You need to get an electrical fitting job done at a site and you want to know about all the plumbing services that are operational in and around your area. When you type in the plumbing services keywords in the search box of the search engine, it will show you the Google local business listings followed by the name of the city in the search. Not only this, it will also show you a mini Google map along with 10 URLs which will also have the phone numbers listed for each of the business. Google’s local business listings are becoming increasingly popular and more and more people are clicking on these links to get their work done.
It is also advantageous for you if your business is listed in the yellow pages because Google takes information from these yellow pages and other third party business directories to generate the local business listings.
Google also gives you an opportunity to make your own free listing online at http://www.google.com/local/add/splashPage?hl=en-US&gl=US or even to claim ownership of a listing, which already exists. Once you take ownership, you can update it with the latest information and keep it up-to-date for maximum business advantage. As it is with Google it loves to keep the site updated and keeps adding new features to the local listings. In some instances, it has also integrated the YouTube videos with its listings. This keeps the site attractive and ensures more and more people keep visiting repeatedly.
Registering with Google local business listing is simple, and it happens in just a few simple steps like logging in and registering in with Google Maps, adding a new business or claiming an existing business from a claim list, add details like address, phone number etc, validate the same and then submit it. Give your business the Google Local Business Center advantage today.