Google Places For Businesses

Google Places for businesses (Google Maps) provides localised results for commercial searches. The map results are separate from paid (Adwords PPC) and organic search results.

Try Searching for local term:

Port Elizabeth Hotel

and you will see the potential exposure Google Places For Business offers in promoting your business. When potential customers search Maps for local information, they’ll find your business: your address, hours of operation, even photos of your storefront or products. This exposure is FREE.



Login via your Google Account or Register for one. You’ll be able to add your listing, which is fairly self-explanatory.

Guide to maximising your exposure:


[accordion title=”Company or Organisation” close=”1″]Enter your company name, followed by a description of what your business does. Keep as natural as possible.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Description” close=”1″]Provide a concise description of what your company offers (include as many keywords as possible.(Treat this space as a classified Advert).[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Category” close=”1″]Select the appropriate categories which best discribe what your business offers.Type keywords as you think a client would search for your business. Make sure to use all 5 categories allowed.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Service Areas & Location” close=”1″]Advise whether you service from a fixed location and your target. [/accordion]
[accordion title=”Photos & Videos” close=”1″]Well populated listings tend to receive better positioning visits, so add product & service pictures and videos if you have.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Additional Details” close=”1″]This section allows you to expand on any additional details. This section is the ideal area to list your products and services linking them to the relevant pages on your website.[/accordion]