Google Places is a huge directory of information relating to every kind of place you can imagine. Most commonly, people think of entries in the Google Places database as businesses, although they can represent anything from monuments to schools. More often than not you will have seen them on a Google Maps entry as a little marker which expands when you click on it to reveal information about that place.
–>> For you as a business person, this presents a great opportunity for creating more visibility for your business through Google’s tools.
Registering and maintaining your Google Places entry is free. You can register at www.google.com/places and create your listing. It can be as simple or impressive as you like. There is support for text, images and video, so any combination of those is fine.
Once you have set up your listing, you will appear on Google Maps when someone views your area, and you may even find you are seen on search results relevant to your business when people in your area use Google. Quite often a Google Places search result will appear right at the top of the search results, so this could be a great way to attract new business.
As a free service, you have nothing to lose (other than a few minutes of your time) from enrolling in the Google Places program and there is a great chance of getting new business. However, there are some very important things that you must do in order to MAXIMIZE your Google Places entry. Otherwise, you will never show up on the first page of Google.
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