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Local Businesses Do Not Need a Web Site to Show Up on the First Page of Google


The First Thing a Business Should Do Online is to Claim its Google Places Local Listing

While a few local businesses have figured out that Google Places can put them in a competitive position on the Web, many still believe they need a Web site to be found in the Google search engine. What these folks soon discover, however, is that getting a Web site to the first page of Google is far, far harder than getting their business on the first page of Google using Google Places.

What is Google Places? Andrea Wilson of Online Marketing Vancouver explains, "When you search for a local business, you will often see a small version of Google Maps, with several ’Place page’ listings beside it or near it. These Place pages often appear right in the middle of the list of actual Web sites. If you click on the link to the business, you will see its profile, including contact information, reviews, services provided, images and a link to its Web site, if it has one.

“After checking out our free video on how to properly set up your local listings profile (, go to Google Places and ’claim’ your listing, or Google will just populate your profile as best it can! Then fill out your profile following the directions in the free video.”

Getting onto the first page of Google with Google Places isn’t magic or luck. It requires basic search engine optimization (SEO) techniques. All businesses want to be on the first page of Google, but only the ones who do it right will be found there. That applies to Google Places, as well as to Web sites.

While Google Place pages currently have far less competition than Web sites because they are so localized, it’s still important to claim your local listing and fill out your profile. Only seven Place pages appear on the first page of Google; you’ll want your business to be one of them.

Visit to find out how to set up your local listings for maximum effectiveness, or call Andrea Wilson at 604-468-4992 for a free 30-minute consultation and get your Online Marketing questions answered today.


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