In the past few years, Google has switched a lot of things up. With the new changes to Google, a lot of regular Google functions and how they operate has changed, too. From search engines to Google Maps, you’ve probably noticed that there’s been a bit of a switch up. That’s right, now Google Maps has listings that are ranked by far more than their categories and location proximity.
These days, you basically want to be in the top ten of Google. What is that? The top ten of Google means that your site is coming up in the first ten search results listed– appearing higher even than the other listings. The map ranking has been changed, a move likely due to the incredible amount of rankings and listings for companies and the like. So how can your business or site be optimized for the new protocol of Google Maps?
If you want to optimize your site for Google Maps. you have to do a few things. First, make sure that your listing info is correct. There should be a location, phone number, and address listed for the business– if there are more Google won’t like it and won’t acknowledge your listing. Also be sure that you don’t have a 1-800 number listed for your address as this does not match up with your area and may affect your ranking. Make sure that the number and details are accurate and that there’s only one phone number and address listed. Next, you’ll want to up the amount of inbound links and citations that you have since Google will be matching up your listing info with other sources.