Get your handyman business listed on google places
If you have not set up your local listing on google places then you need to do it immediately following reading this article. Here’s how to get started:
1. Set up a google account:
Go to http://google.com/places and click “sign up now”. If you already have an account just log in.
2. Add a new listing
After signing up and logging in click “Add new listing” to begin adding your handyman business to google places.
3. Fill out all the information for your listing
You will now need to fill out all the information for your handyman business. Fill out every detail because this will improve your chances of ranking high when someone searches for a handyman in your city. If you don’t have a website right now then click the check box for “I don’t have a website”. You can edit this later after you get a website for your handyman business which should be immediately. Enter a complete description and also a few categories (Handyman, Home Repair, etc.). Fill out all the other info and click next.
TOP SECRET TIP: For company/organization enter “your city” Handyman. For example: “Houston Handyman”, this will greatly increase your ranking. Do not do this now. I actually got my listing removed for this. Google want’s you to only put your business name in this spot. I since had to create a new listing.
3. Submit your handyman listing
After completing the next page and filling everything out completely and adding photos, payment options, etc. click “submit” to get your listing submitted. It is important to have everything filled out as complete as possible as google seems to reward that with better ranking. You will then need to verify your listing. If you are lucky, google will let you verify by phone which is instant. Otherwise you will have to verify by mail which can take two weeks or so.
4. Receive calls
Now that you will be listed with google if someone searches for a handyman in your area you should show up and they can call you or visit your website for more information. Google gives detailed statistics on how many impressions and clicks your listing receives for the month. This is just one more effective and totally free method of advertising that you should be using for your handyman business.
Feel free to take a look at my google listing and see if there is anything you can learn/copy from it. To find my listing just type “corona handyman” in google. I should be the top listing in not only the maps but also the organic searches. Do what I have done and see if you get to the top.
Want to watch a video tutorial?
If you need a more in depth tutorial showing exactly how to set up a Google Places listing and how to make it rank higher in the search engines check out mycourse. This is just one section I cover with video tutorials showing you everything you need to know about Google Places.