You own a business; You know the challenges of finding new customers.
Google local business center is a great tool to give you free exposure for local search. More people use Google online search than any other media to find local information. Sign up for Google Free local business center and take charge of the information that you present to your customers.
You can customize your business on Google and Google maps by uploading pictures, videos, menus, hours and days of operation and much more to make you stand out from your competition. The analytics that you can view on your free listing are amazing.
You can immediately see who’s searching for you, how your customers found you, where they’re coming from and more. This will help you with your marketing efforts when you know exactly what your customer is searching for. You can continuously adjust your information on Google to improve your results based on the information you’re able to collect. Did I mention It’s FREE!
Here’s the link for Google Local Business Center, Use It!
But don’t stop there. The internet does not revolve only around Google alone.
Yahoo captures a very good share of local search as well. You can sign up with them and add the information that your future customers need. Yahoo has a free version for you to join, it also has a paid version for which they charge $9.95 per month. For that monthly fee they basically offer you what you get on Google for free, I’m not really sure why they choose this business model. Still, join their free version and get your business listed with them.
MSN offers a local Business listing center as well. With the advent of BING, MSN is slowly but surely capturing a good percentage of search queries on the internet. Keep something in mind. Millions of computers are shipped every year with software from Microsoft. Along with that software comes MSN Bing internet explorer. Not everyone chooses to go with Google, they simply leave MSN Search on their computer. They may not be at the level and popularity of Google (yet), but don’t forget about them. Here’s the link to follow for MSN Local Listing
https://ssl.bing.com/listings/BusinessSearch.aspx It’s prettier than Google’s link.
Be ahead of your competitors by placing your listing there as well. These are free methods of adverting and exposure to your business that you should fully take advantage of!!