Verify Google Business Profile
Verify Google Business Profile
Do you lead a local business or nonprofit and need to verify your Google Business Profile?
Do you want to reach more people in your local area?
Do you need some help to create, claim and verify your business on Google Maps, Bing Maps, Apple Maps, Yelp and more?
Google Business Profile and Other Local Listings
The old days of the Yellow Pages phone book are gone!
Today people search for local businesses, services, and nonprofits online in search engines.
Google understands this, and when you search for something local, Google includes in the search results what’s known as the “Local 3 Pack” – 3 listings with data derived from Google Business Profiles.
While your organization can appear in the general Google search results without any action on your part, your organization won’t appear in the “Local 3 Pack” or Google Maps until you claim and verify your Google Business Profile.
The same is true if you want your organization to show up for people who search Bing, Yelp, Apple Maps, and other local search engines.
How do I Verify my Google Business Profile?
Generally speaking there are 3 ways to verify your Google Business Profile – by phone, email or postcard. If you want to try to do this yourself, see our guide How to Create, Claim and Verify Your Google Business Profile.
But things are often not as simple and straightforward as we would like.
- Google doesn’t always give all organizations all 3 verification options.
- If someone else has already claimed your Google Business Profile, it may be difficult to gain access to it.
- If your organization uses another organization’s space (e.g a church that rents space from a school) that can complicate matters.
- If your organization has multiple locations, like a franchise or multisite church, you will have to verify each location’s Google Business Profile separately.
- Sometimes Google requires additional verifications like a copy of a utility bill or photos of signage to prove you serve customers at the address provided.
If you run into these situations, verifying your Google Business Profile could take a long time, a lot of effort, and create a lot of frustration.
Professional Google Business Profile Verification
If you want avoid the hassles and headaches that often come with trying to verify your Google Business Profile on your own, and you want to make sure it gets done right, it makes sense to hire an SEO company that has lots of expertise and experience claiming and verifying Google Business Profiles and other local listings.
OurChurch.Com has been verifying Google Business Profiles for more than a decade (all through the years it was known as Google Places and then Google My Business).
As our name implies, we specialize in helping churches and include Google Business Profile verification in our church SEO service.
But we also help local Christian nonprofits and Christian-owned businesses verify their Google Business Profile and other local listings as a part of our Local SEO service.
Google Business Profile Monitoring and Updating
Search engine algorithms are constantly changing, especially local search engines.
It’s also not uncommon for Google Business Profiles and other local listings to get suspended, deactivated, or changed without warning or notification.
This is why our local SEO services are not one-time services, but include monitoring local listings, reviewing monthly search ranking reports, and a Google Business Profile expert who is able to fix any problems that may arise and answer any questions you might have.
We look forward to talking with you about your Google Business Profile, and helping your local organization live out its mission online!