Getting started with a local business listing on Google Places
Why verify your business with Google Places?
Once you've verified the local listing for your business, you can enhance it by adding photos, videos, coupons, and even real-time updates like weekly specials. Verifying the listing gives you the opportunity to share even more information about your business with Google.
How it works
Google uses data from many sources to compose local business listings. Each listing includes information from one or more sources, such as third-party providers, user edits, and verified business owner records. To make sure the basic information you submit is accurate, we'll ask you to verify it first by entering a PIN that will be sent to either your business address or phone number.
You can add other information to the local listing too—such as a description of your business, photos, reviews, or information about hours.
Before you get started, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Right now, Google Places is available for businesses in only certain countries.
To find out if your country is one of them, click Add new listing when signed in to your Google Places account. Check the country drop down at the top of the sign-up page. Or, just see the list below. Country availability
Andorra Ethiopia Latvia Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates Finland Morocco Solomon Islands Afghanistan Fiji Madagascar Seychelles Angola France Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Sweden Argentina Gabon Mongolia Singapore American Samoa United Kingdom Macao Slovenia Austria Ghana Northern Mariana Islands Slovakia Australia Gambia Malta Sierra Leone Bangladesh Greece Mauritius Senegal Belgium Guam Maldives Sao Tome and Principe Bulgaria Hong Kong Malawi Chad Bahrain Croatia Mexico Togo Burundi Hungary Malaysia Thailand Benin Indonesia Mozambique Tajikistan Brunei Darussalam Ireland Namibia Turkmenistan Brazil Israel New Caledonia Tunisia Bhutan India Nigeria Tonga Botswana Iraq Netherlands Turkey Canada Iceland Norway Taiwan Democratic Republic of the Congo Italy Nepal Tanzania, United Republic of Central African Republic Jordan New Zealand Ukraine Congo Japan Oman Uganda Switzerland Kenya French Polynesia United States Côte d'Ivoire Kyrgyzstan Papua New Guinea Uzbekistan Chile Cambodia Philippines Viet Nam China Republic of Korea Pakistan Vanuatu Czech Republic Kuwait Poland Samoa Germany Kazakhstan Portugal Yemen Djibouti Lao People's Democratic Republic Palau South Africa Denmark Lebanon Qatar Zambia Algeria Liechtenstein Romania Zimbabwe Estonia Sri Lanka Serbia Egypt Lithuania Russian Federation Spain Luxembourg Rwanda
- It's free.
Adding your local business listing to Google Places is free, and Google doesn't accept payment to include particular listings or sites in our search results. However, we do offer locally-targeted advertising through our AdWords program.
- Every business listing must have a mailing address.
This is the physical address where mail can be sent to your business. If you work from home or you are a mobile-only business you can specify service areas and choose to hide your physical address later on!
- Check out our quality guidelines.
In order for your business location to be approved to appear on Google, it should follow our quality guidelines. Be sure to familiarize yourself with them.
When creating the local listing for your business, make sure that your internet browser is Chrome, Firefox, or Safari to ensure that it publishes properly.
To start creating a free local business listing for your business, go to the Google Places and sign in with your Google account. If you don't already have a Google account, click Sign up now to create a new Google account. You can also use an AdWords login and password, if you have one.