How to Rank in Google Maps

Local SEO simplified

Local business owner looking for how to’s for ranking higher in Google Maps for your local business? Look no further because I am going to reveal to you techniques that will help your business be found in Google Maps Results, as well as Google web search results (because you can not have one without the other).

Improve Customer Service for Your Local Ranking on Google

Just imagine your ideal customer using their mobile device searching Google. If they can find your business quickly, that’s a great customer service (both for Google and your business) and at this moment whether their mobile device Location Services option is turned on or off, Google most likely will know their current location. You influence Google Maps ranking by telling search engines where your business is located and areas that it serves.

How Google sources and uses information in business listings Let’s imagine that you are in a restaurant business, then if you search for “Italian Restaurants” using your smartphone, Google will try to show you nearby restaurants. In the image below, Google uses local results to suggest some options to the searcher. sample google local search results for Italian restaurants

To simplify your understanding of how to rank higher in Google Maps, take another look at the image above, pay special attention and notice the part where it says “All, Maps, News, Images, Videos” and you’ll notice the word ALL underlined in blue color. That’s because at the core of ALL Google ranking algorithms are all the same signals and ranking factors.

However, you found RankYa and now want to know the answer to this very important question “what differs when it comes to Google Maps results?”. Naturally, knowing that particular answer is the key for highest possible Google Maps rankings for various search terms for your local business.

Top 4 Methods for Ranking Higher in Google Maps
  1. Reviews and also your reply to the reviews your customer has left
  2. Having a complete Google My Business Listing profile
  3. Fully search engine optimize your website
  4. Backlinks

Get Ranked in Google Maps Using Reviews

Reviews are a natural part of the Internet, in fact, in the year 2021 the people power has really changed the way businesses operate. Now you the individual, or your customer who is happy and satisfied can use their smart phones to share their experiences. You as the local business owner need to simplify the process of obtaining reviews

Create a link for customers to write reviews

Keep in mind, when we say: get and reply back to reviews, we are not just talking about reviews on your Google My Business Listing, but rather, any other website that Google crawls and analyzes (including Facebook Business Page Reviews, Yelp Reviews etc.). Because Google combines all it finds for a given business website ranking.

Pro Tip for Google Map Ranking: When replying back to your customer’s feedback, make sure to also include your important keywords that you want to be ranked for in Google Maps

Must Have Profile for Top Ranking in Google Map

In previous years having a profile in Google My Business was an option but not a necessity. That is no longer the case because today you just have to use it for getting top Google rankings in Google Local Business search results (including Google Maps ranking results as well). Most small business owners do not bother to thoroughly complete their business profile, make sure you are not one of them.

How to Rank in Google Maps With Search Engine Optimization of Your Local Business Website

SEO may not be what you think it is, and it definitely isn’t placing some important keywords in the URL, Title, Meta Description, links and textual content area. Only beginners do SEO along those lines.

Instead, use more advanced techniques such as intelligently using keywords through internal linking, optimize images, and add Structured Data. Ideally, your ultimate aim is to obtain higher conversions. Here’s Local Business Schema Markup example. You can also visit Google Search Gallery for more samples such as Local Business Schema Markup which can compliment your business website particularly for its knowledge graph.

Remember that everything you do online helps Google connect your business information together.

Embed Or Share Google Maps URL

On your contact page of your website, you can include a link or embed Google Maps showing location information for your business. And as your business website grows and people share your content, they will also be sharing the links within the content, especially when you link back to your Google Map Listing.

As you market your business on internet creating profiles and business details on external sites, you can also Embed Google Map Listing as well as provide a link to Google Maps URL on those external sites as well. The most important element to remember about content marketing is that it has to be done naturally and in a timely manner.

That means No Quickie like hiring so called Google Local SEO Experts spamming Google with their software programs, or changing their IP locations when getting citations or creating free websites for linking. As you know, the road to success is through hard work, and only hard work will lead to true lasting success, be it online or in life.

What Not to Do for Google Maps Rankings

  • Do not buy backlinks
  • Do not get services for Google Maps Citations
  • Do not use software for Google Maps Citations
  • Do not use services that promise to create business listings (even if they say uniquely created, manual work)
  • Do not hire SEO guru’s that promise guaranteed Google Maps Ranking results
  • Do not use the same profile over and over in external sites (although most business details will be the same (e.g. address, location, phone number, business name) it is your job to make sure that you create professional listing with unique enough details)

There is Always Better Ways to Rank in Google Maps

any backlink for website and Google My Business Carefully look at the image above, you can see that different types of content can be used for backlinking. But did you know that you can link back to your Google Maps URL or even GMB photos? Whether its Google search results, Google Local Business results or Google Maps results, its just Google rankings because Google’s ranking algorithms combines EVERYTHING it finds about your business on internet.

Video Tutorial on How to Rank a Business in Google Maps Results

The most important factor to remember when performing optimization and marketing for top Google ranking outcomes, be persistent and also patient when marketing your business online. Do the right thing because its the right thing to do. Improve your local ranking on Google

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9 comments

  1. I happen to change the way my business name has appeared on business listings. Basically, most of the NAP is not the same in external listings. I am ranking in the top three-pack for some none competitive keywords. However, stuck in the 4th for most top keywords. I am ranking organically position 1 for these competitive keywords. Coul the different NAP be the cause? I have the local schema markup in place. Currently working on the post and page markup.

    1. Hello Jimmy, #Google will remedy this for you as any changes made in Google My Business listing is reflected in #Google Maps listing as well. Also, yes is the answer for rankings being effected by NAP details online. Best way to approach this is to pull your sleeves up and CHANGE the details on ANY external site you have control over changing the business details (for sites you can’t change the details on (such as scrapers etc.) simply ignore them). And within short amount of time Google will also update its results for your business, as a result ranking in Google Map listing as well. Furthermore, if you are stuck on 4th position, then, you can do many things to move up rankings. Simply follow #RankYa #SEO techniques. We would also encourage you to share our videos on your own website

      1. Hello rankya, so I implemented what you told me above. I changed the NAPs for a few listings that I could. Corrected all the structured data errors that I was having, and started adding new content on the site regularly. I have started seeing an increase in rankings for most competitive keywords in the map pack. Thanks for the tip.

        I have another query, I realised that the theme I am using is structured data ready. Previously I was using plugins for this, but got a lot of errors. So I have removed the plugins and all errors disappeared. I guess I was adding code on top of code. If I post a new article, I get the structured data from the theme very accurate. Should I just rely on what the theme generates and not manually add other jsson-ld code in the page?

        I have seen other gurus online discouraging the reliance on theme generated markups.

        1. Well Jimmy, that is why you take RankYa’s advise and not the other Guru’s. Meaning, yes, use the Structured Data through your Theme (that’s always better) and then IF you need to add Structured Data that your Theme doesn’t have. Then, insert JSON-LD accordingly. I’ve created a new post and videos showing Structured Data Examples https://www.rankya.com/structured-data/examples/ test that page in Google Structured Data Tester Tool https://search.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool you will notice VideoObject Markup. The Theme I am using Jupiter Theme doesn’t have VideoObject Markup. So thus, I can (and should) add that manually).

    1. Good on ya cobbler, great to see another Aussie commenting and using RankYa Google ranking techniques, please do let us know of outcomes upon using these techniques

  2. Do you know how to appear on the local pack on new keywords? I would like my my business page to appear on new key phrases. Thank you

    1. Hello Yassine, yes I do. Think it like this, there isn’t a keyword that I can not rank in Google while adhering to Google guidelines. There are many techniques already shared on RankYa blog and YouTube channel how to’s. Keep in mind that the best answer I can provide is to first complete on site search engine optimization. This includes many techniques especially page load times and mobile user experience improvements. Another critical factor is to use keyword thoroughly (most importantly naturally) with internal linking. Then, its all about creating content for your new keywords for local rankings (well the fact is, rankings are just that, rankings, be it for long tailed keywords, competitive keywords or any other keyword).

      As for ranking in Google Maps in the year 2019

      Focus on Structured Data when doing on page optimization. Keep in mind that adding Structured Data isn’t just about LocalBusiness JSON-LD but rather how else you are using it throughout your website. For example: linking to your YouTube channel with sameAs property will in-return let Google better understand your online presence. When creating content (for external site shares) link back (or link out to your online presence) knowing Googlebot follows links to build ranking signals for your Local Keywords.

      Embed a Google Map on Your Website and critically, keep adding new content as often as you can. But do so create useful content focusing on website visitors instead of just Google. Once again, there are many different ways to rank in Google Map Listings and RankYa blog provides more useful insights that does NOT spam Google.

      Add Photos to your Website and to Google My Business Listing

      Most under-utilized part of Local SEO is optimizing images. This is an art that is mastered through practice. RankYa Tip for Image SEO for higher Google Map ranking outcomes: use keywords within file names that include locality information (as in suburb, city, country) and then also use them through alt attributes in images. When uploading images to ANYWHERE online (including Google My Business Listing which Google Maps rankings are tied to) use the same Google ranking strategies.

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