Google Local - Register Your Business and Blog

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy

Last week, Jon Washburn published a great post about 7 SEO Secrets to Dominate Your Local Market
I'll start with the first one, registering your ActiveBlogs and Businesses on Google Local.  There are many benefits to doing this, an important one is just being found and getting some of that additional SEO.

It only takes a couple minutes and it's FREE.

You can create and upload your Office and Blog or Website information individually, or if you have a Company or Office with multiple addresses, you can upload an excel spreadsheet with all the locations and watch Google Local work it's magic.  You'll find both of these options really easy to use.

Enter your business information as shown below.  Your listing will appear to the right. This is just a first step. After this has been completed, you will be able to upload photos and videos, specify categories, payment options and business hours and much more.

       

Next you can add multiple categories, office hours, payment options, photos, video, and additional details you may want consumers to know.  You can include up to 5 different videos. Final step is the validation which can be completed over the phone or by postcard.  I used the phone verification method below.

The process is completed and you'll show up on Google Maps within one business day.

Why not take a couple minutes, register your Business and site on Google Local, and see what benefit it brings to your business?  Provide all you can to the traffic, visitors, and those searching Google by the millions every day.  You have nothing to lose except the 5 minutes it will take to complete these steps. 


The next step is to get your clients and business associates to write a quick review.
  Here's a link to our ActiveRain Business Office on Google Local.  If you have an extra moment while you're here, we'd love your review.

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Rainmaker
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Terri Visser
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
CRS - 12 Years Selling Central Oregon Real Estate

That was easy. Thanks!

Feb 12, 2009 03:11 PM #99
Rainmaker
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Hi Brad - once in awhile there is something to be said for coming in late to the party - I get the tips on the coupons, etc.  ;-)

Thanks for the reminder to do this on some new things I've been working on.  I had done it on other sites, probably at your prompting some time ago when this was first mentioned.  Your tips do rock!

Ann

Feb 13, 2009 05:05 AM #100
Rainmaker
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Randall Sandin
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
843-209-9667 - Search for Charleston SC Real Estate

thanks for the great tips especially the google ones

Feb 13, 2009 05:56 AM #101
Rainmaker
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Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest - Cary, IL
SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL

As always, great tips, Brad. If only I could keep up with them all! We will definitely check out Google Local. Congrats on your almost one year anniversary, too!

Feb 13, 2009 07:29 AM #102
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Georgia Endiott
PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignature.com - Saint Louis, MO
Sold on City Living - Working and Living in Saint Louis

Wow, thank you so much for the helpful information and the thoroughness with which you deliver it.

Feb 15, 2009 04:28 PM #103
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Debbie Kent
For Sale By Owner - GOTOFSBO.com - Fairfax Station, VA
FSBO Marketer - GOTOFSBO.com

Thanks for the tip - going to do it right now.  deb

Feb 17, 2009 10:41 AM #104
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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

I think that before I check out ANY blog, I should simply go on auto pilot and check yours. I could have saved myself a lot of time just looking at all the wonderful tips you give us. Working on those coupons now.

Thanks again.

Feb 18, 2009 02:11 AM #105
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Brad Andersohn
Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad 707.646.1876

Pacita - just subscribe via my email widget under my photo on the sidebar, and you'll never miss another post.  Always great to hear from you, let me know when you or your office want me to come back out.  Much has changed since I was last there and I'd love to come share and see you all again soon.  :-)

Feb 18, 2009 08:05 AM #106
Rainmaker
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Pete FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS

Brad - I'd forgotten all about google local when I moved and started my own real estate company. That's first on tomorrow's list. Thanks so much.

Feb 18, 2009 06:34 PM #107
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Great info Brad. I am off to check it out and see if I am already registered.  It's so great to go back and read the posts I have missed due to the whole freezing computer thing.

Feb 19, 2009 09:40 AM #108
Rainmaker
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Heather Fitzgerald
REALTY WORLD-Harbert Company, Inc. - Greenwood, IN
REALTOR Greenwood Indiana Real Estate

Thanks for sharing this information with us.  I love this site so much!!!!

Feb 20, 2009 09:34 PM #109
Rainmaker
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Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

I just got done doing it, Brad.WOW...I already did this in yahoo local.....

=-)

 

Feb 21, 2009 12:04 AM #110
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Maya Thomas LLC, Broker
Key West, Key Haven, Geiger, Sugarloaf, Cudjoe, Summerland - Key West, FL
Key West FL Historic Old Town Estates, Bungalows

You are so generous.  Thank you sounds so flat when I'm so grateful.  Wish I could give something back for all you do for us.

Feb 23, 2009 04:48 AM #111
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Brad Andersohn
Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad 707.646.1876

Maya - thank you. The best way to give something back is to "Pay It Forward" to another member somehow.  Only you can decide "how" that will be.  I sure appreciate your comment, thanks again.  :-)

Feb 23, 2009 09:35 AM #114
Rainmaker
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Malisa Spivey
Key Real Estate Services & Property Management - Hewitt, TX
My Opinions are Free and I Freely give them.

Just one more reason to the millions of why I love this site.

Feb 25, 2009 10:35 AM #115
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Tiffany L. Young
Coldwell Banker - Davie, FL
GRI, CDPE - Broward County Florida Real Estate

Thank you Brad! I just registered and it took about 3 minutes.  How cool is that!

Feb 26, 2009 03:35 PM #116
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Albert Byrd
Albert Byrd RE Investment Ft Lauderdale, FL Great Condos Inc - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Albert Byrd, Broker, Investor, Partner for RE InvestmentThere seems to be a lot to learn to be proficient at this blogging/marketing. You guys really help a lot and should know how much we "newbies" appreciate it. Thank you.

 

Mar 03, 2009 10:16 AM #117
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Kim Lenz
EXIT Realty In Touch - Valdosta, GA

Thanks so much frm another "newbie". There truly is so much to learn for us not so savvy folks out here. All info is appreciated.

Mar 14, 2009 06:15 PM #118
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Mike Young
203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states - Fairfield, CA
FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668

Very cool. I had no idea that was possible though I had seen it on some of the businesses I call on. Thank you. I'm a newbie to ActiveRain as well.

Mar 17, 2009 08:00 PM #119
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Yuri Blanco
RE/MAX Advantage - Nampa, ID

Brad-  Thank you.  It was quick and easy and the best thing of all it was FREE I love those!  I learn something new everyday on Active Rain thanks to people like you.

Mar 18, 2009 11:47 PM #120
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