{"slug":"","name":"","news":[{"post_id":6535,"categories":[{"term_id":15,"name":"Marketing","slug":"marketing","term_group":0,"term_taxonomy_id":15,"taxonomy":"category","description":"","parent":0,"count":95,"filter":"raw"},{"term_id":120,"name":"Saskatoon","slug":"saskatoon","term_group":0,"term_taxonomy_id":120,"taxonomy":"category","description":"","parent":0,"count":14,"filter":"raw"}],"link":"https:\/\/www.yastech.ca\/claiming-your-google-my-business-canadian-land-location\/","title":"Claiming Your Google My Business | Canadian Land Location","content":"Google My Business handles Canadian Land Locations and PO Boxes a little differently, though it's an important tool for every local business. Apart from standard Search Engine Optimization practices, Google\u2019s card is an invaluable resource for potential customers to find your location, phone number, and website.<\/span>\r\n\r\nHowever, Google and its products are based in America, which means there are certain Canada-only aspects that Google My Business doesn\u2019t work with (at least not yet).<\/span>\r\n

Google My Business | Canadian Land Locations<\/span><\/h2>\r\nThe Canada-specific issue I\u2019ve dealt with the most here at Yas<\/a> is that Google My Business does not work with land locations. If your business doesn\u2019t have a street address and postal code, you will not be able to have a pin on a map for your business.<\/span>\r\n\r\nI personally worked on an issue like this for a few weeks and even though we saw examples of this working just down the highway from the business I was working with, Google\u2019s comment on the matter was \u201cthose must have been done by mistake\u201d.\u00a0<\/span>\r\n

Google My Business | Canadian PO Box<\/span><\/h2>\r\nMany of Canada\u2019s smaller communities still use PO Boxes rather than personal mailing addresses. This is also an issue that Google My Business doesn\u2019t seem to understand.<\/span>\r\n\r\nSimilar to the land location issue, you\u2019ll find that Google My Business won\u2019t let you create a listing without a street address and postal code here, either.<\/span>\r\n\r\nLuckily, there is one workaround, though it\u2019s far from perfect.<\/span>\r\n

The Option You Still Have<\/span><\/h2>\r\nIn both of these examples, unfortunately, having a pin on a map isn\u2019t an option for you. You can, however, use a personal address to verify the business listing, and then change your business to a \u201cservice area\u201d type business. This way, you can hide your personal address and still show up with a Google Card when someone searches for your business.<\/span>\r\n\r\nVisually, it will look something more like the following image, where you\u2019ll have to highlight a section of the map, rather than provide a pin for someone to navigate to.<\/span>\r\n\r\n\"\"\r\n

Claiming a Service Area Google My Business Listing<\/span><\/h3>\r\n \r\n

1. Go to business.google.com<\/a>, login with a valid Gmail or Gsuite<\/a> email, and enter your business name.<\/span><\/h3>\r\n\"\"\r\n

2. As you type your business name, check to see if Google has already pre-populated your business. This can happen if people search for your business before you\u2019ve created or claimed it.<\/span><\/h3>\r\n\"\"\r\n

3. You\u2019ll come to a page that asks if you want to add a location customers can visit. Click \u201cno\u201d.<\/span><\/h3>\r\n\"\"\r\n

4. Choose one or more general locations to add to your Service Area.<\/span><\/h3>\r\n\"\"\r\n

5. Choose a business category<\/span><\/h3>\r\n\"\"\r\n

6. Enter how you\u2019d like to be contacted<\/span><\/h3>\r\n\"\"\r\n

7. Now for the difficult part. Most likely if you\u2019re adding a business that\u2019s not already established with Google, they\u2019ll want to verify you the old-fashioned way\u2014through snail mail. You\u2019ll come to a screen where they want you to enter your business\u2019 mailing information. <\/span><\/h3>\r\n\"\"\r\n

8. You\u2019ll get a physical postcard from Google in the next few days (or sometimes weeks). Please note that your listing will not appear publicly until it is fully verified by Google.<\/span><\/h3>\r\n\"\"","date":"Oct 9th, 2019","excerpt":"Google My Business handles Canadian Land Locations and PO Boxes a little differently, though it’s an important tool for every local business. Apart from standard Search Engine Optimization practices, Google\u2019s […]","thumbnail":"\"\""},{"post_id":6516,"categories":[{"term_id":15,"name":"Marketing","slug":"marketing","term_group":0,"term_taxonomy_id":15,"taxonomy":"category","description":"","parent":0,"count":95,"filter":"raw"},{"term_id":120,"name":"Saskatoon","slug":"saskatoon","term_group":0,"term_taxonomy_id":120,"taxonomy":"category","description":"","parent":0,"count":14,"filter":"raw"},{"term_id":4,"name":"Social Media","slug":"social-media","term_group":0,"term_taxonomy_id":4,"taxonomy":"category","description":"","parent":0,"count":43,"filter":"raw"}],"link":"https:\/\/www.yastech.ca\/start-getting-leads-using-a-lookalike-audience-on-facebook-today\/","title":"[VIDEO] Start Getting Leads Using A Lookalike Audience On Facebook Today","content":"