How to claim your local SEO listingsBy claiming any of listing of your online business you are certifying that you own a valid business and are authorized to maintain its online presence. Every online local business index contains their own processes for claiming with unique steps that verify your listing. In this article, we provide a general explanation of what you can expect to go through during the process of claiming at the majority of local business indexes. Generally, entities will start off by asking you to determine whether your business is already in their index. If it is, do not be surprised, even if you have never placed a listing there! Unless you just opened your business today, there probably already is some sort of record on the web of its existence. Generally, you will have to enter the name of your business or your phone number to find out if you already have any listings. You will then have to look over any information that already exists, correct any information that is incorrect and provide any information on the name, phone number, address, business categories, website address, and any other details that are new or missing. This is where it is crucial to be accurate and consistent. Keep in mind that on every listing. You want the core details of your business, for example, name, phone number, address, website, etc. to be identical.
Once all the information on your local business has been filled out, you will then be required to go through a process of verification. There are three ways in which this type could happen:
- Through an immediate phone call in which you will have to verify your pin number
- Through an email where you will have to click on a verification link
- Through a postal mail postcard as well as the verification of a pin number