How to Verify Your Google My Business Profile (GMB Verification)
Today You will learn How to Verify Your Google My Business Profile!!
My name is Mac Frederick and I used to work for Google. Over the past 6 years, I have been running my own small business digital marketing agency helping other business owners with SEO, Paid Advertising, Property Marketing, and more! This topic is extremely important so please watch the video or follow the blog to Verify Your Google My Business Profile!
Introduction to Google My Business
What is Google My Business?
For starters, you want to know what Google My Business is before you decide to invest your time into trying it. As the name implies, Google My Business allows you to create a listing for your business on Google. This has recently been renamed and rebranded to Google Business Profile.
When a consumer researches your business on Google — or even searches for terms related to your business — you want to ensure they have all the information they need to visit, make a purchase, or contact your company. They will see these results shown on Google Search and Google Maps.
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How Do You Create A FREE GMB PROFILE?
Learn the various ways to verify your new Google My Business (GMB) Listing.
At Momentum Digital we help small businesses create a Free GMB listing, get it verified on Google, build out their listing for SEO, and rank higher on Google. This is essential for small and local businesses to get customers online for people searching locally.
Here are the steps to follow to create a new account.
1. Log onto business.google.com
2. Sign in and choose to create a location
3. Type in your business name and information
4. Choose if you are a physical/retail location or service area business
5. Either way you will most likely need to verify your business via postage
6. Google will send postcard in the mail to verifiy
Once completed make sure to fully build out and optimize this listing for the best results and quality of your account.
Verifiy Your New GMB Profile
So now you have submitted your GMB listing to get verified, but how do you actually Verify Your Google My Business Profile? Well, it’s very easy and can be done a few ways if you submitted your listing request to get a postcard. However, if Google does not send a postcard, you may have other ways to verify your new GMB listing to get registered on Google and Google Maps.
You MUST get verified for customers to find you when searching. Other ways to be verified include the following options.
- Postcard in the mail with confirmation code — Easily the most common
- Phone call verification (They will call the business number listed on GMB)
- Text verification code (They will text the business number listed on GMB)
- Email verification code (They will email the business number listed on GMB)
- Video verification (rare) — Take video proof showing business (typically only seen on suspensions)
Let us know if we can help with this process in any way of setting up or verifying your business on Google so you can get more customers.
This should only take a few days to get the postcard. If the postcard is not an option, or they allow you to bypass that option, then revert to these other methods listed above and in the YouTube video above.
What if your new GMB Account gets Suspended right away?
If you create a GMB Account and it gets suspended right away do not freak out. This isn’t common but it does happen. You can hire us to fix this or follow these steps.
You will need to fix your GMB Suspension following this guideline or take these quick actions below.
To get started, you want to log into your Google My Business account. You can complete this using either the GMB phone application or directly on the desktop site. We recommend doing this on the desktop site for the easiest method.
Once signed in, see your list of locations and navigate to the specific location of yours that’s been suspended. You should see a suspension notice on the homepage. Click the learn more hyperlink at the bottom of the suspension notice to begin your reinstatement process. This process is what will allow you to submit a request to fix your suspended account.
Submit Reinstatement Form to Google My Business
After you’ve clicked the link, the following Google help page will provide you with a rundown of Google My Business profile guidelines. We recommended reading through the help page before following through with your request to make sure you profile conforms to each GMB guideline.
When ready, request to reinstate your account. Begin this process by clicking on one of two hyperlinks on the page that read, “appeal to have the profile reinstated,” or “request for their reinstatement.” Notice these hyperlinks located at the top and bottom of the article as guidelines.
The following form will prompt you to fill out a series of questions asking you if you’ve already submitted a request, if you’re the official representative of the account, if your location is verified, and more.
Once you’ve answered each question, you will be given the option to start your request. Fill out your name, account email address, business name, your GMB page URL, phone number, any additional information that you want them to know, and any relevant physical proof that the location is real. This can be mail that has been sent to your location, the postcard that Google sent you to verify your account, or any other documentation that can prove the location is legitimate.
When completed, simply select the submit button. Google should soon reach out to you with the final result of your request. You can try contacting the Google help team or the help community for further support in the meantime to help with your Suspended Google My Business Account.