It’s possible to have a Google Maps listing without publicly sharing your address. This is great for service area businesses, especially those that may be operated out of a personal residence.
In this blog, we show you how you can keep your address private on Google Maps.
Let’s dive in.
How to Create a Google Maps Listing without an Address
Google Maps listings are powered by Google My Business.
Go to Google My Business and click the “Manage Now” button.
Now you will end up on a screen that is asking for your business name. Type in your business name how you would like it to appear on your Google Maps listing.
After your name is in you will need to select an appropriate Business Category for your business listing. Start to type what most accurately describes your business.
After you have an accurate category added select next.
Now you will be on a screen asking you if you want to add a location customers can visit. For today, our answer will be no. This is how you signify to Google that you have a service area business, not a physical location that serves customers.
Now you will be prompted to provide an area your business provides services to. Enter all of the areas that you service.
After filling out your service locations, hit “Next”. Our next screen is all about how customers can reach you. This includes your phone number and any website you would like to have attached to your listing.
After the contact information is filled out you will find yourself on a screen asking for your address. This screen also has a disclaimer on it to say this will not be included in your listing. Instead, it is for the mailing purposes of Google. You may not add a P.O. Box. This must be a physical location. If you want to know more, read this article about why P.O. Boxes are not permitted. Add your address information and click “Next”.
Now you will have the option to verify your listing. The options available depend on your business information. Most likely, Google will want to send you a postcard to the address you provided. It takes approximately 1 business week to arrive. Click Verify and request the postcard. You’ll need to log into Google My Business when you receive this postcard to enter in a code that the postcard contains. This provides Google with proof your business information is accurate and that you are permitted to manage this listing.
If you aren’t ready to verify, there is an option to “Verify Later”.
Now, you can continue to fill in information about your business which will appear in your profile. The more complete your listing, the better for SEO purposes. Complete the information via the prompts from Google.
Nice work creating your Google Maps listing for a service area business. Once your listing is verified, you’ll want to optimize it. Learn how to optimize your Google My Business listing.
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