Get Your Massage Business Listed in Google

Oct 3 08:07 2011 Eric A Brown Print This Article

Without a doubt you realize the importance of reviews. When you go to Amazon.com to look for a book, for instance, what is the first thing you do? No doubt, you look over the customer reviews.

It's natural to look to other consumers for advice in making decisions. With Amazon.com,Guest Posting that community is various book enthusiasts. With massage therapy offerings, that community of people is other massage and bodywork users.

Web visitors  not going to feel confident that a business will supply unbiased facts on their web page. They're not stupid. So they seek feedback from other buyers for the truth. They recognize that customers who have purchased previously will openly share their blatantly frank opinion about a business they've used and will tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth.



Let's focus on a specific kind of review web site: The 'map site'. There are three big ones and the ones that we should pay attention to. StatsCan, the government branch responsible for census data in Canada, recently reported (2009) that 52% of Canadians engage in online window shopping. I'm sure that consumers in other places in the world do exactly the same thing.

Search engines, of course, recognized this fact years ago and have put a lot of money into indexing and ranking local businesses. So if you went into Google and typed in a phrase like 'massage Atlanta' into Google, for example, and you will see local businesses prominently displayed. Do a search for a local service right now. You can see how the results for local businesses are tied directly into Google's map functionality. Yahoo and Bing (Microsoft's search engine) do exactly the same kind of thing.
 
Notice that these listings are given special prominence on the search results page. This is important for you as a local business. Getting listed in Google's local results is surprisingly easy. For the most part it's a matter of filling out your listing fully and soliciting a few reviews.

You might be surprised to find out that you may be listed there now without even knowing it.

Your company name appears and is hyperlinked to your website. You can see that the phone number is likely displayed beside your website URL. And what's really important is the links to reviews for that business. People have a tendency to look at reviews before they even look at your site.

Take a look for yourself. Type 'massage [your city]' or 'restaurants [your city]' and take a look at the results. Click the reviews link and you are shown a Google business listing. This listing contains information that Google has found on that business from phone directories and other sites like review sites. If you look through that business page you'll discover the review section.
 
If you claim the listing as belonging to you, you can edit it, correct any mistakes and make your listing more appealing to get possible clients to make the decision to make call to your business.

Fill out the information completely in the listing to grab people's attention. The reviews on the page are invaluable for improving your credibility and a little work on your part will ensure that your reviews are positive and reflect well on you and your business.

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Eric A Brown
Eric A Brown

Eric Brown is the owner of BodyworkBiz, a massage business resource providing massage marketing online courses, massage therapist business cards, patient education tools and more. Visit his website at: http://www.bodyworkbiz.com. Be sure to subscribe to the free Massage Marketing Tips newsletter.

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