You may have heard of this little thing called Google. You know, where 3.5 billion searches for information are made per day? But Google is more than just a search engine. So much more. In fact, there are numerous Google business tools in addition to its search engine that can be hugely valuable if you’re a marketer. Pamela Vaughan from Hubspot.com has reviewed 17 amazing tools you should be using.
1. Google My Business
Want to get yourself some free advertising on Google? I kid you not — it’s a real thing.
All you have to do is claim your Google My Business listing (formerly known as Google Places), and your business can get featured in the search results (as well as in Google Maps) for local searches like the one pictured below. Check it out — all the businesses within the red call-out in the screenshot below are local Google My Business results for the search “mexican restaurant, boston.”
Best of all, unlike Google AdWords (which we’ll touch on later), none of those businesses paid for their positions in these local results.
If you haven’t already claimed your Google My Business listing, follow the simple steps in this blog post to get your listing up and running. Keep in mind that as Google walks you through the setup of your listing, you’ll automatically create a Google+ Page for your business as well, which leads us to our second Google marketing tool …
2. Google+ Business Pages
With the death of Google Authorship and the elimination of Google +1s from search results, the jury is out about the importance of maintaining an active Google+ Business Page these days if you’re not a local business. That said, given Google’s massive empire, we think it behooves all businesses to play it safe and create a Google+ Page, even if you only update it every so often. To create a page, get started here.
But if you’re a local business, setting up and maintaining a Google+ Page goes hand in hand with your Google My Business listing (see above), making Google+ even more critical for you. And considering your Google My Business listing will include a link to your business’ Google+ Page, it’s important to take some extra time to make your page the best it can be.
Last, if your audience is active on Google+, it may be smart to add the Google +1 share button to your website — particularly to articles on your blog. Google uses social signals as a ranking factor, so making it easy for your website visitors to share your content on Google+ can help your content rank better in search. To learn how to create Google +1 buttons, check out this post.
This is just a snippet of the vast collections of tools Google offers, check out the full article by clicking here.