How to make sure your restaurant shows on Google maps

Being found on Google is one of the most important ways you can spread the word about your restaurant. If people cannot find you then they won’t be able to discover the location of your restaurant. Online searches using Google maps are so important for marketing, and making sure your business shows on the map is the first thing to do to make sure your restaurant is discovered by new customers.

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Google My Business

To begin with, you need to get a Google My Business page. You can track your Google map placement by going to the Google My Business dashboard. Be warned that you can only register your business in a city or town where you have a physical address. Head to Google My Business and click on ‘Get on Google’ – you can then enter your business name in the search box.

If your name appears on the suggested names list you can select it. Otherwise, you can click on ‘add your business’. You then decide how you want to appear on the map and whether your phone number should appear too or whether to use the abbreviation of street, along with several other options. You will also need to ensure it’s classified as a restaurant.

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Importance of SEO

Getting on Google Maps is as important for a restaurant as getting a high-quality commercial freezer. There are many places you can buy a freezer, such as commercial refrigeration experts, however, there is only one Google and this search engine is the most important in the world. SEO is more important than ever if you want your business to succeed in the digital world.

After putting in the information, Google will need to verify your data before it can place your restaurant on Google Maps and you will have to wait for a week or so to receive a PIN. Alternatively, you might get the option to receive the PIN by text message or in a phone call which is much faster.


Once you have verified your business you can then get a Google Plus page. This is a great way to optimise your website. New customers might search for restaurants in your local town and your restaurant will appear for them on the map making it easy to find.