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Google SEO Service Area Announcement 2019 – More Accurate Maps Listings

Its starting to thaw out here in Montana. I went hiking yesterday and we hit a scorching 50 degrees ūüôā

Anyway, I have some good news.

Google has improved the listings for service area businesses. You know those little maps that show up next to your business in the search results. In the past they just had either a marker showing the city or a circle showing a general mile radius you are located in.

With this new update they now have accurate city or area boundaries showing EXACTLY where you work and the cities and areas you service.

Although, this doesn’t directly help you rank in multiple cities, it is good news because your potential clients will now have a better idea of where you work when it comes to your service areas.

IMPORTANT: You DO have to log into your Google Business Account and set this up. It’s NOT automatic.

For current SEO Clients of Big West Marketing this has already been taken care of.

Wendy, our resident SEO Specialists joins me on this 10 Minute video to fill you in on the details and we show you exactly how to set this up.

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Setting up and fixing Google My Business accounts can be a HUGE deal. Most business owners have no idea what happens when we (Wendy Moon) audit, evaluate, diagnose and fix the plethora of issues that come up with a Google My Business Account. Click the image below to see PDF flowchart. Jump in and have fun. We sure do!!

This PDF was created and provided by David Hunter, CEO of ASAPmaps


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Google has made a BIG change for anyone who runs a business out of their home.

If you really want to compete online in 2019 then pay attention. This will give you a sharp edge!!

NOTE: If you are an SEO client of Big West Marketing we are in the process of doing this for you. There is no rush to get this complete right away. We are taking the month of December to make sure all clients have current correct information. No need to call us, we will contact you with any questions.

If you are interested in Google Marketing Services for 2019 then call our office and talk to Jake 406-493-1881.

For those of you that want to do it yourself here you go:

1. When you log into your Google Business account the Address Section is now empty. Don’t panic! This is normal.

2. You will now see a new Service Area option. No longer does it give you the Mile Radius option. Just add the cities one-by-one. These cities should also be listed in the footer of your website.

I also made a companion video to help step you through.

Part 2: How to Rank on Google Using Pictures


In Part 1, we discussed why uploading pictures to your Google My Business account is so important for ranking on Google. We also discussed the 3 criteria your pictures must meet in order to get MAX results. Remember, it’s all about being REAL.

In Part 2, we will discover an easy step-by-step system for actually getting those pictures up on your Google My Business account.

In the ‚Äúold days‚ÄĚ you had to take some pictures, transfer them to your computer, remember your Google My Business username and password, and then figure out how to upload them from your computer.

Google has actually made this process extremely easy, even for the non-techy types. The only requirement is a Smartphone and about a minute per week.

Here is how you do it:

Step 1: Pull out your Smartphone and search your app store for the Google My Business App and download it. The first time you open the app you will have to login with your Google My Business email and password. You only have to do this one time.

Step 2: Once per week whip out your phone and snap a few photos. Refer to Part 1 on the types of photos you should take.

Step 3: Open up the Google My Business App and scroll down to the section that says Post photos from your device. Put a check mark next to the photos you took that day. Tap ‚ÄúPost Photos‚ÄĚ. That‚Äôs it, move on with your day and wait for Google to boost your rankings.

The hardest part is remembering to do this. I recommend setting a specific day per week like Monday. Make the decision to take a picture or two every Monday. It really is that easy and it really will make a difference. Do it!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call (406) 493-1881

Part 1: How to Rank on Google Using Pictures

Want to rank your business on Google and the search engines? Better get some good pictures.

Most local business owner’s (and marketing pros) don’t realize how important pictures are for ranking on Google. Pictures are now one of the MAJOR ranking factors.

Why does Google care about your pictures? Because they show you are a real business doing real work. These days Google likes REAL.

In the past, ranking on search engines it was all about keywords and tricks and loopholes. Those days are quickly fading away due to new ‚Äúsmart algorithms‚ÄĚ. All that means is that Google is getting smarter and starting to look at websites and rankings as humans do. Google wants to rank those businesses that can prove they are what they say they are and do what they say they do.

What kind of pictures does Google want?

1.     Work Being Done: This includes original pictures of real people doing the work that your business provides. That also means no stock pictures purchased online or nabbed off the Internet. For example: if you register your business as a carpet cleaner then you should have pictures of yourself or employees cleaning carpet. If you own a sports bar then you should havepictures of people serving drinks. Notice I said people NOT carpet cleaning equipment or fancy pictures of cocktails. Remember, Google wants it to be REAL. People are real. Google can actually detect if there are faces and bodies in your pictures.
Like I said they are getting smarter.

2.     Branding: In addition to pictures of real people doing work Google wants to see that those people are actually part of your business (including yourself). To do this simply make sure the business logo is displayed on shirts, hats in the background, on vehicles, etc. Yes, Google can detect your logo and match it to the logo you upload when setting up your account.

3.     Location: Google also wants to make sure you are doing business in the city you say you are located. So, if you register your business address in Los Angeles, California, then make sure you take your pictures in the city of Los Angeles, California. Always make sure you do this with a Smartphone because it will automatically tell Google exactly where the picture was originally taken. Did I mention that Google is getting smarter?

Check out this picture I recently uploaded to my Google Account

Joe Burnich (real person)
Doing Internet Marketing (work being done)
Wearing Big West Marketing Hat (branding)
At the Office in Missoula Montana (location)










Check out Part 2. Click Here!

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