A Comprehensive Maintenance Roadmap to Mastering Your Google Business Profile

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Keeping your Google Business Profile in top shape is essential for maintaining high rankings and consumer trust. This comprehensive maintenance roadmap will guide you through daily, weekly and monthly tasks to ensure your profile remains updated and effective AFTER it has been fully optimized.

Daily Tasks

  1. Monitor Google Emails: Keep an eye out for Google notifications regarding suspensions, account verifications or other important actions. Prompt responses are crucial to maintaining your profile’s visibility.
  2. Manage Google Tickets: Regularly follow up on support tickets with Google. Persistence is key, as it often requires consistent effort to get issues resolved.
  3. Update Business Information: Whenever your business details change, update all your business listing sites, including Bing, Apple Maps, Yelp, YP.com and others, in addition to your Google Business Profile. Consistency across all platforms is vital for SEO and consumer trust.
  4. Solicit and Respond to Reviews: Actively seek reviews from customers and respond to each one. Engagement with reviews builds credibility and encourages more feedback. Here’s a link to tips on how to do that most effectively.
  5. Stay Informed: Regularly read our blogs and emails to stay current with Google’s policy and feature updates. Changes happen frequently and often require prompt action.

Weekly Tasks

  1. Post Updates: Add new posts to your Google Business Profile, ensuring each one includes a clear call-to-action (CTA).
  2. Upload New Images: Keep your profile visually fresh by adding new images to the photos section.
  3. Verify Cover Photo: Check that your chosen cover photo remains the primary image. Google sometimes replaces it with other images, which can impact your branding.

Monthly Tasks

  1. Check Crowdsourced Data: Use incognito mode to Google your business name and verify that crowdsourced data hasn’t altered your Google Business Profile or any other business listing sites like Bing, Apple Maps, Yelp, YP.com, etc. Pay special attention to your NAP (name, address and phone number).
  2. Update Profile Information: Make small updates to your Google Business Profile and all other business listing sites monthly to signal recent activity and enhance trust.
  3. Review Services and Categories: Confirm that the services listed on your profile are accurate. Google may remove or add services without your consent. Ensure your primary category is set correctly, as it significantly impacts your ranking.
  4. Adjust Business Hours: Regularly update your business and holiday hours. While you can do this in advance on Google, other listing sites may require individual or bulk updates.
  5. Test Profile Links: Ensure all links on your profile (website, appointment, products and CTAs in recent posts) are functional and direct to the correct pages.

Conclusion

By diligently following this comprehensive maintenance roadmap, you’ll keep your Google Business Profile current and competitive in search rankings. And remember, if the process ever feels overwhelming, our team is always here to help.

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