Long gone are the days of the old phone book. Now everyone uses the computer to find businesses and you will want to make sure that you can be found on Google by updating or creating a Maps listing. Its FREE and easy -it might take you 15 minutes.
You will need a google log in user name and password to do this and be near your business telephone.
There are two ways to add/update your listing:
Google Local Business Center at http://www.google.com/local/add
Go to http://maps.google.com/
Search your business name and address
Click on "more info"
Click on "business owner?"
Follow the instructions to complete your listing. Make sure that you are next to the phone you have listed for your business as it will call you to verify the listing. It works very fast and as soon as you click go, it will call! Don't worry about an address for your business if you don't have one or prefer not to list your home (like me), use a PO Box either from the Postal Service or one of the UPS/FedEx type mailing stores.
You will be able to get statistics and tracking on how many people are seeing your listing when you log in to the Google Local Business Center. They report on keyword search terms, traffic to your listing, clicks, etc. You can also add a coupon, photos, logos and more.
After you have updated your listing, have your customers give you a Google review!