How can I add my business to Google Maps?

"When I do a search for restaurants on Google, they usually come up with a little Google Map and information about the business. My business doesn't show up on Google Maps. Is there a way to add my business to Google Maps so that it shows up when people search?"

Google makes it fairly easy to get your business listed in Google Maps, which also makes it easier for people to find your business when they search from an iPhone or anywhere else. The actual service for creating your business listing is called Google Places, which Google uses in Google Maps and most of their other search offerings as well. You need to follow a few simple steps and then your business will be automatically included.

The first thing you need to do if you want to be included in Google Maps is to create a Google Account. If you already have a gmail.com address, then you have a Google Account. Otherwise, you can set one up.

You start by choosing the country your business is located in and the phone number for your business. In some cases Google will find your address based on the phone number automatically. In other cases you will have to fill in your details.

Once you finish entering all the available details about your business, Google has you verify the listing by automatically calling the business phone number and having you enter a code. Be sure that you are doing this from your business location, so that you have access to the phone.

Go to Google Places to add your business.