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Own The Google Places (Maps) Listings w/ Local SEO Baltimore | Maryland | Columbia | DC | VA

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Chris MechanicCEO & Co-Founder

Interested in local SEO in Baltimore, Columbia, Maryland, DC or Northern Virginia? Would you like YOUR website to pop-up at the exact moment that your customers are searching for the products and services you provide?

If you answered “yes” to those questions, and you’re ready to learn how expert optimization services companies get those local SEO listings, keep reading. If you answered “no” well then… you may need to get your head examined (just kidding… kinda).

On this page you’ll how Google Places (previously called Google “Maps”) works… and how to get your business listed on Google and ranking better you’re your competitors… so that you can snag market share by showing up at the top of the search engines when people are searching in Baltimore, Columbia, Ellicott City, or elsewhere in the MD/DC/VA area.

After that, you’ll learn about how our local SEO services work, including the packages and pricing that we offer. If you’d rather cut straight to the chase and talk to a local SEO expert about YOUR business right now…

Call us at 888-WEB-NUM1 or just fill out this quote request form.

A Quick Guide To Local SEO Optimization Services

How do I get listed on Google Places (or in the “Maps” section)? How can I show up when customers are searching for me?

These are questions we get everyday. It’s pretty simple, but it does require some work. You don’t necessarily have to hire a consultant or a search marketing company.

Search marketing firms in Maryland can range between a few hundred, to several thousand dollars/month, which, if you’re a small business… may not be feasible.

So here is a quick checklist of things you can easily do yourself to improve your search engine ranking for local SEO in Baltimore (or really, anywhere for that matter).

Step 1: Locate and claim your listing

This part is pretty simple. Just go to Google and search for your company’s name, followed by the city that your office is located in. You’ll probably see a listing for yourself with a little map next to it. It will look something like this…

Google Places Listing Screenshot

Then you just click on the little link right under the name of your business that says “Place page”… this will take you to… you guessed it, your business’ Google Places page.

If you haven’t done any local SEO, your listing is likely unclaimed. That means that to Google’s knowledge, nobody owns it. So the first step is claiming your listing so that you can edit and optimize it later.

How do I know if my Google Places page is claimed already?

Look in the upper-right corner of the page and it will say either “Owner-Verified” or “Business Owner? Claim Your Listing”… the exact spot that this will appear is shown in the image right below.

Google Places Verified Listing Example

When you go to claim your listing, you’ll have to verify it either by phone or by snail mail. This is a pretty straight-forward process and Google provides very clear, step-by-step instructions. You shouldn’t have much trouble with this.

Once the Google Local (or Places, or Maps, or whatever you want to call it) listing is claimed and verified, you can start editing it and optimizing it.

I don’t want to bore you to death with all the details right here so what I’ll do instead is link to some places that have good information on how to go about optimizing your Google Places listing so that you can appear in the searches.

Local search marketing guide and “How To” tips for small businesses

How Google thinks you should optimize your places listing

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, that should be enough information to get you going. If you’re looking to partner with an agency to help you, keep reading..

Finding A Skilled, Trustworthy Local SEO Company in MD/DC/VA

Unfortunately, a lot of SEO companies are run by less-than-savory individuals. I hear sob stories almost daily from prospects that have been victimized by so-called SEO firms in the past.

It’s becoming increasingly hard to find local SEO firms in Baltimore or the MD/DC/VA area that are trustworthy worthy experts, yet still reasonably priced.

Here are a few tips on hiring a good SEO company:

Don’t go cheap –  SEO is very much a space where you tend to get what you pay for. Some local SEO services are very cheap… like, just a couple hundred dollars per month. Others, are very expensive… several thousands per month. In general, you can expect to get what you pay for. If something seems too good to be true, it is.

Get references –  Real SEO experts will have no problem showing you success stories and being able to prove that they worked on it. Request references and case studies and then ask them specific questions about the case studies to gauge just how involved they really were with the project.

Ask about a guarantee –  More and more, the best SEO agencies are incorporating either guarantees, or performance-based pricing packages into their offerings. It makes sense because a good local SEO campaign takes months to execute and should be thought of as a partnership. There’s no reason that you should have to bear all the risk. Choose a company that’s confident enough in themselves to take on a little risk and responsibility for the outcome of their work.

When in comes to local SEO in Baltimore, Columbia, Maryland, Washington DC, or Virginia… no internet marketing company holds a candle to us.

Bottom line: We are legit.

It’s our confident belief that there’s no local SEO services in MD/DC/VA, Baltimore, Columbia, or anywhere really on the east coast that can match us.

Not only are we stone-cold experts on local search marketing, we think of you as a partner. We’re going to look at your campaign from a holistic view, and point out other areas of glaring opportunity that you need to capitalize on.

We’re going to take you by the hand and show you how to kick your competitors’ butts as well as guide and educate you and your team throughout the process.

And most importantly, we’re going to leave you enriched by permanently enhancing your position in the marketplace.

We’re not the cheapest. But we are the best.

Get a quote on local SEO by filling out this form, or just pick up the phone and dial 888-WEB-NUM1.

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About the writer
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Chris Mechanic | CEO & Co-Founder
Chris is co-founder at WMX. He spends his days coming up with big ideas, writing long memos & mastering the 3 Ps – planning, pitching & podcasting.

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