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Google Places – The Name of Your Business Does Make a Difference on the Local Business Center

Google Places, formerly Google Local Business Center, has actually provided some clear cut guidance with regard to listing the name of your business. They say that they want you to provide the actual name of your business! This would seem to be fair, reasonable, and obvious were it not for the fact that the name is the “title” of this page and therefore critical to determining how well you do in placement. Thus, the reality is that if the name of your business is Mario’s and you are an italian restaurant, listing yourself as simply Mario’s will work against you. In order to optimize the listing, you want to be Mario’s Italian Restaurant. The keywords need to be there.How does one deal with this dilemma? Here are several possibilities. It appears that as long as the name doesn’t look like keyword stuffing, Google Places is not going to challenge the name. So in this example adding Italian Restaurant is likely to be OK with Google, even if your official name on your business license is only Mario’s. On the other hand if you were to use the title Mario’s Italian Pizza and Pasta Restaurant of Lincoln Nebraska, you may get challenged.But what if you have actually chosen your business name based on keywords and you really have a corporation or DBA like the Mario’s example above, Google Places will theoretically let you use it. However, you may have to prove it. And therein lies one of the big issues with Google Places. Who do you call? As of now, unless you have an AdWords campaign and contact with the sales department, it seems almost impossible to right the wrongs of Places. Google Places has always had a help forum, and it is improving in responsiveness, but still a long way from a great resource. The also now offer an email address, but I haven’t tested that yet.Bottom Line about Name of Your Business. If your company name has no keywords, you may do well to change the name – officially. In the internet age it does not make sense to name a retail or service business with some very clever brand strategy, unless it is possible to add at least the main keyword. The Rubber Duck might be a cute name for a toy store, but I would name my toy store The Rubber Duck Toy Store.If you do not officially change the name, I would still risk adding one keyword to your Google Places “name.” You will want to add this same keyword to your address block on your home page and about us page of your website, you will increase the credibility of the “name” in Google’s eyes, and have less chance of being challenged.