How to Add Places to Google Maps

In Google Maps, you can find a specific business location and add details about that business, such as hours of operation, contact phone number, the website, and more. To add a business "place" to Google Maps, you are required to sign up for Google Places. You will then need to submit information for your "place" and verify your information by telephone or postcard. Google will then take up to 2 weeks to review and publish your "place" submission. You can currently add up to 100 single "places" or upload a spreadsheet with your businesses' information if you need to add more than 10 "places" at once. If you want to start adding single or multiple "places" to Google Maps today, then see Step 1 to get started.


1Visit Google Places for Business to sign up for Google Places or to log into your existing Google account, using your existing Google username & password.
Click on "Sign up" if you do not have a Google account and fill out the required fields, such as a username and password, to create your account.

2Select the Country in which your business is located. Enter the phone number of your business in the provided box, then click "Find business information".

3Google Places associated with the phone number you entered will appear below the phone number box. Select edit across from your Google Places business listing to start the claim process.
If no Google Place is associated with your phone number, you will be brought to a page to create a listing for your business.

4Fill in your business information in the provided fields
Basic information
Service area and location settings
Hours of operation
Payment options
Additional details
You can fix incorrect marker locations by clicking "Fix marker location below the map on the right.

5Review the information you have input for accuracy then click submit at the bottom of the page.

6Choose how you would like to validate your Google Places listing
Phone call (recommended)
Click "Finish"

7You will be redirected to the Google Places Dashboard.
If you selected to verify by phone number, you will receive the phone call immediately. Write down the verification code.
If you selected to verify by postcard, you will receive the post card in 2-3 weeks

8Enter the verification code you received by phone or postcard into the provided blank on the Google Places Dashboard.

9You're finished! You will be presented with the option of further editing your business location or navigating back to Google Maps.
You can navigate back to your Google Places Dashboard at anytime to update information.

Method 1 of 2: Add More than 10 Places

1Open or create a new spreadsheet using an existing application on your computer.
Google Places can support and upload the spreadsheet file formats and extensions of .txt, .xls, .csv, ,tsv, .ods, and .xlsx.

2Label the first 9 columns with headers in the following order: Store Code, Name, Address Line 1, City, State, Postal Code, Country Code, Main Phone, and Category.

3Provide your businesses' information below each column, allowing one row per business.
Under Store Code, give each of your business locations a unique identifier. For example, if all of your businesses are coffee shops that share the same name, designate each Store Code as CoffeeShop1, CoffeeShop2, and so on.
Use under 60 characters for each of the Store Code and Name fields.
Use under 80 characters for the fields of Address Line 1, City, and State.
Check the formatting of your spreadsheet to make sure any of your postal codes that begin with the number "0" are properly displayed and recognized by the spreadsheet program.
Place parenthesis around the area code of your phone number and follow the format example of (555) 555-5555.
Provide a maximum of 5 Categories for each of your businesses using a comma to separate them. For example, if you have a coffee shop that sells books, you may want to use "Restaurants, Retail Stores."

4Save your spreadsheet when you have finished entering all business information and return to the Google Places website.

5Click on the "Bulk Upload" link after you have signed in to your Google Places account.

6Click on the "Choose File" button and browse to the spreadsheet file you created on your computer.

7Click on the "Upload" button, then click on "Publish new locations" after Google has uploaded your spreadsheet.
If Google detects errors in your spreadsheet such as missing information or improper formats, you will receive a detailed message describing the errors. Make the necessary corrections and select "Check again for errors" before resubmitting your spreadsheet.

8Wait at least 1 hour for Google to add the bulk listing to your Google Places account before you begin the verification process.

Method 2 of 2: Complete the Verification Process

1Select the verification method you want Google to use when they contact you with a unique PIN code.
Your verification options may include verification by telephone, text message, or by mailing a postcard to the business address you provided. Google may not provide you with access to all verification methods depending on the types of addresses and telephone numbers you provided.

2Type the verification PIN code into its corresponding field on the Google Places website after you have received it.
If you choose the postcard option, you will receive the postcard from Google within 2 and 3 weeks. Return to Google Places, sign in to your account, and click on the "Verify ownership" link in your main Dashboard to complete verification.

3Click on the "Finish" button to submit your information to Google Places.

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