Google wants to be sure Google Maps are accurate and detailed. Upkeep on Google Maps would otherwise be a nightmare, so Google’s letting you help. If you see a location that is off (like your own house or a store) you can fix it. After all, you know where you live better than anyone else.
As of today you can log into Google Maps and move the markers so they are in the right place. Unless the business owner or resident has already verified the location. Before you get the bright idea to move your competitor’s storefront to a dead end, know that anyone can report abuse and changes are logged.
Before long Google will let you edit more than just the location. You’ll be able to modify business information or add other details (which Google hasn’t detailed). Google has more features coming, such as:
- Sketchup/3D Warehouse, which enables users to contribute texturized
3D models directly to Google Earth
- My Maps, which provides users with easy-to-use mapping tools for sharing local information with other Google users
- Improve process of submitting reviews in Google Maps
For more information please see our Lat Long blog post (and video!) at: http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2007/11/think-globally-mark-locally.html
True story: I just left my first Google Maps review last night. Yesterday I went to a hair salon in Salt Lake City and at first didn’t have such a great experience (my hair turned out a bit brassy). The owner called me and I went back and they fixed everything and now I have the best hair ever I’m a happy customer. I noticed it was tough to find Salon O in Google but they were in Google Maps. Make an internet marketer happy and she will tip you with extra search engine listings!
If you have a local business, make sure it’s on Google Local Business Center. It’s not only free, but it means that a map to your business will show up before search results on local searches. In other words, you can’t even buy that position. Encourage your happy customers to leave you a glowing review – after all it’s almost Thanksgiving and it’s a quick way to acknowledge your favorite local businesses.