The process to claim and verify your church Google page - a.k.a. your Google+ Local or "Google My Business" page - is very simple. Follow these easy steps to setup your listing on Google. Also, don’t forget to follow Google’s local business guidelines to avoid problems and represent your church online correctly.
How-to for Churches - Create a local Church Google Page
After you are logged in to your Google account, find your business on Google. The page will look like the image below.
Find Your Church on Google
In the white search box with the text “Search by business name and address”. Type your church name, city and state and click the blue button with the magnifying glass as shown in the next image.
A list of churches will appear in a drop down with a map of the area you are searching.
If your church is not listed as seen in the example image below, you can click the blue “Add your business” text and follow the directions on this page.
If your church is listed as shown in the image below, continue the steps to select your church.
Select Your Church
If the church is in the list, there is a Google Local (Google My Business) page already created, but most likely not verified. You can see in the example below that the church is already in the list. Simply click the church name.
Confirm Your Church Listing
The next step is to confirm your church by clicking the tick box next to the words “ I am authorized to manage this business and I agree to the Terms of Service.” If you are interested in finding out what is in the Terms of Service, you can go to that page and read the Additional Terms for Google My Business. The browser will open a new page so you can go back to the original page you were on.
When you are ready to confirm your church, click the blue button with the white “Continue” text.
Read the next blog post for the step-by-step process of how to edit the Google My Business profile for churches.