Creating a Google Business Profile and verifying your business ownership is essential to providing accurate information, attracting customers, and improving your local search rankings. However, the process can be complex, involving multiple Google platforms and accounts.

In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of claiming and verifying your Google Business Profile. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Create a Google Account

The first step is to make sure you have a Google Account specifically for your business. If you currently have one, you can proceed to the next step. If not, follow these simple instructions:


Click on “Create account” and select the option “To manage my business” from the drop-down menu.

Fill in your details to create your Google Account.


Step 2: Confirm the Existence of Your Business Profile

A Business Profile is your Google listing, separate from your Google My Business account. To check if you already have a Business Profile associated with your business, work through these steps:


Search for your business’s name.

If the name pops up, your Business Profile already exists — you just don’t own it yet. This makes life easy, and you can proceed to Step 4.

If the name doesn’t appear, click “Add a missing place” and provide the required information to create your Business Profile.


Step 3: Create a Google My Business Account

You need a Google My Business account to claim and manage a Business Profile. If you already have a Google Account, follow these steps:

Log into the Google Account associated with your business.

Head to and click on “Manage now.”

Fill in the necessary information to create your Google My Business account.


Step 4: Claiming Your Business Profile

You must verify ownership to connect your Google My Business account with your Business Profile. You can choose either of the following methods:

Method 1:

Search your business’s name on It might help to add the location, too.

Click the “Own this business?” link and choose “Manage now.”

Work through the prompts to secure your business.

Method 2:


Enter your business’s name and select your profile.

Click on “Claim this business” and proceed with the instructions provided.


Step 5: Verify Your Ownership

After requesting to claim your Business Profile, you need to prove your ownership. The verification process depends on these circumstances:

You opened the Business Profile: You might be validated instantly.

Someone else opened the Business Profile: You will receive a verification code through snail mail, email, or text. Submit the code in your Google Business dashboard to complete the verification.

Congratulations! Once your ownership is verified, you have full control over your Business Profile.


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Setting Up a Google My Business Account

To take advantage of your Google Business Profile, you’ll need to first create a Google My Business account and follow the steps to set up your business listing. After creating your Google My Business account, you’ll need to claim your Google Business Profile. Once you’re verified as the business owner, you’ll have full control over your Google Business Profile, allowing you to optimize it and grow your online presence.

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Google Business Is Only the Beginning 

Whether you’re pontificating upon how to start a business, how to increase overall foot traffic to a business, or how to increase your business and brand exposure online, a Google Business Profile is an excellent place to start. If you’re ready to level up your digital presence even further, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team is here to help your business put its best foot forward online.

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