Claim Your Google Listingby Tim Hagan on 08/09/13
One of the drawbacks of internet searches is that it is hard to search for local businesses. You can search for immigration lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia, but you won’t turn up listings for surrounding areas unless you plug each city into your search. Google recognizes this, which is why they are pushing Google Places, which is an under-utilized resource for most lawyers. If you have not done so yet, you need to set up a Google account to claim your listing. To see why, simply go to Google Places and search for law firms in your geographic area. Then specify your practice area. You will see that the firms that have completed their Google listing show up on top. If you claim your listing, you make it easier for people to find you, you control how your firm is described when your name turns up and you will probably place at the top of some searches. The next step is to get some clients to post a review. If you get at least one review, it will turn up in the search results on Google Places. Plus the SEO gurus say that favorable reviews will boost your ranking in a regular Google search. It is the best thing you can do for free to boost your profile on the internet.