March 21, 2012
Claiming Your Place
If you visit these sites, you’ll often find that your church is already listed and that a Google Places or other map showing your location is provided. If you look carefully, you will find a link offering you the opportunity to claim your site – allowing you to add to or update the listing while preventing anyone else from making changes to your listing.
Using Google Places as an example, once you have claimed your place, you will discover you have the option to include a wide variety of information on your listing in addition to the basics.
Take a look at the Washington National Cathedral’s or the Old North Church’s (Boston) Google Place page to see how they have used some of the options available to them to share photos or provide information on upcoming events. You’ll also see site reviews; while these two churches are also famous tourist sites, there may be opportunities for members of your congregation or community to post reviews related to their experience of the church's worship, mission, or other efforts.
How do you get started? Google Places makes it easy. To create or update a listing go to:
- Click on Get started under “Get your business found on Google”
- Sign in with your Google account or use the “Create an Account Now” button
- Click the “List Your Business” button
- Enter your phone number to search for your listing
- Edit your existing listing or create a new one
Looking for additional support? Visit Google’s “Learn about Places” resource.
As for our anniversary dinner? The online menu showed that the restaurant did serve some of our favorite dishes; Bill and I had a relaxing dinner in front of the fire and added a new restaurant to our list of local favorites.