Have you been struggling to verify your Google Business Profile (formerly Google my Business) for some time now?
If you're in Africa, I know how frustrating it can be waiting tirelessly for that postcard to arrive before you can verify your account.
Let's be honest, that postcard may never arrive and you don't want to be stuck waiting for it before your business profile is verified.
In this post, I'll show you how to verify your Google Business Profile (formerly Google my Business), especially if your business is located in Africa.
PS: This verification process is only for businesses in Africa. If you are outside Africa, you can simply request to have the postcard sent to you.
Google recently renamed it's local listing platform Google My Business (GMB) to Google Business Profile (GBP or GBProfile as I like to call it.)
Start here: Watch the tutorial
Before you continue, read this!
Before your GBP account is verified, it will be vetted and approved for verification by our team. One of the criteria to be approved is having a registered business and providing proof of business registration.
If for some reason your business is not officially registered in your country, kindly chat with our support team on telegram and provide any proof that shows you own the business you are trying to get verified.
PS: Your application might be rejected if we do not receive valid proof of business ownership.
If you have a registered business, scroll down and continue with the verification process.
Steps to verify your Google Business Profile
Step 0: Set up your business profile on Google
Before you proceed to verify, ensure you have a GMB account already. If you don't, follow the instructions here to set up your Google Business Profile.
PS: Ensure you use a valid email (Gmail account) for this.
Step 1: Grant Ztallion access to your account
The next step to verify your Google Business Profile is to grant us (Ztallion) access to your GBProfile so we can verify it. To do this, use this code: 5638486463 to grant us access.
Watch the video above to learn how to do this.
PS: You can only do this using a desktop or laptop and NOT your mobile phone.
Step 2: Fill out the GBP Verification Form
The second step is to fill out the GBP Verification Form and provide us with proof of business ownership.
This is the most important step in the verification process and should not be skipped, else we will not be able to verify your business profile.
While filling out the GBP verification form, you will be asked to provide proof of business ownership because we need to be sure you own that business.
Type of documents to send as proof of business ownership;
- Business registration documents,
- Invoice/receipt showing your business name and address on it.
The following will NOT be accepted;
- Fake / photoshopped business registration documents
- Picture of your GMB dashboard
- Personal identification documents like passport, National ID, driver's license, etc.
Access the GBP verification Form here --> GBP Verification Form
Step 3: Join the GBP support community
The final and most important step is to join the GBP support community to ;
- get updates on your verification status,
- get support from our team of GBP experts,
- ask questions and learn how to increase visibility for your business and drive sales using your Google Business Profile.
Join the community here --> GBP Support Community
Wait 5/10 working days after applying and then check if your Google Business Profile has been verified.
Now it's your turn!
I've shown you how to verify your Google Business Profile without a postcard. Now it's your turn.
Give it a go! This will take less than 3 mins to complete.
Did you encounter any difficulties while applying to verify your GBProfile? If your business is not officially registered in your country, we can also help you verify your business on Google.
Comment below and let me know!