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 especially if your business is located in Africa.
Please Note: This verification process is only for businesses in Africa.
Something you should know: 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 GBProfile 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, you can provide other document that shows business ownership. Continue reading to find out the list of possible documents to provide to us.
PS: Your application might be rejected if we do not receive valid proof of business ownership.
Steps to verify your Google Business Profile
Step 0: Set up your business profile on Google
Before you proceed to verify, ensure you have set up your Google Business Profile already. If you don't have one, follow the instructions here to set up a Google Business Profile.
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 your business profile will not be verified.
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 the business you are trying to verify or at least have been given authority to manage it.
Type of documents to send as proof of business ownership;
- Business registration documents,
- Invoice (in some cases, we might ask you to provide additional proof where needed)
- Tax document
The following will NOT be accepted;
- Fake/photoshopped business registration documents
- Picture of your GBP 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. 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!