Google Maps SEO? Write a Book


Here’s a fun idea I picked up from Michael Jones’ (head tech guy at Google Maps) keynote at SMX Local (actually they’ve asked me to call it “SMX Lomo”). This is one of those way out there SEO tactics that will take some effort and probably won’t bear fruit for a while but I like it conceptually, and it’s Friday so what the heck.

Google Book Search Map PageAs you can see from the graphic of a Google Book Search page for “The Savvy Renter”, GBS displays a map of locations that are mentioned in the book. Scroll way down the page to find it. So what if you wrote a book, in this case about “how to fix a toilet” (having a lot of leaky toilet issues these days) and in it listed your business location(s)? Theoretically if someone searched for a book on “how to fix a toilet” you might rank for it and then if they saw your location on the map page they might actually call you to help. This is probably a good strategy for companies with chains of plumbers who can afford to toss off a book and then have relevant locations across the country.

This may be a bit of a wacky idea, but as information becomes more and more accessible in a Web 3.0 kind of way, working your marketing messages into the information customers are looking for in a helpful way could be the difference between you and your competition.

Tags: Local Search · Online Maps

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tim // Oct 5, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    Is Lomo now a keyword in this industry. Darn… lomo.com is taken and it’s off-topic!!!

  • 2 leon // May 28, 2008 at 3:14 am

    how can we optimize our website for better position in google map listing

  • 3 Maggie // Aug 10, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Leon – I think the key is to optimise your website as normal but include addresses and postcode, telephone details on each web page.

  • 4 Sean Richards // Jun 30, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Has anyone found a decent article on Google maps for business and how to get multiple listings accepted? I wrote an article on this topic in a round about way that you can see here: http://www.alaress.com.au/blog/using-google-maps-to-boost-your-website-traffic/

  • 5 Kim Murphy // Jul 12, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I am interested in offering a local SEO package, but cant find anyone with good experience in it.

  • 6 Rachit // Feb 11, 2010 at 3:19 am

    hi there ,
    trust u all well

    hotel haveli mathura is available on google map but when type keyword : hotels in mathura, so we cant show hotel haveli.

    tell me how i can see there