It's best if the city you want business from is actually part of your business address.
Your phone number should not be an 800 number. Your area code should match your business location.
Make sure your business categories listed in directories match up with what you offer local consumers.
The closer you are to the center of your town is a big plus.
Get as many reviews and testimonials by your customers on your Google Plus Business page
You want as many directories and authority sites pointing to your website as possible.
Here are some surprising stats concerning small businesses and their local maps listings.
Including and monitoring your business in local maps, review sites and directories has never been more important. Consumers now like to check out what your previous customers have to say about your business before deciding to do business with you.
Google has recognized that there is a lot of advertising dollars in the hands of local businesses and local consumers. Google is constantly monitoring and changing their products and services for local businesses to better serve local markets. What was formerly known as Google Places has now turned into Google Plus for local. Google is heavily pushing Google Plus because of the popularity of social sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Google is not the only search engine or directory that shows local maps for businesses. Some other top search engines and directories for local web traffic include Yahoo, Bing, Yelp, Best of the Web and Hot Frog to name a few. What makes map listings unique is that customers can submit reviews which can later influence potential customers. It is very important to have your business listing optimized on these services. Also, you must monitor what is being said about your company on these directory/map sites. We suggest having satisfied customers post reviews about your business, as these reviews can influence search engine rankings too.