(Updated December 14, 2019)
Hide your address from your Google My Business map listings
Small businesses are often turned off to adding their business to the Google map, because they don’t actually have a physical address. Logically, this makes sense. You probably don’t want to show your home address or PO Box number to the public, and Google has accounted for this by allowing you to include “service areas.”
If you’re adding your business listing to Google My Business, you must add a physical address. Your address can be your home, but you will be hiding this address from the public in the next step. So get started adding your business to the map if you haven’t already. There are several ways to do so, but I prefer to use business.google.com/create – this is the cut and dry version of adding a map listing. There is also www.gybo.com/business, that has a more complete interface, which might be good for some users.
Here are the steps to get started:
- Add a Business Category
- Do you want to add a location customers can visit, like a store or office? Select “No” to hide your address.
- Where do you serve your customers? (optional)
- What region is your business based in?
- What contact details do you want to show to customers? (phone, url)
The first screen asks for your business category. Depending on what you choose here you may get different options on the following screens. For example if you type in something that tends to have a physical location like a comedy store, then you’ll get denied when you try to hide your location details.
And that’s it! Well actually, you’ll need to follow through and verify your business next. Once your business is verified, you’ll be published on the map as a service area.
Google is always reiterating this process, but I feel like they have it at a really good point. I think I’ve had to updated this post about 3 or 4 times, but it’s really easy now to hide your physical location from your map listing. Good luck!