No Physical Address? No Problem.
(Updated Feb. 8, 2019)
Add Your Business to the Google Maps “Service Area” in Two Easy Steps!
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 a “service area.”
How to hide your physical address in Google My Business
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 www.gybo.com/business, and follow the prompts. The first screen asks for your business info (Business Name, Street Address, Phone, Category). The last line asks, “I deliver goods and services to my customers at their location” — Check this box if you want to hide your physical address on your listing.
Clicking on “I deliver goods and services to my customers at their location” will prompt a secondary screen. On the “Add Service Area” screen, you will have the opportunity to give more details about your “service area.” You’ll be able to add a region, city, postal code, or radius of service. You can also choose to additionally show your physical location, if you wanted.
Next, add how you want to represent your service area; either via a radius around your location, or via other geo-targets like zipcodes, States, Countries, etc.
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.