Google My Business Execution Guide For Loan OfficersThe Ultimate Local SEO Guide
Schema is website code that helps Google (and other search engines) understand the relationship between your website and your location in the real world.
Before Getting Started
- Don’t get intimidated if you don’t know anything about website code. All you need to do is fill in the blanks 🙂
- Make sure you enter your information exactly as you have entered it on your Google My Business listing (i.e. business name, address, phone number).
- If you are hiding your address on your listing, I would still recommend adding this code to your website. It will build location relevance because Google still sees your address (even though it is hidden from the public).
Step 1: Open the Schema generator
Click here to visit the Schema generator.
The link opens in a new tab, so you won’t lose this page.
Step 2: Select the correct type
In the drop-down, select “Local Business”.
Step 3: Select your business type
In the first drop-down, select the type that is most relevant to your business, in your case it will more than likely be ‘FinancialService‘
If you can’t find a good match, select “LocalBusiness”.
Step 4: Select a more specific business category
Once you have selected your business type, you may have the ability to select a more specific business category in the next drop-down. Unless your company is a bank, you will not select any of these.
Many categories do not provide this option, so don’t worry if it is not available to you.
Step 5: Enter your key business information
Enter your business information exactly as it appears on your Google My Business listing.
- Business Name
- Phone Number
Note: The @id field should be the URL for your homepage.
Step 6: Generate your geo coordinates
Click the orange Geo Coordinates button.
Your latitude and longitude will be retrieved automatically.
Step 7: Copy your image URL
This field allows you to choose an image on your website that best represents your business.
Go to your website and copy the image URL.
You can do this by:
- Right clicking on the image
- Clicking “copy image address” from the menu that appears
Step 8: Select opening hours
Use the drop-down to select which days your business is open.
Enter the hours you are open in the field that appears. Your hours should be entered in the 24 hour format.
Example: If your hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, they would be entered as “09:00” and “17:00”.
If you have different sets of opening hours (i.e. during the weekends), then you can click the “Add Opening Hours” button to add another row.
Step 9: Add your social profiles
Select the social profiles your business has using the drop-down.
Enter the URLs in their respective fields.
Step 10: Copy the code
Click the copy button in the top right hand side of the page. It is above the auto-generated code.
Paste and save the code as a text file (.txt) using a program like Notepad.
Step 11: Add the code to your homepage
If you have someone that manages your website, then you should be able to send this code to them.
The code should be added to the <head> section of the page.