Posted Jun 4, 2020 by Anastasia Prokofieva

An Easy Way to Earn More on Google My Business

If you want your local business to be displayed in the search results, then a Google My Business account is essential. Among other business listings, this is a great opportunity to expand your local reach. This way customers can discover your business, locate your information, and place an order directly from your listing:

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On some occasions, your Google My Business may add links from third-party ordering services, such as Postmates or Menufy. If you use or have used such platforms, these links may automatically be located in your listing.

These companies usually collect considerable fees for their services so if the main call-to-action button on your listing leads to their sites, you’ll ultimately earn less. Read on to find out how you can avoid that and direct customers to your restaurant or store via your Google My Business listing.

If you still don’t have online ordering for your restaurant, you can get it for free with Ecwid E-commerce.

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How Calls to Action Work on Google My Business

Google My Business listing is basically a rich card with your business information, displayed in the Google search and on Google Maps. It distinguishes your business and helps customers navigate to your online store to place an order.

Google My Business listings in search results

You can add call-to-action buttons in your business listing to enable customers to take action directly from Google Search or Maps. For example, you can include links to place an order, search for items, or view your menu.

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Users can open a menu from the listing

If you own a restaurant, your listing can display the “Order Online” button. Customers can click it to make an order right from the listing.

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You can see the “Order Online” button right in a business’ listing

Google partners with many ordering services like ChowNow, EatStreet, Menufy, or Slice. If you deliver your products via these services, your listing may automatically have a button with links to their websites. The provider will handle your orders and you’ll need to pay a fee for that.

If you want to direct customers to your website and avoid fees for getting orders via third-party links in your listing, you can adjust your Google My business profile.

More: A Local SEO Strategy for Your Online Store

How to Get Orders Avoiding Third-Parties

To make sure that customers use your Google My Business account to contact you directly, you can remove the “Order Online” button and add your own links to your listing.

1. Remove the “Order Online” button

If you want to opt-out of receiving orders via the “Order Online” button, you can remove this button in your Google My Business dashboard.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Sign in to Google My Business.
  2. Click “Info.”
  3. Scroll to “Food ordering” and click “Edit.”
  4. Turn off “Accept partner orders on Google” under “Delivery, Takeout and Order Ahead.”

After you do this, you’ll remove the “Order Online” button and all providers.

If you use several ordering services and want to remove a selected provider:

  • If you want to remove an unauthorized provider from your profile, fill in this opt out form.
  • If you want to remove a provider that you use to deliver your products, contact them and request that your data is removed from the information they are sending to Google.

Learn more about receiving orders on Google through a provider.

2. Add your own links to your listing

You can add a link to your website in your Google My Business dashboard.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Sign in to Google My Business.
  2. Click into the “URLs” section. You may see options to add additional links.
  3. Enter your links in the appropriate fields.
  4. Click “Apply.”

Now customers will be able to go to your website directly from your Google My Business listing.

Customers will be directed to the Urban Soul Foods website when they click this link

Keep in mind that links to ordering services that appear automatically are updated via third-party providers. This is also why you can’t edit or remove these links in your Google My Business account. If you want to remove a link from your listing, contact the provider and request they remove your data from the information they are sending to Google.

Learn more about adding local business URLs in Google My business.

More Resources

To make sure your customers find the information they need, always update your business information in your listing. While you update the links to your website, take a glance at the open hours and address too. Everything looks good?

Now that your listing is up to date, your customers can contact you directly from Google search results. Take the next step and learn how to promote your local business and engage with customers during this time:

About the author
Anastasia Prokofieva is a content writer at Ecwid. She writes about online marketing and promotion to make entrepreneurs’ daily routine easier and more rewarding. She also has a soft spot for cats, chocolate, and making kombucha at home.
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