Google Rolls Out Local Business Center Dashboard
Google launches a dashboard for its Local Business Center application, allowing SMBs to see how exactly traffic is being drawn from Google search queries and listings to their sites. Google has been adding more features and applications to its ecosystem as it competes against Microsoft and Yahoo for dominance of the U.S. core search engine market.Google launched a free dashboard June 2 for its Local Business Center application, which allows small and midsize business owners to drill down into customer traffic patterns, letting them see what sorts of Google queries are most effective in attracting business. "The LBC is a free tool that enables business owners to control the content of their business listings as they appear in Google Search and Google Maps," Amer Shahnawaz, software engineer for Local Business Center, wrote in a June 2 posting on the official Google blog. "All you have to do is claim your listing in the LBC and go through a quick verification process."
After verification, a business can edit and update its address and hours of operation, and hyperlink from the Google page to the business' own homepage.
- number of times a business listing appears due to a Google.com search or Google Maps search;
- number of times people have interacted with the listing, such as by clicking on it;
- top search queries that led
customers to a particular business listing; and
- ZIP codes of origin for customers asking for driving directions to a business' location.