[Journey] Adwords + Google My Places & Hack

Will I get success with this?

  • Yes, sure!

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  • Absolutly no... doubt, you probably can do it.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • You won't, do CPA or other BlackHat things

    Votes: 1 7.1%
  • What is a poll?

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Absan

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Hi everybody!

I'm BHW member since 2013 but now I dare to write my first Journey. I'm addicted to read the My Journey section in BHW and now I can be one of them!

I discovered something interesting last week and want to make a test here and share it with all of you. I hope you to enjoy or learn something :)

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About me
First of all, something about my background. I was SEO consultant since 2010 (with experience in Web Design, Wordpress, Prestashop...) but bit by bit I went to the SEM side. I gained a lot of experience in Adwords and finally in 2014 I got Google Partners badge. I stayed promoting my own and my client's business. From last year I'm teaching about Adwords in my private courses and selling a service here in BHW, but I still need to stay ahead of the last SEM trends... so I decided to try this journey. Let's start!

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Unce upon a time... haha, specifically last week... I was taking a walk and making and sharing some photos to improve my Local Guide profile. And I found a business listed on G Maps but didn't found it (candy shop). Mmm, something went wrong. I assumed it was closed, it said "Is this your business? Claim it" and I has an idea. If the business is definitely closed maybe I can take it and surely nobody would re-claim it.

First step was changing the phone number. I put my home phone number. Then, I claim the business and recived a phone call to verify it. Just done!

Second step was changing the title, the url and phone number. I found an available domain like this [mycityname]webdesign.com and I thought to start a local website design business. There're a few similar business where I leave, 70,000 citizens and 500k in the whole province (not bad, I think).

In the next step, I registered the domain and put it on the business profile. I bought a phone card and put it in my Dual-SIM phone to change it and keep my personal number private.

I'm now on the 4th step, designing the site, keeping it simple and minimalist.

Goals
I'm designing the site right now. Maybe in the next 2 weeks the "machine" will be working. By the way, my goals are:
Starting some video ads campaings, call only ads and text ads in Adwords
Offering cheap web design packages starting at 450€
Trying cross selling products (adwords campaigns, local SEO, in-house trainings...)
Selling only Wordpress and Webflow products/websites
1,000€ net profit per month (3 or 4 clients)... remember this is not my main occupation ;)

Adwords Budget
I will create a new Adwords account in my Manager Account and apply a coupon. After some tests I will invest 100€/week, mon-fri on business hours only.

External Help if needed
My brother in law has a team with 7 freelance developers and designers. I will hire them to keep my focus on my other business and keep the ROI of this one positive.

What do you think? Can I get it?

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Anyway... please, whis me luck! :D

I will try to update as often as I can.

P.S.: sorry for my English, is not my mother language :/
 

xjackcx

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didnt know i can claim other business registered with google without a phone number. wish you luck!
 

Absan

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I did not know either, but I tried and... bingo!

At least it let me save time.
 

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Different approach and looking forward to see the results. All the best.
 

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I claimed a local hairdressers about 4 months ago lol
 

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I’m not sure why you claimed a profile rather than creating your own? What was the main benefit?
 

Absan

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GoodLuck Man

Good luck on journal.

Thank you!!

I’m not sure why you claimed a profile rather than creating your own? What was the main benefit?

That business has good and real reviews, and is aged... I have not address and phone in that city and want to try if it could be possible to do :D

I used a phone number of a town near there, and workes fine. So this is the "hack" I said in the title of the thread.
 

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"First step was changing the phone number. I put my home phone number. Then, I claim the business and recived a phone call to verify it. Just done!"

So, how to change the phone number? I'm able to edit the business, but the number is not changing to claim...Does it take some time to update in Google Business?
 

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"First step was changing the phone number. I put my home phone number. Then, I claim the business and recived a phone call to verify it. Just done!"

So, how to change the phone number? I'm able to edit the business, but the number is not changing to claim...Does it take some time to update in Google Business?

When changing any info, I think business owner recive an email to alert him if the change is wrong... This is because I did it with a real closed business.

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