With the recent focus on Google Places and local search optimisation, one of the most important aspects of optimising for local search it to create a Google Places listing for your business.
One of the things you need to do when creating a Google Places listing is define a set of categories relevant to your business. Although you can include custom categories here, you also need to include at least one predetermined Google category
Sometimes, it’s difficult to find the right category, and this can prevent your listing from being accepted, but this tool makes things a lot easier.
Google Places Category Tool
To help you find the right categories for your places page, here’s a link to a very useful tool, courtesy of Blumenthals, that makes finding the right Google categories as simple as can be.
Just type in the first few letters or words of the category you’re thinking of, and you’ll get back a list of related categories that Google will accept.
Or leave the field blank and click “search” to get a list off all Google Places categories.
Create A Google Places Listing
With more focus on local search results, Google Places is a must-have for any business. It’s free to create a Places listing, and it’s a valuable resource for local optimisation.