GMB Categories is one of the topmost ranking factors. Getting this correct will make a big difference for your ranking and traffic. In this article we go through how you can go about selecting the most relevant categories and services for your business.
It is very important you have more relevent and many categories. Google allow 1 primary category and 9 secondary categories. Here are some of the reasons you should do this:
Adding all relevant categories can help Google identify what your business is about. This way Google can get your GBP to a wider audience.
You will rank better with search terms that matches those particular categories.
There is a strong positive correlation between having more categories and ranking better.
All categories don't have the equal traffic. So finding the categories with good traffic and using that can greatly improve your traffic.
Some primary categories allows you add add services, so having those will help you provide additional information to Google.
Updating categories is one of those things where a fixed amount of work initially can provide a big increase in traffic during the life time of the GBP.
In this article, we help you with finding the best GMB Categories for your business and provide you data to make this informed decision. We also go through services you can add if your business is allowed to have services.
What are the best categories if you are a Warehouse?
These are two methods by which you can find the best GMB Categories and Services for your business.
Please note that Method 1 provides raw data while Method 2 shown below provides very interactive and precise data. Click here to go directly to Method 2: Go to Method 2.
In method one, just use the data provided here to find the best GMB Categories and Services for your business.
Here are list of other catgeories you can add if you are a Warehouse.
Category list for Warehouse:
Industrial Equipment Supplier
Freight Forwarding Service
Packaging Supply Store
Material Handling Equipment Supplier
Truck Rental Agency
Office Space Rental Agency
Commercial Real Estate Agency
Moving Supply Store
Moving and Storage Service
Cold Storage Facility
Use these criteria to decide if one or more of the above can be added to your GMB. Please go through the above list with these criteria:
Relevance: Ensure the category closely matches your products or services.
Specificity: Choose a category that is as specific as possible to your core business.
Search Volume: Look at how often users are searching for that specific category or related keywords.
Competition: Analyze the competition within that category. If it’s highly competitive, ensure you have a robust strategy to stand out.
Compliance: Be mindful of Google’s guidelines, as selecting an irrelevant category may lead to penalties.
Customer Expectation: Think from a customer's point of view. Does the category define what they would be looking for?
All categories mentioned above is not available in every country, so I would suggest manually trying out these categories in your countries.
Similarly, these are the services you can add to the services for the category mentioned above.
Here are the services available for each categories mentioned above:
Bulk Food Supply, Discounted Groceries, Wholesale Produce, Bulk Baking Supplies, Wholesale Dairy Products, Bulk Meat Supply, Wholesale Frozen Foods, Bulk Beverage Supply, Wholesale Snacks, Wholesale Canned Goods, Bulk Grains and Cereals, Wholesale Condiments, Bulk Spices and Herbs, Wholesale Cleaning Supplies, Bulk Personal Care Products, Wholesale Baby Products, Bulk Pet Supplies, Wholesale Office Snacks, Bulk Coffee and Tea, Wholesale Candy and Confections, Bulk Baking Ingredients, Wholesale Ethnic Foods, Bulk Nutritional Supplements, Wholesale Gluten-Free Foods, Bulk Vegan and Vegetarian Foods, Wholesale Pre-Packaged Meals, Bulk Health and Beauty Products, Wholesale Disposables, Bulk Paper Goods, Wholesale Restaurant Supplies, Wholesale Bakery Supplies, Bulk Cooking Oils, Wholesale Food Service Equipment, Bulk Food Storage Containers, Wholesale Eco-Friendly Products, Bulk Cutlery and Utensils, Wholesale Food Packaging, Bulk Party Supplies, Wholesale Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Bulk Alcoholic Beverages, Wholesale Kitchenware, Bulk Janitorial Supplies, Wholesale Gourmet Foods, Bulk Deli and Prepared Foods, Wholesale Tableware, Bulk Catering Supplies, Wholesale Food Safety Products, Bulk Food Handling Gloves, Wholesale Bar Supplies, Bulk Seasonal Products
Customs Clearance Services, Import and Export Consultation, International Trade Compliance, Freight Forwarding Services, Customs Document Preparation, Duty and Tax Calculation, Cargo Insurance Services, Tariff Classification Assistance, Customs Bonded Warehousing, Customs Valuation Services, FTA and Preferential Origin Consultation, Import and Export License Assistance, Quota Management Services, Import and Export Permit Acquisition, Commodity Classification Services, Trade Agreement Consultation, Customs Compliance Auditing, Post-entry Amendment Services, Anti-dumping Duty Consultation, Customs Penalty Mitigation, Customs Ruling Request Assistance, Temporary Importation Services, Export Control Compliance, Importer Security Filing (ISF) Services, Customs Brokerage Training, Cargo Inspection Coordination, Pre-shipment Inspection Services, Customs Duty Drawback Services, Inward Processing Relief Consultation, Outward Processing Relief Consultation, Excise Tax Consultation, Import and Export Recordkeeping, Country of Origin Verification, Customs Bond Application Assistance, Protest Filing and Resolution, Landed Cost Calculation Services, Restricted Goods Consultation, Non-resident Importer Services, Customs Power of Attorney Preparation, Customs Compliance Program Development, Cargo Tracking and Tracing, Customs Brokerage Software Solutions, Trade Data Analysis Services, Customs Litigation Support, Import and Export Due Diligence, Cross-border E-commerce Services, Customs Risk Assessment, Supply Chain Security Consultation, Customs Brokerage Outsourcing, Trade Remedy Consultation
All categories dont have the option to add services, so if you have this option only then add these services mentioned above. Also make sure first that these are services you offer before adding them. Add the one you think is relevant one after the other.
The second and more easy way is to use our Category Finder Tool. The tool allows 5 free usages a month, so you can do this with the free plan.
You can use the free version of the category Finder Tool to find this. Signup here: Category Finder Tool
The screenshot below shows how you can use this.
How to use the tool?
Here are the steps you need to follow to most effectively use the tool.
Step 1: Navigate to the Category Finder Tool, where you'll be redirected to the signup page to create an account.
Step 2: Upon signing up, you'll land on the Category Finder Tool homepage. Here, enter the main category for your business, designated as '1' in the image above.
Step 3: After completing step 2, numerous categories will appear in section 2. Click on any to uncover more relevant categories, with the dark bubble displaying the keyword search count.
Step 4: At the category page's bottom, you'll find related services, or additional categories to include. By clicking the 'Compare on Google Trends' button, you can contrast these categories to analyze category comparisons and seasonal variations in keyword searches.
How to choose a Primary Category from a list of Categories.
Selecting the right primary category for your business in Google My Business is a crucial step in improving your local SEO performance. The primary category you choose should accurately represent the core service or product you offer. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you make the best choice:
Understand Your Business: Identify the central service or product your business offers. This will guide you towards the most fitting category.
Explore the GMB Categories: Explore the categories we provide you in Method 1 and Method 2. See which one of them is the most relevant for your business.
Check Keyword Search Volume: The number we provide in the dark bubble in Method 2 is the average monthly search volume. Make sure that the primary category you selected has enough search volume.
Seasonal changes: There are seasonal changes in search volume for some categories. For example an A/C mechanic won't have enough demand in winter and on the other hand a snow plough operator won't have much search traffic in Summer. So, that is why in method 2 you can search on Google trends to see how search changes with time.
Analyze Competitors: Look at what primary categories your successful competitors are using. This can give you insights into what might work for your business too.
Consider Customer Perspective: Think about the terms your customers might use to search for your services or products. Selecting a category that aligns with customer search behavior can enhance visibility.
Monitor and Adjust if Necessary: SEO is a constantly evolving field. Regularly review the performance of your selected category and be prepared to make adjustments if you find that it's not providing the expected results.
Selecting the right categories in Google My Business (GMB) is crucial for your online success. Your choices in primary and secondary categories directly impact how your business ranks and who finds you.
In this article, we've shown you how to choose relevant categories and why they matter. Whether manually selecting from a provided list or using the Category Finder Tool, the aim is to align with your business's core offerings and customer needs.
Remember, the right categories help Google understand your business better, connecting you with a wider audience. Regularly review and adjust your selections to keep up with trends and demands. With careful planning and insight, your GMB profile can be a powerful tool in growing your business.