Introduction

What is the Google Guaranteed program, how do I get my badge and is it worth it?

Read on to learn more and see if it is right for you.

Google's guaranteed program and badge is a program for qualifying businesses that will help position them as more auhtoritive in the SERPs and with their Google My Business Listing.

Date Published: 07/22/2020 @ 10:33 PM, By Trevor Stolber Twiter link LinkedIn link

Google Guaranteed

Upgraded Google GMB Profile

Google is offering an upgraded Google My Business (GMB) Profile [1] for $50 USD per month that gets you a Google Guarantee badge.

The question is, is it worth it?

Well, we think yes!

Upgraded Google My Business Profile

SEJ wrote a nice post on this subject [2] which covers a lot of the important points. We need to bear in mind that this isn't yet open to all business categories. It is still very much a trial and they may cancel it. Now with that out of the way, lets dig in.

Google My Business [3] is a vital tool for any business, but especially businesses with a local focus. Your GMB profile is like your show room and in some cases it is more important than your actual website. Small businesses live and die by the strength of their GMB profiles so anything you can do to get a leg up is surely worth it.

You could have maybe predicted that this would happen, in fact we did! This was part of our 2020 SEO predictions[4] made way back in early Q4 2019. You can bet that Google will seek to monetize the GMB platform significantly going forward and this is just the start of that. We also expect to see a significant increase in paid search options [5] in the SERPs with things like featued snippets becoming sponsored rel estate.

Summary

We have yet to see if this will be a fad or if this will become part of the search landscape but we are recommending this to most small businesses.

References and Resources

  1. The Google Guarantee
  2. SEJ: Google offering ‘upgraded’ GMB profile with Google Guaranteed badge for $50 per month
  3. Google My Business
  4. 2020 SEO Predictions
  5. Paid Search