How to Set Up Your Google Maps Location

Here’s how to set up your Google Maps location and take control over your search results!

How to set up your Google Maps Location

Have you ever Googled yourself?

Google yourself.

Are you happy with what you see? Are you surprised? Are you wondering if there’s a way to add that cool map thingy to the results? Then you’re in the right place. Today we’ll set up your Google Maps location and start taking back control of your Google search results. Thanks to Katt Stearns for walking me through how to set up your Google Maps location—I had no idea!

But first, why would you care about a Google Maps location if you’re a freelance-work-from-home-writer-person-who-works-in-her-pyjamas? Here’s why: Google search results. When you verify your location (and no, you don’t have to display your home address for the world to see) you control your Googleability. Want to show up when someone searches “business writers in Winnipeg”? THIS is how you do it. Or how about “social media consultant Alberta”? Yup, you can show up there too. OK, let’s do this.

What you need

  • You need a Gmail account, so if you don’t have one go get one. I’ll wait
  • You need a street address. A real one, somewhere you receive mail. This is because in order to add information into your Google listing they send you a verification code in the mail so yes, you have to do this

What you do

  1. Go to google.ca/business (assuming you’re Canadian, adjust the dot ca for your country as needed)
  2. Click “start now”
  3. Fill all in the business information but select “no” to “I deliver goods and services to my customers at their location” (we’ll come back to this)
  4. Click “continue”
  5. Add any additional details you feel necessary and select “yes” to “I deliver goods and services to my customers at their location” (coming back to this)
  6. Enter the region and radius of your services. Yes you can choose “the world” but if you want to show up in specific location searches or areas this is how you do it so get specific
  7. If you want your address to display in search and on your business location map then also check “I also serve customers at my business address.” If you don’t want your address displayed then leave this unchecked (told you we’d come back to this)
  8. Click “verify now” (top right-hand corner)
  9. Enter your details so Google can mail you a verification post card (see why you need a real address?)
  10. Once you receive your post card (up to 10 days) start back at step one and click “verify.” Here you can enter your five-digit code and get yourself discoverable, listed, and HIRED thanks to Google search

Nice, right?

Bath vs. Shower

BUBBLE BATHS

If you want to see a ridiculous debate just Google Bath vs. Shower and read your heart out.

Actually let me save you the time. It goes something like this.

“Oh hey baths are bad you use more water than a shower.”
“No way! Showers use way more water than baths do!”
“You can’t measure that!”
“Just plug the tub when having a shower and you’ll see!”
“I don’t have a tub so there!”

In this “green” age perhaps the old shower vs. bath debate should be something you at least consider. However, responsible water consumption is completely controllable whichever method of self cleaning you choose. Here’s how: Don’t use more water than you need.

No, really. Be efficient. Take short showers. Plug the tub as soon as you turn the water on. Stuff like that.

So whatever. Just like you don’t leave outside doors open when the heat is on or lights on when you’re not in a room (…) etc. etc. make sure to only use as much water as you need for a comfortable—yet green—bath/shower.

Oh, and here’s some stats from Natural Geographic—if you keep your shower to seven minutes under a low-flow shower head you’ll use 53 litres or less. If you take a 10 minute shower you’ll use about 80 litres of water…which is about as much as you’d use for a bath.

The end.

The Soup I Forgot to Eat

A few days ago I stumbled upon a website dedicated to slow cooker recipes—Slow and Simple. I’m a bit surprised my Google searches haven’t come up with this site before, seeing as how they’re devoted to slow cooker recipes and such.

I wanted to make soup. And I didn’t want to buy any more ingredients. Good thing I found a good one here! Broccoli Soup With A Little Help. So here’s a quick review of the ingredients:

  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Rice
  • Broccoli Soup
  • Milk

Easy peasy.

Anyway, so that’s about as far as I stuck with the recipe. The ingredients.

I chopped up my own proportions and then added everything to the slow cooker equally. The directions wanted me to cook everything on the stove and then put it all together for 15 minutes. Except never once in the recipe did it actually say “slow cooker.” But it’s a website for slow cookers! Confusing!

What I decided to do was put everything in the slow cooker for two hours. Then I blended everything up (actually the directions told me to do that) and wouldn’t you know it. I was so happy with the results I packaged it up and put it in the freezer.

I forgot to eat the soup.

Who does that?

In Canadian Figure Skating News

I don’t know if this is interesting or not (I’m going to guess not) but when I Googled “figure skating news” there was little to none for Canadian figure skating news.

Even thought I know Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan is the newly crowned world champion (at the end of April), who broke all sorts of records and landed quads galore. Also I know there was a bit of an upset in the Dance category with the Canadians losing out to the Americans. But that wasn’t the news I found (although, to be fair, the news I’m spouting now is a month old. I suppose I was just expecting some sort of drama or… well… something). The news I found was this: CTV, TSN and RDS Become Official Skate Canada Broadcasters

Yup. For the next 10 years get all your figure skating at CTV or TSN. Or RDS (what’s RDS?). That’s the news and you read it here first. Probably. And that’s literally all that’s going on in figure skating until October when the competitive season fires up again.

In other news I found a couple of Canadian figure skaters on Twitter so I followed them. Sorry, slow news day.

Moose Meese? Meeser Meeses? Mooser Moose?

Moose or meese?

Moose or meese?

>Now we have come to the end of The Canadian Moose and I thought we could talk a little bit about grammar. Don’t stop reading!

The #1 comment I’ve heard over this month of mooseness is “Why isn’t the plural of moose meese?” So after showing much restraint, I have patiently waited until the last day to indulge my little grammar fetish and answer le question.

Unfortunately, it’s not very interesting. But I’ll do my best. Don’t stop reading!

The roots of the word “moose” (as we learned at the beginning of the month) are from a native word meaning “twig eater.” As well, earlier this month, we learned moose in Europe are called “elk.” Why this is of any consequences, is apparently because the original language moose comes from doesn’t do plurals.

But that’s stupid. No amount of Googling could find any research behind this answer and other people in Internet-land have just copied and pasted this same, probably incorrect, answer instead of doing the work themselves.

So I went away from the Internet (bye bye) and towards my new favourite podcaster: Grammar Girl.

Of course she had something to say. Actually she has a lot to say and it gets a bit convoluted. In order to cover what she does, I suppose I have to go over all the other weird animal plurals out there (ox-oxen, goose-geese, sheep-sheep, mouse-mice) and find explanation/roots for them but I wouldn’t want to label myself some sort of grammar nerd…

So instead let’s just say the word “moose” in English falls into the category of a collective noun, so it is the same singular and plural. The reason, if you care, is because we’ve brought some of the Ye Olde English rules with us from the motherland and they don’t make a ton of sense, but it’s something we just go with.

But mostly we say moose when we mean one or many because it’s comfortable. It wouldn’t feel right to say “meese” and we’d probably get all twitchy and start resenting moose and stuff.

In the end, if you can’t accept the moose-moose phenomenon, you can just call them by their group name—herd.

You know, like that time I saw a herd of moose and it was awesome. Or, did I see a moose? I sure did! A whole herd!

Anyway, it doesn’t really matter since moose don’t like to hang out with each other much so you probably won’t run into this problem unless you live in Smithers.

Which is a moose story I never got to and couldn’t find photos from so you’ll just have to email me about it because…

This now ends the moose portion of the blog. Thank you for your patience.