Most Searched Body Shop / Collision Repair Keywords

by Auto Repair SEO on September 21, 2013

One of the most important components of Search Engine Optimization is Keyword Research. You need to know what people are actually searching for so that you can optimize your site for keywords that will actually drive valuable traffic.

Based on our research (reviewing the historic trends on Google, Yahoo & Bing) we have developed a list of the most commonly searched keywords for Body Shops / Collision Repair Shops.

Keyword Avg. Monthly Searches
body shop  74,000
auto body shop  18,100
auto body repair  12,100
bodyshop  9,900
collision repair  6,600
car painting  3,600
dent repair  3,600
car painting  3,600
car restoration  2,900
auto body shops  2,400
auto restoration  1,600
auto body repair shops  1,300
auto body shop near me  590
auto body repair shop  480
cheap auto body repair  390
auto body repairs  260
auto body repair estimate  260
mobile auto body repair  260
auto body shop supplies  210
auto body shop reviews  210
auto body shop chicago  210
auto body shop san jose  210
auto body rust repair  210
vehicle restoration  210
auto body shop los angeles  170
car repainting  170
car repainting  170
auto body shop for sale  140
best auto body shop  140
auto body shop san francisco  140
local auto body shops  140
auto body shop philadelphia  140
auto body repair estimates  140

Based on this, you will want to optimize based on the following keywords plus your geo modifier:

Your City + body shop
Your City + auto body shop
Your City + auto body repair
Your City + bodyshop
Your City + collision repair
Your City + car painting
Your City + dent repair
Your City + car painting
Your City + car restoration
Your City + auto body shops
Your City + auto restoration
Your City + auto body repair shops
Your City + auto body shop near me
Your City + auto body repair shop
Your City + cheap auto body repair
Your City + auto body repairs
Your City + auto body repair estimate
Your City + mobile auto body repair
Your City + auto body shop supplies
Your City + auto body shop reviews
Your City + auto body rust repair
Your City + vehicle restoration
Your City + car repainting
Your City + car repainting
Your City + best auto body shop
Your City + local auto body shops
Your City + auto body repair estimates
body shop in + Your City
auto body shop in + Your City
auto body repair in + Your City
bodyshop in + Your City
collision repair in + Your City
car painting in + Your City
dent repair in + Your City
car painting in + Your City
car restoration in + Your City
auto body shops in + Your City
auto restoration in + Your City
auto body repair shops in + Your City
auto body shop near me in + Your City
auto body repair shop in + Your City
cheap auto body repair in + Your City
auto body repairs in + Your City
auto body repair estimate in + Your City
mobile auto body repair in + Your City
auto body shop supplies in + Your City
auto body shop reviews in + Your City
auto body rust repair in + Your City
vehicle restoration in + Your City
car repainting in + Your City
car repainting in + Your City
best auto body shop in + Your City
local auto body shops in + Your City
auto body repair estimates in + Your City 

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 How to get on the Google Map for Auto Repair & Auto Body Shops

Google Places Optimization

In today's post I just wanted to talk through Google Places and Google Maps optimization fundamentals. If you are just getting started in Internet marketing for your home services business (Plumbing, HVAC, Roofing, Landscaping, Pest Controle, etc) and are just trying to get an idea of how to get your company listed on the Google Map, this is a great place to start. I am going to cover the core fundamentals of what the Google Map is, how it works, and what you need to do to at least get the ball rolling in the right direction towards getting you placed on the map.

Understanding the Search Engines (PPC vs Organic vs. Map)

Fundamentally the Google Map or Google Places listing is what shows up when you type in your city plus your services on Google. Up along the top, and along the side is the pay per click, and in the center at the very top of the results page is typically the map listings or what we call Google Places or the Google Map listings. Directly below that in local search is what are typically the organic listings. There is a lot of information about search engine optimization, meta tags, meta descriptions and all of the like but really this is a totally different realm of search engine optimization known as Google Places Optimization.

Google Places -, what do you need to do in order to make sure that you are listed on that map, and more importantly make sure you are showing up on page one over time? There are a number of things you can do, and there are multiple layers of complexity, strategies and things that you can do. The most important thing you can do from the starting point perspective is to go to

Google has set up this website for business owners to tangibly claim their Google Places listing. If you go there you are going to see two different buttons. On the left side you are going to see one that says, "Consumer / Write Reviews." On the right side it says "Business Owner? Get Started." Obviously you want to click on the one that says, "Business owner? Get Started," and what that will do is take you through the process of claiming your Google Places listing.

The latest statistics indicate that more than 89 percent of users or businesses haven't claimed their Google Places listing. This creates a great opportunity for your to beat your competition to the punch. One of the first things you want to do is go to and claim your listing so you can at least make sure it's got all of your right information. Your phone number, your website address (if you have one) description of what you do, some pictures, maybe some coupons. More than anything else make sure that you have control of your own business listing on, in the places listings.

Some things to be aware of as you claim your Google Places listing. The process is relatively simple. If you have got a Gmail account or some type of Google account, Google will recognize that and let you use that to claim your Google Places listing. If you don't, you're going to need to go through the process of establishing your Google account. So that you can claim your Google Places listing.

Once you have logged in, you will need to type in your phone number and company name. Then, the system will search the Google Places directory to see if you already exist in the database. In most cases if you have been in business for any period of time for more than a year, you're typically going to show up on the list already. So Google will pull up your existing listing and ask you to confirm it's your and claim your listing. If you don't, there is another process that will let you add yourself to Google Places. So if you're a new business or if for some reason you don't already exist in the Google Places directory, you would press "add new listing."

In either event it's going to walk you step by step through the process. You're going to type in your company name, address, and phone number. You're going to make sure all of that information is correct. A couple of things to pay attention to as you do that.

Make sure that you use your actual company name. So if you're, "Paul the Plumber Incorporated," make sure that you name it, "Paul the Plumber Incorporated," and not some other facsimile thereof like "Paul's Plumbing" or "Paul's Plumbing   Your Dallas Plumber." Don't add additional key words in that name. It's against the Google Places rules and policies. Make sure you keep your name, the actual name of your company.

It is important that you establish your NAP (Name, Address, Phone Number Profile) and that it consistently referenced the same way across the web. That it's showing your company name, phone number, and address the same way every time. As a starting point, if you're getting started with Google Places, make sure that you make it very simple. And that you use the same methodology for naming yourself across the board. Same with your address. If you're at 105 SW 10th Street, Suite 105, use that same exact wording. If you're going to use SW use SW. If you're going to spell out Southwest, spell out Southwest. If you're going to use your suite number, “Suite 105”. Make sure you either list it, or you don't list it, and decide whether it's going to be “unit number” or “suite number”. List it that same way every single time.

Moving on, once you have added the fundamentals, make sure you add your website address. This is very important. If you don't have a website, I definitely recommend getting a website setup. I've share some ideas on different posts on what the best website formats are, and what pages you want to build to your website from an SEO perspective. Suffice it to say, add your website there. It's obviously going to drive links to your website, but it is also going to make it easier for your customers to get to you when they do find you on the map.

In your description, I always encourage trying to make sure you list your services and your geographic market in the description. E.G. “Your company is your full service Dallas Plumbing Contractor. We provide plumbing, emergency plumbing service, water heater installation, and water heater repair. Etc” You have only got about 250 characters for the description so really try and maximize that space to its fullest capability.

Directly below that, you have categories. You want to, obviously, choose the categories that most specifically match what your business does. Don't add yourself to categories that aren't relevant. You can add five categories. So, if you're a plumbing contractor. You can choose the obvious ones from the drop down, “plumbing”. That's really the only default one that is available.

You do have the option to create custom categories. You might want to add a custom category for “water heater installation”, “water heater repair”, “bathroom remodeling”, etc. That way you're making sure that you're categorizing yourself as well as possible. But always exercise the already available categories as much as possible, as opposed to creating some unique category name.

Moving down the list, the next thing that you see is the ability to upload photos and videos. I encourage you, you need to upload as much content here as possible because Google is looking for a complete profile. The more information that you have in there the more complete your profile appears. You can upload upto ten pictures & five videos. Try and use real pictures. Always upload first either your logo, or a picture of you in front of your truck, or a picture of your truck. That way you're putting something up that is a representative of your company and not just some stock photo. Try and upload pictures that are representative of your organization. So your logo, pictures of your team, etc.

I love to get a team shot. If you have got three guys, 19 guys, or 150 guys, get a picture of the whole company standing in front of the building Or standing in front of a van or standing in front of your vans in an order. That helps people quickly look at who you are and get a grasp.,"Wow this is an enterprise that has some bulk to it, and there are people behind it that drive this business.” My preference would be logo first, then photo second, with a picture of everybody standing in front of the truck, or standing in front of the building. And then an individual shot of the owner, maybe if you've got technicians in your company, pictures of your technicians, pictures of your van by itself, pictures of some of the equipment that you guys happen to run. If you're members of the local chamber of commerce, members of the BBB these are the types of photos that you want to put in your Google Places profile. Save those images with key words specific naming. So, if your first image is your logo, call it “your company name - your city service”. If you're Joe the plumber in Dallas, you might want to name that first image” Joe the plumber dash - your Dallas area plumber”.

Video. You can upload up to five videos, and the videos connect through YouTube. Don't miss out on this opportunity. You should absolutely upload all five videos here. Even if they're not going to be super hi tech. Break out the iPhone, break out the video camera. Shoot a video of yourself / the owner, just explaining who you are and what you do, and what makes you unique. E.G. “ Joe the plumber is a full service plumbing contractor, servicing the Dallas market. We do this that and the other, we provide emergency service where available to come out to your place of business or home. Anything, anytime, 24 hours, seven days a week. And as a special incentive if you reference this video you can save 20 dollars off your service call.” Something along those lines. Just a video that is a representative of who you are and what you do. What we find is, having a video, obviously it's going to help build out your Google Places profile which improves your probability of showing up on the map, because information is power in the Google era.

It's also going to help people resonate with your organization. If they can feel like they get to know, like, and trust you before they have to decide whether they are going to call you or not. It improves the probability of getting that call, and getting that piece of business. So, upload five videos to YouTube and then connect them to your Google Places listing. Ideal scenario: ten pictures, five videos.

The next section is the Service Area. You can select your Service Area based off your location & miles included in your service area. Try to make this a legitimate representation of your true service area (don't over do it).

The last field on the Google Places listing is additional information. Here you will find basically just two fields. One on the left, one on the right, and it basically lets you type in whatever you want. In a lot of cases, people left to their own devices will get to that section and just press submit, then feel like they're done. This is the area where you can really add a lot of valuable content, a lot of specific information about who you are and what you do, and the specific services that you offer. What I like to do within that section is to create the first field which says, "Services Offered." Right next to it list out all of your services. Again, if you're a plumber you would say, "plumbing services” - “emergency plumbing, bathroom remodeling, water heater repair, leak detection, slab leak repair, and on and on."

Then the second one would be, "Brands Serviced." So you want to get in your brands. If you're an AC contractor in this environment, you might want to put, "AC units serviced and installed." Then you would type in “Rheem, Ruud, Trane, and list out all of your brands”. You can be really creative here. You can also go to the next one and say, "Areas Serviced." Then in the areas serviced section, you can then type in all of the little cities in and around your main city that you happen to service. So that gives you some ability to, really, add some additional keyword rich information into your Google Places listing, and enhance the probability of showing up for additional key words.

Once you have got all of those things filled in. And you feel comfortable that you have got the right images, you have got the right description, you have got the right content listed in the additional information, then, you go to the next step and press "Submit."

This is where the verification process takes place. Google gives you two options for verifying your listing. Depending upon if it's a new listing, sometimes they don't offer the phone verification process. Typically, you have the choice verify via phone, or verify via mail.

I always encourage you, if you do have the option, to verify via phone. Just to go ahead and verify via phone, because it is an instantaneous process. You press verify via phone. You will get a message indicating that Google will be calling that number with you PIN. Whatever your business number is. As soon as you press submit, a call comes into your business line. So make sure you have got someone available to answer that call directly. It will be an automated system that calls with a message like "this is Google, your pin number is 43625" for instance. Then, you type that into your Google Places account online. You have now officially claimed and verified your Google Places listing.

If you don't have that option for whatever reason, and I have seen cases where Google is not making the phone verification process available, then you need to press "Submit" to verify via mail. Then you would receive a post card, via the mail, within typically within three to five business days. It has a pin code just like the other option. It takes a little bit longer this way but at least you get your pin and you are able to log back in and verify your account and be off the ground.

Now once you have verified your Google Places listing, now you have the ability to go in and post status updates, add coupons, special offers, or promotions. I would encourage you to log back into the account. Up on the top right hand corner you will see, "Dashboard" and on the right you will see, "Offers."

You have the ability to upload as many offers as you want. So, create offers. Whatever coupons you offer to your customers make them available there. "$25 off any service call by mentioning this coupon." Or "10% off any service call." Or "$150 off new, tank less, water heater installation." Whatever offers you want to make available. Because offers, again, make your listing a little bit more attractive to the end users.

Fundamentally, that's where you want to start. You want to go to, build out your listing as I have described. And now you have got a placeholder and a higher probability of showing up on the Google map. I wish I could tell you it is just as easy as that and you're going to be on Page One for your City + Your Service. Unfortunately, it's not that simple, because there are hundreds of businesses in your area, if not thousands, all doing the same type of thing. A lot of them have claimed their Google Places listing. So, at this point it really doesn't give you a free pass to the front of the line. But it does get you on the list.

Really, the next step in getting placed on Google Places on the map, is obtaining consistent name, address, citation profile across the web, and getting online reviews from legitimate users. When I say establish, consistent name, address, phone number, profile across the web, we talked about the fact when you claimed your Google Places listing, you wanted to use the same name, address, and phone number across the board.

Now what you want to do is make sure that you have got yourself on other important online directories. Because Google looks across the web and it says, "OK, Joe the Plumber, in Dallas has a Google Places listing, but where else are they listed online?" They look at a lot of different places. They look at Yahoo Local. They look at Bing Local. They look at CitySearch. They look at Angie's List. They look at They might look at Dex. They look at MerchantCircle. And the list goes on and on.

They pull data from info providers like InfoUsa, and Axiom. So, in order to improve your probability, you need to make sure you're showing up in all of these different places with a consistent name, address, phone number, and profile.

That's another thing Google looks at. Just making sure that you're credible, and that you do exist on other online directories.

The other really important thing you need to do, in order to improve the probability of showing up on the map, is to get reviews from real customers online. You will notice that the companies showing up on spots A F on page one have a tendency to have a large quantity of reviews.

I will point out that you don't want to try and game the system on reviews. It might be easy to think, "I'll just go out there and set up a bunch of accounts and I will write up a bunch of reviews, and I'll have 55 reviews on my account then I should be good to go." It's not that simple.

Google does have algorithms in place to prevent people from gaming the system. Really they are looking at the reviewer's profile. In order to write a review on Google Places, you have to have a Gmail, or a Google account. Google knows the historic profile of those that have Google accounts. They watch their search trends. They have IP information which gives them information about where they are located. A lot of cases, they have entered and volunteered that information. "I'm located at this address, and they have frequented these types of web sites." So Google has a pretty good idea who legitimate users of their Google search engine, one of the most frequented sites in existence. They have data on just about everybody. If you're trying to game the system, Google will catch that.

You want to make sure that you have a process within your business to solicit reviews from legitimate people who have used your services. I have got a whole podcast available that explains our review acquisition process, and our review acquisition system, which includes sending an email out to the people in your sphere of influence, asking them to write a review. Printing up some review cards and systematically handing them out to your customers after service. Telling them, "Hey, if you would, please write us a review on Google Places, CitySearch, or some of these other places."

We also have a tool that we have got available through that gives you the ability to, through a mobile device, have your technicians check in at the place of service. Whether that be, at a business or at a home, and check in on the mobile device, indicating that you're there. That GPS data, is captured and can get passed to Google to help them know exactly what your true service area is. Then automatically send an email to the customer after service saying, "We appreciate your business, please write us a review." We have found that to be the ultimate strategy for really passing your authentic service area data to Google and getting reviews on a consistent basis. Again that's We've got a whole series of information on that. How it works, and why it's valuable.

Again just to cover the fundamentals of what you want to do from a starting point to really get started on Google Places and get the ball rolling in the right direction. First, go to Claim your Google Places listings with some of the specifications that I defined earlier.

Then, really get aggressive with your name, address, and profile information across the web. Go onto websites like; CitySearch, Angie's List, and Judy's Book, and make sure that you're listed there and that your information is consistent.

Then, launch an aggressive process for getting reviews from authentic customers.

If you start to do these things on a consistent basis you will start to show up on the Google map, in your area when people search “your service + your city”.

I hope this has been valuable. I hope this has been insightful. I hope it gives you a really good idea of how Google Places works, and some strategies you can start to implement, almost immediately, to improve the probability of showing up on the map in your market.

If you would like to get more information and step-by-step ideas, we have developed a complete Internet marketing and SEO guide for home services professionals available at The guide is 58 pages, and it takes you step by step through how to actually claim your Google Places listing. How to optimize it. Where to add yourself to get these citation listings, and some ideas on how you can get reviews. If you're going to send an email out, what you should put in that email. So to download that guide, you can just go to

If you would like to talk with me, if you feel like these are great ideas but you would like to have someone actually implement them for you that's what we do. I would love to have the opportunity to talk with you. You can reach me directly any time at 866 610 4647.

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