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How To Add Your Business On Qwant Maps
Every day more and more customers turn to search engines for their information. These queries are not limited to only the news but products, services and, of course, local businesses. Search engines work within their data sets to try and match users with information and companies most relevant to their needs and location. Now search engine crawlers continue to become more powerful and expand their index of available data. As a business owner, you should be taking advantage of their need to add more data.
The more data search engines have, the more helpful they become to consumers; the more consumers use them. This also means that these search engines can send you more relevant traffic, so it's a win for everyone involved.
Now, most people settle for only listing their business on Google, which is a mistake; in fact, you're actively ignoring people who refuse to use Google or who are actively moving away from Google. Alternative search engines are popping up all the time and looking for ways to take more market share from Google, which is why we should consider supporting these services by adding information to their directories.
One of these directories is Qwant, a French-based search engine with its map service.
Where does Qwant Go Maps get its data?
Qwant, like other search engines, offers local SEO search query support. You may see a map in your search results if it's particularly relevant to your search terms.
- Business near me
- Map of a city
- Local business name
- Business plus location
You can click on a map result to open an interactive map where you can pan, zoom, search, and look up directions. Qwant map searches and route planning are powered by an open-source mapping service known as Openstreetmap.org.
You can think of it as a Wikipedia for location-based searches where anyone can create an account and submit information. Qwant actively pulls data from Open Street Map and uses it to fill its native mapping service.
Information provided with Qwant Maps
When a user performs a local search query for a service or business and indexed listings are available, the map listings will automatically be triggered. Alternatively, users can select the Map search option first before submitting their query.
When a business listing is triggered, you will get directions, set a planned route and even see reviews from third party sites.
However, the standard data you should see is:
- The full address of a location.
- A city, state, country, or region name.
- A business name.
- A type of business.
- Link to business website
- A phone number
How to add your business to Qwant via Open Street Map
- Head over to Open Street Map
- Create an account
- Add a point on the map
- Choose your feature type
- Enter your business information/fields
- Add additional fields
Review overall tags
Before you save your new business listing, we recommend you review your business tags first. This process will ensure that all relevant tags have been included and that all present information is correct and up-to-date. All business tags can be found under the 'Tags' section, to the left-hand side of the screen.
Remember, this is an open protocal for other sites to leverage, so you don't want your data being replicated across sites incorrectly.
Save your business listing submission.
After you've added all relevant business fields and have reviewed the information, you're ready to save your listing and submit it to Open Street Maps! To submit your business listing, select the 'Save' button found in the top right hand of the screen.
Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl + S".
Note: Data on open street maps should reflect the same day you submit it but with Qwant it will take some time for it to sync with the new additions to the database. It should reflect in about a week, so check back in a few days.
How to test Qwant map listings
Search for a restaurant, store, or any business and follow it near me to get local search results. Or search for a business, such as a hotel, golf course, or grocery store, by type or Brand name, and it should trigger a result.
If you want to test if your listing is live, select the maps search verticle in Qwant and then type in your brand name and see if it returns a listing with your business details.
Improving your local SEO
Claiming your Qwant Maps listing and other popular map apps is a great way to start your local SEO journey, but it doesn't stop there. Contact us for a local SEO audit, and we can help your business improve its chances of appearing for local search queries.
Are you looking to promote your business?
South African Business owners can create your free business listing on nichemarket. The more information you provide about your business, the easier it will be for your customers to find you online. Registering with nichemarket is easy; all you will need to do is head over to our sign up form and follow the instructions.
If you require a more detailed guide on how to create your profile or your listing, then we highly recommend you check out the following articles.
If you enjoyed this post and have a little extra time to dive deeper down the rabbit hole, why not check out the following posts on Local SEO.
- How to manage User Roles in Google My Business Listings
- Google My Business Could Become A Paid Service
- Add A Booking Service To Your Google Knowledge Graph
- How To Create A Google My Business Listing Without A Physical Location
- How To Add Your Business To DuckDuckGo Maps