How to Find Competitor Google My Business Categories (Template Included)
Back when Google+ existed, it was possible to search competitors, and view their categories. Now, the platform no longer exists, and the process to find competitor Google My Business categories is a bit different.
Plus, there are over 2,500 GMB Categories, which makes it a bit hard to find what might be the most relevant.
My favorite trick?
Spy on the Local SEO competition using this simple hack to find competitor GMB categories…
- Head over to Google Maps
- Find competitor’s Google Maps Listing
- Place mouse cursor next to Primary Business Category
- Right-click on the Google Maps Listing
- Select “View Page Source”
- Use CTRL + F or CMD + F to open the document search box
- Enter the competitor’s primary GMB category
- Scroll through highlighted text in the source code to find secondary categories
Here’s an in-depth walkthrough on how to find competitor GMB categories taken from my full Google My Business Optimization Guide that has tons more useful tips.
Making A List of Competitors
It’s important to note that competition may vary for each marketing channel. For example, who is most prominent on Facebook or who holds the most market share may be different from who the competition is on Google.
We’re only focused on who’s winning on Google, specifically in Local Pack.
The first step is to identify the broad service offering. Ex: Plumber, Home builder, Marketing Agency, Roofer, etc.
Once this has been determined, add a geo-modifier to it for the targeted service area. Ex: “plumber st Louis”
Note the competitors in Local Pack.
Searching competitors in Google Maps
Once the competition has been identified, head over to Google Maps, and enter the name of a competitor.
Then, find the competitor’s primary Google My Business Category…
Copy this (Control + C on Windows or Command + C on Mac), and get ready to see the magic…
Viewing the Source Code of the Google Listing
Left click in the panel that contains the Google Reviews, and select “view page source.”
When doing this, make sure that the cursor is on the panel that contains the Primary Category before clicking “View Page Source” (otherwise, this won’t work).
Doing so will display the competitor’s Google My Business Categories.
Next, search the source code for the primary category.
This can be done using Control + F on Windows or Command + F on Mac.
Everything to the right of the highlighted Primary Category represents the competitor’s additional GMB Categories.
This information can all be stored in a GMB Category Audit Template, which will provide a source for documentation and later reference.
The auditing process can be completed for different keywords, locations, or at a national level to gather more insights.
Note the common denominators between the competitor, especially the primary category. If this is consistent across the competitors who are ranking in the top 3 positions in Local Pack, it’s probably a good idea to adopt it as your own!
If used properly, this method can be extremely impactful for Local SEO, and used to win in Google’s Local Pack.
Happy SEO-ing 🙂