Can’t find your Google Place ID? Most tutorials just tell you to search for your business on Google’s Place ID Finder, and assume you’ll find it.
But what if your business doesn’t show up? It turns out this is a pretty common problem, yet hardly anyone ever addresses it.
This article will explain how to find your place ID number even if it doesn’t show up in the Place ID Finder.
Sound good? If so, read on…
The Standard (somewhat unreliable) Method…
So, a quick recap…
The standard way to find your Google Places ID is to go to https://developers.google.com/places/place-id and search for your company name. (There are plenty of articles that cover this.)
But sometimes it just doesn’t work.
Sometimes your company won’t show up in the search above. Whether it’s a problem with Google’s database, or something else is hard to say. But one thing is clear: it’s frustrating.
I came across this problem today after trying to add a link to Google Reviews for one of our clients.
After reading on several forums, I didn’t find any clear answers. So I decided to do some investigating on my own. I took a business that I already knew the ID for, and checked the source code to see if the ID existed anywhere in the Google Search Results page.
After looking around, under the hood, I found a solution.
As far as I know, this isn’t documented anywhere, but it’s a great little trick if you can’t find your Place ID with the standard method. It’s slightly tricky, but if you follow the instructions, you should have your Place ID in the next couple of minutes!
How To Find Any Google Place ID…
1. Search for your business on Google.
2. Inspect the “Write a Review” button. To do this in Firefox, right-click and choose “Inspect Element“. In Chrome, right-click and choose “Inspect“. (Most browsers follow a similar process.)
3. Find “data-pid” as shown above. (This part is a little tricky, but just look inside the <a> tag until you find data-pid=).
4. Copy the characters within the quotes (as shown above).
You now have your google Places ID. Paste this somewhere you can easily find it.
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How to Use Your Google Places ID
With your Google Places ID, you can make links to your Google reviews (or let people write their own reviews).
Link To Existing Reviews
If you want to link directly to your Google Reviews, paste your Google Places ID at the end of the following URL…
Here’s an example of how it should look….
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Let People Write A Review
If you want a link that allows people to write a review,
paste your Google ID after the following URL…
Here’s an example of how it should look…
As long as Google doesn’t drastically change the way their buttons work, this will be an effective to obtain your Place ID for the foreseeable future.
What about Facebook?
Read my article “How to get the correct links for Facebook Reviews”.
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