Intro to Photos

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Group: GMB

What Are Photos?

Photo: An image/picture that is taken or created

Google My Business photographs are the pictures that are visible in a GMB Listing. They can be taken from a smartphone or camera, or created on a computer through software.

These photos, pictures, and images are then uploaded to the GMB for all to see.

The two most common file formats for photos are JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) or PNG (Portable Network Graphics). However, Google has developed its own format known as WebP.

The maximum size allowed for photos is 5 MB and the minimum resolution required is 720 x 720 pixels.

For videos, the maximum size is 100 MB. Videos can be up to 30 seconds with a 720p or higher resolution.

Anyone can access these photos and videos by clicking on the image with ‘See Photos’ on it at the top of the GMB listing. It is next to the company map.

All GMB photos are public and people viewing the listing can sort the photos and videos by all, those uploaded by the owner, by the customer, or just the videos.

Google Photos can be geotagged with metadata. A geotag is an electronic tag that assigns a geographic location to the photo.

Photos on the Google My Business listing are of five types:

  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • At work
  • Team
  • Identity

Apart from these attributes, there are also videos and a 360 Street View photo that can be uploaded to the listing. The latter showcases the 360-degree view of the area outside the company.

Interior photos are taken inside the company.

Exterior photos show the outside of the company.

At work photos are those taken while people are doing their jobs.

Team photos are pictures of the team together.

Identity photos refer to the cover photo for the listing and the logo of the company.

Photos don’t always have to be taken by the owner (By Owner). 

Other people can also upload their own photos to someone else’s listing as well (By Customer). 

The customer photos can be shared directly or through a review. However, they can be reported and removed by Google if found to be inappropriate.

Recommended Tools 

Google My Business – Photos are only applicable to GMB

Google Photos – Organize, share, and store photos

Gimp – Photo editing software

Pixabay – Find royalty-free photos

The Exifer – Edit EXIF data of photos online

Adobe Photoshop – Advanced photo editing and graphic design software

DigitalBull GO – The world’s #1 GMB audit and optimization tool!

For more on Photos, read our article on Optimizing Photos

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