Your Google CID Number (Customer ID Number) is very important number for business owners and webmasters to know.
Your Google Customer Identification Number is the exact ID number Google uses to locate and associate with your company or brand with their online products.
Google products that currently use a CID number are Map Maker, Google Maps, Google Plus and some others. Google also uses your CID number when troubleshooting certain issues with you directly or on their Google Maps and Earth forum. So if you currently use or plan to use any Google products or profiles, you should definitely find out your Google customer ID number.
Google CID Number Finder Tool
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If you wish to use the CID finder tool, you must visit the CID finder website.
What to Do After Your Get Your CID Number
Now that you have your Google CID number, you can use it to perform a few different functions that would be beneficial for your website, SEO, and user experience (UX).
Use the links below to jump to a specific use of your CID number and/or Google Maps URL.
- Add your new CID number to a Google Maps URL
- Find the proper Google Maps URL for Your business and for SEO purposes
- Link to directions on Google Maps for your business
- Use your CID number for finding/editing your business on Google Maps Maker
Add Your CID Number To A Google Maps URL
With your Google CID number at hand, here’s how you turn it into a Google Maps URL that people can visit. Simply replace the zeros (0) below with your CID Number (see below).
Note: You’ll notice that when you visit your new CID URL, that it redirects to the new Google Maps URL format which is longer and contains more data, such as GPS coordinates (see below).
Find The Proper Google Maps URL for SEO
The final Google Maps URL that appears in your browser, after the original CID URL from above redirects, is the URL you should use when linking to it from your website and/or when using Schema.org to markup your map for search engine optimization.
Your Google Maps URL should look something like this (whatever your CID URL redirects to):
Link to Your Business Directions on Google Maps
Once you get your new Google Maps URL for your business, you can make a small change to the URL to make it link to the directions for your business, instead of just linking to the main page.
In order to link to the directions feature, replace place with dir/ in the URL (see below).
Developer Note: the double “//” is necessary for the directions feature to work properly.
Use Your Google Customer ID Number to Find/Edit Your Business Information on Google Maps Maker
In addition to your finding your proper Google Maps URL and profile, you can edit the way your business appears on Google Maps via Google Map Maker using your CID number (see below).