Your Google CID Number (Customer ID Number) is a 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 Google My Business, Google Analytics, Adwords, 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
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, it redirects to a new Google Maps URL format which is longer and contains more data, such as GPS coordinates (see below).
This is normal and should be expected. The original CID URL acts as a default or “canonical” URL for the business on Google Maps.
Find The Proper Google Maps URL for SEO
The following Google Maps URLs are the ones you should consider when either linking to it from your website and/or when using Schema.org to markup your map for search engine optimization.
As a general rule, Google tends to prefer the final URL of a page or site:
But this is the URL format Google puts out via Google My Business and the GMB API:
Link to Your Business Directions on Google Maps
Once you have the 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 map 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.
That’s it, I hope that helps solve some of your CID questions. Please let me know of any other uses for the Google CID number and I’ll make sure to put them up.
Google Map Maker Update: (learn more)
As of March 2017, Google Map Maker is no longer available and has merged with Google Maps.