Google is now offering an option to be able to customise your Google Plus Page URL.
A personalised URL is a short, simple web address that will link you directly to your Google Plus profile or page. This feature is fantastic as it allows you to link to your page without the clunky numbers.
For example I could have:
instead of a billion numbers
Personalised URL’s are great for SEO because they play a big part in helping search engines to decide the relevance of potential search results. They’re also really useful for helping people to remember how to get to your social profile, and makes it a lot better to promote on your website or print media.
There’s just a few guidelines you need to follow to be eligible for a personalised URL.
1. You have to have at least 10 followers in your page circles.
2. Your account needs to have been active for at least a month.
3. You have to have a profile photo on your profile or page to show that you’re a real person. (which is pretty much a given)
You can make sure your page is eligible for a Google Plus URL by providing a link between your Google Plus page and your website. You can do this by connecting your Google Plus page and your website using the Google Plus badge on your website, linking your website to your Google plus page and adding your website link on your Google Plus page.
Before you get too excited and start making your own ‘Batman’ URL’s, note this.
Google doesn’t let you choose your own URL, but instead will automatically choose one for you, based around your name. This has caused lots of controversy online because Google have often suggested pretty useless and ugly URL’s for you.
Google states that you can’t really change your URL once it’s set, except for changing the formatting, or changing from uppercase to lowercase, so choose wisely.
If your account has been established you may get the option to create your own, but it’s a bit of a process with not a lot of flexibility. You will have to submit your request, complete with a valid reason for the change then after you've submitted it, Google will review it and a couple of days later, let you know if it's approved, or if you need to try again.
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