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How to Create a Custom Google+ Vanity URL

November 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Well by now you probably know about the new Google+ feature available for Google+ users. But if you are not aware of it yet or you are not able to get your custom vanity URL yet, keep this post on hand or return when your profile is approved by Google for the new vanity URL feature.

The Requirements to Obtain Custom URLs:

SEO Bullet Points You must have a profile photo.

SEO Bullet Points You must have at least 10 followers.

SEO Bullet Points Your Google+ account must be at least 30 days old.

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Visit Your Google+ Profile

Navigate to your Google+ profile first to get it started. You will need to repeat these steps for each Google+ page you have created that you wish to create your custom vanity URL. Once you are on your Google+ page, look at the top of the page to find the Get URL button in blue if your profile is approved for it.

Get URL button for Google+ Vanity URL

Get URL

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Option to Change Vanity URL

Next, you will be prompted with a dialog box giving you the option to change the vanity URL. If you agree to change the current URL to the new vanity URL, then you will need to select the check box agreeing to the terms of service. Google has made the suggestion in the terms of service that they may charge you in the future for the vanity URL. Some say this is a marketing ploy by Google or a means to determine the validity of the business. It has been said that it may also effect the outcome of search results as well.

Change to Custom URL

Agree to Terms of Service

Of course the option to not change the URL is available but for this post we are going to select Change URL

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The Verification Process

The next step is just simply entering your mobile number into the input box for verification. Once you receive the text message (SMS) containing your verification code you are going to need to enter it into the next prompt.

Verify Mobile Number

Verify Mobile Number

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Enter the Code

Finally, enter your text message code into the input box and select the Verify button. Although you may have to be a little patient because it can take up to 15 minutes to get your verification code from Google. If the code does not come to your mobile device or you entered the wrong number, you can try again to obtain it.

Enter Text Message Code

Enter Code

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Conclusion

Well besides how easy it is to get a custom Vanity URL, you may want to keep in mind about the possibility of Google charging for this new feature. There have been a few other questions that have risen from this new feature offered by Google. One of the concerns surrounds the rel=”author” attribute. Of course this is set in the a href tag as an attribute or with a ?rel=author parameter in a URL string as a query parameter. Google of course will be providing the redirects for the new Vanity URL’s so at this point it should not be of concern. Will need to keep an eye on it though, just in case.

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About Ty Whalin

Full-time Web Designer, SEO Manager, Cold Fusion Developer, business owner and Internet marketing entrepreneur. Educational background includes Central Florida Community College, where I majored in Computer Information Administration and Rasmussen College; Computer Information Technology. I am the Founder and CEO of Link Worx Seo, played drums for almost 30 years and proud father of one daughter.

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