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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Establish Your Online Identity by Creating a Google Profile

Google is still the dominant search engine and the best way for people to find individuals & businesses. Thus it’s crucial to be ranked first when your name or brand is searched online. And unless your name or brand has a unique name it’s pretty hard to get it to rank first or even to the first page. Fortunately, Google makes it much easier for people to set-up simple Google profiles for better discoverability.

It’s an important tool that’s especially helpful for new freelancers & smaller businesses who cannot afford to maintain their own website.

Create & Manage Your Online Identity Using Google Plus Profiles

Technically speaking, it’s now called a Google Plus profile since Google watered down the service Google Profiles & integrated it directly with Google Plus. While the move can be seen as forcing users to switch to a new platform, Google Plus Profiles still comes with many new features to help individuals & businesses express themselves creatively.

An example of how the old Google Profiles looked

Get Started with Google Plus Profiles

If you’re new to Google and it’s your first Gmail account, here’s how to create a Google Plus profile.

Step 1: Visit Google Plus and press the Join Google+ button in the sidebar.

Select the Join Google+ button

Step 2: This will prompt a window for entering your First & Last name which will appear publicly. Details like visibility date of birth & gender can be made private.

Step 3: Press Create Profile & upload a profile photo. Putting up a picture essential requirement for setting a custom URL.

Step 4: Finally press Save.

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Adding Details to Your Profile

Step 1: Click on Profile from the Google+ sidebar. This will load your profile page.

Step 2: In the top right corner there’s an About button or use this link. Press it to furnish the page with additional details. Press the pencil icon to edit details.

creating a google profile

Step 3: Press the Plus (+) fab icon in the bottom right to add more details to your profile.

creating a google profile

Step 4: Add the appropriate details and press Save.

creating a google profile

Enter the relevant information and hit save

RELATED: Add your name in Google Search

Controlling Privacy

The privacy of each detail can be individually controlled by pressing the Lock icon.

creating a google profile

1. Press the lock icon

creating a google profile

2. Select the appropriate privacy setting

Getting a custom URL for your Google Profile

Google+ profiles aka Google profiles usually look like this:
http://ift.tt/kC2wBsu/0/117852991644422207414
If a custom URL is set, the page is easier to share with others
For example, this is our own custom URL: http://ift.tt/kC2wBs+Gtricks

It’s easier to remember compared to a string of characters. But to get a custom URL there are some rules such as:

  • You have ten or more followers (people who have added you to their circles)
  • Your account is at least 30 days old
  • Your profile has a profile photo
  • Your account is in good standing (account should follow the rules & guidelines for posting content)

Once you fulfil these requirements Google will automatically show a banner above the Google Plus logo asking you to set a custom URL.

creating a google profile

Here’s an example of what the banner looks like

Downsides & Alternatives

While Google Plus profiles offer a lot of options for entering new information, it lacks visual customisation features. Since it’s a part of Google Plus, every profile will natural fit in with Google’s design guidelines. Thus there’s very little room for tweaking when it comes to changing icons and typefaces.

If you’re allured by such features About.me is a better option with paid options for more customisation & removal of branding.

Conclusion

Google Plus’s profile offering is an essential feature for everyone to get their name or business ranked high in the Google search results and is definitely an effective use of one’s time.

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