How To Get Google+ Unique URLs For Pages and Profiles

Yes!

Google+ is finally launching unique URLs for Google+ personal profiles and business pages.

It’s about time, right?!

The current Google+ URLs are terrible and just not user or visitor friendly.  I’m sure the Google product manager that made the decision to launch with the existing Google+ website address set-up has received all the feedback they can take, to put it mindly.

It is currently almost impossible to remember the URL of a Google+ profile or page.  Most likely the addition of short custom Google+ URLs will facilitate Do you think the introduction of vanity URLs by brands in traditional print, TV, and radio ads to promote their Google+ business pages.

But don’t get too excited.  A Google employee said Google+ is launching custom vanity URLs to a limited number of verified profiles and pages first.  So, most of us won’t be able to get a unique Google+ URL immediately.  The time is near though.

Sample verified accounts that already have unique URLs include +Britney Spears at google.com/+britneyspears; +TOYOTA at google.com/+toyota; and +Delta at google.com/+delta.

Google+ plans to offer unique, vanity URLs to the balance of Google+ users over time.  However, Google hasn’t said exactly when or how the roll-out will occur.

As soon as we get the additional details, we’ll update this post with how to get Google+ unique URLs for business pages and personal profiles, which will help your Google+ pages and profiles a lot more web-friendly.



The new URL name system will provide page and profile owners the ability to not only customize their URLs, but also shorten the web address for accounts by a lot of characters. The new set-up will show the user’s name and a ‘+’ sign right after the Google.com domain.

Here’s another sample new Google+ custom URL:  David Beckham has taken the +DavidBeckham web address, which updates the soccer hero’s URL to google.com/+DavidBeckham.

Post the launch of Google+ in 2011, the platform has tried to knock Facebook off of the #1 spot in the social networking sector.  Google said Google+ passed 250 million users earlier in 2012.

SEO’s are hoping Google 301 redirects the old Google+ URLs to the new custom URLs.  It looks like Google is currently leveraging a canonical tag, which isn’t as SEO-friendly of an approach as a 301.

Some people are speculating Google may also use the recently purchased new gTLD “.plus” gTLD to accommodate short, custom URLs in the future as well (something like “g.plus/businessname”).  The new gTLDs are not yet available for production use.




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