How to Claim your Google Plus Vanity URL

Posted by Thomas Fletcher Jones on October 30th 2013 in Social Media, SEO, Online Marketing

Are you embarrassed by your ugly Google+ URL?

Fear not - this post will explain how you can be the envy of your friends/competitors with a shiny new vanity URL.

Last summer Google introduced custom URLs for brands and celebrities with verified profiles.

This meant that Toyota could now use the URL rather than the slightly less memorable

Toyota's Google Plus Profile URL Google are now in the process of rolling out this functionality to users who meet the following criteria:

  1. Have at least 10 followers
  2. Have a profile photo
  3. Have had a profile/page for at leat 30 days

Google's post on the subject explains that you might need to be patient if you don't have the option yet:

Once you meet the eligibility criteria, just visit your profile or page to begin the claiming process. If you don't see the option yet, don't worry: we're expanding availability throughout the week, and you'll see the in-product notice as soon as your custom URL is ready.

Unfortunately you won't have complete control over the URL - you will need to choose from a list which Google considers relevant.

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