+Jaana Nystrom

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Google+ is my passion: I want to help others to get the most out of it.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Creating a Google+ Page for business


Below are helpful links about creating a Page on Google+ and how to link your website:

Don't create a Google+ profile with anything else except your own name!


One has to have a personal profile before one can create a Google+ Page.  Afterwards you can separate the Page and create a password for it and also get a Gmail & YouTube channel (Hangouts on Air!), but for the first you must create a profile.

From Google:
"Google+ makes connecting with people on the web more like connecting with people in the real world. It's recommended that you go by your first and last name because it will help you connect with people you know and help them find you.
This policy applies only to Google+ profiles. Google+ profiles are for individuals.
If you want to use Google+ to represent someone or something other than yourself -- like your business, your band, your family, or your pet -- you should create a Google+ page instead."




The funny thing here is that you can't create either profile OR a Google+ brand page, you must first create one AND then another.

After creating the Page, your profile is not shown anywhere.  You can also create a Google+ Community from the Page and that will be displayed on the Page's profile tab.

You can create and manage up to 50 Google+ pages on a single Google Account. Create space for new pages by deleting ones you’re not using.

If you manage a local Google+ listing on the Places for Business dashboard, you can also remove a business listing to free up space. If you’d like to manage over 50 business listings, use the bulk uploader tool.


Age restricted brand page?


If you create an age-restricted Google+ Page, you cannot comment on posts unless the poster has added your Page to their circles. That means that if your YouTube channel is connected to an age-restricted Google+ Page, you can't reply to most comments on your videos. 
Creating a community is impossible, too.


A tip:

If a business page (or a profile) has a vanity URL like https://plus.google.com/+googleplus  for +Google+ and you need to know the 21-digit Google+ user ID:
Click on a post's timestamp and copy the URL, paste it somewhere and there you have the numbers visible.






A page was created by someone who left the company?

My dear business owners / directors / managers:
Take an interest in what's happening within your domain.
Creating a brand page for your company is not the job for an intern.
Even with hiring an outside agency to do the job, it's important that you keep control.

The ownership transfer:
It takes two weeks of someone being a manager to the page before they can be promoted to Owner.

As soon as the Page is created, do create a password for the Page, then it gets its own login and email for key people to use.


How to set up a password for your page:
https://support.google.com/plus/answer/2882201?hl=en





Owners and managers on Google+ Pages


There are three types of admins for Google+ pages: owners, managers, and communications managers. Each page can only have one owner, but it can have up to 50 managers or communications managers. Adding managers allows you to share control of your page posting and settings with multiple people without having to share your personal login information.

Managers have all of the capabilities of an owner, except for particularly sensitive capabilities such as deleting the account or managing access. Communications managers have the capabilities of a manager, except for editing the profile, starting a Hangout on Air, or managing videos on YouTube.

Read more and see the links and advice on adding managers here.

See also the article about Custom URLs for Google+.







Here are some helpful links with more information:


Google+ for Business
http://www.google.com/+/business/

Google+ for Brands
http://www.google.com/+/business/brands/

Google+ Pages Help & Support - Get started
https://support.google.com/plus/topic/3052532?&ref_topic=3049734

How to promote your Google+ Page
http://www.gplusexpertise.com/2014/02/how-to-promote-business-google-page.html

The difference between Local and a Google+ business Page
http://www.thetouchmarketing.com/google-plus-local-places-vs-google-plus-business-pages/

Link Google+ Page to your website:
https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1713826?hl=en

Webmaster's FAQ: Business and badges
https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1140194?hl=en

YouTube and your Page:
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2848323?hl=en

While you're at it, check your Author information:
http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1408986

I hope these help!

More thoughts from my blog about profiles and business Pages  and Google+ Custom URLs