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How to Claim a Vanity URL for Your Google+ Profile

By | July 25, 2013

Chances are, if you have a Google+ profile, the URL looks like something this: https://plus.google.com/105943842081170260233/posts. This URL doesn’t identify at all with your brand, and it’s certainly not optimized.  If you browse Google +, you’ll notice that many “larger” brands have vanity URLs for their Google + profiles.  However, if you search Google for instructions on making this happen, you’ll find that (up until this blog post) there has not been an easy-to-find, straightforward answer documented.

Below is your straightforward answer, and the good news is that claiming a vanity Google + URL is actually very easy to accomplish:

Here are the steps involved:

  1. Check your Google+ profile. If the URL is gibberish and full of numbers, proceed to step #2
  2. Identify what you want the vanity URL to be – consider including your brand name or your top keywords that best describe your products or services.
  3. Contact your Google Rep. If you do not have one, contact the tech support. They can push it through (1-866-2-GOOGLE, prompt #6).
  4. The submission and approval process can take up-to 3 days.
  5. Instructions on claiming the new URL, and when to know it is ready to claim, can be found here: http://support.google.com/plus/answer/2716471

Here’s a Bonus and BIGGER WIN: two days after we secured a vanity Google+ URL for Life Line Screening, we noticed that Google+ content began showing up on the right side of the SERPs (see image below).  This is great real estate and a win that came at no cost and in very little time.

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It’s definitely worth taking the time to reach out to a Google representative about claiming a vanity URL for your Google+ profile. Not everyone is guaranteed a URL, but if you’re approved, this could result in a quick, sustainable win that could provide higher visibility in the SERPs and more engagement with your Google+ profile.

*Disclaimer: The Life Line Screening Google+ profile is a verified account. If you have not gone through this process, it might help your case. Read Google’s guidelines for more information or ask a Google rep.

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About Jonathan Pogact

Jonathan Pogact is a director of enterprise solutions at Fathom. He has 12 years of experience in developing higher-education marketing and recruitment strategies leveraging traditional and digital marketing channels. Jonathan has been published in DM News, Target Magazine, Multi-Channel Merchant and has served on numerous boards, including The Direct Marketing Association (DMA), The Direct Marketing Club of NY, and the Hudson Valley Direct Marketing Association. In 2008, he was recognized by DM News as #5 on their list of “Top 30 under 30” in DM/Interactive Marketing.

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  1. avatar Steven - July 27, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Hey! That’s great … I was trying to get custom Google Plus URLs for a long time. I wasn’t aware of this thing. Thank you for contributing your knowledge. My existing business page is ranking well in search engines but I think this change may help me to rank at the top position of Google search.

  2. avatar Barry Zack - July 31, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    The phone number provided seems to be for adwords support and there is no #6 option. Do you have the correct phone number?

  3. avatar Abhisshack - September 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks for the tips, much appreciated

  4. avatar Mike Mongo - September 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Jonathan, calling my ad rep was a terrific reminder. Well-written—and helpful!—article. Keep up the good work

  5. avatar Twilight Sparkle - September 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    do these custom urls apply only to PAGES and not Profiles? (profile doesn’t let you display a link on the banner, but a page does). was wondering if I should abandon my profile, make a page instead and work with that?

  6. avatar Guest - September 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    This didn’t help me at all. There is no option #6 for 1-866-2-GOOGLE.

  7. avatar Jeremy Schultz - September 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I figured out you get option #6 only after you give your customer ID#. I got a hold of an AdSense rep after 30 minutes, and that was not the person to talk to and he had no clue where to start this process. And there is no G+ phone support. I’m pretty disappointed.

  8. […] have been reading articles about how to get custom urls ( Vanity urls as it is called) for Google Plus profile, but there was no single article that […]

  9. avatar Max Pen - March 3, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Interesting. I was wondering if it is possible to claim un-used channel urls on youtube?

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