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One of the oldest complaints on the Google+ platform is that profile and page URLs are obnoxiously long strings of characters.
For a long while, there was no official work around and your only option was an unofficial short URL.
Now, however, Google+ has begun stepping up the roll-out of their official vanity URL program and you will hopefully be receiving an email about this soon.
This has began rolling out for both profiles and pages at a much wider availability than before. The old/long URL will be redirected to this new URL when you select it (so no traffic will be lost).
You can learn details about the program and how to set things by clicking here.
When you visit your profile or page ABOUT tab, if it is available to you, you will see a little ribbon/bar telling you that you can “Get URL”. Clicking that button starts the process.
There are some preliminary requirements though, such as profiles needing to be at least 30 days old, have 10 or more followers and have a valid profile picture. Pages must either be a verified local business – or – be linked to a website depending on the type of page. It appears that mobile verification may also be a requirement for eligibility.
From your profile’s about page, click the “Get URL” button to get started. Profiles have the ability to request a URL customization but pages do not.
Warning: Google specifically says “Once your URL has been approved, you can’t request to change it.” <— pay attention to that (especially if you are a female who may get married or divorced in the future). (You, in theory, however, can make minor changes to capitalization and accented characters.)
Pages do not get the customization request form that is available to profiles:
I have submitted a request for an alternative URL for my profile. Because I can’t submit one for my page, I’ve not yet approved the pre-approved URL. Ideally I’d like to remove the hyphens but I’m not certain that can be done after approving the URL.
Similar to FB vanity URLs, the URLs are not case sensitive when written out so the capitalization is only for how it will visually appear in the URL bar.
You’ll find a lot of discussion about customization issues surrounding these URLs here.
When you claim and use a custom URL, you must follow the Google Terms of Service, the Google+ User Content and Conduct Policy, and the Google+ Pages Additional Terms of Service (if applicable), and the following policies:
- We reserve the right to reclaim custom URLs or remove them for any reason, and without notice.
- Custom URLs are free for now, but we may start charging a fee for them. However, we will tell you before we start charging and give you the choice to stop participating first.
- Don’t include words and phrases in your custom URL that would violate the Google+ User Content and Conduct Policy
If you violate our policies or terms of service we may take a variety of actions, including suspending your access to Google+ and your use of custom URLs
Pro-tip! If you know someone’s custom URL, you can quickly access areas of their Google+ Profile or Page by adding key words to the end of the URL. Some examples are:
The all-important reference URL is here. It contains all of these details and then some.
Have you set up your custom Google+ vanity (short) URL yet? Let me know what you think and feel free to include the single link to it in your comment below!
~ Kim ~
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