Google recently started rolling out its new Google+ Custom URLs. What is a URL? The acronym stands for Uniform Resource Locator which really just means your Internet Address.
You would have noticed that most of the Social media sites have what they call Custom or Vanity URLs. A Vanity URL is a link that points to a website or internet address, it is usually short and easy to find and remember, it also makes for better promoting of your Social Media Profile or internet address.
For instance you can change your Facebook URL to look something like this https://www.facebook.com/TheMarketingC instead of a long string of numbers like this https://www.facebook.com/pages/YourFacebookPageName/280497825307270?fref=ts.
If you haven’t changed your Facebook URL yet, here is how to do it.
Twitter, Pinterest and some of the others come with more automated Vanity URLs that look like this:
Until recently your Google+ Page URL also had a long string of numbers and it looked something like this https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/111916585051672536355/111916585051672536355
Google+ has certain Criteria before you can Qualify for a Custom URL and the Company says it might start charging for shortened addresses in the future.
Eligibility for People:
- Ten or more followers.
- Your account is 30 days old or more.
- A profile photo.
Eligibility for Local Google+ pages: Must be a verified local business.
Eligibility for Non-local Google+ pages: Must be linked to a website. (source: Google Support)
If you are the Owner or Manager of the Google+ Page you should get an email notification to claim your new URL but you can also follow the easy steps below.
If you go to your Google+ page (and you are eligible for your new custom URL) you should see a notification at the top that says: Your page is preapproved for the custom URL followed by your new URL.
Just click on Get URL and follow the steps.
You can view your new URL in the About Tab under Links.
Unfortunately for most you don’t have much choice in what your URL will look like and for some you will get a CoZa at the end. But the shortened URL is still better than the long string of numbers.
Related article: How to get your Facebook Custom or Vanity URL