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Get a Google+ Personalized URL Without Extra Numbers

Posted by on in Internet Marketing
By / Tuesday, January 14 2014


If Google+ made you add on a number or some letters to your personalized Google+ URL, and you agreed, you may have jumped the gun a bit too early!

When Google+ released earlier this year custom Google+ URL's to the masses, you may have had the option to get your but with the stipulation that you add a few numbers or letters to make it unique. This may have come as a shock to your business name is pretty unique and you thought "there's no way someone else has this name already". Well, that may have been the case.

Recently I ran into the same situation where Google+ was forcing a business page to add a number after the name. Searching it didn't pull up another page, so at least the name without the numbers wasn't taken.

If you're prompted to add a number or letter to the end of your Google+ URL, WAIT! Don't do it just yet!

It may be that you don't have enough followers, or you aren't as active, as someone with a very similar name. This could be a variant including plurals and additions in the business name.

Steps to get your Google+ Custom URL without extra numbers

  1. Start trying to get more followers. Send to your friends, family and co-workers!
  2. Start posting daily to your page.
  3. Make sure your website is linked to your Google+ profile (with reciprocal links)
  4. Come back to your page as the admin occasionally and click on "Claim Google+ URL", you might see that the option without numbers or letters is now magically there!

Prove to Google that YOUR PAGE has the rights to that name by being active and having more followers than the next business with a similar name.

Good luck getting your Google+ Custom URL to match your branding and business name exactly! If you have any questions, please comment!


Another Way to Try:

From our reader, Kirk, thanks for sharing!

This guy has found a clever loophole in order to get the Google name you want without having to add the extra numbers.

Here are the basics – he has clearer instructions with screenshots in the link above:

1. Remove the last three characters from your last name in your google profile.
2. Then do the custom URL change.
3. For the "additional characters", just add your last three characters back.





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