Are you new to Google+ and have a personal profile but now want to create a Google+ business page to help promote your brand or store? I have found that sometimes it’s not so easy to get answers to simple questions like this on Google+. Here is your One Minute Tip to help you get started right now setting up a Google Plus page for your business or nonprofit.
Note: you have to have a Google+ personal profile before you can create a Google+ business page.
First things first: Get to your Google+ profile
First, go to your personal Google+ profile. To do that, click here and you should be taken directly to your profile if you’re signed in.
Alternatively, type “Google+” into your browser’s search bar. If you’re already signed in to Google, you should see the link for your Google+ profile in the upper left-hand corner of your browser. Click on it (fig. 1).
If Google+ takes you to a “get started” page and tries to “help” you find friends and connections to circle, just keep hitting the “continue” button at the bottom right, then hit the “Finish” button and Google will take you to your G+ profile.
Now to create a Google+ business page
Now that you’re in your profile, gaining access to the area where you can create a G+ business page is easy. On the left side of your page, you’ll see a column of icons. Hover over the “More” icon at the bottom left. You will see, greyed out, three more icons to the right of the “More” icon: one for Circles, one for Games, and one for Pages. As you hover over each of those, you’ll notice they turn colorful. Click on the “Pages” icon (fig. 2):
If you haven’t yet created a Google+ business page, you’ll get the friendly reminder that you haven’t yet created a page, along with the icon in the upper right hand corner to “Create new page.” If you have already created a page or two, you’ll see those pages listed and get the same icon to “Create new page.” Click on that icon and you’re good to go (fig. 3).
Switch back and forth between your Google+ pages
One final tip: you can easily switch back and forth between your Google+ personal profile and business page(s). Click on your name in the upper right hand corner of your Google+ page. A drop-down box appears with your page(s) listed below your personal profile. Click on the page you wish to switch to (fig. 4).
Don’t forget to leave your Google+ business page link in the comments below so I can circle you and follow your posts!
Donna Saliter, In Touch Promotions, One Minute Tips