As we reported earlier today, Google has started to welcome brands on Google+, where they can create their own page – such as our very own. At the same time, the company also announced Direct Connect, which makes it very easy for Google search users to add a Page to their circles.
So now that you have a Page, how do you make sure it shows up in Google search when users type the name of your website? According to Google, here’s a few steps you can follow to help the algorithm associate your website and your Page:
1. Connect your Google+ page and your website using the Google+ badge
According to Google’s instructions, you can “add the Google+ icon to your website by grabbing a snippet of code. Paste it into your HTML code, and you’re done: Your Google+ page and your site are now linked.” Google strongly recommends using the Google+ icon method.
2. Add a snippet of code to your site
If for some reason using the Google+ icon does not work for your site, you can manually link to your Google+ page like this:
rel="publisher" tells Google that the subject of the linked page is the publisher of the site.As you may have guessed, you also have to replace the numbers with your Google+ Page’s own ID.
If you don’t want the link to be visible on your page, you can use a ‘link’ tag instead.
3. Adding your website link to your Page
This is pretty easy; all you have to do is to:
- Go to your profile by clicking the profile icon at the top of the page;
- Click Edit Profile;
- On the ‘About’ tab, click Links;
- Click ‘Add custom link’;
- Enter a title for the link and a URL;
- Click Save.