Updated March 2017

Wondering how to find your Google+ URL to share with your site visitors?

Google+ isn’t being used as often now that it has been separated from your Google local/maps listing. This means your Google reviews are now set via the Google Maps (Google My Business) listing rather than through Google+. However, your Google Maps listing doesn’t show a description unless you have a Google+ page. Your G maps description is taken directly from your Google+ About tab.

If you’re wanting to get awesome reviews from happy clients, it’s best to provide your Google Maps URL and give that to your happy customers/clients. Find out how to get more Google reviews on your maps page.

How to find your Google+ URL and True Local URL

You can also get great reviews on your Facebook business page (make sure you enable the “Reviews” tab) and also through your True Local listing. In this post, we’ll show you how to find your Google+ and True Local URL to both provide your maps listing with a description and to get more reviews from True Local.

Why Get Reviews on True Local or Facebook?

Some people don’t have a Google/Gmail account and don’t want to get one. These people can’t leave a Google review so you need to be able to offer them alternatives if they want to provide you with a review. You can get an old fashioned testimonial for your website (and these are always great for your website) but you can also offer them your Facebook business page URL and your True Local company page listing for alternatives. True Local allows visitors to sign up with any email address they want.

True Local also allows people to sign up with their Facebook or Google credentials making it super easy and offering a nice range of options.

By providing the URL to these pages and listings, your customers/clients don’t have to go looking and wasting time to find your business to review it. (The more steps they have to take, the more likely they are to forget or not find the time to complete the review).

How to find your Google+ URL:

1) Log in to Google+

2) Click on the this link

3) Look at the URL in the address bar, it should look something like this: //plus.google.com/117302453758282711096/posts (or if you have a vanity URL it might look like this: //plus.google.com/+GoviralnowNet/

4) Copy and paste that url and ask your site visitors to “Follow” you or add it to a social media icon on your website.

Even better, get yourself a vanity url… what’s a vanity url, you ask???

Instead of a heap of long numbers that no one will recognise or remember, you can get yourself what is called a vanity url that is a custom url with your name in it. For example, the url to my personal Google+ profile is //plus.google.com/+TessRobinson (let’s connect on Google+!). It is much easier for followers to remember a “vanity” URL than one with loads of numbers. Make it easy for them to find your Google+ URL and follow you and your brand.

The custom url for Go Viral Now’s Google+ page is //plus.google.com/+GoviralnowNet/

For more information about getting your custom url go to: Google Support

Information from Google about getting your custom (vanity) url:

    1. Sign in to Google+.
    1. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google + main menu and then click Profile.
    1. Click the About tab, and under Links > Google+ URL, click Get URL.
    1. You’ll see the custom URL you’ve been approved for, which you will not be able to change. You may also need to add a few letters or numbers to make it unique to you.
    1. Click the box next to “I agree to the Terms of Service” then click Change URL in the bottom left corner.
    1. You may be asked to verify your account using your mobile phone number. To do this, you’ll need to:
    1. Enter your mobile phone number when prompted, then click Send code in the lower left corner.
    1. Check your phone for the code that was sent to you.
    1. Enter that code in the box on your screen, then click Verify in the lower left corner.
    1. This URL will be linked to your Google+ Page or Profile, so be sure everything is exactly the way you want it. Once your URL has been approved, you cannot request to change it. When you’re certain, click Confirm choice.

If you want to change the capitalization or accents/diacritics of your custom URL, follow these steps:

    1. Sign in to Google+.
    1. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google + main menu and then click Profile.
    1. Click the About tab, and under Links > Google+ URL, click Edit.
    1. A box will appear allowing you to make edits to the formatting.
    1. Remember, you can only change the capitalization and diacritics of the URL, not the URL itself.

Eligibility Requirements for a Custom/Vanity Google+ URL

Your account needs to be in good standing and meet a few other requirements to get a custom url.

Google gives the following guidelines for their custom url’s:

For Individual Users:

Ten or more followers
Account is 30 days old or more
Profile includes profile photo
For Local Google+ Pages: Must be a verified local business

For Non-local Google+ Pages: Must be linked to a website

How to find your True Local URL:

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1) Log in to True Local.

2) In the top right click on “View This Listing”

3) Look at the url in the address bar, it should look something like this:

http://www.truelocal.com.au/business/go-viral-now/coogee

4) Copy and paste that url and ask customers to leave reviews for you.