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New to Google + Getting Started

Are you ready to get started on your own Google + journey? 

First you need to create a personal profile. You can use an existing Google account if you have one for Analytics or AdWords.

To begin creating your Google+ account, sign in with your Google Account on the Google+ Start Page If you don't have a Google Account, you will be directed to create one first.

It is your personal profile that will give you the most leverage and ability to connect authentically with other people who share your interests, concerns, and passions. Don't assume this is like Facebook where you are just connecting to already existing relationships.

Google + offers an opportunity to expand your views, perspectives and connections. Take advantage of this. The best way to find people to follow is by using search within Google + for topics and keywords.

Differences between Google+ Pages and Google+ Profiles

Pages are extremely similar to profiles, but they have some key differences:

  • Pages can’t add people to circles until the page is added first or mentioned. Learn more.
  • Pages can be made for a variety of different entities whereas profiles can only be made for people.
  • Pages can have multiple administrators.
  • The default privacy setting for elements on your page profile is public.
  • Pages have the +1 button.

  • Pages can’t +1 other pages, nor can they +1 stuff on the Web.
  • Pages can’t play games.
  • Pages don’t have the option to share to ‘Extended circles’.
  • Pages can’t hangout on a mobile device.
  • Local pages have special fields that help people find the business’ physical location. Learn more about local pages.

How to create a business page 

Once you've created a personal profile, you will be all set to create your business page. You can create a business page from within your personal profile by scrolling down the left hand icons until you see the one that says "more" shown in the screenshot below, or by visiting this page.

{  If you've already build a Google Places business page, it is already migrated over to Google + Business page so you don't need to go through the process of setting up a page.  }

 When you click on the ‘create a page for a business’ 

You’ll get a number of options, similar to those offered by Facebook's Business Page.

Google+ allows you to choose from a number of categories:

Local business or place: Choose this option if you’re a ‘landmark’ such as a bar, a restaurant, a museum, a store or a hotel. { If you want to be in Google's local results, use this option. If you've already build a Google Places business page, it is already migrated over to Google + Business page so you don't need to go through this process.}

Product or brand: Choose this option if you’re a manufacturer of a certain product such as line of jeans or a brand such as a computer chip, a home appliance or similar

Company, institution or organization: Choose this option if you want to create a page for your company, school or non-profit 

Arts, entertainment or sports: Choose this if you’re an athlete, a singer or entertainer

Other: Choose this if your particular area of activity doesn’t fit in with any of the above

Here's a few screenshots from setting up my Google + Brand Page. 

One question I had was in choosing the right category. I didn't know if I should make my business a Local Business or Place, a Product or Brand, or a Company or Organization. 

I decided to make my page a company page because I'm not trying to market as a local business. 

Your next step is selecting a category 

The next step is adding a tag line and photo. You can use a logo or something that will communicate who you are as a brand. 

Add a cover photo, ten or more posts, videos and images then tell the world you have a new Google + Business page that needs some love and shares! 

I made a little screencast tutorial of the first time I set up my Google+ page as a local business. 

Starting Business Page in Google Plus

I'd love to meet you and answer any questions you have about Google + for your business. 

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