In this quick tutorial we’re going to look at how to create a Google Plus page for your website or blog without having to create a new Gmail account.
Chances are you probably already have more than one Gmail account. Of course, a separate Gmail account does make sense if you’re creating the page for a niche site that you may sell later on. When it’s for a personal brand or site that you intend to keep no matter what, then it’s super simple to go ahead and link it up to your own existing Google account.
I’ve documented everything below with screenshots, so you can refer to it as you create your own page.
First, go to Google and head over to G+.
On the bottom of the left side, way down at the bottom click on Brands. Or click on your personal icon at the top right to open the drop down menu and navigate to add a brand account there.
This will open the Business Page account creator where you’ll give your new brand page a name. VA Helper already has a branded G+ page, so in this example I’ll be setting up a page for my other blog at NicheTwitch.com
You can use the name of your website, or you can elaborate on that to use a combination of your name and the name of the website or service. You may want to make it something like Your Name Virtual Assistant Services. You can change the name later if you want, so just name it what makes the most sense for you right now. Click on Create.
It gives you some information to review. When you’re ready, simply click on Enable
*~POOF~* Magical new brand account ready for circling and following and +1ing.
You can use follow other relevant brands, just like you would from your personal G+ account.
Now you just need to add your profile information.
Click PROFILE on the left – then EDIT PROFILE
Change the header. You can use an existing image or whip something up over at Canva.
If you go to create a new design at Canva and scroll down to the Social Media & Email Headers section, there’s a Google+ Header template that is properly sized to create your new header image super fast and easy.
You’ll also want to add a personal icon image in the smaller circle of the profile image. That can be your photo or your logo.
Add your tagline or description of your website under your page name here.
Click the little info icon to edit the About Me section and it will open up a new tab where you can add your website URL and other information to your profile.
Click the large + to add contact info and your website URL.
— Don’t forget to fill out the other social profiles and link up everything you have brand accounts for.
— You can also add links to any sites that you contribute content to on a regular basis.
Go to your profile homepage and add your first post 🙂
Remember, you can follow, comment, +1, and do all the things as your brand page profile now instead of using your personal profile. When you’re all finished, you’ll also find an email welcoming you to G+ in your regular Gmail account.
Link Your New Brand Account to a YouTube Channel
You can also use some Google properties as your brand now, including YouTube. Go to the YouTube Channel Switcher while you’re logged in to add your new brand account to your available channels.
When you click on Create Channel it will pop up a little box to make sure that you want to create a channel using the brand account
Click OK. And you’ll magically have a new YouTube channel that’s linked to your brand page. You can switch channels in the Creator Studio by clicking in the top right to open the drop down account switcher.
You can customize your new channel with its own header and add videos. You can also browse YouTube, like, and comment on other videos as your brand GooglePlus profile.
When you get your branded G+ pages all set up, drop a comment below with the link so we can follow you.
I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions, please drop those in the comment section as well and I’ll come back to answer them.
In a future post I’ll show you how to add some automation so that your blog posts will automatically go to the G+ page and you won’t have to add them manually every time.