How important is a Google+ Plus Account for your business?
I’m frustrated with Google and need help.
A Google Account can be created by getting a Gmail address and once that is done you can have multiple applications associated with it but before you start creating Google Accounts you need to understand a few things about Google Apps for business. This information will save you many hours of unproductive time trying to understand how important Google+ Plus is for your business.
Having more than one Google Account can be a site owner’s worst nightmare and only becomes more of a problem as you add more and more services from Google over time. The reason that we created this article was because we spent too many hours trying to understand how to solve a problem that we created before it had become a problem. Little did we know that in the years to come that many of the services provided from Google would be incorporated into what is now called Google Apps for business. This cloud-based productivity suite was not an option back in the early days of Google and would of prevented many of the headaches for those of us trying to figure out how to consolidate our Google Accounts today.
In the early days of Google and before many of us knew how important this company would become it was very easy to not understand the importance of having a single Google Account. Many of the applications that are now available from Google today didn’t exist in the early days and over time many of us have acquired several Google Accounts or started using applications such as a Google Plus Personal Profile, Google Plus Business Page Profile, YouTube, Google Webmaster Tools, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Offers, Google Wallet, Google Books, Adwords, Feedburner, etc.
Overtime and as you start using more of the services from Google you begin to realize that some of your applications are connected to one Google Account and other apps may be connected to this or that Google Account thus providing some confusion. Now, if you have several Google Accounts for one reason or another it becomes even more challenging to keep track of what is or is not connected to each account that you may or may not be using. It’s very simple to understand how managing several Google Accounts and applications can become a nightmare. Not only does it become a problem but can create confusion as you begin to build your Google Authority with Google.
How do you solve this problem and consolidate all of your Google Accounts so that you can create less confusion for everyone? Well, their really is not much of a solution that Google provides and you are left on your own trying to figure out how to solve your own puzzle. We ran into this problem as we started using more and more of the services that Google has available for businesses. It took us a good couple of days to figure out what applications we used and the proper Google Accounts that they were connected to before we could decide on a solution for our company.
As a result we were able to eliminate several Google Accounts that we did not need and choose the accounts or applications that we needed to keep before signing up for a Google Apps for business account. After creating our new account and verifying our domain name we took the necessary steps to set-up and change over our email from the old service provider to the new Gmail service provided within our Google Apps Account. This process was very simple to complete and once the DNS changes propagated throughout the internet company emails started arriving at the new destinations.
The second step was a little more time consuming but well worth the time as we added our admins for our new Google Apps for Business Account to existing services we decided to keep such as Webmaster Tools, Google Plus Company Profile, Google Analytics etc. This was somewhat of a challenge due to the fact that we bounced in and out of of our admin account for Google Apps to activate or grant permission to use applications like Google Hangouts, Google Plus etc. It was not until after most of the work was done that we realized you can segment the company and choose which users can work outside the domain name or have the ability to interact with public. Since, Keylime Social is a Social Media Company we are not restricting any of our users from acting outside our domain name at this time but we could change this if our company needs change.
Once we completed the previous steps we started working on understanding how to eliminate several of the Google Accounts. Unfortunately, once our admins were added to each of the applications as administrators we decided that it would best to leave each of the accounts active rather than deleting the accounts. We choose this option because were not sure how that would effect the additional applications that are associated with the Google account such as YouTube, Google+ Plus Business Page Profile or Webmaster Tools.
How important is Google+ Plus for your business or personal brand? If you are shacking your head yes or may not be too sure then this will be the most important part or takeaway for your business/brand.
The third step in the process, most important part of the puzzle and backbone behind everything that Google seems to be doing as they focus on Google+ Plus, Semantic Web, Google Authority, The Social Graph etc was to transfer our Google Profiles to our new account. We started this by having all our users update their new profiles on Google+ Plus and make sure to include all custom links for websites they are a contributor to so that Google would continue to recognizing the links for Google Authorship. Once this was completed we then used Google Takeout to transfer the Google+ connections to the new account. Google Takeout is a tool that lets you easily transfer your Google+ connections to another account. To help create less confusion we had our users delete the custom links for websites on their old Google+ Personal Profile and start sharing new content on the new Google+ Profiles that were created on the Keylime Social domain.
This has been an ongoing project to consolidate several Google Accounts and create a more centralized environment that allows us to work more efficiently withing the Google Apps. We hope that you have been able to gain some in site to as to how to consolidate several Google Account and applications like Gmail, Google+ Plus Personal Profile, Google+ Business Page Profile, YouTube, Google Webmaster Tools, Google Calendar etc.
Have you been able to solve this problem, not sure how to get started or have questions for us? Please comment below or reach out to Keylime Social for additional information.