Google+ Setup

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First off, why would you want to do this?

Well, there's two good reasons:
  1. A Google Plus icon (like the red button above) will show in your contact information at the bottom of every itinerary you create--and, if your customers are Google+ users as well, they might add you to their circles and get you connected to more potential customers.
  2. When your itineraries show up in Google Search results, your photo from your Google+ profile page will be displayed next to your itinerary. It's very likely that this will be the ONLY website on the page of results that has a person's photo next to it, so it really makes it stand out...thus users are more likely to click on it and look at your itinerary.
It'll look a little like this:

Example of author's photo showing in the Google search results

OK, you've convinced me...what do I do next?

First, do you have a Google account (a GMail account will do just fine)? If not, click here to get a free one.

Create a Google+ Profile

The next step is to create your Google+ profile page. This is different from your Google Account (although it will be connected to your Google account). Your Google+ profile page is like your Facebook profile (except it's from Google, of course). Create a Google+ profile page here.

Once you have a Google+ profile created, make sure you've:
  • uploaded a photo to your profile
  • added a link to your website (it's a free extra link to your site, which helps you get found in Google).

Tell Google You're a Contributor at Visual Itineraries

The final step is to list Visual Itineraries as a place where you "author content". To do this:
  1. Click Edit Profile in Google+
  2. Click the Contributor To section on the right (depending on how many photos you have, you may need to scroll to see this section)
  3. Click Add custom link
  4. You'll see two fields:
    • the first is the name of the site--enter Visual Itineraries
    • the second is the website home page--enter
  5. Click Save.
Your profile should look something like Michael's, shown below (see "Visual Itineraries" at the bottom right, under "Contributor to"? And see the little "VI" icon next to it?).

Then, at the top of the page, click Done Editing. And yes, you're all done :-)

Michael's Google+ profile

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