When talking to business owners about their websites, they almost ask me something about their relationship with Google. They ask me how they can “show up” in Google or how they can move their website “up in Google”. I’ve even had them ask me before why their website wasn’t showing up in Google before we had actually made the website public and let Google know that it was there. What many businesses don’t realize is that Google wants to establish relationships with businesses to be able to present their websites as the best option for visitors searching in Google.
This article is the second in a series on Google and Google+. The first article gave a basic overview of Google’s social network, Google Plus. In this article, we’ll show businesses how to start the process of creating a Google+ account by creating a Google account.
What’s in it for me?
Why does a business want to have a relationship with Google? Google is not just a search engine. Google is an online entity that owns many online services including such well known entities as YouTube, Blogger, Gmail, the Chrome browser, the Google play Android market and is responsible for the creation of the Android mobile operating system. Because of Google’s pervasive presence online, it is very beneficial for a business to establish a relationship with Google by creating a Google account, which will allow the business to use Google’s many online products and services.
Create a Google Account
Creating a Google account is a simple process. Simply go to google.com, just like you would if you were going to search for something on the Internet. At the top right-hand corner, you’ll see a button that is labeled “Sign In”. Click that button to begin the process of creating a Google account.
On the sign in page, there will be a red button in the top, right-hand corner that is labeled “sign up”. Click the “sign up” button to begin the process of creating your Google account.
Clicking the “sign up” button will take you to the registration form that is the first step in creating your Google account. Fill out the form with your personal information for name, birthday, gender, etc. Google requires you to create a personal account first that will be used to connect with your business accounts and properties, such as your Google+ page, Google Analytics, Google AdWords and more.
If you want, you can use a derivation of your business name as your username, especially if your Google account will be primarily used for your business.
Google requires that you use something like an actual name for your first and last name in the form. In addition to your name, username, password, birthday and gender, Google will ask for your Mobile phone for security reasons and ask you to type in some symbols to verify that you’re not a machine. The mobile phone number is not required, so you don’t have to offer that information if you are not so inclined. In order to set up your business account for Google Places or Google Local on Google+, you’ll be required to enter your business phone number, but that is not required here.
Once you have filled out the form with a unique username and correct information, click the “Next step” button at the bottom of the page. This will actually complete the process of creating your Google account.
Once you have created your account, you can click the “Get started” button for a quick overview of how to use your Google Account. You will see by looking at the top, right-hand corner of the page when logged in, that as part of the process of creating your Google account, a Gmail (Google email) account has also been created for you.
You can always access your Google account information when you’re logged in by clicking your new gmail address in the top, right-hand corner of the page. This will show you more options, such as viewing your account information, creating another account or creating your Google+ account, which will be the topic of the next article in the series.
Once you’ve created your Google account, you can explore all of the different services that Google has available for you. The most common services available in the menu bar across the top of the screen, which typically include Google search, images image search), Maps, Play (the Android app market), YouTube, mail (Gmail), Calendar, and more.
Please let me know what you think about the process of creating a relationship with Google for YOUR business. Was it easy? Did the instructions make sense? Do you even think creating a Google account is important for your business? I’d love to hear your feedback.