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Google Plus Custom URLs Good Or Bad Idea?

Google Plus PageGoogle is now offering people with a Google+ account the chance to get a Google Plus Custom URLs and due away with the log URLs that look like the following… for one that looks like (

On the surface this looks like a great idea, but when you read over the terms of use, you may get charged for the Google+ Vanity URL. Google does not state how you will get charged or how they might calculate the charge, just that they reserve the right to charge you later.

Another thing I would like to point out is when have you needed to give your URL to you Google+ page, it’s better to send them to your own website so they can click on what ever social media link they like. I have several like Twitter, Facebook, etc. that you can see in the footer of this website. For the most part if your looking to connect with someone on Google+ you will type their name in the search box at the top of the Google plus page to find and add them to your circles.

After a little more digging online I ran across this article by that spells out some things to think about when taking Google up on their offer of a Custom Google Plus URL:

Google+ Custom URLs Fees. Does this mean Google will charge fees? Who knows, I can’t imagine they will. But again, who knows. Google’s John Mueller noticed the custom URLs work on all Google TLDs. So if I want to act proper, I can send people to Outside of webmaster and SEO industry types, who often drool over the latest search engine snake oil, I don’t know of any company’s products or services I personally use that has invested much into G+. If Google … Read more …

You can be the judge of weather or not to take Google up on their offer, but for now I’m going to keep my standard long URL, and see how this unfolds due to the changes in the way Google is now handling their free now pay later business model.

Untill next time,

Mike Storzieri Signature for

Google Apps Is No Longer Free

I woke up this morning to find out that Google Apps is no longer free, a shocker, as I was under the impression that Google’s business model has always revolved around free services to help small business grow into larger businesses that could pay for their premium services when the time was right. Google making… Continue Reading

Local Online Marketing 2012 Predictions

Here are my Local Online Marketing 2012 Predictions, to help give small businesses marketers out there a heads up. Some of these are not only for the local business marketer, but do affect them: Adapt or die in order for small businesses to survive and grow, they are no longer just competing with the sole… Continue Reading

Earth Hour

As Earth day approaches we are all focused on different ways to help the environment.  On March 26, 2011 an exciting event took place.  Some may already know about the event called “Earth Hour”.  It is an exciting hour where homes and businesses alike come together and turn off the lights. This event takes place… Continue Reading

Twitter 2.0 Kills Your Custom Background

Just when you thought it was safe in Social Media world for a while… Twitter makes a radical change to its interface, causing anyone with a custom background like mine shown below in the first picture, will be covered up by the new Twitter 2.0 interface. Now I’m not going to get into the new… Continue Reading

Wave Goodbye to Google Wave

It feels like just the other day, I was testing Google Wave and said to myself, I love it, but it’s not going to catch on! Well it didn’t. . . and Google is pulling the plug on the project, it typical Google fashion. From the Official Google Blog: Wave has not seen the user… Continue Reading

Google TV Good or Bad

Google is adding Television to their ever-growing empire with Google TV, is this a Good or Bad thing? I’m looking forward to trying it out, and it being a Good thing. Right now Google’s battling it out with the other television providers like Cable and Satellite, but forging partnerships with new content providers everyday. One… Continue Reading

Some Buzz About Google Buzz

I don’t normally write about something I haven’t even tried yet, but I keep looking at that little Google Buzz icon, every time I login to my Gmail account. It keep tempting me to click on it, but after hearing some of the not so good buzz, I still have not clicked on that little… Continue Reading