Enable Google+ Page and Your Blog for Direct Connect

Google+ pages is similar to Facebook pages but unlike Facebook, Google+ is backed by the worlds most powerful search engine.

For example, try searching for “+Gmail” on Google and it directly takes users to Gmail’s brand page on Google+. This is done through a feature called ‘Direct Connect’.

Currently Google has not rolled out Direct Connect for all users, but you can start by getting your blog and Google+ page ready for Direct Connect.

Adding your blog’s link to a Google+ page

Adding Website URL to Google+ Pages

  • Login to your Google+ account and create the page. Read this post to find more about creating pages.
  • Now on your new Google+ page look up “Edit Profile” and click on it.
  • Now on About tab, click on “Link” and select “Custom Links“.
  • Alternatively you can also add the link on homepage link on About Tab.
  • Add the name of your website and the URL.

Adding Google+ Page link on your blog

There are two ways to go about it. One way is to add a Google+ badge on your website. The other is by adding a link in the head section of your website.

Creating Google+ Badge

Create Badge for Google+ Page

  • You can create the Google+ badge for your page at this link.
  • Enter the ID of your page and look through the options for creating the badge.
  • Copy and paste this code to create a badge for Google+ page on your blog.

Adding a link on your blog

Incase you do not want your website to feature Google+ badge of your page, then you can add a link of the Google+ page to the head section of your website.

The code to be added is below:

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Here yourpageID is the numerical page ID of your Google+ page. Using  [yourpageID] makes sure that the link is not visible on your page.

Now your Google+ is qualified for Google’s Direct Connect. 🙂

Do drop in your comments.

Link: Direct Connect


Giri November 17, 2011

How do i do this for self hosted WordPress blog?

Aditya Kane November 17, 2011

Ideally add Google+ badge as a widget on WordPress blog.