How to cheat the Google+ custom url restrictions
If Google is forcing you to add additional text to the end of the brand name that is in your verified url (ie: yourcompany.com
gives you google.com/+Yourcompany_____
), simply purchase another domain for $1.99, leaving off your last letter. Be sure it’s a .com (any other TLD, and Google will include the TLD in the unchangeable part of their “custom url” schema). Change your site url to this new url and verify it.
When you then set your page’s custom url, just add the final letter of your brand name in the custom field, and voila. After setting your custom url, you can change the page’s site url back to your original domain, and trash the partial domain you purchased for this.
I can personally confirm that this works, as I just did it for a client’s website (using them as an example below, if my instructions were unclear).
Company Name: Lucky Duck Coffee
Company Domain: luckyduckcoffee.com
Google+ Custom URL: google.com/+Luckyduckcoffee__________
Fix Domain Purchased: http://www.luckyduckcoffe.com
- I set dns, added as parked domain in cPanel, & verified in Google Webmaster Tools
- Edited Google+ page site url, changing it to this domain with the missing last character, then verified it instantly with webmaster tools
New Google+ Custom URL: google.com/+Luckyduckcoffe_________
- I added “e” to the end to customize it (thankfully, Google doesn’t have a minimum character limit on the customization field)
Final Custom URL: google.com/+Luckyduckcoffee
- Finally, I edited the site url back to the original primary domain, luckyduckcoffee.com
NOTE: As I said earlier, ONLY use a .COM tld for this temporary “fix” url before wasting money on generic tlds (unless you really want them). Any other tld (even .CO) still get affixed to the uneditable area of the custom url…as in:
- luckyduck.coffee … +Luckyduckcoffee___
- luckyduck.club … +Luckyduckclub___
Hope this helps a little!