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How to verify your Google+ business page

UPDATED in this article:
http://googleplushelper.blogspot.fi/2013/08/how-to-verify-google-business-page.html

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These steps may help but are not certain: The final verification is still up to Google.

- 1000 followers minimum, this varies
- Business website linked and containing the G+ badge
- Email verified

About G+ badge or code snippet:
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=1708844

Here is the link to the application form:
https://support.google.com/plus/contact/page_verification?hl=en&rd=2


While you're at it, check your Author information:
http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1408986

I have tried to get the +Google+ Helper page verified but no luck there...
Perhaps the moon phase was wrong when I applied, or the tide was too low?
:-)  Or maybe the name containing Google is not accepted...

Create a separate Google account for your Page:
http://support.google.com/plus/answer/2882201?hl=en&p=pages_username

Google+ Local pages verification:

If you have a Google Local page, then you can just request a PIN:
http://support.google.com/plus/topic/2661706?hl=en&ref_topic=2566084

Problems with Local PIN or Pages?
Google and Your Business Help Forum
https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/business


The difference between a Local page and a business page

Google Places (Business listing) was the platform through which businesses could manage their listings in Google’s maps and local search results. Users could leave reviews of the business, to help other users decide whether or not to visit the business.

Google Places became Google+ Local a little while ago, which added a wealth of new features and functionality to business owners, making it a more valuable platform.

Some businesses may still have legacy Google Places pages as Google goes through the migration process. However, these will be moved to the Google+ Local format in the near future. All new Google Places pages will be created in the Google+ Local format.

- See more at: http://www.thoughtshift.co.uk/google-pages-google-local-google-places-whats-going-on-here/#sthash.kh0EWnAQ.dpuf


The Finnish page +Gplussa is already verified:

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Thanks a lot +Google+ Helper!
Saved in the favorites and will be used as reference for questions about how to get verified ;)
 
I find it difficult to add code snippets, but stil  can't claim my blog and tell google+ that I'm the author of my blogger blog. The same google-account is associated with my blogger blog and g+-profile, and I added the google+badge, provided by blogger. Could I use mthe form you gave above for verifying my blogger blog? Thanks, Katty
 
Is it realistic for small businesses to get 1000 followers in order to get their pages verified? If G+ was as popular as Facebook it would still be very hard to achieve - and take years. But on G+ it's virtually impossible.

Surely verification of a page should be about proving it pertains to the company with the same name, that has the right to that name, in various ways, rather than its popularity? Having many followers doesn't necessarily tell Google that a page is a legitimate business or that it pertains to the company whose name it is using.
 
+Patrik Askert That is a guideline, the 1000. Show what you're made of and apply for the verification.
A Local Page gets verification just like you said.
 
+Google+ Helper  I have an office and I was able to verify my business plus local page via postcard, and this page has been merged and I have almost all the functions as a normal business plus page, but we are a 5K race and we do races all over the country and don't usually have people come to our place of business. Should I have a separate Google plus business page that we interact with our following and should I verify it in this way.
Here is the link to the application form:
https://support.google.com/plus/contact/page_verification?hl=en&rd=2
 
Thanks for the input, Helper! Actually I did send in a request for verification for my main G+ page, twice, in the last week, and both times it was rejected, the reason cited being that there were too few followers. I endeavoured to rally up some support amongst my few G+ contacts whom are interested in this area and did a little networking, and only managed to get around 12 followers. That evidently wasn't enough either. I have another G+ page that has even fewer followers, actually none I think, I will submit that for verification but I'm not holding my breath. I did send a response back to the G+ support team about what the actual minimum number of followers they wanted was but got no reply back.
 
Do you think my application is likely to be successful if I upload a utility bill? I meet the criteria on the application form so it shouldn't technically be necessary.
 
My first application for my other G+ page - rejected for same reasons. ;-)

'Your page does not have enough followers to be eligible for verification. Please resubmit your request after your page has more followers.'

This thread seems to suggest that verification is really only for those pages that are at risk of impersonation - popular pages, many followers etc. Not really for small fish that no one has heard of.
 
What is "meaningful" for a number of followers? I am the leader of a small gaming clan and have been working on growing my audience on multiple social medias sites, and it would be much easier to "spread the word" if we had our own vanity URL (such as https://plus.google.com/+AssassinsCreed). Facebook allowed us to do this shortly after 25 "likes", and I would love to do this with Google!
Thanks!
+[AK907] Clan 
 
One comment on the OP is that the terminology can be confusing.

Google's help page below refers to Business Listings and Local Google Plus Pages, however they aren't always clear which page they are referring to as their terminology keeps changing. I notice that the verification page (Request PIN) refers to a Business Listing as a Google+ page which is incorrect.

https://support.google.com/plus/answer/2659170?hl=en-GB

You are referring to a Business Listing as a Google Local Page. This is also incorrect. Unless I'm missing something.
 
+Patrik Askert  I wrote about Google+ business pages and in passing mention Google+ Local pages in the post (requesting a PIN).

See this:

Google Places (Business listing) was the platform through which businesses could manage their listings in Google’s maps and local search results. Users could leave reviews of the business, to help other users decide whether or not to visit the business.

Google Places became Google+ Local a little while ago, which added a wealth of new features and functionality to business owners, making it a more valuable platform.

Some businesses may still have legacy Google Places pages as Google goes through the migration process. However, these will be moved to the Google+ Local format in the near future. All new Google Places pages will be created in the Google+ Local format.

- See more at: http://www.thoughtshift.co.uk/google-pages-google-local-google-places-whats-going-on-here/#sthash.kh0EWnAQ.dpuf

I hope this clarifies?
 
Ah ok thanks, I think I'm getting it now. Google seems to use different terminology on different help pages so I got a bit confused.
 
+Google+ Helper I am trying to Verify my Google+ brand page and get the name verified.  The brand page I have is not a local business and I don't want the local name verification, just the verified name checkmark, something like a big name brand has like Pepsi.  My question is, when filling in the form for that, it is asking for "Organization Address" and "Phone Number."  Will those things be displayed publicly for all to see or are they private?  Thank you in advance.
 
so at least we don't have to have 1000 followers anymore to get verified, but to for a niche small business to get a 'meaningful' amount will still be hard - but I won't shirk from the challenge.
 
once your verified what's next ? how do you see the results ? what to type where to see the changes ?
 
I am a Singer, and I want to get verified! What can I do ?
 
As far as I am aware it is now no longer possible to verify a G+ business page, only a G+ local page.
 
Thanks! Yes I figured it was written before Google changed the rules. I wish they wouldn't keep doing that, it's hard to keep up!
 Theoretically it should be improving or simplifying their services.
 
How to verify your business with G+ existing account ?

When we tried to do that, a message comes which says create a new page although we have an existing page
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