Want to Get Your Google Profile Verified?

Now That They're in SERPs, It Might Be a Good Idea

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Now that Google is putting Google Profiles in search results, you might want to consider getting verified. You have to go through a process to do this however.

"Should you get a verified name? Right now, it doesn’t influence whether your profile will rank better in profile results," says Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land. "But if you’re trying to convince people to trust that the page is really controlled by you, it probably makes sense."

Danny has a great article up looking at the ins and outs of Google Profiles, where he also discusses verification. Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable however puts it into an easier step-by-step format:

1. You must go to Google’s Knol site and sign in.
2. Then go to your profile settings.
3.  Click on the "Name Verification" tab
4.  Then choose to verify by phone or via credit card

Google Profile Verification by Phone or by Credit Card

So basically, you’re not getting verified without giving up a little personal info, which should be a hot topic among those people who frequently criticize Google on privacy. Still, they’ve got to make sure it’s really you one way or another don’t they? And it’s not like you have to get verified.

I have not done this, and my profile is the only one showing up in a search for my name at this point, so I’m not too worried about it. That may change in the future, but for now, I’m good.

You can still verify other email addresses with your Google account right from your profile (no going to Knol or anything). When you go to edit your profile, you’ll see a link for "verify an email address" in the middle of the page under the "Verified Domains" heading. However, if you have an email address that is associated with a different Google account, you will be unable to verify it.

Would you be willing to give Google your phone number or credit card information to get your profile verified? Tell us why or why not.

How important do you think it is to get your profile verified? Share your thoughts with WPN readers.

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  • http://www.real-exams.com/VCP-310.htm VCP-310

    Privacy is really at stake here… verification by phone or credit card gives Google access to your private information, they’re building their databases with useful info.

    • Chris Crum

      I have a feeling that’s going to be a popular take on the subject. Verification is an opt-in process though.

  • http://www.crearecommunications.co.uk Adam

    I’m not familiar with Google Profiles… isn’t this just another version of the local business centre?

    • Chris Crum

      It’s not really just a business thing. Everyone that has a Google account (like a gmail account, picasa account or whatever) has one. It’s looking more like a foundation for using Google as a social network.

  • http://blog.hichamaged.net/ Hicham Maged

    I think I’m not alone in terms of privacy; why would I share my Credit-Card and/or phone number just to verification? Isn’t it simple when verification go through a confirmation link via my e-mail?

  • http://www.xml-india.blogspot.com jaymin kansara

    my profie appears in google.
    i will follow you up soon.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/nickstamoulisbrickmarketing Nick Stamoulis

    Thanks for sharing this! I actually just verified my Google profile yesterday!

  • http://www.notjustthekitchen.com rita

    I would offer my phone number which is already listed in the phone book but not my credit card info. I don’t know who will have access to it and there is a good chance that it will be compromised.

  • http://officialsafetyandsecurity.com Official Safety and Security

    If this will help draw attention to my safety and security web site I’m all for it. I’m a little leary of sharing credit card information though. I would definitely go the cell phone route. Thanks, Chris, for bringing this to my attention.

  • http://diyguyct.blogspot.com JacobPM

    Just like with google maps I feel it’s nessesary to have a 2nd way to verify it’s you. I think a phone option would be good, but to ghost that and keep it private.
    Credit card would be unnessesary unless you already have an adword/sense account in which it should verify “it’s you creating you”.

  • http://www.talkgold.com/forum/r253645-.html Forex Megadroid

    I just have to rant. Why are so many people so concerned about privacy. Who cares if Google has your CC number? You give it to people a lot less ethical then google all the time. Unless you are doing all sorts of illegal things online why worry?

    • Guest

      Right. And there are pro democracy activists rotting in Chinese prisons because Google gave their “private” details to the Chinese government.

      Just last month the UK passed a law requiring ISPs to keep records of ALL emails sent ande received in Britain. Same thing is happening in other countries. And police and governments are increasingly using Google, Facebook etc to track and spy on people. How long before it becomes COMPULSORY for every citizen to have a Google account?

      Big Brother has a name, and it’s Google.

    • Guest

      When did it ever become the norm to use the word “then” in place of “than”?

  • http://EleganthomesinwestToronto.com David Pylyp

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

    I was surprised as I went through the process that Google din’t ask for a verification process.

    Unless I missed an icon somewhere.
    Again sincerely, Thank you

    David Pylyp

    • http://www.handy.kiev.ua Handy Translations – Kiev Ukraine

      I have no problem identifying. As long as you are clean you are ok.
      If one is fraudulent there is a problem :)

  • Guest

    Won’t this information may identity fraud easier because people can get access to various kinds of additional information about you?

  • Hiding

    Not a chance! I like not being found. I don’t use the ‘social network’ sites as I feel they’re unnecessary & cannot be trusted. Google having that much info is no different.

  • http://www.francislee.com.au Francis Australian SEO

    Seriously man, do you really want Google to have even more information about you? Privacy will really go out the window when you give Google control of everything about you.

    You just become a number after doing this….

  • http://www.akwoo.com.au/blog Akwoo

    Not sure if its because if i’m from Australia, but I just the name verification tab is not available in my KNOL after creating profile.

    • http://www.deepweb.co.nz/wp/ Steven Gardner

      I also cant see the settings link for the profiles, but Danny Sullivan had a direct link to the page and when clicked it takes me to the settings, but an overlay says they are having problems, this is possibly an international thing?

      anyone confirm?


  • http://www.melbourneonline.com.au/web-design.asp Mark – Melbourne Web Design

    I’m not usually a subscriber to conspiracy theories, apart from the general assumption that they are all partially true, just not with the world-controlling impact that people suggest.
    In this case though, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Google has access to more information than any other single private company. Google pretty much has THE INTERNET stored on their harddrives along with THE WORLD in the form of Google Earth. Gmail provides them access to millions of people’s private emails, Youtube gives them access to just about every video ever released and with their constantly growing arsenal of tools, websites, applications, etc, it’s not going to be too long before they know EVERYTHING about EVERYBODY.
    Lets all hope that Google stand by their “do no harm” policy.

  • http://www.murderbydesign.com.au Angela Cockburn

    Phone number, yes; credit card details, no. Why do they need them if they are not going to charge for something?

  • http://www.arzar.net/wordpress Abdul Rahman

    So our profiles can be searched!
    Thats damn cool…….

    Cant wait to be famous….

    • http://housepets.come2me.nl House.pets

      You wrote:
      By Abdul Rahman (WPN reader) – Fri, 04/24/2009 – 00:10
      So our profiles can be searched!
      Thats damn cool…….

      Cant wait to be famous….
      This is my answer:
      Yes your profile can be searched,and no you can not become famous.
      People who searched you,can find you by this way.

  • http://www.firmalatter.dk Ejvind

    Yes of course I will use the verification – anything to make myself visible and easily found is of importance.
    Thanks for mentioning it.

    • http://findpeople.bttradespace.com/ Linda Johnson

      I can use all the help I can get getting my businesses out there. Thanks

  • http://mdssolutions.co.uk/services.aspx Search Engine Optimisation Darlington

    Does anyone have a URL for your profile settings?

    SEO Darlington

  • http://ripsychotherapy.com Mike A

    Just verified my profile and no black helicopters overhead…at least yet.

  • Guest

    Sounds like GOOGLE GOVERNMENT to me. You know AKA: BIG BROTHER.
    I wonder how many folks will be standing in line for this one!

  • Guest

    Are we not allowed to criticize Google here?

  • Guest

    Giving your credit card info out is insane. Gee give your bank account numbers, Social Security number and mothers maiden name while your at it. Not only is the “validation” insane but they are wanting information to potentially cause you MAJOR harm. Identity theft, stalkers, etc. Lets see also compromising your identity to the world will occur, it ALWAYS does, so hacker will break in and have everyone’s information. Oh yeah and the government and police will find a way to get the information as well.

    Thanks to the internet identity theft has taken off at alarming rates, peoples bank and credit card information is compromised constantly.

    The internet has created a bunch of people that have no manners since they can sit in the safety of their home being a jerk to others, a day doesn’t go by that someone doesn’t insult you or threaten you…look at chat in game, social networks, the list goes on and on. The internet has increased people to cheat in their relationships, which is sad as this is helping society to break down.

    People say oh but the internet is great. For what? Putting people out of business because they can sell online so they don’ need employees any more, sending unemployment rates up. Oh I can connect daily with people, yeah lazy people who can’t write a letter and mail it (also helping to put people out of work and drive stamp pricing up). Do you really thing sending/forwarding someone a joke is really connecting daily with people?!?!? No way.

    Now lets talk about those that are so hooked on the internet that they have to have access to the internet via their cell phones. So they can sit in a restaurant and Twitter totally ignoring who they are eating with…ditto at home in the living room, gotta be hooked to the internet can’t talk to those you supposedly love. Or on vacation can’t turn their damn phone off or leave their laptop at home…might miss Ashton’s or Barry Zito’s latest tweet….or my fantasy team might lose points during my week away…boo hoo they must be to stupid to do their line ups ahead of time. Beside you are playing for FREE and gain nothing other than driving your s/o nuts!

    You know if a person was drinking alcohol as much as people are on the internet there would be interventions, they would told their an addict.

    Society is slipping so fast thanks to the internet.

    • Guest

      “Oh yeah and the government and police will find a way to get the information as well.”

      Find a way? They already have a way. They just ask Google for the information they want and Google gives it to them (and the government has the right to do this – without any kind of warrant – under the Patriot Act).

  • http://www.leglessfool.com John McMiken

    My google profile has already started appearing in some search results without verification and although I do need a lot of exposure for my product as an author trying to sell and market my new book on the web, I still don’t agree with giving out my credit card information to anyone unnecessarily.

  • http://www.lkphotography.com.au LK Photography

    As a wedding photographer in business, I obviously don’t mind if people out there can see my phone number.

  • karima

    I agree. Google shouldnt ask for what we are trying everyday to keep secret from others. our bank account details. Why not asking for our mother’s maiden name? or favorite boyfriend’s name? or worse nightmare? favorite colour? favorite food? where dad is from originally? there are thousand of thousand questions. My guess?
    they want to own the world. By getting all the information they already have on us they have our futur in their hand.


  • http://www.caninedistemper.info Alexis

    It’s fine with me if I’ll verify my profile through phone but I doubt if I’ll allow it to be verified through my credit card. Though I’m not yet aware of the step by step procedure in creating a Google profile, I can’t imagine giving my personal info plus credit card confirmation.

  • http://karrakinteractive.com Rachel

    Didn’t realize that you had to, or had an option to, verify your profile after creating one — good to know.

  • http://www.diamondonnet.com Diamonds

    Don’t see any reason why I would do this right now. It might be a good idea to bring trust/confidence but I don’t see this being positive at least not in the near future.

  • http://bu2u.com buzzrk bryan

    I had to verify for adsense,so make sense to verify profile. I like traffic big bro. cheers buzzirk

  • http://www.peak-district-activities.co.uk Peak District Activities

    Whether or not you are happy to put credit card details on any site depends on how much you trust that site, what you use your card for, and why you are having to give the info in the first place.
    If the site is well known surely that has to be as safe as any high street purchase after all every time a card is swiped all the key data is stored or even printed out.
    I have a card specifically for oinline purchases as it makes keeping track of transactions very easy. Also, if you have a card that you don’t use, get its limit reduced to

  • http://sites.google.com/site/kirksanfordcorp/kirk-sanford-business-acumen Kirk Sanford

    Having to be verified makes sense. We did it!


  • http://www.hawaii1st.com Hawaii

    To many privacy concerns. There really isn’t any use for this as of yet anyway.

  • http://www.sinohosting.net/china-hosting.php China Hosting

    Nah I prefer to keep my confidentiality for now…

  • http://www.mth.com.pk Guest

    how can yours privacy is possible

  • http://daxii.com Daxii

    You can have a free debit card online and verify with it on any website.

  • Shirley

    Getting your profile verified, is this mostley for those who have On-line businesses or is this for eveyone?

  • http://bit.ly/5rW65 Shaikh Izaj Ahmed Abdul Razak – Siaar

    Google Profile is most important part for internet users basically who are publishers – Thanks for providing such an interesting article : Chris Crum. – Siaar of Siaar Group : http://bit.ly/5rW65

  • http://www.websightcreations.com WebSight

    It is great that google is starting to publish profiles. It should make connecting with more people even easier.

  • http://www.ascentent.com Ent Services

    I didn’t knew that was possible. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.internet-empire.com Seo Singapore

    I got a shock when I started receiving a phone call from Google. It was a recorded message and I received the phone almost immediately after I completed my Google profile. Awesome.

    • http://www.thecolorclub.sg Singapore Digital Imaging Solutions

      This is a good initiative and smart attempt

  • http://www.paulklenk.us Guest Paul Klenk

    I just visited Knol to verify myself, but attempts to do so using both methods — credit card and SSN — failed. Just got an error message, no further explanation.

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