We recently announced that Google profile results now appear at the bottom of U.S. name-query search pages. Creating a profile gives you greater control over what people find when they search for your name on Google. Your profile can include online photos, links to your blog or other online profiles, and ways for people to contact you -- and you can restrict contact information like your address and phone number to only the people and groups you choose.
When creating a profile, you have the option to use your Gmail username as a your profile URL (profiles.google.com/yourusername), so it's easier to remember and share. Some examples:
If you want people to be able to contact you, but don't want to reveal your email address to the world, you can hide your username and use a 24 digit number instead. Turn on the 'Send a message' feature, and anyone with a Google Account can send you a message through your profile, without having your email address revealed to them.
Don't have a profile? Go to www.google.com/profiles to get started.
Profiles: Making your profile easier to find
When you or others search for your name on Google, a link to your Google profile may appear at the bottom of the search results next to your profile picture.
Here are some tips to help you make your Google profile more useful:
- Add information about yourself on the Edit profile page so people can find you when they search by keywords associated with your profile. For example, include details such as the name of your hometown, your job title, where you work or go to school.
- Link to your profile on another website (for instance, your blog or online photo album).
- If you have a common name, add enough information about you to distinguish your profile from similar ones. Photos are especially useful.
- Verify your name, and get a "Verified" badge on your profile. Verify alternate addresses on your account.