Whether your brand is big or small, you may be neglecting the design your Google+ page. And the simple truth is that people will take your brand more seriously if it looks great in the places you communicate. Oh and if you aren’t on Google+, you should be.
In the past, we shared how to create the perfect Twitter profile page and even how to create the perfect Facebook profile page. The ideas are similar, to make sure your page renders the way it should for viewers across all applications and browsers, and help you get started with templates that do the layout leg work for you. In this post we will give you a free downloadable template to fix your Google Plus page, as well as share some inspiration of brands doing it right.
Your Google Plus Page Starts with your Cover Photo
The current Google Plus layout showcases a cover photo, much like Facebook, except way bigger. The display of this cover photo is full width with a 16×9 ratio. The smallest size of the new google+ cover photo is 480X270 pixels. The largest size of the new google+ cover photo is 2120X1192 pixels. For the sake of the photo looking great on all screens, we suggest making a photo that is 2120X1192 px.
Keeping in mind there is a grey gradient that Google places at the bottom of the photo. The profile photo lays over the cover photo, so text and other important details should not be in the bottom area of the photo.
Which brands do Google Plus right?
There are a lot of great brands who haven’t created a cover photo yet for their profile, Pepsi, Mashable, and even MOZ use their photos instead of a cover photo. To get your wheels turning on designing your own page, here are some examples of some good uses of the 615 px in their cover photo design:
The New G+ Cover Photo
You’ll notice that the profile photo is now in the shape of a circle. Be sure your profile photo doesn’t have any square borders that are being cut off by this update!
What Not to do with your G+ Page
- Don’t leave your cover photo as default. Thats boring
- Don’t upload a photo that is less than 2120X1192 px
- Don’t upload of photo of the skyline or clouds or generic nature stuff. Design a cover photo that tells a story of what your brand has to offer.
If you want to know why Google Plus is so cool, check out this article from Kuno Creative about the benefits of Google Plus.
Also, the best thing you can really do on Google+ is to follow LoudNoises on G+. Oh, and also, check out this post on 50 Pages & People Every SEO Should Have In Their Circles from Jon at Point Blank SEO. Seriously, it makes Google+ a way more interesting place to hang out.
Alright Alright! Where’s the Free Stuff?
Before you go an open up Illustrator to make this cover photo, I have already created a template for you to design not only your cover photo, but your profile photo too!.
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