30 Oct '13, 1pm

Google+ Custom Vanity URLs For All But Google May Charge Fees

Most small businesses don't see any benefit from social media at all, and I'm one of them. Outside of webmaster and seo industry types, who often drool over the latest search engine snake oil, I don't know of any company's products or services I personally use that has invested much into G+. If Google starts charging for vanity urls, I think many businesses will cut out G+ and use Facebook instead. Google was late to the party and how they rank small businesses these days leaves little to be desired when it is anything related to Google. Even though it may be in Google's terms that they can charge for these urls, it's definitely what I would consider a disclosed bait and switch tactic. Say you are one of the fortunate ones to build a big following on G+. Google then says your monthly fee is based on the number of followers. At even $.10 a follower, that would be $400 a mon...

Full article: http://www.seroundtable.com/google-urls-fees-17592.html

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