Advertisement and promotions are extremely essential in the present times. Be it for your business or simply your portfolio, having a strong online presence goes a long way in boosting your career. Thanks to Google, it is now easy to discover when someone searches for your name on Google.
Yes, you heard it right, your name or your business will pop up on the search results if someone searches for it. Along with your name, other relevant details like a small bio, your Occupation, links to your social media accounts, etc. can be arranged in a neat little card, and this will be pop up in the search results. This is known as a People card and is a cool new feature from Google. In this article, we are going to discuss this in detail and also teach you how to create and add your People card on Google Search.
- What is Google People Card?
- How to Add your People card on Google Search?
- Content Guidelines for your People Card
- How to view your People card?
- What kind of data should be included in your People card?
- How can Google People Card help you in Boosting your Business?
- How to fix Google People Card not working
- Make sure that Search Activity is enabled for your Google Account
What is Google People Card?
Just like the name suggests, a People card is like a digital business card that boosts your discoverability on the internet. Everyone wishes that their business or personal profile appears on the top of the search results. However, this isn’t so simple. It is extremely difficult to feature in the top search results unless you are already famous, and a lot of websites and people have written or published articles about you or your business. Having an active and popular social media account helps, but that is not a sure shot way to achieve the desired result.
Thankfully, this is where Google comes to the rescue by introducing the People card. It allows you to create your own personalized virtual visiting/ business cards. You can add useful information about yourself, your website, or business and make it easier for people to find you when searching for your name.
What are the basic requirements to create a People Card?
The best part about creating your Google People card is that it a very simple and easy process. The only things that you need is a Google account and a PC or a mobile. You can directly start creating your People card if you have any browser installed on your device. Most of the modern Android device comes with Chrome built-in. You can either use that or even use Google Assistant to initiate the process. This will be discussed in the next section.
How to Add your People card on Google Search?
As mentioned earlier, creating a new People card and adding it to Google search is pretty easy. In this section, we will provide a step-wise guide to add your People card to Google search. Follow these steps, and your name or business will also be displayed on the top of Google search results when someone searches for it.
1. Firstly, open Google Chrome or any other mobile browser and open Google Search.
2. Now, in the search bar, type “add me to search” and tap on the search button.
3. If you have Google Assistant, you can activate it by saying Hey Google or Ok Google and then say, “add me to search.”
4. In the search results, you will see a card titled “add yourself to Google Search,” and in that card, there is a “Get started” button. Click on it.
5. After that, you might have to enter the login credentials of your Google account again.
6. Now, you will be directed to the “Create your Public card” section. Your name and profile picture will already be visible.
7. You will now have to fill out other relevant details that you wish to provide.
8. Details like your location, Occupation, and About is a must, and these fields must be filled to create a card.
9. Additionally, you can also include other details like work, education, hometown, email, phone number, etc.
10. You can also add your social media accounts to this card to highlight them. Tap on the plus sign next to the Social profiles option.
11. After that, select one or multiple social profiles by selecting the relevant option from the drop-down list.
12. Once you have added all your information, tap on the Preview button.
13. This will show how your People Card will look. If you are satisfied with the result, then tap on the Save button.
14. Your People card will now be saved, and it will appear in the search results in some time.
Content Guidelines for your People Card
- Should be a true representation of who you are and what you do.
- Do not include misleading information about yourself.
- Do not contain solicitation or any type of advertisement.
- Do not represent any third-party organization.
- Do not use any profane language.
- Do not hurt the religious sentiments of individuals or groups.
- Must not include negative or derogatory comments about other individuals, groups, events, or issues.
- Must not in any way promote or support hate, violence, or unlawful behavior.
- Must not promote hate towards any individual, or organization.
- Must respect the rights of others, including intellectual property, copyright, and privacy rights.
How to view your People card?
If you want to check whether or not it is working and view your Google card, then the process is pretty simple. The only thing that you need to do is open Google search, type in your name, and then tap on the Search button. Your Google People card will be displayed on the top of the search results. It needs to be mentioned here that it will also be visible of everyone who searches for your name on Google.
Further examples of Google People Cards can be seen below:
What kind of data should be included in your People card?
Consider your People card to be your virtual visiting card. Therefore, we would advise you only to add relevant information. Follow the golden rule of Keep it short and simple. Important information like your location and profession must be added to your People card. At the same time, other information like work, education, achievement can also be added if you feel that it will boost your career.
Also, make sure that all the information provided by you is genuine and not misleading in any way. By doing so, you are not creating a bad reputation for yourself but can also be reprimanded by Google for hiding or falsifying your identity. The first couple of times would be a warning, but if you continue to violate Google’s content policies, then it will result in your People card being deleted permanently. You will also not be able to create a new card in the future. So kindly pay heed to this warning and refrain from any questionable activities.
You can also go through Google’s content policies to get a better idea of the kind of things that you must avoid putting on your People card. As mentioned earlier, misleading information of any kind should be avoided. Always use your picture as your profile picture. Refrain from representing any third-person or someone else’s company or business. You are not allowed to advertise some service or product on your People card. Attacking some individual, community, religion, or social group by adding hateful comments or remarks is strictly prohibited. Finally, the use of vulgar language, derogatory comments on your card is not permitted. Google also makes sure that any information added on your card is not a violation of copyrights or intellectual property rights.
How can Google People Card help you in Boosting your Business?
There is a better way to promote oneself or one’s business than to appear on the top of Google search results. Your People card makes this possible. It highlights your business, website, profession, and even gives a glimpse of your personality. Irrespective of your profession, your People card can help boost your discoverability.
Since it is also possible to add your contact details like email address and phone number, it allows people to contact you. You can create a dedicated business email account and get a new official number if you are not willing to contact the public. Google People card is customizable, and you get to choose exactly what information you would like to make publicly visible. As a result, relevant information that could be crucial to promote your business can be included. Additionally, it is completely free, and thus, it is an extremely effective means to boost your business.
How to fix Google People Card not working
Google People card is a new feature and might not be fully operational for all devices. It is possible that you might not be able to create or save your People card. Several factors can be responsible for this. In this section, we will discuss several fixes that will help you create and publish your People card if it did not work in the first place.
For the time being, this feature is only available in India. If you are currently residing in any other country, you will not be able to use it yet. Unfortunately, the only thing that you can do is wait for Google to launch the People card in your country.
Make sure that Search Activity is enabled for your Google Account
Another reason behind the Google People card not working is that the Search activity has been disabled for your account. As a result, any changes made by you is not getting saved. Search activity keeps track of your search history; websites visited, preferences, etc. It analyses your web activity and makes browsing experience better for you. You need to make sure that search activity or web and app activity is enabled so that any changes made by you, including creating and editing your People card, get saved. Follow the steps given below to see how.
1. Firstly open Google.com on your computer or your mobile browser.
2. If you are not already signed in to your account, then please do so.
3. After that, scroll down and tap on the Settings option.
4. Now tap on the Search activity option.
5. Here, tap on the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) on the top left-hand side of the screen.
6. After that, click on the Activity Control option.
7. Here, make sure that the toggle switch next to Web & App Activity is enabled.
8. That’s it. You are all set. Your Google Play card will now get saved successfully.
With that, we come to the end of this article. We hope that you find this information helpful. Google People card is an extremely effective way to boost your discoverability, and the best thing is that it is free. Everyone should go ahead and create their own People card and surprise your friends and colleagues by asking them to search for your name on Google. You need to remember that it might take several hours or even a day for your People card to get published. After that, anyone who searches for your name on Google will be able to see your People card on the top of the search results.