Add Me to Search: How to Create Your Google People Card

Ajay Paghdal
Founder and Marketer for Linkio.

Add Me to Search: How to Create Your Google People Card

Ajay Paghdal
Founder and Marketer for Linkio.

If you want to learn more about a person, a natural response is to use the Google search option. From Google search results, you can access a wealth of information. 

You can learn about their biographies, social media links, public records, professional networks, and more. Everything about their online reputation, you can have it.

Are you interested in creating your own Google People Card? Fortunately, the Add Me to Search feature and a feature called people cards allow you to do this. 

Are you a digital marketing expert, influencer, entrepreneur, freelancer, or online business professional? Then, you could use a boost in search engine visibility. If you turn to these features, you can have that boost.

This article will cover everything there is to know about Google People Cards. We’ll discuss what they are, their significance in Google’s “Add Me to Search” feature, and how to edit your Google search card. Also, we’ll walk through the steps to create your own people card.

What Is Add Me on Google and Why Is It Important?

Add Me on Google or Add Me to Search is a new feature on the Google search app. It’s available to Indian users and users from other countries.

It lets you build a virtual Google search card or a profile on Google People Cards. Not only does it increase your discoverability, but it also allows you to control your online presence.

Do you want to create a bite-sized knowledge panel? You can make it happen with this virtual visiting card. Yes, you can use this Google search tool to claim and modify the public version of your knowledge panel. 

Here are the details of a Google People Card that you can edit:

  • Name
  • Job
  • Description
  • Company
  • Profile picture
  • Location
  • Website link
  • Email address
  • Phone numbers
  • Social media links

For instance, you want to edit the Google search profile of Arianna Huffington, an author, businesswoman, and founder of Thrive Global. To start, click Claim this knowledge panel to start the process. It will direct you to a page where you can make adjustments after you undergo verification protocols.

For example, Matt Cutts, a popular figure in the digital marketing and (SEO) search engine optimization spheres, secured the Add Me on Google feature and created a Google People Card. If you enter his name on Google, you can access his Google People Card containing the details he wants to share with the rest of the world.

Like most search results, his search Google card helps you (or anyone) learn information about him. Here, you can see core details like his existing website and a brief description. From his people card, you can also reach his social media links — links to his accounts on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

Here’s a more elaborate discussion about the benefits of securing the Add Me on Google feature:

  • Increase exposure – Make people feel your online presence. It grants search engine users access to optimized information about you on a massive search index. In addition, it raises the odds of earning the top spot on the (SERPs) search engine results pages.
  • Stand out – Differentiate yourself from namesakes, business professionals, and high-profile entities with close or similar names. Also, a Google People Card allows you to eliminate instances of mistaken identities.
  • Improve online reputation – Manually edit your public search information to remove any negative or unwanted associations. Nowadays, almost everybody has a public profile. To ensure the accuracy and quality of your public profile, check and edit details as necessary.
  • Gain a competitive advantage – Feature statistics, facts, and images that reflect professionalism. You may also check competitor Add Me to Search results and craft your public search profile to outperform these people. Not only does it speak volumes about your authority and dominance in your industry, but it also enhances credibility. 
  • Foster better connections – Add links to recent contact details or up-to-date information to allow people to contact you with little effort. Aside from providing the details you want out in public, you are also upping the chances people will want to form a business relationship with you.

What Does Your Google People Card Have to Do with This?

The Add Me to Search feature can work in your favor if you have an optimized Google People Card. Remember, your Google people search card is your public search profile on Google.

Don’t be satisfied with generic info on your Google People Card. Edit it to elicit positive responses from searchers.

Think of it as a virtual business card or virtual visitation card. It helps you stay relevant through the changing times. It’s also a way to uplevel your digital marketing skills and future-proof your online presence.

Let’s dissect the components of a Google search card for a better understanding of it. For a concrete example, let’s go over the Google search card of Aleyda Solis, an international SEO consultant and founder of Orainti, a boutique SEO consultancy firm.

We chose her Google search card to scrutinize because it’s a great example of a well-optimized card. ]

Here are reasons her search card is commendable:

  1. She promotes her expertise well – For an SEO consultant and founder of a consultancy firm, it’s in her best interest to inform people about her professional experience. It increases the confidence of searchers. And in her Google People Card, she does just that. Specifically, she emphasized her About info.
  2. She shares relevant information – She divulges personal details that support her About section. In addition to highlighting the books she authored, she lists relevant information for people who want to learn about her background. Notably, she shares her nationality, education, and her founded organization.
  3. She displays links to her social media profiles – Searchers can easily reach her on different social media platforms. And in her lineup of social media profiles, she prioritized a more professional and career-oriented social media network, LinkedIn.

Steps to Create Your Google People Card

To create a people card on Google search, you need a personal Google account, mobile device, and internet browser with a decent connection.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can create a people card:

Step # 1 – Type Add Me to Search on the Google search app

Are you using Google Chrome? Then, type the keyphrase on the search option. The keyphrase Add Me to Google works, too. You can also search for a name.

Once you hit Enter, the top of the search results will display an option where Google lets you add this person to its search database.

Step # 2 – Click Get Started

Before you start, turn on Web & App Activity. If this feature is on, Google monitors and saves all your searches. You can say the same for every action you take using Google’s services — location, IP address, device, and more.

To turn it on, log in to your Google Admin console. Then, follow these steps:

  1. Find and open Menu Apps.
  2. Scroll to the Web & App Activity section.
  3. Launch Service status.
  4. Turn on.

Step # 3 – Fill out the required information

Fortunately, Google has no rigid content guidelines on this. But, to maximize the positive impact of the search card, submit content of the best quality and refer to Google’s best practices for crafting content.

To start, provide the required information like:

  • Name
  • Location
  • About
  • Occupation

If you want to provide more info, go ahead. The optional information fields are:

  • Work
  • Education
  • Hometown
  • Website
  • Social profiles
  • Email
  • Phone number

For most fields, you can enter the required information manually. As for the information about your email address and phone number, Google handles them. Its basis is the information you provided on your account settings.

Google automatically fills out these information fields. If you want to provide a different email address and phone number on your search card, you can’t do it here. You can only do it if you change the details on your Google account.

As for the information about your social media profiles, Google lets you link to the following networks:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • SoundCloud

Step # 4 – Tap Preview

Check how your Google People Card appears to the public. Search for yourself and look at the search results. Focus on the quality of your information. Remember, it reflects a personal brand. It can also reveal if you have a weak or strong online presence.

Here are more tips on how to create your search card:

  • No advertisements – Be straightforward. Don’t use your Google card as a platform for advertising. Avoid using “top-class,” “affordable,” and other advertising words.
  • Add a photo – Post a high-quality and recognizable avatar or photo of yourself. Because you don’t need to upload a cover photo for your Google People Card, ensure that your avatar reflects personal branding. The idea is to make your search card enticing and visually appealing.
  • Select information – Prioritize essential information about yourself or personal branding. Better yet, choose the details you share publicly and see if they can help you achieve your goal better.

Step # 5 – Hit Submit

If you don’t want to make changes to your Google People Card after previewing it, it’s ready. After you send in your search card, Google will review it, then approve it.

Here are tips on how to increase the chances of approval of your Google People Card:

  • Provide lots of information – Fill your search card with good info. The more information you provide, the better. 
  • Show accuracy – Include your actual information on your Google People Card. Be as authentic as possible and delete anything false. While you should provide lots of information, prevent using inaccurate or misleading information. If Google identifies fraudulent activity on your end, it can put you in serious trouble.
  • Avoid vulgarity – Use positive words to get on Google’s good side. Google doesn’t support hate and dislikes corrupt and unlawful behavior towards yourself or others. It also forbids the use of embarrassing, demeaning, and humiliating words.

How to Edit Your People Card

Are you unsatisfied with your Google People Card? Then, sign in to your personal Google account, go to your people card, and tap Edit.

Here are more instructions on editing specific details:

How to Remove Your Phone Number

  1. Go to the phone number section of your Add Me to Google people card.
  2. Erase your existing phone number and:
    1. Leave the field blank if you have no phone number to post
    2. Overwrite the existing details with a new phone number
  3. Tap Save.

How to Remove Your Email Address

  1. Go to the email address section of your Add Me to Google people card.
  2. Erase your existing email address and:
    1. Leave the field blank if you have no email address to post
    2. Overwrite the existing details with a new email address
  3. Tap Save.

How to Remove Your Google Card

If you don’t want Google to feature you in search results, you can remove your Add Me to Google people card. This is helpful if you don’t want to have a public anymore.

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Go to your search card and click Edit.
  2. Scroll down to the Remove my search card from Google option.
  3. Click DELETE.
  4. Verify this by searching for your name on Google. If Google isn’t including your people card anymore, the fix worked. But if your search card still shows up, it’s ideal to wait a few hours for Google to update its database. 

Frequently Asked Questions

A Google People Card is a relatively new feature. Plus, it has limited availability, and not everyone is familiar with it.

Below is a list of 10 questions that people frequently ask. Let’s address each with simple answers.

What Information Should I Add to My People Card?

The details you add to your Google People Card should reflect your personal branding. And adding more relevant info results in a more effective search card. Ideally, include your name, contact info, and links to your social media profiles.

Can I Create a Google People Card Immediately?

Yes. But, before a Google People Card shows up on the search engine’s database, the team at Google will evaluate it first. If it passes the evaluation, Google will approve it.

Can I Edit Anyone’s Google Virtual Business Card?

No. You need access to the Google account that you used to create a Google search card. You can only edit a Google card that you created.

Is a Personal Google Account Necessary to Use Add Me to Search?

Yes. It’s necessary because it’s where Google gets information to fill out for your email address and phone numbers. You can use your existing account or create a new Google account.

Why Is Add Me to Search Not Working?

Not using a mobile device or mobile browser is a common reason the Google Add Me to Search option isn’t working. Other reasons include not turning on Web & App Activity and not choosing English or Hindi as your language.

Is Add Me to Search Available for All?

Unfortunately, not everybody can use Add Me to Search and Google People Cards with ease. These Google features are exclusive to people in India, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. Google also had no prior announcements of its plans to make these features available to everyone.

How Can I Make Add Me to Search Available in My Location?

A workaround is to use a (VPN) Virtual Private Network to create your search Google Card. Then, set your location to India, Kenya, Nigeria, or South Africa. Even if you search for how to create a Google People Card elsewhere, you still can’t create a search card in an unlisted location.

Why Is My Google Card Not Reflecting the Edits I made?

Don’t panic if you don’t see the edits you made right away. Google reviews every submission and while quick, the process isn’t immediate. Wait a few hours and check it again.

What Happens If I Don’t Edit or Manage the Information on My Google People Card?

You need to manage your people card regularly. If not, Google can take matters into its own hands. It can penalize you or remove your people card.

How Can I Help People Find My People Card on Google Search?

You can use digital marketing and SEO techniques to generate traffic and improve your chances of getting featured in search results. From there, an increasing number of people will search for you online and stumble upon your Google card.

Conclusion

Add Me to Search and Google People Cards are great for everyone, especially job hunters and digital marketing service providers. These can strengthen their professional profiles and boost their chances of getting hired. 

Your Add Me to Google card is your intellectual property. They should paint you in a good light and help put your best foot forward. You need to make changes if it isn’t the case.

And while these features are not available to everyone at every location, find a workaround — it’s an ideal solution. After all, having a Google People Card can dramatically improve the online presence of anyone.

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