When Google+ launched business pages in November last year there was much rejoicing. There was a huge problem though, only one person could manage the page and it wasn’t possible to transfer ownership of a Google+ page to another person.
Thankfully, Google added multiple administrators and the ability to transfer ownership in December 2011. It is now possible to have up to 50 administrators per page so you can share the load!
Google+ pages can still only have 1 owner, but this ownership can be transferred to another Google+ user. Administrators have the same powers as owners except they can’t delete the page or transfer ownership.
So, how do you transfer ownership to another Google+ user?
We’ll it’s quite easy, but first you need to check a few things.
- The person you are transferring ownership to has to have a Google+ account
- They also need to already be an administrator or “manager” for the Google+ page in question.
1) Log onto Google+ and go to your Google+ page
Once logged on, select the page in question by clicking on the dropdown box under your name:
2) Click on Settings for that page
Once you’re logged in under your page and clicked the settings button you’ll then be presented with the settings page for that page.
3.) Click on the managers link on the left
4.) Make sure you have a manager to transfer to, then click “Transfer Ownership”
Click on the image of the manager you want to transfer the page to and then click continue. This person will then be sent an email asking them if they want to accept.
5.) The person receiving the ownership needs to click on the activation link in the email.
6.) Sign in to Google+ and accept
The manager will need to sign into their Google+ account and then accept the terms and conditions. They are now the owners of the Google+ page. The person that transferred the ownership in the first place will still be an administrator or manager. The new owner will have the power to remove the initial owner as a manager. This is useful in the case that the original Google+ page owner is moving to a different company.
To find out more about Google+ business pages, head on down to the official Google+ business page website, checkout the Google+ Badge configurator (more on that another time), create cool Google+ page header for your Business page from one photo and follow the Google+ business team on their business page.