Your profile is not yet eligible to be featured in Google Search.

Hearing that Google Profiles are starting to be included in search results, I head over to my Google Profile page and see a little message:

Your profile is not yet eligible to be featured in Google search results.

To have your profile featured, add more information about yourself.

A link is given for Add more info to my profile, and learn more. I follow the learn more link, as I’ve already added plenty of info to my profile and I can’t figure out what else they could need.

The learn more section has the basics — add info to your profile, add links to your web pages, etc, etc — and then a section for “Verify your name” and get a “Verified” badge on your account.

Sweet, I can be Google Official! I click on verify your name and am brought to a page that tells me I should:

  • Sign in on the Knol homepage.
  • Select Preferences from the My profile drop-down menu in the top right corner of the page.
  • Click Name Verification.
  • Select how you want Google to verify your name.

So I sign into the Knowl homepage and at first the My profile link isn’t up in the top right corner, but after a few clicks it suddenly appears. I click on the My profile link and go to preferences and then Name Verification.

Wow, two options — Phone or credit card. Each seems easy enough, so I go with phone. I enter my name, address, phone number and click the button to have Google call me.

Alas, I am not in the “directory”, whatever that is. So I cannot use this method for verification.

Whatever, credit card is just as easy. I click Verify name by credit card. Enter name, address, credit card number… and no — “We encountered the following problem: Error: please try later.” How descriptive.

So then I gave up and added a short biography of nonsense, and then added my special super powers, and then added something I can’t find on Google. Saved my profile one more time, and voila, my profile is eligible to be featured in Google search.

Huh?

2 Replies to “Your profile is not yet eligible to be featured in Google Search.”

  1. wow, I would never put my credit card or phone number in there 🙁 I am having the same problem, I'll try out what you said.

  2. Verification by phone is not available anymore. They used US social-security number instead. But almost 1 year after your article, Google is still unable to provide “certified accounts” outside of US, while other services (like twitter for example) can do it.Kind of weird…

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