Free "Google Me" Business Card Template

Need a quick, easy, and unusual business card?
This "Google Me" business card template may be right up your alley.
The idea is that you choose a search term on the card that returns you or your organization as the first item in the corresponding Google search listing.
 


 

The template is a downloadable PDF file that you can customize, and can be downloaded on page two.

"Google Me" Business Card Template

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Enjoy,
Rhiannon

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by Jared (not verified) on 21. September 2010 - 19:25  (58225)

I don't get it - I got one of these cards but no matter how many times I press either Google Search or I'm Feeling Lucky - the card doesn't do anything...

by rhiannon on 22. September 2010 - 3:04  (58248)

Download the PDF file from the site in the article (download is on page two)

Open the file in whatever program you use for PDF files; Adobe Reader or other PDF program.

Type your name (or name of your company) in to the Google Search box.

Save or print. I put several on one page so I was able to get more than one card per sheet.

by zheng ye (not verified) on 18. September 2010 - 9:39  (58045)

Can't imagine that Google would condone this for long.

by rhiannon on 18. September 2010 - 16:43  (58068)

Check their permissions page.

Links in one of the posts below.

by eikelein on 17. September 2010 - 23:40  (58026)

Cute idea.
But unusable if the card gets handed to a person that doesn't have a computer yet or whose computer is "broken". And that happens a LOT to my business cards; actually, that is what I have them for.

Do you know that feeling: You call your ISP's tech support because your Internet access is down and for the longest time the dumb machine tells you to go online to search the Help section of MarketingIsDumb.com?

by rhiannon on 18. September 2010 - 0:43  (58030)

I know just what you mean, when I had a dial up connection I would call the telephone company (from the local store, about 5 miles away) to report the phones weren't working - some bright and perky recorded voice would tell me that I could report phone outages and problems at their website.

You have a good point there - the workaround I've seen is to print other contact information on the card, front or back.
Most often I've seen it printed on the back of the business card. I've seen several variations of the Google type business card, and contact info was sometimes on the front, sometimes on the back.

by NeskaPolita (not verified) on 17. September 2010 - 21:10  (58019)

I don't get how it works. How are you supposed to put your name in the template??

by rhiannon on 17. September 2010 - 21:31  (58020)

I opened the downloaded PDF file, and was able to type my information into the search box.
I used NitroPDF but it should be the same with other PDF programs such as Adobe Reader, Sumatra, etc.
Check out the Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader list or the Best Free PDF Writer category if you need top freeware suggestions.

by Mike Feury (not verified) on 17. September 2010 - 20:33  (58017)

Careful with this, might not be a good idea the way Google search has been going recently.

- Some searches now return paid ads for the top 10 results;
- Localized search will return results based on the searcher's physical location;
- Personalized search will return results based on the searcher's previous search history [and maybe other personal info];

There might also be variations pending for mobile search, and there's the general instability of any result's position in the search results--top today doesn't mean top tomorrow.

Bottom line is that what searchers see in Google could be very different to what you see.

A different factor is does the novelty factor make you look more or less desirable to your target prospects, and for how long will they thank you for the extra step required to reach your website.

by dbrigleb (not verified) on 17. September 2010 - 15:18  (58001)

Google doesn't mind?

by rhiannon on 17. September 2010 - 21:56  (58024)

I'm not a lawyer, but I did check Google's permissions page, and I think this falls within their usage guidelines as long as the logo isn't altered in any way, doesn't have any "objectionable" material added, or use it on a web site.

Google Brand Terms

Google Permissions

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