How To Claim Your Knowledge Panel On Google
Once you have a knowledge panel, the next step for you to get verified on Google is to claim your knowledge panel. Search for your artist name and scroll to the bottom of the knowledge panel.
There, you will find a clickable option to ‘Claim this knowledge panel’. Once you click on it, follow the steps Google provides to complete the process.
Google has a few requirements for you to claim your artist knowledge panel. They will ask you to provide general information on the artist, such as social media handles.
They also require you to show some form of government-issued identification to prove you are the artist in the knowledge panel.
Google also offers the option for an official representative of the artist to claim the knowledge panel on their behalf. The option to claim as an official representative is available after you start the claiming process.
Once you submit, it may take a few days for Google to process your request. When approved, you will receive an email from Google acknowledging the approval of your knowledge panel.
Benefits Of Claiming Your Knowledge Panel
There are several benefits to claiming your knowledge panel. Getting verified on Google gives you more control over the information that is shown on your panel.
It allows you to add relevant information about your artist brand, and suggest edits to improve or correct the information on the knowledge panel.
It also comes with additional features such as creating posts (like you would on your social media handles) that helps keep your fans up to date with the latest in your music.
I will take you through some of the features below, and guide you on how to make the best of your verified status on Google.
Editing Artist Image Photos
After claiming your knowledge panel and getting verified, Google allows you to add/edit the feature photo on your panel. Once accepted, the photo is given priority over all other images in your knowledge panel.
This gives you the advantage of choosing a photo that best represents your artist brand. It also allows you to change this in case you need to update your artist image.
Google requires the featured image to be at least 200px by 200px and recommends using a square image.
Editing Your Info
You can directly add and edit some of the information shown on your Google knowledge panel. This includes your artist social media links, website, and Wikipedia page.
This is helpful especially if Google doesn’t automatically add these to your knowledge panel or if the information is erratic.
There is, however, information on your knowledge panel that you cannot edit directly. Your releases (including song titles and album info) and label affiliations can only be adjusted through suggesting edits to Google.
If any of the facts on your knowledge panel are erratic, you can suggest edits.
You can do this by logging in to your Google account and clicking on ‘suggest edits’ at the top of your knowledge panel. As the official representative of your brand, Google gives priority to your edit suggestions.