Google yesterday launched Google+ Pages, a blogging platform for businesses and brands. In addition to Google’s own pages, dozens of top brands have joined Google’s initiative by creating official pages on the Google+ network. And with Direct Connect, people can search for pages directly at, simply by preceding their query with the plus sign, and even automatically add Google+ pages to their circles from Google Search.

But one thing is strictly not allowed: Promotions. Google will not tolerate giveaways, contests and other promotional content on Google+ pages. TechCrunch pointed at the Google+ Pages Contest and Promotion Policies which specify that you may not run contests, sweepstakes, offers, coupons or other such promotions directly on your Google+ Page:

You may display a link on your Google+ Page to a separate site where your Promotion is hosted so long as you (and not Google) are solely responsible for your Promotion and for compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations in the jurisdiction(s) where your Promotion is offered or promoted. Your Promotion must not be run or conducted in a way which conflicts with the +1 Button Policies, Google+ Privacy Policy or Google+ Pages Additional Terms of Service. Google has the right to remove your Promotion content from Google+ Page for any reason.

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