8 Tips to Maximize Your Google+ Presence

January 11, 2013 by Jenny Melrose
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8 simple steps are all that it will take to maximize your Google+ Presence.

Tips for Google+

Simple steps to take in order to become influential on G+.

There have been rumblings for quite some time about Google+ and the importance that it will play on small businesses.  Google+ not only is a great social media outlet to share and contribute to your particular niche, but it is also affects SEO and gives quality content higher rankings when a Google search occurs.  I have heard from numerous people that they feel lost in Google+.  Here are 8 Tips to Maximize your presence and make Google+ easier to navigate.

1.  Use a full size quality image of your content!  Over the Christmas holiday, my friend Joan from Chocolate, Chocolate and more, made the comment that she was going to bonk the next person she saw over the head with a candy cane if they didn’t use a full size image when sharing a post on Facebook.  I giggled when I saw it, but her thinking is absolutely correct.  People are drawn to gorgeous images, which is the main reason why Pinterest is so successful.  With my 8 Tips to Optimize Pinterest, the majority of my tips involved how to maximize the pictures that you post so that they’re easier to pin.  When you share a post on Google+, you want to upload your picture directly from your computer first.  Then fill out the rest of the post and share.  No one is going to reshare a thumbnail size image.

2.  Make sure to post public!  At the bottom of the post box you can choose who to share the post with.  For heavens sake, make sure to share the post PUBLIC.  If you don’t you are spamming the people in your circles because they are constantly getting emails that you shared a post directly with them.  Plus, you’re not doing anything for your SEO because it’s not publicly searchable.  Most Google plussers will never reshare a post that is limited because there is a warning message that is given that it was shared for a limited audience.

3.  Include a direct link to your post in the description of the post.  If you put the link where you see the add link button then you will only have a thumbnail image.  Not good!  Go back to step one and post your picture directly from your computer with the little camera button and then add your link in the description box.

4.  Include hashtags for the category of your post.  I know that hashtags is plural, but please do not share more than three at a time.  Pick the top three broadest categories that your post could get pulled up in and use those three.

5.  Bold your title of your post using asterisks.   In other words, if your post is Valentine Calendar Countdown then you might type “Here’s a toddler inspired *Valentine Calendar Countdown* that will have your toddler excited each morning for their daily activity.”  The words Valentine Calendar Countdown will be bold in your post and let people know the purpose of the post.

6.  Make sure to gain Google Authorship.  Google authorship will give you the opportunity to rank higher on search results.  This article will walk you through how to set up Google Authorship.

7.  Be a good plusser.  Yep, that’s the lingo.  Your a plusser.  Once you start to find people to add to your circles you want to +1 other people’s posts, leave a comment and share other posts.  Google+ is like any other form of social media.  For every one of your posts, you should share 10 of someone else’s posts.  This is why large photos are so important.  I’ll +1 and comment on posts with a thumbnail, but I’m only going to share posts that have a large photo because those are the posts that others are looking for.

8.  Join communities and make sure to completely fill out your G+ profile.  Communities are making G+ easier to navigate because people from similar niches and interests are sharing what they know and reaching a new audience.  I am part of the G+ Food Bloggers Community because of the recipes that I share.  In this group are professional chefs that make my meals seem childish and simple, but they are willing to share their knowledge regardless of experience and previous knowledge.  I am a moderator for the Social Media Exploration Community and the idea behind our community is for open discussions and questions about social media.

My tips are in order of what I see as important in order for you to start posting on G+ today.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  Also, please feel free to subscribe for free so that you can have these tips and others dropped right in your inbox.

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  • Joan@Chocolateandmore


    Thank you , thank you, thank you!!!! Great tips!

    • Jenny Melrose


      Thank you for the inspiration for the community that is now growing on G+.

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust


    Thank you for the tips!! I’m going to start using them today. :)

    • Jenny Melrose


      I’m glad I could help Dorothy. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask. The more people that are comfortable with G+ the better off we’ll all be!

  • micki @addhousewife


    once again, wonderful tips! i’m learning google + at your feet :) Every time I follow your tips, my hits go WAY up! so thank you!

    • Jenny Melrose


      Aww! That makes me so happy to hear. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions that you may come across.

  • Adrienne W.


    Thanks so much for the great information!! I learned so much I can do to increase my google + presence. Thanks!!

    • Jenny Melrose


      I’m glad I could help Adrienne. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I’d also love for you to subscribe for free so that these tips could get dropped right in your inbox!

  • Heidi


    Thanks, Jenny. I +1ed and pinned this post to my Website Design board. Thanks for the fantastic tips. Now, if I can just get used to posting to google! (Can you schedule your posts?)

    • Jenny Melrose


      Thanks so much for sharing Heidi! There are two different sites I can suggest. The first one you can schedule your posts, but you only get a thumbnail. That site is: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101401846468080203736/posts The second site connect your G+ to your facebook & twitter so that you can post into G+ & then it’ll get shared in the other two. That site is: http://www.friendsplus.me/ My biggest recommendation is that in order to become confident with G+, you need to get into G+ and make sure to share other content. Plussers are huge believers on if you share their content they’ll share yours. It’s the best way to build your circles and to learn the most.

  • Laurie @ Simply Creating Home


    Wonderful tips! I’m still trying to find my way around G+ so I appreciate your insights!

  • Elise


    Great post, thanks for sharing!

  • Debbie


    Oh no, I’ve been doing things all wrong! I’d better smarten up, I need to memorize this post so I don’t forget these awesome tips. I do need to find time to read and comment…I’m feeling overwhelmed right about now. So much to remember, so much to do…
    Thanks Jenny, I’ll get it right…one day, real soon!
    Debbie :)

    • Jenny Melrose


      Don’t get overwhelmed Debbie. Start with the first few tips for yourself and then become a good plusser within the community with the last couple of tips. Once you get used to it, it won’t seem so overwhelming. I promise!

  • Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes


    Great tips, Jenny! Thank you for sharing :)

  • Janie


    Brilliant post – THANK YOU (Or should that be *THANK YOU* :)
    Every single tip was useful to me!
    Janie x

    • Jenny Melrose


      You’re making me *BLUSH*. Thanks so much Janie for leaving such a sweet comment!

  • Carli


    I have Pinterest and Twitter figured out but Google+ and sometimes Facebook are still a loss for me. Thanks so much for the help! I had no idea that there were communities! Must join. :)

  • Bev


    Awesome tips! Thanks so much for sharing, I will definitely be making some changes to how I used Google+ for my business.

    Happy Sharefest!

  • Natasha


    Thank you so much for these great tips Jenny!!
    I’m going to start using them,

    Natasha @ http://www.serenityyou.com

  • Kim


    Awesome… I am definitely going to start trying these. I’ve never had much luck with Google+

    • Jenny Melrose


      The biggest thing to remember Kim is that you may not see direct referrals from G+, but it’s helping your SEO so your organic referrals from google will go up.

  • Mindi


    Thank you for posting this. I’m new to social media and now I don’t feel like I’m blogging blindly.

    • Jenny Melrose


      I’m glad I could help Mindi! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Feel free to subscribe for free so that these types of tips will be dropped right in your inbox. I’ll be sharing another set of tips on social media on Friday so you won’t want to miss it.

  • cmckane


    Hi Jenny another great list! I love G+ but have rarely done #1 so I’m going to give that a try. Hashtags are a great way to interact with a larger crowd on G+. I participate in photo and writing tags do you know any good blogging memes over there?

    • Jenny Melrose


      I don’t actually know about any blogging memes on G+. You’d probably love the series over on Sarah by the Sea though. http://www.sarahbythesea.com She sends out a newsletter with writing prompts. Let her know that I sent you. She’s fabulous!

  • Mindi


    This was helpful. Thank you for posting it

  • Susan @ Oh My! Creative


    Great tips! I pinned it too!

  • Michelle@yagottahaveahobby


    I’m new to this blogging thing (it’s my THIRD week) and just recently set up a G+ account. I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m glad I found these tips so I can start out the right way. Thank you!

    • Jenny Melrose


      Michelle,
      I’m so glad I could help. The beginning of blogging can be so overwhelming. I’d love for you to subscribe for free via email so that you can have tips like these dropped right in your inbox. Feel free to email me if you run into questions.

  • Angela at A Typical English Home


    Found this post via the Inspiration Gallery Link Party and I’m so glad I did. I set up a G+ profile to give myself another way to connect with my readers but still have no idea how G+ works *blushes*.

    Will bookmark this post, I really need it! Thank you :-)

    • Jenny Melrose


      Angela, I’m glad that you found the article and found it helpful. I find that social media can be the most time consuming portion of blogging because I get sucked in. I’ve wasted numerous hours playing around and what I was doing wasn’t even necessarily effective. If you run across any questions, please feel free to ask. The post was actually part of series on social media so feel free to subscribe for free so that the you can get the latest updates dropped right in your inbox.

  • Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life


    Boy am I glad I found your site (from the Today’s Creative Blog link party). This series that you are posting on is marvelous. Thank you so much. I, like some of the other commenters, am a new blogger and I’m just starting to figure out the social media so I really appreciate the information you are sharing. I am going to subscribe, for sure. I do have a question about the hashtag. Is it just a # right before the category or tag? What exactly is it’s purpose? And where would I use it? These are probably basic questions but I haven’t heard of hashtag before. Thanks again.

    • Jenny Melrose


      Lori, I’m so glad I could help. Hashtags are important because it helps search engines find you. So if you put together a Valentine’s Wreath and pin it, if someone does a search for Valentine’s wreaths and those were hashtags then your pin will get pulled up. It’s all about making it easier to be found. The hashtag should go right before your category so it would look like #valentines #wreath. Each word gets it own hashtag. The hashtags are important for pinterest and G+. Facebook doesn’t have any way of searching through your posts so it’s not worth it there. Feel free to email me if you run across any questions.

      • Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life


        Thank you, Jenny. This morning I went in to my Pinterest boards and edited my posts to include the hashtag! So yay, I’m progressing, thanks to you. Are you going to be including a post on Twitter with this series? That’s another weak link of mine.

        • Jenny Melrose


          I will Lori. This week will be Facebook and then next week will be Twitter. I’m so glad it’s helping.

  • Mindi


    I am just getting started on Google+ so your post came at a great time.

  • Melissa-TheHappierHomemaker/SoYouWannaBeaBlogger


    Fantastic post Jenny! I have it set up to feature on So You Wanna Be a Blogger tomorrow morning! Thanks for submitting and please feel free to submit any other articles in the future!

  • Kelly@ Here Comes the Sun


    I’ve got a question about sharing public versus sharing to your circles. I always select public and then the appropriate circles. Does this mean than the people in my circles get an email every time I post to G+? YIKES! I’ve never meant to spam anyone. Should I just share to public? I thought that only time an actual email was sent was if you check the “send email” box.

    • Jenny Melrose


      Kelly – If the people in your circle have their G+ accounts set up to send them a notification when someone shares in their circles then they’re getting an email. It all depends on how they have their notifications set up with G+. I only post public, unless there’s something that I think one of my circles would highly benefit from. It can seem spammy though. Many people are unaware that this is happening when they post to their circles so you’re definitely not alone.

  • Terrie


    Hi Jenny,
    I’ve got my G+ account and a page for my blog. Is it best to post as my blog page or as me?
    Thanks for all the info!!

    • Jenny Melrose


      It’s best to build up your personal account and slowly add your blog page in. I have both as well. I’ve found that more people want to interact with me, rather than my blog. Someone said it well today that people like your blog because they like you. Make sure that you have an actual picture of yourself for your personal page and apply for authorship with G+ if you haven’t already done so.

  • Frances


    I did not know any of this. Thank you so much for the great information. I hope to apply all of it! I am going to pin it right now!!

    Take care,
    Frances @
    http://www.notionswithnonny.com

  • Jen


    Thank you so much!!!!! I got authorship thanks to you, but I am confused about something. When you click G+ on someone’s blog you like, you get that drop down menu to choose where you want them to go. I have been choosing “following” but should I be adding them to a circle instead so they see me too? What is the difference?
    Thank you for everything!
    Jen

    • Jenny Melrose


      Jen, I use the drop down menu to group,people based on interest. When I first started I did following as we’ll, but by putting them into interest I can filter my feed for just that interest. In other words, if I’m just in the mood for food I can change my news feed to just show me my foodie friends. You can also have people in multiple circles, which I definitely do. I hope this helps.

      • Jen


        That’s perfect, I just wanted to make sure it didn’t mean something more :-)

  • Desiree @ YourCraftyFriend


    Thanks so much for this post I learned so much, mostly what I was doing wrong hehehe.

    • Jenny Melrose


      I found new things out daily. As long as you’re there trying then you’re ahead of the game. Feel free to email me or connect with me on G+ if you run into questions.

  • Marie Oliveira


    Agh!! I’ve been spamming people! I had no idea! Thank you so much for this article. Great tips!

    • Jenny Melrose


      So many people do it that most don’t even notice. You want to post public though so that your posts are searchable. You also need to make sure to get authorship asap, if you haven’t already done so.

  • Jacqueline Jordan


    As a newbie, I found this very informative and am bookmarking it to read again and also to keep abreast of new articles. Thanks for the wonderful tips.

    • Jenny Melrose


      If you run into any questions, please feel free to contact me. I also moderate a community on G+, Social Media Exploration, that is a great forum to ask any questions social media related.

  • Jaime


    Wonderful and *motivating* post. Most don’t give two squeeks about a new social presence until it’s too late! Authorship and G+ are the future and you relayed it in a beautiful way.

    • Jenny Melrose


      Thanks so much Jaime. I honestly have to say that I love G+. I love the fact that it’s not just about promoting your own stuff, but about making connections across niches that you wouldn’t have the opportunity to reach on other social networking sites.

  • Kim


    Jenny, I found you from the party at Six Sisters, I loved your placemats so I kept clicking and I LOVE these tips, as I am new to blogging and G+. Thanks for the helpful hints, they really make a difference, especially to a newbie! :)

    • Jenny Melrose


      If you run into any questions, feel free to email me. I also offer a free social media checklist to all of my email subscribers so feel free to sign up for free.

  • Elena Ferdinand


    Great tips! I always appreciate posts like this! I pinned this to my blogging board! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have a fantastic Tuesday :o)

  • lflaute96


    This was helpful. Thank you so much!!!!!!

  • S.B. Jones-Hendrickson


    “Excellent article”

  • Igor


    As much as you think of it it’s a much more effective when you read about it. I must say, these are, by far, the most useful tips I found about some specific topic in quite some time now. So simple, yet so effective. Thank You for these hints – they will really speed up the process.

    Thanks and have fun!

  • Kriss MacDonald


    Brilliant list of tips. I have one question – on the whole I post publicly but I often share posts or articles to a community I’m a member (not a circle) if I think this it’s relevant to just that community – do you have any extra pointers about this?

  • Leila Woof


    Thank you for the information you are posting. I am a creative person, not a computer person, and thee is a lot to learn here. http://artfulcheesewiz.blogspot.com/

  • Stephanie @ Hugs, Kisses and Snot


    Awesome tips! I’ve been using the link button to add my link because, well, it is there. I had no idea the pic would be so much bigger! Love it. Thank you

  • Jodie @ Jodies Kitchen


    I just loved the great info.But now I have lots of work to do.All those thumbnail pics..But so much more I have to learn from you,I guess one step at the time.Wish I would have found you before I got started.Thanks bunches.

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    Agreed! That would be immensely helpful!
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