Over the past six months I have taken on the Google+ as a new form of social media. I still learn something new just about everyday, but I definitely feel I’m on the road to Conquering Google+ and I want to help you get there as well.
I was intrigued by all that I was hearing about it back in July and decided to create a personal and blog page. At that time I was on blogger and created a tutorial that walked you through how to set up a blog page in Google+. You can find the tutorial here if you’re interested in creating a page just for your blog. You need to have personal page before you can create a blog page and it is absolutely essential that you gain authorship through Google. In order to do this, you need to use your real name and an actual photograph of yourself. You cannot use an avatar or button. The reasoning is that with authorship, anything you write will be linked to your profile when a search is done. Your picture will also be associated with your search. Notice the green arrow pointing to my pretty photo. The blue circle lets you know how many people are in my G+ circles.
After attending Blogher NYC I realized the importance of G+. I had the opportunity to personally speak one on one with Lynette Young, who has over 1.5 million people following her on G+, about the importance that G+ will play in the future. She assured me that investing the time and energy into G+ would only be beneficial for me. Not only have my circles grown on G+, but my overall page rank during a search has improved as well. After Blogher I learned some Quick Tricks in G+. I also translated G+ by making a comparison between G+ and both Facebook and Twitter. My Social Media Influence post makes it easy for people who are fluent in Facebook and Twitter to make the leap to G+.
My most popular and thorough post about G+ is the 8 Tips to Maximize your Google+ Presence. If you’re already on G+ and wondering how to use it to your benefit more efficiently then this is the post for you. There are certain ways to post within G+ that have made a distinct difference in their influence.
There is so much that you are missing if you’re not on G+. The most recent addition to G+ are communities. Communities allow like minded people to share and pose questions within their community of interest. I moderate a Social Media Exploration Community that keeps our members up to date on all things social media.
Communities are a perfect opportunity to meet new people and perspectives that you might not have had an access to through other forms of social media. Something to keep in mind is that Google+ is all about interaction. It’s not about just promoting your posts. It’s an opportunity to grow by making connections with other people who share the same interests. Google+ also gives you access to Hangouts on Air, which are skype-like chats that you can make private or public. Public chats are a perfect opportunity to share information, while speaking one on one with multiple people in a chat.
Please feel free to ask any questions that you might have. I am happy to help. You can find me on G+ and as a lifestyle blogger I fall into a multitude of circles so feel free to add me to the one that works best for you.Conquering Google+ by Jenny Melrose