Last week I had the opportunity to attend BlogHer ’12 in NYC. This was my first conference and I felt like an absolute newbie. Thanks to Twitter I knew of some ladies that were attending. I was able to rub elbows with Kelly from Live Laugh Rowe, Alissa from Rags to Stitches, Tauni the founder of SNAP and Cheryl from Tidy Mom! I took full advantage of the opportunity and asked so many questions that I reminded myself of my two year old. I also reconnected with a classmate that is none other than Sarah from Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She was one of the many talented speakers at the conference!
There were so many things that I got out of the conference that I can’t wait to go to my next one. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for SNAP, just don’t tell the hubs. Winks! The biggest and most important thing I learned is the importance of …
Don’t huff at me. It’s true. I know we like to believe that “there’s no one there” and “it’s a ghost town”. That’s not it! It’s just that WE haven’t jumped in yet. There are close to 5 million people using G+ and it’s thought that it will overtake Facebook by next year! Do I have your attention now?! If you haven’t already created a personal page or a business page for your blog here’s a step by step tutorial. Once you’re there, here are some tips to help you navigate your way through.
1. Lynette Young said it best. “You can’t dump and run.” Google+ is about building a community within your interest. Lately, I’ve heard a ton of bloggers talking about growing their community. Well, here’s the chance and it’s not just about building it with the people that you already know. The absolute best way to find people in G+ is to search according to your interest. In other words, in the search at the top throw in #recipes. You’ll get posts from people that have shared something about recipes. You can then add those people to a “Foodie” circle.
2. Once you’ve added someone they will be notified that you’ve added them and they can decide to add you to a circle or not. Most people add if you’re contributing to the discussion. Are you starting to see why you can’t dump and run? When you see a post that you’re interested in you can +1 it, add a comment and share it. The way to look at it is +1=you like it, adding a comment=why you like it and sharing it=you love it. You can also +1 comments that people make on your posts.
3. +1, comments and shares all = increased searchability by GOOGLE. Isn’t that what we’re all after. If someone types in minnie mouse birthday party, I want my Minnie Mouse Birthday Party to be the first link that they see. Lynette said it perfect again, “Google loves google.” So if it’s of interest in Google+ it gets more weight than something of interest in Facebook!
4. You can’t just go in and dump your own content. We need to share others! I’m making it a point this week to share at least one link from my Whimsy Wednesday link party. Again, it comes back to building a community.
5. When you do share something there are a couple key things to remember. Include hash tags! It’s just easier to find. Use the link button for the url of the site. It just looks better! Make sure to use @ before someone’s name so you let them know you’re giving them credit for something. You can do the same thing in comments that you make.
We want to talk about building community, but can we walk the walk. We as lifestyle bloggers need support each other and get our content into Google+. If you want to add people that are lifestyle bloggers, head over to In the Old Road. She and various other bloggers hosted a Google+ Blog Hop that closes tomorrow to add your link, but you can still see who is trying to take an active role in Google+. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I’m on Google+, are you?
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