How to Grow Your Google+ Following

September 26, 2013 by Jenny Melrose

For many people G+ is overwhelming.  It works differently than Facebook and there’s all sorts of rules to follow.  Plus, it’s difficult to find people I know.  I’m here to tell you that I’m going to bust all of those myths and to top it all off I’m going to show you how to grow your Google+ following organically.

How to Grow Your Google+ Following

How to Grow Your G+ Following

Let me guess you were vigorously shaking your head yes to all those things I said.  I understand and I want to show you how amazingly interactive Google+ can be, which can only benefit you and your audience.  First things first, you need simple steps to post in G+ so be sure to check my 8 Tips to Maximize Your Google+ Presence.  It’ll have you set up to post effectively within G+.

Now, let’s get to How to Grow Your Following!

You need to find people that share the same interests as you so that you can create your circles.  You want to organize your circles based upon your interests.  So if you’re a foodie that loves the newest recipes then create a circle of foodies that share gorgeous images to their latest recipe creations.  In order to do this you can search by keywords.  So you might search for the keywords recipe or dessert.  This will bring up posts by people that are foodies.

dessert g+

After searching for desserts you might get something that looks like this.  So, now how do you determine which of these people to add to your foodie circle?  The first thing to take notice of is the size of the image.  The cake on the right, originally shared by Chef Dennis, is an example of a gorgeous image that was uploaded and posted to maximize it’s exposure.  The smaller image to the left is a simple link drop.  Someone simply typed in their link and ran.  There isn’t a description and that teeny tiny image isn’t the least bit appealing.


In order to find out more information about Chef Dennis, to figure out whether or not I should add him to my foodie circle, I hover my mouse on his name and his hover card pops up with all of his information.  I can quickly add him to a circle and as you can see from the screen shot, I already have Chef Dennis in two different circles and would highly recommend him as someone to add.

Now you’ve started creating your own circles of people that you want to follow and you’re wondering how to grow your G+ following. If you look in the above screenshot you’ll notice that Amy Locurto’s picture is above Chef Dennis’s original post.  That’s because she shared his post.  This is a fabulous way to have people add you to their circles.  When you share someone else’s posts you want to make sure to tag the person that you’re sharing and leave an interesting description.  To tag someone you just need to use the @ or + symbol before their name.

Another great way to get added to someone’s circle is to comment on their post.  You want to leave an authentic comment, rather than simply “that’s cute.”  You also want to tag them when you leave a comment because they’ll get a notification stating that someone has mentioned them and they are more likely to check out what is being said and then add that person to a circle.

Interaction is key on Google+ because every time someone comments on a post it brings that post back to the beginning of the stream. Not only does Google+ show all of your posts to people that have you circled, they also show it again when someone comments.  It’s the best of both worlds!

Now this is where I make my shameless plug to add ME to your circles, but I’m also going to tell you that you should add Kelly Dixon who is my partner in crime on G+.  Also, be sure to stop back here the first Saturday of every month for the Grow Your Google+ Circles Hop.  If you’d like to co-host, feel free to email me at russej10{at}gmail{dot}com.  Now go grow your circles!

Grow your Google+ Circles Hop




  • Chef Dennis

    Jenny, thank you so much for the kind words and for using me as an example. It makes me feel good to see when one of my friends listens to the advice many of give on how to succeed on G+, puts its to use and becomes very successful in their own rights!
    Your post really tells it like it is, and hopefully all those bloggers using excuses to not join G+ will realize they are just excuses and come join in the fun!

    • Jenny

      Thanks so much Chef Dennis. I’ve learned so much from you and your community on G+ that I have definitely seen the difference in the way in which I do things.

  • Dustin W. Stout

    Great advice Jenny!

    • Jenny

      Thanks so much Dustin!

  • Mike Roberts

    Thanks for all of the great tips! I see that you have a huge following on g+. how long did it take you to build it?

    • Jenny

      I’ve been on G+ for a little less than a year Mike. My following increased a great deal last Spring.

  • Linda @ With A Blast

    Excellent post, Jenny ! And, yes, I have Chef Dennis {also in more than one circle!] I have to admit, Facebook is not for me, the interaction is slow and not ongoing as is the case with Google+.

  • Amy @ Living Locurto

    Great tips here Jenny! Thanks for using me as a “good” example. I love the close community G+ is becoming. Reminds me of Twitter when it first started.

  • Janel@NellieBellie

    Great tips Jenny!! I’m going to try to implement these and see what happens!

  • Susan ~ Designs of Home

    I really enjoyed the information you gave, here. I am new to g+ and blogging and it is all so confusing. You put it in a way that made sense to me. Thanks so much !

  • Leigh

    As a newbie to Google + I appreciate this info and I look forward to you sharing your expertise more.

  • Krista @ the happy housie

    Thanks for sharing this! Pinned:)

  • Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

    Such great information! I think google + is a lot different than FB and a little different to get use to at first. It really helps to have great tutorials like this!

  • Noelle |

    Really useful, thanks! Didn’t know about the tagging in the comments…

    All the best!

  • titicrafty

    LOL you have no idea all I have done… I’ve been nosing your 8 tips you mentioned to catch up and follow all these instructions, when I realized it was 3:00 in the morning LOL I got so focused on this that I didn’t feel the time pass. Thanks so much for sharing all this!!!

    Cami @

  • Carrie This Home

    So glad I stopped by from Whimsy Wednesday! (#44 Homemade Laundry Detergent) I really don’t know much about Google plus so this was really helpful. Thanks for sharing your information!

  • Lynne

    Thanks so much for making it easier for a newbie like me to understand G+

  • Keren

    you are pretty much my little google + angel! I’ve got FB down.. but g+ has been a nightmare for me!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH for this!! I just added you under keren dukes BUT I want to add you with my free pretty things for you page.. how do I do that? every time I am logged in with my business page and I want to add someone, it automatically switches me back the keren dukes. Do you happen to know why?

    Sending you a Giant cyber hug!!!!

  • Keren

    another question.. should i be growing my keren dukes g+ or my FPTFY g+ page.. OR does it really matter?
    Thank you again!!

  • Adrienne @ Whole New Mom

    Great post, Jenny. Sorry to have so many questions, etc., but what do you think about these crazy circles going all over G+? Like “engagers” and “great G+ users” and “people into fitness” and such. Do we just ignore them or use them? They seem so spammy! Thanks!

    • Jenny

      It depends who shares the circle. If its someone that is an established plusser that you regard highly then I would say by all means add them. Otherwise I would most likely ignore it.

  • Marilyn Lesniak

    I just recently discovered you and your site and I read you every day. I have been on Google+ for a few years off and on, I don’t know what stopped me from coming aboard long before this. I launched my site on first thing, and I am glad I did. I find Google+ Superior to any other social media. Where I had been spending 8 hours a day reading posts on FaceBook and seeing the same people cross posting for each other, on Google+ it feels more like validation than just being in a “clique”. Here I feel I am learning, I get answers quickly, and I am taken seriously. My site has only been up 3 1/2 months, but it feels like ages. I have changed the order how I do things. I write some content for readers, then research, then spend a few hours commenting on posts and articles. I hope to gain some readers, subscribers, and commenters soon. I have seen an increase in my social media followers and that keeps me going.
    I love your site and point of view. Keep up the good work, i use your attitude to keep me going!

    • Jenny Melrose

      You just made my day! I am so glad that you are enjoying G+. It is definitely a community of people that are willing to go out of their way to interact with others. Having a schedule of tasks definitely helps me as well. Just remember not to be too hard on yourself and remember the reason why you started writing. It’s like anything else, if you lose that passion it loses it’s authenticity.

  • Brittany Quinn

    Great post I never really used Google plus much. Have you yourself seen good traffic from Google plus.

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