When Google+ rolled out, I was curious and quickly signed up to see what this newest social media platform was all about.
But, I have to admit, I quickly lost interest because it just seemed like yet another platform to keep up with. And the majority of people adding me to their circles at first all seemed to be spammers.
Plus, I was totally confused by it.
So, my account just sat there and I did nothing with it.
But at a session at Type A Con this past summer, I was inspired to start using it more often.
And while there is a ton you can do with Google+, I know learning a new platform can get overwhelming. So, I’m just going to challenge you to do two simple things to get started with Google+.
The first is something you can do without even heading over to your G+ account!
Share your posts on Google +
Share your blog posts(and any others that you find interesting) on Google Plus. You may already have a +1 button at the bottom of your posts, along with the other social sharing options. Take a look at the bottom of my post to see an example. Click on that. At the top, you add a comment about what you are sharing- use SEO-friendly search terms(for those of you who cringe when you hear SEO and want to run away screaming because you think it’s too hard- think of what terms you would use if you were searching for something like what you are sharing). You can also tag people/businesses by typing + and then their name- like the @ symbol on facebook or twitter.
Down at the bottom, you’ll select who you want to share it with.
When you are dealing with your blog posts, you want to share publicly.
Because Google+ is tied into search. So if someone is searching for a topic that you’ve shared publicly on G+, it can show up in their search- even if that person isn’t following you on Google+. Though if you are in their circles, your post will show up higher in their search.
By sharing a post publicly on Google+, you are giving it yet another way to be found. And it only takes a minute to do at the bottom of a post. Of course, spread the love and share others’ posts the same way you would facebook or tweet them.
Add People to Your Circles
Google+ is meant to be social, so yes, you need to add people to your circles. Keep in mind that even if you aren’t logging in all the time, the posts of people you have in your circles are more likely to show up when you do a search- and your posts in theirs.
Head over to your Google+ account. In the lefthand column, find “circles” and click on it. Then click on the “have you in circles” tab and add to your circles those you know who are already following you.
You can choose the names of your circles or add people to multiple circles. You can keep it simple by adding someone to a “friends” circle. Or you can have circles for “blogging” or whatever makes the most sense to you. Sometimes I’ll add someone to “Friends,” “Bloggers,” “Photography,” and “Mom Bloggers.” Keeping in mind there might be certain things that pop up that would only be of interest to the “mom bloggers” I follow. But don’t stress too much about what circles you are adding people to.
You can also add people by clicking on the “find people” tab or check out the “all suggestions” tab for more options.
Another way I like to find people to add is when I get a new follower notification, there are usually suggestions in it as to who else I might know, based on how many people we have in common in our circles. Google+ makes this super easy by allowing you to add people to your circles right from the email, without having to click over to G+.
While you’re adding people to your circles, don’t forget to add me, too! My google+ account.