Google+ Tips & Tricks: A Round-Up

Google+ Tips and TricksBy now you’ve probably heard of the next big thing in social networking: Google Plus (aka Google+ and G+.)  

Everyone seems to have a preference when it comes to social networks.  Me?  I’m a Twitter girl.  My husband spends most of his online time on Instagram and Pinterest.  Most of my real life friends use Facebook exclusively.

I first heard of Google+ when Leigh Kramer mentioned it in one of her monthly What I’m Into posts.  It took me another month or so to actually check it out.  

You see, I kept hearing about how important it is for writers and bloggers to get established on the network.  So I figured I’d set up a profile over there.  That was about two months ago, and since then I’ve morphed into a real Google+ evangelist.  

Today I’m rounding up the articles and blog posts that have helped me find my way around Google+.  

Why do you need to be on Google+? 

Seven Ways Writers Can Build Online Authority with Google+

Social Media for Writers: Google+

Why Your Blog Needs Google +1s and How to Get Them

The Power of a Share and Why Google+ is Boss

Set up a page (in addition to your personal profile):

Google+ is similar to Facebook in that you can connect a page for your business or blog to your personal account.

There is some debate about whether or not a separate business page is necessary for writers and bloggers.  I opted not to create a separate page and instead do all my Google plussing from my personal account.  

Of note:  I use Buffer to schedule tweets, and just last week, Buffer added the option to post to Google+.  Here’s the catch:  you can only buffer posts to a Google+ page, not to a personal account.  So, if you want to buffer your posts, you’ll need a page.

How to Create a Google+ Page for Your Blog or Business

Create a cover image:

How to Create An Easy Google+ Cover Photo Using PicMonkey 

Set up Google Authorship:

Once your Google+ profile is set up, you’ll need to add Google authorship to your blog.  This step is a little on the technical side, but don’t skip it.  This is the crux of why you’re on Google+.  You need to do this.  And it’s fairly simple with these instructions:

How to Add Google Authorship to Your Blog 

Tips for posting on Google+:

4 Tips to Help Format Text on Google+ (Infographic)

The Anatomy of a Perfect Google+ Post

How to Write for the Google+ Audience: The Basics

How Google+ and Pinterest Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

How to Use Google+ As a Blogger *

* Pay special attention to what Kelly says about posting large versus small images – I’ve found that larger images get significantly more +1s and comments than smaller ones.

General tips and tricks:

64 Google+ Content Strategies

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Google Plussers

Google+:  The Definitive Getting Started Guide

Google+ Tips 

I’d love to know what you think about Google+. Are you using it?  Do you like it?

You can find me on Google+ here. Circle me, and I’ll circle you back.

Comments

  1. Awesome roundup! Thanks for including my post as well from the bloghang out :D
    Nicolette Roux @ Powerful Mothering recently posted…Recycle CD/DVD with PlayMy Profile

  2. Holy smokes, I’m going to have to come back to read more! Thanks for sharing so much valuable info!

    Following from the GYB hop :)

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  3. Alex Garcia says:

    Great collection of useful articles. Thanks!

  4. Oh dear! I have been trying like crazy to avoid adding one more social networking site to my life but you make a pretty compelling argument!
    Stacey recently posted…StillnessMy Profile

    • Stacey, I think the general consensus is to pick two or three platforms and work on developing your presence there. For me, that’s Twitter and Google+. I spend a few minutes on Instagram and Pinterest every few days, but that’s pretty much it. No Facebook for me … yet. My feelings about that are probably very similar to yours about G+ or an additional network in general!

  5. Wow! I am not sure I am ready to manage 3 platforms, but I am hearing a lot of postitve things about Google+. I am going to keep this info just in case. Nor now I am Facebook and Twitter only.

  6. Thanks so much for all the tips! I’ve really enjoyed using G+ for the past few months, but there is still SO much to learn… I found you through SITS Sharefest. Have a great weekend!

  7. Thanks for these tips! Totally pinning as I try to get Google+ under control for me!
    Lydia recently posted…He’s not shy…My Profile

  8. I love the look of google+, actually find it much more visually appealing that Facebook, but I’m still struggling with learning how to use it. This collection of tips is awesome. I’ve already bookmarked a couple and have (hopefully correctly) set up my google authorship. So glad I stopped by from SITS Sharefest!
    Mo at Mocadeaux recently posted…Jewish New Year Fairy TaleMy Profile

  9. Thanks for the additional information. I have been using Google+ for the past month now spending more time on it than the other social sites, I’m getting better feedback on Google + than FB. Was hesitant on going to FB but people kept saying it was needed I would eventually move away from FB, I don’t see it beneficial to me right now. Your post has been extremely helpful.

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