I’ve got a feeling this blog post is about to divide opinion. I’m a fan of Google+ and have used it more and more this year. I know though, that many people haven’t had the same relationship with Google+ that I have. One of my most frequent discussions on social media is why I use G+ – For the past 18 months there has been rumours (and then slightly stronger hints from Google themselves) that G+ will be disappearing. I completely understand why some people think its not worth the bother to get familiar with yet another social media channel but I’d like to share some of my G+ findings with you. Feel free to wade in with your thoughts but please be nice!
I get tons of interaction on my G+ posts and there’s so many ways to let someone know you like their post. You can G+ it (Its a bit like saying you ‘LIKE’ the post). You can share the post (It will show up on your profile, showing the sort of posts that you are interested in) or you can simply comment. I tend to find that when I comment it often leads to more followers.
I love the communities on G+ – There’s hundreds of them and you can tailor them to whatever you are interested in. I’m a member of 16 foodie communities alone – I know that if I searched, I could easily find another 16 within seconds. All the people in those communities are members because they’ve added themselves and are likely to be interested in your post too. There’s no adding your friends to bump up the numbers of your own community.
Each post has a photo attached to it that is a good size and is shared when you/someone else shares your post. There’s none of that annoying habit that Facebook has, of sharing a completely random picture from about 4 posts previous.
Ugh, the technical stuff that is the holy grail of all bloggers. Simply put, because G+ belongs to Google, they prioritise G+ posts, leading to better rankings. Each post gets its own Google ranking as they are seen to be separate than just one G+ account. All helps to attract readers to my blog.
Its quick to share
Once you get used to the layout, it can be really speedy to add your blog posts. The wheels behind G+ find your blog post really quickly once you input your link. Even quicker if you have a G+ share button already on your blog post (I use Shareaholic to display a G+ button above & below each post).
Sharing Other People’s Posts
Its not only a place to publicise your own post, I love to discover other blogs, read posts and often share them on G+ too. It’s quick, the other blogger gets to know you’ve visited and shared their post. Commenting is easy & there’s no nasty Capta either!
In just 2-3 minutes I shared my last post to a massive 343,037 people signed up to either my G+ feed or 8 of the communities I posted to. Within seconds, I was shared 6 times which never happens that fast on my Facebook page or Twitter feed.
G+ is reliable
Have you ever known G+ to go down? Its one of Google’s babies – One of the world’s biggest search engine is going to look after their own.
I get traffic galore from Google+ – Its my 3rd largest source of Traffic (after general Google searches and Pinterest). Even I was surprised when I discovered that a couple of months ago – That was after just 2 months of making a concerted effort to remember to share on G+.
Happily, there doesn’t seem to be any! I’ve never experience any Spam accounts following me, never get any annoying requests to share posts and no troll comments either. Its definitely my happy place
So there you have it – My quick guide to all that is good about Google+. Do you use it?
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