And I’m back to share with you something I have been working on for several months…
If you are not active on Google +, you need to be – and I’ll tell you why you should not be ignoring this very important social media site
5 Reasons Why You Need to Be on Google +
1. Better SEO
Yep! You read that right. Google + improves your SEO. Those +1s we all sort of turned our noses up at are not at all like Facebook “likes” – passive nods at someone’s post. No, no, no – they are not passive at all! +1 ones actively give your post a nice Google boost! So, when you’re on Google +, liberally “+1″ your friends’ posts – they will be grateful you did!
If there is anything I have discovered, it is that Google + is about community. It is not like Facebook, where you can spam and people just look the other way. Google + users carefully guard their sense of community – which makes it a haven for bloggers who have a strong sense of give-and-take.
3. Make a presence
Google + is still a fairly small platform when compared to Facebook, which makes it a great opportunity for bloggers who are wanting to create a presence. And yet, Google + should not be patronized. A lot of world-famous brands use Google + for marketing – because they know what works!
Circles are one of the better features about Google +. If you want to target niche blogs, you can place them in a circle and post directly to them. This also makes it easier to follow bloggers in your niche without being bogged down with a bloated timeline.
Simply put – Google + is Google – the behemoth of the Internet. Every blogger wants to be on Google’s good side – and this is how to do it!
What not to do as a Google + user:
1. Spam communities
Communities are like Facebook groups. As I said earlier, Google + users protect their sense of community and the give-and-take it promotes. They don’t like spammers. So if you leave a blog post, be sure to at least +1 a post, or better yet, leave a kind comment and share it with others.
2. Email those in your circles
When you’re about to post to your timeline, you have the option to send to certain circles. Included in this option is a box you can check “Also send an email to ____”. Don’t click that. Just don’t. Please. This is the fastest way to be blacklisted as a Google + user.
What to do as a Google + user:
1. Give a lot of attention to your profile.
Think of your profile as a direct extension of your blog. You can add links – so take liberties with that. There is a place to add where you contribute to as a writer, you can add more websites, and all sorts of pertinent information. This is not something you should ignore!
Here are some articles you need to read to educate yourself on the importance of Google + to your success as a blogger:
Let me introduce you to a new community I started on Google +. You are welcome to join the over 150 bloggers who have gathered to help encourage and promote one another.
One of the features you will notice, that also gives Google + a boost, is that the communities have categories that you can post to. This is a nice way to organize the content there – so you can immediately find what you are looking for. To join us, click the graphic above, or click here.
It is time to party!!!!
Here are the “rules”
1. Link up as many posts as you’d like (even giveaways!)
2. Link up old posts you wish would have received more attention!
3. Link back here by posting my button in your post or sidebar – or with a link
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Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her Bosnian hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles, good coffee and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. Her passion for writing led her to author her best-selling book The Missional Handbook. At A Little R & R she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. You can also find her at Missional Call where she shares her passion for local and global missions. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.
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