5 Reasons Why You Need to Be on Google + {A Little R & R Wednesdays – A Linky Party #67}

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Wow! It is so good to be back!

And I’m back to share with you something I have been working on for several months…

Google +

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!
2. Community
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!
4. Circles
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.
5. Google
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:

3 Ways to Use Google+ to Increase Search Rankings

 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
4. Visit the post just before yours
The party runs through next Tuesday evening!
So have FUN!

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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 and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. 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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20 Responses

  1. stasia08 says:

    Love this… with so many social media outlets, google plus is one I have honestly almost ignored. This will give me a starting point! :)

  2. Debbie says:

    Thanks so much for hosting!

  3. Hmm, interesting post Roz. Well with you creating the Christian Bloggers Community and it driving traffic to my sites, I have to say you’ve made a good case for Google+. I’ll be paying more attention from now on !

  4. Gentle Joy says:

    I have recently realized this and I would agree…. it helps to increase views, visitors, visibility, etc. Thank you for sharing this.

  5. Michelle Westbrook says:

    Thanks for hosting this linkup! and the post on Google+. I have a G+ account but I don’t do much with it yet. Your post was very helpful.

  6. Trish says:

    Hi Rosilind,
    It is nice to see you back. I am probably late…huh? Thanks so much for the party. I have definitely got to change your URL…I keep for getting. Have an awesome weekend.

  7. Lux says:

    Rosilind, I have been in Google+ since it started, but I have just recently discovered that it’s a much better social media tool for bloggers. I’m glad you pointed this out here.

    Also, I’ll be joining this linky party of yours! Great ideas you have.

    May you be more blessed so you can bless more people. :)

  8. Thank you so much for linking up and joining. Yes, it is such a great SEO tool…I love that!!

  9. Thank you! No – you are never too late. New linkups show at the top – so its never too late (until Tuesday – and then you can link up the next day. lol!)

  10. Thank you for linking up. I’m glad the post was helpful to you.

  11. Yes – it is an amazing too. I’m glad to have you in the community

  12. I am SOOOOOO glad for that feedback, @Gertrude Nonterah ! Thank you!!!

  13. Thank you, @Candace Creates ! I’m glad you joined our community.

  14. Thanks for faithfully linking up @Debbie

  15. I will post more tips later on how to use it effectively. I’m glad this was helpful to you.

  16. Thanks for all of the great tips! <3

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