Top 20 Amazing Google+ Tips

Google is not just about search engines, e-commerce tracking, keyword tools, and analytics. It is also about connecting people, businesses, and organizations.

“But isn’t that what social media is about”, you may ask. You are right; the multinational software and Internet corporation actually has an identity service and social networking – Google+.

Top google+ tips


If you know little about it, check out these interesting FACTS.

  • Its slogan is “Real-life sharing rethought for the Web”.
  • As of April 2012, it has around 170 million users.
  • The top three countries with the most users are the U.S., India, and the UK.
  • Approximately 20.01% of all the members are students, while the rest are professionals (e.g. software engineers, managers, consultants, etc.).
  • The top three celebrities with the most followers are Britney Spears (2.80 million), Snoop Dogg (2.45 million), and Ashley Tisdale (2.18 million).

Judging from this information, you can see that Google+ is a great platform for your business and advocates. Alternatively, you can use your profile only to communicate with other individuals from all over the world.

Well, whatever your purpose it; you should not ignore the fact that Google’s algorithms include social media content in search results. So, if you want to rank well in SERPs, join the network today or enhance your existing profile.

Whether you still need to sign up or you are a user already, learn to master the service’s features and functions through the following...

Google Plus Tricks


Convey your personal brand and express yourself through a tailored profile.



1. Do not check or provide any information on the “Current” employer field. This way, you can write a description about your work activities on the “Occupation” field. So, when other users point their cursor on your name (on their notifications or streams), they will notice a “Google card” with your occupation description, name, and profile photo.

2. Create a tagline for yourself and make it interesting, so you can grab the attention of several users. When you are able to do so, there is a high likely that these people will include you in their circle.

3. Place a profile photo. If you want, you can enhance it by putting decorations, text, effects, and basic edits. You can also re size it and improve its colors. Additionally, you can use Picasa to help you come up with an artistic visual story through your album pictures.

4. Make a mini-portfolio, which you can use to display your creations. Put your “Scrapbook” (the space for 5 images on your profile) to good use by creating an attractive header graphic.



If you have not tried uploading photos, it will look like this (see image below).



If this is the case, add pictures by clicking on “Add Photo”. But if you already have images, you can manage these using Picasa. You can also organize these to display the first five best photos.

5. Do not forget to add links. First, go to “Profile discovery” and check the box for “Help others discover my profile in search results”. By doing this, it will be easy for the other users to find you. Second, go to “Other profiles” to connect your Google+ profile to your other social pages.

Third, proceed to “Contributor to” and link to your blog site or business website. Finally, include other Web pages that you find most interesting. You can also link to your best content.


Manage your network through “Circles”.




6. Create circles for specific groups of followers, so it will not be difficult to organize your stream. Then, drag the most important to the top of your list, so the feeds from these people appear first.

7. Build circles for various topic themes (e.g. music, photography, fashion, etc.). You can use these to share Web content, which you can make possible by subscribing your followers to a topic circle that suits their interests.

8. Consider keeping all (or most) of your posts or content public to encourage non-followers to join your group. Doing this also helps your profile turn up in search results.

9. Make another circle for sharing content or bookmarking and then, include yourself to this group. Whenever you share here, always click the box “Notify” to mail your post.


Filter your stream on the Home page and move around easily using keyboard controls.


  
10. Use “K” to scroll up and “J” to check out one post to another.

11. Communicate with the other users, who are online, through the Chat widget on the right side of your homepage.

12. Click a specific post’s time stamp to view it on an entire webpage.



13. Start a name with “+” if you are going to mention a person in your comment or post. This way, you can create a hotlink to that user’s Google+ profile. Doing this will also send notifications to that individual.

14. Use text formatting for your posts by putting special symbols to a word or sentence. Some of these formats include the following:

_word_ = to italicize

- word – = to strike through or draw a line in the middle

*word* = to highlight or make the text bold

15. Add a published post with a poll and then, request the readers to click on the (+1) button to vote. You can add comments to cite the choices and then, you can choose “Disable Comments” from the post menu.

Share photos on your profile using Picasa


16. Share faster by dragging and dropping images straight from the Web or your computer.

17. Share an entire album to your profile from Picasa by selecting “Share”, which you can find at the right sidebar. Before doing this, go to Picasa and uncheck the box with “Notify” to keep from notifying your circles every time you add photos.

18. Change the name of an album (if you wish to) by clicking on its title. You can also modify viewing permission by selecting “Visible to”.

Use extensions and add-ons to boost your Google+ experience.


19. Take advantage of additional features that are compatible to your browser. You can find plenty of apps suitable for Google Chrome and Firefox. You can also use feed extensions to share your Plus posts to Facebook or Twitter.

Promote your profile by making a vanity URL.


20. Shorten your default URL and modify it by using a shortening tool.

As you can see, it is quite a long list. However, these are not the only things you can do to enhance your Google+ profile. If you want to learn other tips, take time to explore all its functions and features. Enjoy!

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About The Author

Emma Tomlinson is the Head of Retail at Smart Traffic, a UK—based private technology company composed of SEO specialists who provide search solutions to several clients.

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