How to Use Google+

Introduction to Google+

Google+ is a social networking experience that is rich is many different features. From instant, real-time updates to sharing a post from almost any of Google’s various application, the features I will cover in this tutorial can make your Google+ experience all the more meaningful to your social media efforts.  If you are mew to web design and affiliate marketing, one of the first things you will learn is how important it is to connect with others online through social media marketing.  You can learn more from my tutorial on How to Create a Social Media Marketing Plan.google+

Some Cool Things to Think About with Google+

  1. Unlike Facebook, there are no advertisements displayed over Google’s social network platform, making the load time faster and overall keeping Google+ users from getting confused and frustrated with all of the ads.  I know this is one of my favorite things about Google+
  2. Google+ can boost your SEO profile. You may have noticed that with some search terms, Google+ profiles and posts will come up before any other link from any other social media platform.
  3. Google+ can improve your search ranking
  4. Google+ was launched in June 2011 as an invite only service, then went public in September 2011. Just think of how much they have grown since then.
  5. Google+ is the most male-oriented of the major social networks (68% male verse 32% female). Being a woman, this puts me in the minority but I am okay with that.

Follow the Steps

Follow along the steps outlined here to learn how to better use Google+

Adding Circles within Your Google+

You can create circles and add people to your Circles. Click on People on the left-hand column on the Google+ screen to access the Circles feature. people-add-circles
Click on the New Circle link along the top.   new-circle
Name Your Circle and Click Create  Name Your Circle and Click Create

Real-Time Home Stream

Your home stream in Google+ is where you view posts that other people have shared. To populate your home stream with content that’s most interesting to you and that involves your niche, follow some Collections or join some Communities to start seeing relevant content in your home stream. You might also see recommended content, which is popular content Google thinks you might like.

You can see your home stream by selecting Home in the Google+ menu on the left hand side.

You have the option to like, comment, re-share, mute or report any post you see in your home stream.

Click to see Home Stream

Follow and Create Collections in Google+

You can use Collections to organize posts based on your interests and niche. For example, you can follow a collection of posts about affiliate marketing. You can follow other people’s Collections based on your niche, so your home stream includes content you wish to see. Collections help you share content with people you are a part of the same niche you are. When you make a Collection, you choose who can see that Collection. People can choose to follow specific Collections of yours, so no one sees posts that do not interest them.

To access Collections, click on Collections on the left hand side navigation menu. Click to access collections
You can create a collection by clicking on the Create A Collection button.

You may need to switch over to the Yours tab along the top.

 Create a Collection
To Create a Collection, after clicking on the Create a Collection button, you will see a form to Create a Collection.

You can choose to make the collection public or within specific circles or you can create a custom list to share the collection with.

 Fill out this form to create a collection in Google+

Follow and Create Communities

Just as with following and creating Collections on Google+, you can create and follow Communities.  The difference between Collections and Communities is that Collections have to do with content and Communities have to do with people.

To access Communities, click on the Communities link on the left-hand side: Click to Access Communities
You have the ability to view the recommended communities Google thinks you might like as well as communities you may already belong to.

If you have been invited to join any communities, you will see those invitations under Recommended.

You can either choose to accept or deny those invitations.

An example of what you might see is shown here to the right….

 Communities that you been invited to through Google+
 Under Yours tab along the top, you have the option to Create a Community.

As you can see, Communities works similar to Collections.

 Create a Communikty

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Steph Hill

Greetings! It is a pleasure to meet you. My name is Stephanie and the aim of this website is to help newcomers to the field of internet marketing by providing free easy-to-follow tutorials, product reviews and resources. I hope you find the information useful and down-to-earth. My background is in librarianship, technical writing, special education, software training and web design. Please leave a comment with your questions and I will be happy to answer them.

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10 thoughts on “How to Use Google+

  1. Hey steph love the training about google plus, I think there are misconception about Google+ but you have clearly made it possible for anyone to start work and growing their circle. Thank again.

    1. Hi Anthony:

      Thank you for checking out my tutorial on Google+ and thank you for the compliment. It is my hope that everything I explained makes sense. Have a great day!

      Steph

  2. Thanks for preparing this tutorial, Steph…it answered the questions I had about Google+ but never thought of asking anyone. I do have one other question though…what is the easiest way to transfer a blog I wrote over to G+? I tried to copy/paste one but the images got deleted. And, is there a limit to how often or how many posts we can put on G+?

    1. Hi Karen:

      Pleasure meeting you. I am glad you found the tutorial of G+ to be useful. To answer your first question on what is the easiest way to transfer a blog over to G+, I m not sure I understand the question. G+ is a social media platform and not a web server where you can host websites. I do have web hosting reviews you can check out to find which one would best fit your budget and needs. As far as any limits on how many posts you put on G+ and how often, I do not know if there is any limit, but the important thing to remember is you do not want to appear to be a spammer. You do not have to post so often that G+ suspends your account because you have been labelled as a spammer. Make sure your content is up to par and there are no grammar errors and you do not put direct affiliate links into G+. Place affiliate links throughout your article and post a link to your article in G+. I hope that makes sense and answers some of your questions.

      Sincerely,
      Steph

  3. Wow Steph! Who recognized that there was so much in G+ networking , sharing, and branding. Thank you for this on-time information…much appreciated.

    1. Hi Della:

      I know what you mean. There is so much involved with G+. Google thinks of everything don’t they? Thank you so much for visiting my website and I hope you come back soon and check out my other tutorials. Have a wonderful day!

      Sincerely,
      Steph

  4. Very good article about Google Plus. Thanks. Many people think that Google Plus is a failed copy of Facebook, but from your article I can see that Google Plus has some advantages that over Facebook and some good things that Facebook doesn’t. And of course, Google Plus is very important for search engine optimization.

    1. Hi Kristof:

      Thanks for stopping today and visiting my website. Yes Google+ and Facebook are two completely different social media platforms and I really believe that in order to grow yourself in the field of Online Marketing, you need to start utilizing Google Plus more. It is indeed a great way to boost your SEO too, like you said.

      Steph

  5. I have already been a member of Google + but have not added a collection and community on my page. I have been thinking of adding these on my page. After reading your tutorial about its advantages, I will have to make one now. Your article is very informative. Thank you!

    1. Hi Deljar:

      I am glad my article was very helpful to you. Thank you for visiting today. Have a great day!

      Sincerely,

      Steph

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