Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tips for Using Google Plus at #GrowingCirclesHop

This week we're sharing some G+ Tips at Growing Circles Hop, because we want to be sure you know the benefits and how powerful it can be when used.

This week we're starting off by answering this question:
What is a +1 on Google Plus?
What's the purpose? What does it do for me?

Simply put, a +1 on Google Plus is very similar to like a facebook "like." When you click the +1 button, you're telling the online world that it's something of interest to you, and maybe others will want to check it out too.

Unlike facebook, though, when you give something a +1, it's not shared with friends and followers as a status update. Your +1's are saved in your Google+ profile and displayed for everyone to see there (if you have this setting activated in your preferences in your Google+ Settings). These +1's will also be seen in the home feed of people that have you in their circles, if google thinks it might interest them.

In a nutshell, if someone gives your post a +1, your post now has the potential to be recommended by others. If a G+ user with a large number of circles gives your post a +1, there's a possibility of your post being seen by all, or at least some, of their circles (which also very well could be a whole new audience for you).

So, to wrap up our Week 1 session, here's a quick (less than a minute) video to explain further.

As a blogger, these +1's can give your post a major boost, not just within Google+. When a post of yours has +1's, it shows that it's being viewed and that people value your content. The more you have, the more your post can be seen by others, and the more people will want to click on your link to read the full post! But, as we'll explain in later weeks of our G+ tips, a post doesn't necessarily have to have +1's in order to be seen either (hope that got your attention!).

Sarah is one of our regular #GrowingCirclesHop participants joining our party, and she recently shared a blog post about reasons for bloggers to love Google Plus. We wanted to share it with you today.

Number 1 on Sarah's list of reasons:
Google Plus can be great for building your traffic from search engines!
This reason alone should be peaking your interest as a blogger. We all want traffic to our blogs, right?

Read the full post here, and read why else bloggers should love Google+: 
6 Reasons for Bloggers to Love Google Plus,
by Sarah Fuller

Now for our usual party!!!
Our Party Hashtag Feature Post
will return in a few weeks, but keep using BOTH the linky and the hashtag!

Would you like to Co-Host with us?
We need your help!
Send an email to 2justByou(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "G+ Hop Co-Host" in the subject line and include your blog and G+ links for consideration. We'd love to have you!


To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pagesOR -- you can link up a specific G+ post of yours - but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag, or enter "growingcircleshop" in the search box at the top. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 and/or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles! Be social. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Mommy Mentionables

Throughout the next 12 hours, check back on G+ and +1 posts with the hashtag #growingcircleshop.

Google+ Tips

The real participation comes with sharing a blog post to G+ using the party's hashtag and engaging with others who are also sharing posts from this party. Interaction and engaging with others on G+ will bring you the most success! 
Help spread the word and invite your friends to the Party!
LINK UP below!!! You can now link up your G+ profile page -OR- you can link up a specific G+ post that you've already publicly shared using our party hashtag!  

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romanescu sinziana said...

Thanks for hosting!

SFord said...

Hi Kim! I want to give this a shot; do I need to add ALL of the hosts to my circles? You're there, obviously.

SFord said...

I am there a G+ community for this that I need to join (Cannot find it in search), or am I supposed to join this blog??

SFord said...

And, lastly, is this only for those with blogs?? I'm looking thru search, via the hashtag and am not seeing online shops like myself, but bloggers.

Lana L. said...

So glad you're sharing this info. I love Google + but I don't think I'm using it to it's full potential!

Journeys of The Zoo said...

I'm a huge fan of Google+. More so than Facebook. Thanks for letting me link up and meet some new people.

Besos, Sarah
Journeys of The Zoo

2justByou said...

@SFord - I emailed you directly to answer your questions in depth. Thank you for joining us!

Heaven Smiling said...

Thanks, Kim. What a fun party! Better than a regular linky party!

Marieken Hoefnagel said...

Thanks for explaining, this part of Google is still somewhat of a mystery to me :-)

Miss Val's Creations said...

Great explanation of +1. Google + was really confusing to learn.

Melissa at said...

Thanks for posting this. I always forget to use Google +. This is a great reminder!