I have been blogging seriously since 2008, however, seriously I am still learning, everyday there is something new. When I started I did not know the first thing about “social media”, I didn’t know about Twitter, Instagram, Facebook,Stumbleupon, Tumbler or any of the others. I just started blogging aimlessly just plunking out words, finding pretty pictures to share, maybe writing a post about something I made, adding a picture, sharing some household tips, you know what I mean, kinda like a diary of sorts. And I have built many blogs trying to get one just the right way, changing things up, banners, colors, topics and trying to figure out my niche. I’m still honing the niche but have decided that Lifestyle is best as I can shares things that are important to me. And with all of that and since 2008 social media has changed, drastically, which brings me to share with you, “Google+ vs Facebook” and what I found between the two.
In my opinion Facebook is a great place to engage with family and friends and for private groups to interact with, however, on Facebook we can post all day long but, we have no control over who is going to see our posts and how Facebook suppresses our posts. More true today than when I first started blogging. How well we will actually engage with those we are trying to reach is iffy at best. So comes along a new animal.
Watch Out Facebook There’s A New Social Media In Town
Now Google+ comes along and changes all the rules, here is what I am finding after experimenting with my Google + accounts.
Setting Up Your Google+
So first that would mean setting up an account, signing up for an email with Google and adding information in the about section, as you would in Facebook. Adding a banner or not, and a logo. If you need to create either PickMonkey offers the proper sizes to work within and is user friendly.
In Your Profile
You create your profile and add as much or as little as you want, just like on your blog. Add your blog link, and if you already have a Google account it will pick up some of your information for you. Be sure to add your other social media accounts like Twitter, Instagram and “Facebook”
Circles: You build your circles, as many as you want, but I suggest just few, as you can only have 5000 friends across all circles, so choose wisely, no jail here, for adding say 50 people you know but I don’t recommend adding groups of people all at once, this sends up red flags to Google. You can also create names for your circles, like I have friends, blogger activities, etc. and you could have the same person in several circles.(Keep in mind that if you do that doubles the amount of friends you follow). And you can choose who you will share content with when posting on G+. More About Google Circles
Join Google Communities:
Join Google Communities with specific shared interests
Pick a specific topic using hashtags.
Meet the people you are trying to reach
Drive traffic to your blog.
Use your personal or business page
Start your own discussions
Take A Look see what Im talking about
Pages: You can create pages for personal use and for your business/blog and add circles to each with new follower/friends. (Again, your limited to 55,000 across all circles and pages.
So Now The Question
Now how you ask, is G+ better for social media marketing? I will try and explain some of the features. Ok, so now you have your page and your have circles with some friends you can start to share links from your blog posts but here’s the neat thing, when you use hashtags (#) in front of keywords, like #cats #flowers, tags that pertain to the link and post you are sharing, your posts on Google+ go directly into the search engines where it is shared with others that are interested in any subject that is searched through “Explore”. Theres one more thing about sharing, once you get your post set up and you are making choices of who to share with you can use the (+) dign to add target friends you know would be happy to reshare your post. Not only can you share with your friends, they can share these posts to their friends and on and on, but wait, there also available for anyone that is searching for, though the use of hashtags or explore at the top of Google+ page. But dont take my word for it, Heres more about Inside Google.
So we have freedom to choose who sees our posts, they’re not suppressed. Google gets a thumbs up, Facebook gets a thumbs down!! Posts can be searched by others that are interested in articles on a subject like #flowers, baking, photography, once they find them, read them, share them, chances are you gain new readers and followers because they want to read more on what you write about. So its a win win situation! Here are 6 Google + Tips For Business
Having Control Over Your Social Media
Hashtags: And theres more, if you have the G+ in your share buttons on your blog, and you or your visitors share a post, just like Twitter, it is automatically sent to main Google stream, but by using the hashtags [#] you guide who sees your posts! Now, how is that for having more control over your social media? Gaining more followers that want to engage with you, brings you better bloggers to work with. I’d say pretty darn good improvements in social media. Im enjoying the benefits of adding the Google comments to my blog, visits are increasing because I am using G+ to post my latest content and it is being shared by more bloggers, therefore, I am having more engagement, more comments on my posts increasing more visits to my blog. Im happy, and its so easy. In the long run it will increase my blogging stats. But Social Media Examiner has More On Hastags
So with a little more about Google + that I have shared, are you using Google+ to share your blog posts?
How do you find Google+ different than other social media platforms?
If you have not really given Google+ a chance do you think you would explore the possibilities?
Do you think Google+ is dead or stirring with activity?
This post is part of the Blogelina Newbie Bloggers Guide
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