Are you using Google+ for personal use -- or for your business?
Most people I talk to are not.
Well, mainly because of negative hype like the meme to the right -- or because they've seen blog posts telling them the site is "dead" or "a wasteland".
I'd have to disagree with this mindset -- Google+ is very busy!
Is it as busy as Facebook?... No.
Is it as personal as Facebook?... Definitely Not.
So why use it?
16 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Ignore Google+
Get Started with Google+
by Chris Brogan
Chris literally wrote the book on Google+. Seriously, it's called Google+ for Business. This blogpost should be the starting point for anyone considering Google+ for their personal or business use.
How to Get Started with Google+
by Kristi Hines
This post by Kristi is pretty dated -- she wrote it just after Google+ launched in 2011. But I wanted to share it with you because some of the details she goes over in the settings & setting up your profile still apply today -- even if the appearance of the site has changed a bit.
5 Tools to Grow Your Presence on Google Plus
by Ian Cleary
Ian is the king of finding great tools to make social media easier -- and he doesn't fail us on this post. He gives us 5 tools to help you grow your presence on Google+. Even I hadn't heard of all of these!
Are you Including Google+ In Your Content Marketing Strategy?
by Tara Geissinger
Google is pouring a ton of its resources into making Google+ huge. And with more than 135 million users (as of the end of 2012), the product is anything but a flop. It’s not about to disappear. More importantly, Google+ has already begun to affect search rankings.
A Cheat Sheet for People Afraid of Google+
by Copy Bot
A quick -- and humorous -- cheat sheet showing you some features of Google+ to try out.
How To Use Google Hangouts To Grow Your Online Business
by Kim Garst
Kim gives 4 amazing tips on how to use Google+ Hangouts for your business. Hangouts is the feature on Google+ that really distinguishes it from Facebook -- and in my opinion it's the best feature of the site.
How to Use Google+ Hangouts for Your Business
by Phyllis Khare
Here's another article about Hangouts that could revolutionize your business -- and your view of Google+. Phyllis gives some great practical tips on how to incorporate Hangouts into your daily business habits.
What To Know When Including Google+ Into Your Social Media Marketing Plan
by Courtney Kettmann
Courtney (via Social Mouths) gives some great advice on how to infuse Google+ into your marketing plans.
The Ultimate List of Google+ Tips
via Blogging with Amy
Amy Lynn Andrews gives us an exhaustive list of Google+ features that is 2nd to none! This is a blogpost you'll want to slowly digest & definitely bookmark!
Google Plus SEO: Everybody Talks About It - How Do You Do It?
by Mark Traphagen
One of the biggest benefits of Google+ is SEO (Search Engine Optimization). If you have a company and a website this is super important to you. Google+ changed the game when it comes to SEO. In this post Mark gives you practical tips on leveraging Google+ for SEO.
How to Earn a Black Belt in Google+
by Greg Naraya via Social Media Explorer
Greg explains how to become a master of Google+ -- giving you clear strategies to follow.
Google Author Rank and Authorship: What We Know So Far
by WindMill Marketing
If you blog, you need to pay attention to Author Rank & Authorship! With the changes to the Google algorithm recently it's more important than ever to make sure your blog & Google+ profile are connected.
How to Build an Audience with Google+ Hangouts
by Sarah Hill via Copy Blogger
I've mentioned Hangouts three times now on purpose -- they are a GAME CHANGER! In this blog Sarah talks about some practical ways to use the feature to build an audience. These ideas are golden!
9 Best Strategies for Google+
by Kim Garst
While you could just set up a Google+ account and hope it magically grows your brand, I wouldn’t recommend that. Here are strategies you can use to further your own goals for your brand.
Why Google+ is Better for Community Than Facebook
by Harrison Kratz via Social Mouths
While comparing Google+ to Facebook is difficult -- and in my opinion not needed -- this post does a great job of showing you how to have a real sense of community on Google+ -- one that outdoes Facebook, according to the author.
Advanced Google Plus Networking Strategies
by Windmill Marketing
This blogpost isn't for beginners -- so put on your big boy pants! Mark gives us some great advanced tips & techniques on how to grow your personal network via Google+.
Bet you're not ignoring Google+ now!
Hopefully by reading over these articles you'll see there's a real reason for your business to be on Google+.
But keep in mind that if you can't be "present" & active on Google+, then don't go over there. You only get as much from a social media platform as you give it.
Lastly, if you want some daily updates about Google+ go check out Google Plus Daily -- they give tons of great reports on changes to the platform.
Also make sure to add me to a Circle!
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