Are You Using Google Plus For Your Blog Yet?

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Google+Google Plus hasn’t been around for long, but it is making significant waves within the world of social networks! 10 Million users joined within the first 2 weeks, with more people joining every day!  But what is Google Plus and how can it help my website?

I have talked before how sites like Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn can help you to attract more traffic to your site, but can Google Plus add anything different, or is it a case of just signing up to yet another social networking site like so many others?

Rank Higher In Search Engines

One of the most important things about blogging is attracting traffic to your site. The single best way to attract traffic is to get ranked highly on search engines like Google. I receive the majority of my web traffic from Google and since a smart businessman would concentrate on what is working, I focus a lot of attention on improving my SEO for Google.

One of my most popular blog posts was ‘Top 50 Earning Blogs‘ which helps to pull in lots of traffic. It wasn’t however until after I installed a Google+ button on my posts that I saw myself get ranked higher in search results. The ‘Top 50 Earning Blogs‘ post had received a few +1’s and had ended up appearing on the first page of results on certain Google (SERPs) searches.

SERPs

It didn’t take me long to realise that the Google +1 button had played a major role in improving my SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages).

The Google +1 button is going to grow in popularity as more people use it. It is a great way for people to assess the web, which will make it a very powerful tool for people to see which sites people trust. Tie that together with the biggest search engine on the planet and you can see the huge potential for Google Plus online.

Boost Your Traffic

When you post something on Google Plus, such as a link to one of your articles, you are much more likely to get some sort of interaction from people. Google Plus has made it really easy for people to interact with one another. This may result in an individual being referred to your blog, leaving a blog comment or simply giving a it +1.

Like most people, I haven’t been on Google Plus for long, however I am already seeing results. In the short time that I have been using it, I have seen increased traffic on my blogs. Already I am getting a similar number of unique visitor referrals from Google Plus than I do with Twitter and Facebook! Next month I expect it to overtake them.

Many other bloggers have seen similar results or better, just like Chris Brogan, who has stated that Google+ is now his top traffic source to his blog.

Circles Are Great!

In my opinion, the best thing about Google+ is its “Circles” feature. This allows you to add people within separate sections. So you can keep all of your “friends” in one circle, all of your “family” in another, all your “work colleagues” in another, etc. Keeping all your contacts neat and tidy. If someone happens to fall within a number of categories, perhaps you are close friends with some of the people you work with, then you would simply add them to both circles.

Whenever you share something on Google+, you have the option of sharing it with the people in certain circles or just everyone. This is extremely useful if you want to talk about work issues with only your work colleagues, or a night out with only your friends.

On Facebook this would not be possible because you can’t organise your contacts up like this. Any embarrassing photos of a drunken night out with friends are clearly seen by your professional contacts (We’ve all been there!).

You can create as many “circles” as you want to organise your contacts up to share things with them. This means that you can communicate with everyone with the use of one profile. No more separate “Facebook Pages” to communicate with people that like your site. Just make a circle for everyone that likes your site and communicate and share things with them through that.

Google+ Circles

Is This The Death of Facebook & Twitter?

Well no! At least not yet! Twitter and Facebook are two of the biggest sites online with millions and millions of users. They will still be around for a while, but you can’t argue with the fact that in the short time that Google Plus has been around, they have seen tens of millions of people sign up. I, and many others, believe that Google+ will over take these sites eventually. More and more people are joining everyday and Google Plus is still in its infancy, with more features planned for release in the future to merge more of its products together.

How quickly it takes to surpass Twitter and Facebook is unknown, but it will happen!!!

I am a big fan of Google+ and strongly believe that it is the future of social networking. It is another great tool that you can use to help promote your website and interact with your targeted audience.

If you haven’t joined yet and need an invite, let me know in the comments section below and I’d be happy to send you an invitation.

If you are already on Google+, make sure you add me to one of your circles.

I look forward to connecting with you.

About Matt Smith

Matt Smith is the founder and editor of OnlineIncomeTeacher. He is a Professional Blogger, SEO Consultant & Web Developer, running a number of sites from the UK. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

  • Ross McCallum

    Very nice!
    I’m just getting into Google Plus.
    What I find difficult is attracting people to add me on G+.
    I hope to build that up as you say.

    AND YES! the +1 button is extremely important, I have noticed that too!

    my website:

    http://contantrum.com

    • Hi Ross, Yes the +1 button is extreamly important now as more people begin to use it on their websites.

      The best way to get people to add you on G+ is to add them yourself. Just like Twitter (check out my Twitter article) find someone that is popular within your niche and begin to follow the people that follow them. That way you build up people that are specifically interested in what you are writing about!

      That and post interesting things that people want to read/click on

  • Zack Richards

    Circles are good. Helps me to keep me work/social life seperate

    • I think circles are the best feature of google+, its much easier to keep your contacts organised than with Facebook friends

  • Mark Edward Brown

    Matt, luved this post on G+ thanks!

    Mark Edward Brown

    • Hi Mark. Glad you liked the post 🙂

  • Elouise Davis

    Do you really think that G+ will kill off Facebook and Twitter? I hope not, I’ve only just got used to using them!

    • I honestly do! Google already dominate the search engine market, if they can pull off G+ which integrates with their search engine, then it will truely kill off Facebook & Twitter!!!

  • WOW! You make me understand. You helped me so much. I’m confused about it for a long time.
    Thanks for sharing tips.

    • Hi Mauricio, I’m glad you found the post helpful! Google+ is a great way to promote websites which I beleive will be more influencial that Facebook soon!!

  • Jackqueline

    I heard,now ive read your post and its crystal clear,sounds like when I get more into my business blog I may go for google+ one and then separate my facebook page for business as well. I really dont think ones contacts on facebook as friends can mix well with a business ones.. Its time to start a fresh. I will be signing up soon. Thanks for sharing

    • I’m glad you found the post useful Jackqueline. Definately get your business on Google+ to help promote it, the more places in which you can promote it the better 🙂

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  • I’m also getting into Google Plus and I really like it. It’s much better organized than Facebook. And it can actually be used as a blogging platform in its own right. The only downside is that presently there aren’t that many people on it — well at least not in Australia, where I live. But of course that will change in time.

    • Hi Matt! I have to admit, I probably prefer Google+ to Facebook at the moment. G+ seems to work so well compared to Facebook, which seems to get worse with every new update that it releases.

      Your right though. The only downside to G+ is that there aren’t as many people using it. The paradox is that people don’t want to switch to G+ for the same reason, so ultimately no one will.

      It will take time, but I’m sure (well I’ve got my fingers crossed anyway) that people will see that G+ is WAY better and give it a go.

  • I have a google+ profile set up, but to be honest it hasn’t really done a huge amount for me yet. However, I think this is predominantly due to the length of time I have had the profile as I can definitely see how useful it can be. I will stick with it and see it grow 🙂

    • The only problem with Google+ is that their aren’t as many people using it as there are for Facebook. If there was, then G+ would be SO much better!

      As for getting it to work, just treat it as you would Facebook. Share pics, ask questions, post a link to your latest article, etc. The more you interact on there, the more you will get back.

  • pradip Nalwaya

    I love your post. .really. …I have Google plus Prfl . I have add in my circal. Can you invite. …can I join you ?

  • Simran Sharma

    i like your post mostly your post is geniun