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Increase Your Google+ Following Mini Challenge

Posted by on January 23, 2014

This post was written on behalf of The Biannual Blogathon Bash.  This Mini Challenge is to give you advice about Google+ but also showcase how to increase your following there as well.

Last year I made Google+ a priority social media site.  I joined groups that could teach me a bit about Google+.  A huge thank you goes out to Yolanda Machado from Sassy Mama in LA for giving a lot of insight into Google+.  I then took what I learned from her group and implemented it into my Google+ strategy.  Needless to say I have learned a few things:

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1) Google+ is a community.  

There are tons of people on Google+, the key is to find them.  There are a few ways of doing such a thing.

* Join Communities

There are tons of communities on Google+, a good way to start interacting and finding others within is to join communities that fit your interests.  Are you a food blogger? Join foodie communities.  Are you a photographer?  There are a ton of photographers on Google+, Are you a Crafter? You get the idea.  But you can cater your communities to your interests.

The key when you join the communities is to make sure the notifications are turned off otherwise your mailbox may get filled.  So double check this setting when you join a community.

2)  It is MEANT to be interactive

How many of you have just shared articles from your blog on Google+?  And then wondered why no one is seeing them or interacting with them?

The Key to Google+ is to not just make it about you. 

Brutal honesty here.

But it’s true.  When you go through your Google+ feed start +1 the articles and posts that you can relate to.  Anytime you give a +1 or even receive one it creates more Google+ juice, and only helps you.  AND if you find something extraordinary, share it.  But the key is to not just share it but give a little insight as to why you SHARED it.

The same goes with comments.  Start leaving comments on posts and then just watch how more comments come in after you leave one.  Again, all about that Google+ juice.

Another point is that if you do share content from another person to tag them in the headline as you share your insight.  This will show them that you did share, but you also gave proper credit.

3) Circle Shares

You may have seen these happening on your feed.  A Circle Share is often formed as top engagers on your Google+ feed.  These are the people that help you and your Google+ strategy.  And there are some people that really GET how to use this platform.  And TRUST me, they work.  Once you seem to get on the Circle Share program, your followers begin to increase centerfold.  But the key is all in the engagement.  You want people who will engage with you, but will also share the circle too.

4) Be a Content Creator

The key again is to not just share your blog posts.  You definitely do want to share them, but don’t share them every day.  The other key is to not always share your posts directly from your blog.  Have an amazing craft or recipe?  Upload the photo to Google+ then include your link.  Visualization is a huge component of Google+

And the other thing is to just have fun.  Share things that you relate to.  Did you find an awesome quote?  Share it.  Photos always do well on Google+ along with GIFS, do you know what a GIF is?  It’s a segment of photos made into a video.  If you can connect Google Awesome to your account often these are made for you if you automatically connect your smartphone photos to Google+.

And engage, ask questions, share an interesting article.  Be that Content Creator.  And even if you can’t come up with things, go through your Google+ feed and begin sharing interesting content.  All these strategies will only increase your followers and engagement on Google+.

5) Fill Out Your Profile

Another KEY Component is to fill out your Profile.  Take the time to fill out your About Me section, create a catchy headline, and create your profile picture and cover photo.  The more information you have on your profile, the more it tells others and the more apt they are to follow you.  People are looking at your profiles.

6) Keep Things Public

This really is a personal choice, but in the end, to get the most out of Google+, keeping your posts public so anyone is able to see is the way to do it.  When you Share a Post, at the end you can showcase what circles to share to, but always make sure to have “Public” as a circle.

By doing this, your posts will get more visibility, they will come up in searches, and more.  Public is the way to go.  If there’s ever a post that you want to keep a little more private you can always take the public circle out, and you’ll still be okay.  That post will still only showcase to the circles you put them in.

 

So… now the fun part:

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For this Mini Challenge I want you to complete at least 2 of the tasks listed below:

Complete your Google+ Profile, Fill out your About Me Section. 

Go through your Feed and Comment on at least 5 Posts and see what happens

Join at least 5 Google+ Communities

Share a Quote, Photograph or Interesting Content

Share Someone Elses Blog Post Apart of the Biannual Blogathon Bash and Tag them on Google+

Go through your feed and +1 at least 5 Posts.

Then come back and let me know what two things you did and what you saw.

And just remember, this all doesn’t happen overnight.  This has to be a regular activity throughout your days.  If you can’t make it a daily task, try every few days.  The more time you spend on there the more you’ll be rewarded.

 

 

39 Responses to Increase Your Google+ Following Mini Challenge

  1. Mary

    I do all of this but the communities, I am clueless! How do we go about finding & joining them??

    • Jamie

      Hi Mary =) In the side panel on your google+ page where you see home, click on that tab and there will be a list. Communities will be listed there. Hit that and you can begin exploring different communities. There’s some great ones out there.

  2. brandi

    Great info! I completed my Google + profile page and joined teacher and principal communities (based on my target audience) Thanks for the information!

  3. Lee-Anne E.

    Alright, I did this challenge and I have to say that I am glad I did. Google+ has always been a mystery to me, and in some ways still is but I am now a lot more familiar. Thank you!

    • Jamie

      Yay. I’m happy to hear this. There’s a lot of uncertainty when it comes to Google+ but I find when people find the time to explore around… they end up liking it. Glad it helped =)

    • Lee-Anne E.

      I’ve since checked back to see what sort of activity I’ve had on Google + since I did the challenge. I haven’t seen much really. But maybe because it’s the weekend. Maybe Monday will show a difference?

      • Jamie

        And definitely keep at it too =) It’s definitely a great start… but a huge part is to make it a daily or every few days activity and you will see a difference

  4. Heather McD

    I did more than 2 things. I filled out the about me section. I went through and +1 more than 5 Posts, and commented on at least 5 Posts. I will join some communities but haven’t done that yet. I have gained a couple of followers on google + just by doing what I did.

  5. Adelina Priddis

    I really need to hang out on G+ more – especially since I just got hired as a G+ manager for a non-profit! It took me awhile when they first introduced it, but it’s become a lot easier to use the more you spend browsing around.
    For this challenge I went ahead and plus oned a whole bunch of posts in my newsfeed (which took time because I got distracted clicking on all the shared links, and then also commenting on others posts….). And then I went through my communities and plussed and commented on some posts.
    Thanks for the challenge!

    • Jamie

      It definitely does take a little bit to get use too, but I’m happy to hear you’re starting to get the hang of it and congrats on becoming a G+ manager =) LOL, I often do that too… when I go through my feed I’m caught reading articles too..

  6. Alison @ Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

    I completed this mini challenge – I+1’d several posts and joined some communities that I was not already part of. I appreciate this post – I have dabbled in Google+ but didn’t really realize how to really use it, so this has helped a lot and I think I will work on being much better about my Google + etiquette going forward!

  7. April @Pixie Dust Savings

    Thank you for this challenge. Google+ is one thing I wanted to tackle because Facebook interaction has dropped with the new rules. I already had my profile filed out. I had no idea about communities though and joined a frugal living one and a Disney one. I shared another Disney fan sites article and +’ed several others. I haven’t noticed anything yet, but I will keep you posted.

  8. Megan

    I +1’d five posts and shared a sale my friend was having for her shop!

  9. Kim Tobin

    I completed my profile, +1 5 post (more than that actually!) and joined some communities! is there a way to go through and better organize the people I have in my circles? When I started out, I just created a “Bloggers” circle but now I’m wondering if it would be more organized to have “Mom Bloggers” and “Food Bloggers” etc. What are your thoughts?

    • Jamie

      I wish there was a way to better organize once you’ve added people, but I haven’t found an easier way quite yet other than looking on the sidebar and seeing the “People” tab. It does list everyone in your circles and you could easily go through and decide what circles you want people to be in that way. For me, I do have very specific circles, a photography group, a foodie group, social media all stars, bloggers I look up to, and a general acquantance group and many others to give you an idea. =)

  10. Shari G

    I updated my profile, commented on 5, and +1ed 5. Thanks for a fun challenge.

  11. Carin Kilby Clark

    What I like the most about G+ is that a little effort really does go a long way. I was amazed at the engagement I got on a post with my top 5 lessons learned my first year in business. Had I just posted the link with a short intro, it wouldn’t have been as engaging. But I used words like “sharing” and also asked folks to tell me their lessons. It was a great improvement over what I am used to on FB. By commenting on posts, participating in communities, and asking insightful questions I am really seeing a good amount of interaction on G+ now.

    • Jamie

      It’s amazing, right? The community there is so much interactive… and everyone is a bit curious and wants to engage. I’m happy you’re having such great success there.

  12. Margarita Ibbott ~ @DownshiftingPRO

    I have made some changes to my profile. I have followed 5 new communities, I have commented and @ mentioned people in the comment. I have +1 a bunch of the posts but more importantly, I have added a bunch of new people to my new circle Blogathon2. Thanks for the inspiration. I will be working harder to make Google+ a part of my daily routine!

    BTW, shouldn’t there be a #blogathon2 community? (See I am learning 😉 )

    • Jamie

      Oh, you are over it… we should definitely talk to Kathleen about that =)

      Thanks for partaking!

  13. Jennifer Kerr

    OK…I’m starting to get the handle on this…slowly. I’ve completed my profile, +1’d quite a few things, Posted a quote, a twitter link, and shared a bunch of gorgeous pictures.

  14. Meagan Paullin

    Complete your Google+ Profile, Fill out your About Me Section: Done! I’d been SO needing to update this! https://plus.google.com/+MeaganPaullin/about – Now I just need to find a new photo for the header part.

    Go through your Feed and Comment on at least 5 Posts and see what happens: Done! I try to do this daily, every morning as I check all of my social media.

    Join at least 5 Google+ Communities: I couldn’t find 5 today, but joined 3 new ones. So now I’m in a total of 12 🙂

    Share a Quote, Photograph or Interesting Content: https://plus.google.com/+MeaganPaullin/posts/2BmTfc2jasS

    Share Someone Elses Blog Post Apart of the Biannual Blogathon Bash and Tag them on Google+: Done!!

    Go through your feed and +1 at least 5 Posts: Done!

  15. Karen Hewitt

    What an amazing challenge,

    I completed all of the above and immediately could see how it would benefit so I even went into the community I accidentally created last year and fixed it up! I will be learning more for this. Thanks for the challenge https://plus.google.com/b/105522210738168467889/communities/111794784809850394829

  16. Tanya @Mom's Small Victories

    I love the G+ communities and have been using it more than FB lately. I +1’ed 5 posts and shared 3 blog post that werent in my feed to complete this challenge and shared 1 blog post in my feed, added my thoughts before sharing and tagged the writer.. here’s my G+ page and I’ll be adding others in this post to my circles 🙂 Thanks for a great challenge and encouraging others to use G+, I love it!

    https://plus.google.com/102935927088055756250/posts

  17. Robin Davidson

    Well, this is a new one for me and took me a little bit to navigate! Thanks for the challenge! I completed my profile and filled out the about me sections, I joined more than five communities, and I plus 1’d five posts! The thing I am a little leery about is that my ex mother-in-law (who is quite nuts) has apparently added me to her circle and that means she can see all my posts and links and I can’t block her from that. I guess it’s probably a good thing to be careful what I put out on the Internet for public viewing, but somehow there’s something different about a stranger reading stuff and someone I know stalking me and my family…

  18. Create With Joy

    Thanks for the tips and the challenge! I’ve joined several Google Plus communities and +1 several posts. I agree with Carin’s comment that on Google Plus, a little effort goes a long way!

  19. Naila Moon

    I took on this challenge as well. I learned a few things, although admittedly I did know some. 🙂
    I G+ this post because frankly, people need to know this stuff!
    I also went and commented. I really found some excellent things I was missing.
    Great challenge. Thank you!

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