I’ve worked online more than fifteen years at this point. I’ve seen a lot of social media sites and opportunities. One of the best is Google Plus.
Google Plus is one social media site we should warm up to, not just because it is a nice place to meet people and contact friends, but also because it can give our online careers a considerable boost!
Google Plus is a very cool network. You can put your friends in circles and post items for them based on your shared interests, but that is not what I consider the most important reason for using Google Plus.
You see, a while back Google was a bit miffed at Facebook because the Facebook owners and executives decided that they did not want to share some very helpful social media statistical information with Google.
Google decided to open their own social media site that competes with Facebook. Google Plus is a very well-built network, and, let’s face it, this is Google! Google can do just about anything on the web better than anyone else. So, they created Google Plus.
And now, if you want to be ranked well at Google, so people can easily find your site in the search engine results, do you think that maybe they would favor sites that post their articles to Google Plus, and sites that other people are adding to their Google Plus accounts?
For this reason, it is very helpful to have a Google Plus link on your site. And, what you actually need are two Google Plus links on every page of your site.
The first link is the one that visitors to your site will be able to click on so that they can add a link to your article to their Google Plus page, to let people know that they like the article and they recommend that their friends read it.
The second link on the page, on every page of your site, should be one that is going directly to your Google Plus profile, and that will let Google know that the article on that page was authored by you.
To do this, I use two plugins. You can see the New Google Plus Badge Widget plugin in the sidebar of this blog. And under every post, you can see the WP Social Sharing plugin, which offers links to share at Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Linked In.
Currently, search engine optimization professionals believe that having both of these links on each page of your site will help boost your potential to rank well at Google.
I hope this helps you to have some motivation to use Google Plus more. If you’re here because you’re a blogger, the advantage is obvious. If you’re here at my site because you’re an author and you want people to discover your blog or your book, if it has been published, ranking well at Google will be something very helpful for your career as well.
At Google Plus you’ll also find community groups that have been established by people like you. If you have a special interest – look for a community group to post to, or to learn from. They are great for writing and blogging inspiration.