How to Use Google+ As a Blogger

How to Use Google+

Are you a blogger that is wanting to learn how you can use Google+? You have come to the right place! Today I’m going to show you, my favorite blogger friendshow to use Google+ as a blogger. There are a few tips that are essential for success on Google+. Unlike Facebook, when you post something on Google+ everyone that follows you (or has added you to their circles), will be able to see your post. Say goodbye to frustrating “reach” numbers that you are seeing on your Facebook fan page! This is why it is extremely important to use Google+ correctly when you are showing off your blog posts. This is my profile on Google+ I’d love to meet you on there!
How to Use Google+
Let’s start with adding a picture to Google+. You ALWAYS want to upload a FULL SIZE picture from your computer. Here you can see that I uploaded a full size photo of my blog post: The Best Free Frames.
How to Use Google+
When you are using Google+ to promote your blog, DO NOT post the little picture that pops up when you insert the url link to your blog. For example, here you can see that I inserted the url link to my post The Best Free Frames. When the link is inserted, a little picture of your post will automatically pop up below the link. You DO NOT want to use this little picture! When people are looking at their Google+ newsfeed, they will not notice this teeny tiny picture and they will (most likely) scroll past it. They will, however, notice a large picture of your wonderful post. You’ve worked so hard on your blog post pictures, so make sure you show them off properly on Google+!
How to Use Google+
Let me explain how to get that big picture up on Google+. First, you need to paste the url of your blog post in Google+. In this case, I used the shortened url, which works exactly the same way. When your url is pasted into Google+, that little picture will pop up. That’s when you want to click the REMOVE button as shown below:
How to Use Google+
Once you click the remove button, Google+ will then show you these wonderful options! You now want click the PHOTOS icon. It will then allow you to pick a full size picture from your computer!
How to Use Google+
Next, you want to focus on how to advertise your blog post on Google+. For the example seen below, I will show you want I did with my Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn on Google+.Think of something catchy to say or, better yet, think of the keywords you used in your blog post. DO NOT write something boring like, “I just blogged about this.” Booooo! That will not get you any attention in Google+ nor will it help your post be found if people are searching for what you are posting about. You want people to find you when they search for something, right? If you would like more help on learning about how to make your blog post more search engine friendly, check out THIS POST where I break it down for you!
How to Use Google+
 In order to make my title “Circle Animal Cookie Popcorn” bold, I typed asterisks around it like this: *Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn*. When you post it, the asterisks will disappear and your text will then be bold (and more easily found if people are searching for those words in a Google search). You also want to use hash-tags for all of the important keywords that your blog post contains. I like to use them at the bottom of my post as you can see below. In this case, I used the keywords #popcorn and #cookies.
How to Use Google+
The next step is deciding who you want to share your post with. In order to share it with the most people possible, make sure you have PUBLIC on there. This way, everyone can see your amazing post. DO NOT, however, put your circles or individual people in there like the example seen below. The reason for this? Well, each person you put on there will receive an email of what you posted on Google+. If you send them an email every single time you share something on Google+, they will get sick of it! They might even stop following you or “mute” you on Google+. That is not good! In fact, that’s the opposite of what you are trying to do! So, don’t bug people with unnecessary emails when you are sharing your blog post on Google+. Just leave it as Public (seen below) and don’t include your circles or individual people. The only time you want to include an individual is when you specifically want them to know that you have tagged them in your post (if you are sharing something from their blog, for example).
Bloggers and Google+
I personally recommend following those beautiful bloggers on Google+ though! Here are their G+ profiles:
This is my G+ profile: +Kelly Dixon
This brings us to the next important step that you don’t want to ignore when you are trying to promote your blog post on Google+. When people +1 and comment on your wonderful Google+ post, be sure to interact with them!! Don’t ignore the attention they have given you! As you can see below, I have +1′d all of the comments that people have left below my post. Not only that, I commented on my own post in order to mention and thank them for saying nice things (by using the “+” sign in front of their name). In this case, they will get an email letting them know that I mentioned them but that’s ok! You are interacting with specific people so tagging them is necessary.
How to Use Google+
There you have it! These are the basic guidelines for how to use Google+ as a blogger. The important things to take away from this: always use a full size picture, write a sentence that uses the keywords from your blog post, share your Google+ post to the public, and properly interact with the people that enjoyed what you posted.
Here is one of my favorite posts from +Jenny Melrose on Conquering Fear in Google+
How to Use Google+
Here are the links to the posts that I used as examples. Enjoy!
SEO Blog Tricks
Free Fonts
Circus Animal Cookie Popcorn
 

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Comments

  1. These are awesome tips Kelly! I had no idea about the asterisks trick, love it.
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    • Thank you so much for these helpful tips! I am trying (like everyone else) to get more traffic to my blog! I am loving all your tips! Thanks a heap! I am bookmarking your site!

  2. You are a doll, what a great post, and WOW you have so many followers look at you go. I am so thankful you shared this post and me too. winks. xo jen P.S. lets chit chat about another Epic Blogger Giveaway maybe beginning of November.

    • smartschoolhouse@gmail.com says:

      Ohhh gaaahhh! This comment luv thing is new to me and so I’m still learning how to see that I have comments! Sorry for the delayed response Jen! November = I’m in! Should it be Holiday themed? Epic Holiday something or other? Excited!

  3. Kelly, thank you so much for this informative post. I do have a question, though. I blog on blogger and i do not get e-mails or other notices when people post comments on my blog posts. I also do not get this information through my notifications when I click on the little “bell” (although I do get notifications on other people who directly send me their posts). How is the best way for me to know I have new amazing comments so that I can respond to them?
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  4. Thank you so much for this post! I’m super new to G+ and didn’t even realize that I was doing every. single. thing. wrong! This has been **such** an eye opener for me!
    Thank you!!!!!

  5. Great tips. I practiced as I was reading along. Thank you!
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  6. Thank you! I am still pretty G+ stupid. I have actually NOT been sharing many posts, because I didn’t realize that choosing “public” would keep everyone from getting email notifications, and I didn’t want to annoy people.

    This post was extremely helpful!

    (But I don’t know how to tag people, either.)

  7. Fabulous! Just curious. . . how do you post that Pin In for Later link that you have on your sample G+ link?

    I can’t wait to use these tips!
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  8. This is fabulous! I will have to apply your advice. It has been most helpful! Thanks!

  9. This is so helpful! Thank you for sharing these tips!

  10. Thank you so much for these tips, Kelly. I’ve been doing everything wrong! You explained everything perfectly for me to actually get it. I appreciate that so much. Your blog is absolutely beautiful by the way!
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  11. As someone new to Google+, I really appreciate this concise guide. Your tip about using a full sized image vs the default thumbnail was super helpful!

    Thanks for sharing!
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  12. These are such great tips! I have blogger buddies that would love to see this so I’m definitely going to share this with them too! xoxo

  13. Thanks for the tips!! I love the big images, that was a big mistake I was making, only leaving the small picture that gets attached with the link.
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  14. Nice little post Kelly! Thank You !
    Akshat recently posted…Top 10 Internet EntrepreneursMy Profile

  15. I’ve been using Google+ since the days when you needed an invite to become a member and I learned a few things! Thank you!
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  16. Thanks for the article, how do you add a pin it button and twitter to your blogger account ?

  17. Thanks for your advice. Last …..my blog delleted for blogger dot com, maybe thats….spam!

  18. Thanks so much for this amazing post. I’m new to all of this, and definitely needed this tutorial. I’m your newest follower and can’t wait to learn more from you! Love the frames, too…they are adorbs! Hope you have a nice weekend. Thanks again.

  19. I’m brand new to Google+ and to Sverve and I’m so happy to have discovered this article. It will be one of my textbooks! :) Thank you!
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  20. Kelly,

    This is a brilliant post, and I have been following your advice posting the large photos ever since I read it. The problem I am having is that the posts on google+ are then not linked back to my site where I would want them. Is there any way of making comments on a blog post (where you have changed/upsized the photo) show up on your blog. Ive googled for many hours to find a solution, and am stumped, so any help much appreciated.

    Thanks
    Diana
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  21. Please edit that first sentence to read…Are you a blogger WHO wants…. Your url calls you the smartschoolhouse.

  22. Thanks so much for the info. I just started using Google+ today and had no clue what to do. This post was right on time!

  23. Excellent post! Thank you for sharing this. I don’t really utilize G+ but I am looking to change that.
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  24. Kelly,

    Thank you for these excellent Google+ tips and for demystifying some things about Google+. Specifically, I really appreciated:

    • Idea, reasoning, and process behind enlarging the image
    • Who to share the post with
    • How to select and highlight specific keywords

    This was so helpful and educational. Thank you again,
    Linda
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  25. Oh My GOSH! I feel like such a jerk! I have been using it wrong all this time! Actually, I dont use it at all because i didnt know how! Thank you!
    Bobbie Jo recently posted…Brownies From ScratchMy Profile

    • another tip you may want to add is this — Google+ by default (for me anyway) makes your blog posts automatically post to G+, not even asking me (i told it to stop it!). So now it posts with that little picture regardless! On my way to go figure out how to turn that off so i can do it as youve explained here!
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  26. This is great – thank you! I really haven’t done much with Google+ because I didn’t really understand it. This makes so much sense. Looking forward to promoting my blog with it now.

  27. This is some great info. Thank you for sharing. Now HOW do I +1 this article? LOL!
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  28. Thank you soooo much! I have been struggling with Google+ and you cleared the fog. I didn’t realize I was bombarding folks so that will stop and I agree that the big pic gets the most eyes drawn to it. Thanks so much for showing me how to be a better and more productive blogger!!!
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  29. This is detailed yet simple, I’m new to Google+ and had no idea what I was doing. This has given me the guidance I need. Thanks a bunch for the help.

  30. thanks so much for sharing such great tips cant wait to implement
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  31. Amazing tips!! Thank you…
    Hope
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  32. Just pinned this and it’s great info. I really struggle with Google+. This is great info!
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  33. I’m just getting started with plus and I think this is the best advice I’ve read so far! Thank you so much :)

  34. Hopefully what I’m about to say makes sense… it does in my head… lol I was using this method before coming across this post for a while and then stopped because I seen a few posts from Google saying that if we don’t add the links to our posts using the “attach link” option in Google+ and instead include a link like you have in the status that Google considers this “lazy” and uses “no follow” when this method is done. So when you add a link using the attach link method, the blog post image might not be huge and noticeable but Google will instantly “follow” that link, as opposed to the other method. I would love to hear your thoughts on this Kelly.
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  35. I wonder if this is actually correct?
    Please”DO NOT, however, put your circles or individual people in there like the example seen below. The reason for this? Well, each person you put on there will receive an email of what you posted on Google+”
    I thought the other users would only get an email if they were tagged individually? I include my “circles” all the time, does that mean that I am emailing my circles non stop? If so I owe a lot of apologies. I would love for you to confirm this. thanks.
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  36. Thanks for sharing this great advice with us.
    A great way is to post your pictures and posts to various COMMUNITIES.

    Have a great day.
    Christina
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  37. Wow – insanely helpful – thanks SO much! I’m a Facebook whizz and then I moved onto Twitter recently and finally have kind of handle on that and now G+ is my next challenge! You’ve just saved me a load of time and I’m looking forward to connecting with you there. Just added you to my circle :)
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  38. This is great! I just set up my google+ profile, thanks for the tips!
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  39. What a great tutorial! Found it on Pinterest, and I pinned it for later reference too. You make it sound so easy and not quite so daunting!! Thank you!

    Shara
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  40. Found you site through Pinterest. Great post and a few tips like the ** to bold that I will start using. thanks
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  41. love it, thanks!

  42. hi Kelly,

    i wanted to use your tips on my most recent blog post but once i deleted the small pic, it never gave me the choice to add a picture. am i doing something wrong???
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  43. I LOVE you! Thank you for this incredibly helpful post. I am blogging more, trying to be effective, and have fun! It can be difficult without tips and tutorials like yours. Thank you so much!
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  44. I didn’t know all that. Good to know how to use G+ more effectively. I was looking for your post share options but couldn’t find them.
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  45. THANK YOU! My ‘goal of the month’ is to learn to use G+, you’ve helped so much!

  46. great tips, fantastic post!

  47. I think I’m doing it wrong! When I remove the small preview image…I don’t see any kind of ‘attach” option to add a photo. Are my settings wrong in google+ ?
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  48. Great post. I did not know you could upload a bigger picture. I just posted my first link with a bigger picture following your tip. Thanks!
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  49. Definitely pinning this one for future reference. I’ve been finding google plus so hard to get my head round and this is the most helpful post I’ve found so far :D x
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  50. Love!! the useful tips. definitely will be using them, because I’m a newbie to the blog world:)

  51. Thanks so much for this! I haven’t been making my keywords/hashtags bold. I will from now on!
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  52. I found this post at just the right time! I have been wondering how to get the large photos on g+. The tip about using asteriks for bold print is priceless. Thanks!
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  53. thank you , these are very helpful tips!!!!
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  54. Thank you so much for this! I have NEVER gotten any action on G+. Hoping this helps!
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  55. YAY!! I finally know how to use Google+ effectively. Thank you so much for this post :D
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  56. Thank you so much for these helpful tips! I am trying (like everyone else) to get more traffic to my blog! I am loving all your tips! Thanks a heap! I am bookmarking your site!

  57. Thank you so much for these very helpful and informative tips! I’ll admit it, I’ve used gmail for years but not Google+ until recently, and this answered my questions. I never knew about the asterisks, great tip! Thanks again and Happy Easter too :)

  58. Thanks for the post, I repinned it to my popular board for bloggers and Etsiers.

  59. I didn’t know I could bold! Thank you!

  60. cori warner says:

    thank you, this was very helpful! I read an article this morning about how using Google + can help with SEO, so I need to get more better at it!

  61. Thanks for the helpful tips! I have a question though … if I am highlighting a FRIEND’s amazing post, and only the teeny tiny square pops up when I add the link, is it ok to save their image to my computer for the purpose of adding the photo as you suggest (so it shows large) ??

    • Yes! That’s the way we all do it. If for some odd reason your friend has an issue with you using a large photo to share their stuff (which usually never happens) simply delete your post and the problem is solved:)

  62. Thanks so much. I have been struggling to get comfortable with Google+. One if my problems is that I have a personal and business page and I don’t know if I should have both.

  63. *THANK YOU* I just got started last night with my Google+ that has been just sitting there for months. I used this as a tutorial for my post and it was SO helpful! Thank you!

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