Today’s blog traffic tips are going to focus on Google+ and why Google+ still matters for bloggers. Maybe you think it’s time consuming or pointless because it’s being phased out, but honestly? I think it’s still worth it to spend some time on Google+ as part of building your social media presence and for increasing your traffic. Maybe more so for your social media presence but Google+ is definitely important for getting your content out there.
So why is Google+ still important?
Well, for one, it’s owned by Google and it’s a great way to get your content seen by Google and to let Google know that it’s out there. Will it make a difference with how quickly your content gets indexed?
Possibly. But, as with anything in life, there’s no guarantee.
Why else is Google+ still important?
It’s a fun and easy way to connect with others. Not just fellow bloggers, but with anyone who’s on Google+. There are tons of communities out there and while yes, it may not have the social population of Twitter or Facebook, I think that Google+ is still a fun place to be.
So how should a blogger be using Google+?
Well, that’s really up to you! For me, personally, I have both a personal profile for myself and Google+ page for my blog. As a fellow member in Learn To Blog mentioned- think of it like Facebook.
Once I started approaching it like that, it made more sense.
I now schedule to my Google+ page using Buffer and use my personal account for sharing others and participating in communities. Developing a Google+ plan really isn’t that hard and if it’s something that you want to start, here’s a suggested outline:
* Spend 20 to 30 minutes daily submitting your posts to communities
* During this 20 to 30 minutes that you’re promoting your own stuff, be sure to comment on, plus+, or share another three posts in the same community. It really won’t take you that long and it shows that you’re reciprocating and not just link dropping.
* Repeat this process every day and see if it’s working for you in terms of increasing your traffic from Google+
But how else can a blogger use Google+?
You can start a weekly hangout for a topic that you cover on your blog. This could be a great way to connect with your readers and give you a new way to get your content out there.
Are you on Google+? Do you have a Google+ page for your blog or are you just using a personal account?
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