Back to Blogging – Google+

 

back to bloggingDay 5 the last of Back to Blogging week here at BritMums HQ. Today our attention is on Google + the latest social media to really bring all of our good work together.

If you haven’t started on Google + yet you might like to read our Google Masterclass section for tips on getting started.

It’s been a busy week and I am so pleased to see such a great response to the Back to Blogging week, I hope you have gained new readers, followers, likers and pinners so far and I hope you will continue to like, share, follow and pin when you see something worthy.

Google + has the reputation of being difficult to master but in all honesty this is not the case, it is very similar to all the other social media we have been using and the most important thing to bare in mind is the word Google.

Google search engine

We all rely heavily on the Google search engine to drive readers to our blogs right? We all use Google as a household term, a verb meaning to search the internet and by pumping in a few words we are given a list of links that could be just what we are looking for, right?

So that’s why it’s important to bloggers that Google sees their work and proposes it on searches made. If you have the best recipe for Apple pie you want to make sure it’s high on the list, if you have craft ideas, photography, debates or anything that you want people to read we all need to +1 it so  the robots running Google pick up on it and recognise the material.

Make it easy for me, the reader to share your work

Make sure all of your posts have a Google +1 button in the share options and/or a Google share option too. If I land on your blog and read something I think my followers would be interested in it makes sense for me to +1 it, it will appear on my Google + timeline and I can choose which of my circles to share it with (recipes for toddlers won’t be of use to mums with adolescents)

The more +1’s a post gains the more Google will start to propose it and your stats will start soaring in respect of the new readers landing on your blog, your next trick will be to keep them there and to entice them back but that’s a future blog post in the making!

Social Media Week

Next week is Social Media Week in London there will be talk all over town, it’s going to be exciting and we need to be ready for it as this is the way forward. Add your URL’s to the various posts this week and get your social media ship shape with us

Monday – Blog URL

Tuesday – Twitter profile

Wednesday – Facebook fan page

Thursday – Pinterest

and today – Google + Add us to your circles so we can add you back

Leave a comment with a link to your Google Plus account.  {Feel free to add both your personal and/or your blog page.}

  • If you set up a Google+ account for your blog, it will look like the BritMums url https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BritMums/posts
  • A personal page will look like this https://plus.google.com/u/0/109948436489041964135/posts

Let us know which circle you want to be in

Google+ works by putting authors into categories, therefore confirming which type of blogger you are with search engines. If you write about Crafts, Food, DIY, Party Planning, Homeschooling tell us.  This way we can put you in the correct circle and Google can classify you as you want to be

Circle people in the comments.  This helps all of us to increase our Google page rank and be found on the topics we want.

Watch out next week for our BritMums Coffee Break Google + hangout on Wednesday at 10.15 you can listen in as we chat with two well known bloggers and their tips for keeping social media under control, come and join in the fun 😉

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About Marianne Weekes

BLOGS AT: Mari's World; TWITTER: @maris_world. Mother of four and nana to three, Marianne Weekes has spent half her life in the UK and the other half in Italy. Blogging since Jan 2010, she finds it hard to drag herself away from her laptop and writes about food, travel and lifestyle. Always on the lookout for the next thing which takes her down many surprising lanes.

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17 Responses to Back to Blogging – Google+

  1. Rosie Scribble 21 September 2012 at 10:37 #

    Thanks guys. My personal profile is here: http://gplus.to/rosieShelley

    And my blog page is here: http://gplus.to/rosiescribble

  2. Cathy 21 September 2012 at 10:57 #

    I’m still trying to understand how useful G+ is. My personal page is here: https://plus.google.com/111783067196608164116/posts

  3. Chloe (from Chloe Witters) 21 September 2012 at 12:06 #

    Here is the G+ page for my blog: gplus.to/chloewitters

    Not much on there yet, but I’d love to get following a few people and work out what it’s all about!

  4. Kelly Wiffin 21 September 2012 at 12:18 #

    My personal is http://gplus.to/kellywiffin

    And my blog is : http://gplus.to/prestonprecious

  5. Emma Day 21 September 2012 at 12:22 #

    My Crazywithtwins G+ page is here http://plus.google.com/u/0/103566563067277224398

    My page and blog are mostly about parenting, babies and twins.

  6. Sarah 21 September 2012 at 17:21 #

    This is me – it’s a page just for my blog, but it’s got my name on it. These things confuse me!

    https://plus.google.com/#113768003456683571624/posts

  7. Natalie 21 September 2012 at 20:05 #

    Here’s my G+ page- I just do everything through my name as it’s easier!

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/106701579303515041352/posts

  8. Ojo's world 21 September 2012 at 21:34 #

    I think this is right, It is mostly for my blog but its a personal page…..https://plus.google.com/u/0/103566563067277224398#115514439329541805235/posts

  9. Suzanne 21 September 2012 at 23:05 #

    I only have one page….a personal one but that is mainly for blogging anyway and pretty much everyone in my ‘circles’ are also bloggers!

    Most of my posts are about parenting/lifestyle

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/113826375026304781841/posts

  10. Jenny 22 September 2012 at 19:53 #

    This is my personal page

    https://plus.google.com/116919607701203326409/posts

    This is my crafty blog
    https://plus.google.com/b/113039904745674608191/113039904745674608191/posts

    This is my parenting blog
    https://plus.google.com/b/116551032754430074870/116551032754430074870/posts

    not sure I’ve set them up correctly though …

  11. Actually Mummy... 24 September 2012 at 12:21 #

    Hi, here is Actually Mummy on G+
    https://plus.google.com/b/103896829917183126847/103896829917183126847/posts

    I’ve tried to see what circles you have, but can’t see them anywhere. My preference would be to be in a circle focused around humour, education, and school-aged children 🙂

  12. CoffeeCurls 24 September 2012 at 13:07 #

    I thought I’d created a G+ for my blog, but from your description I’ve created a personal one :o(

    No idea how to change it, but it is: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111597368955446532636/posts

    I don’t have a single ‘friend’ on there so feel free to add me or hang out with me or whatever the heck the correct terminology is!

    Lisa
    @CoffeeCurls

  13. Emily (@familyfourfun) 27 September 2012 at 21:35 #

    This my personal page but it’s mostly used for blogging…

    https://plus.google.com/111495821156995410458/posts

    Not sure what circles it’s a Mum, Family blog – I have baby, toddler & school age children and I write about my parent’s travel too.

  14. Joanne Blunt 05 October 2012 at 21:18 #

    I’ve got a combined personal/blog page here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/112811748014031424600/posts