3 Ways to Use Google+ to Increase Search Rankings

social media how toDo you want to increase your search rankings?

Did you know your Google+ page and profile could help?

Google+ can help you increase search rankings for your website, but you have to take the time to optimize your page, profile and content.

This article shows you three ways you can maximize your Google+ presence and tells you why that’s important for SEO.

Why Google+ for search?

Google+ isn’t just another social media platform; it’s a powerful weapon in your SEO arsenal.

Check out Moz’s recent Future of Search Report for the latest on ranking factors.

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SEO ranking correlations. Image source: The Future of Search: 2013 Search Engine Ranking Factors Released, by Moz.

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3 Google+ Tools That Take Your Marketing to a New Level

social media tools Do you know you need to focus more on Google+?

Are you having a hard time building your community on Google+?

In this article I’ll tell you about 3 tools to build your presence on Google+ and get more value for your business.

#1: Friends+Me—Distribute Google+ Content to Other Platforms

Friends+Me automatically shares content from Google+ to other social networks by checking your Google+ business page and/or personal profile at regular intervals. If new posts are found, they’re reposted to any social networks you’ve associated with Friends+Me.

Friends+Me has some excellent configuration options available, but you’ll need to spend some time setting them up. Once that’s done, Friends+Me is a robust way to share your Google+ updates across multiple platforms.

friends+me repost to twitter

Sharing from Google+ to Twitter brings more traffic to your Google+ account.

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Google+ Success: What Your Business Needs to Know About Google+

Do you use Google+ for your business?

Are you wondering how you can be more successful generating traffic and growing a community with Google+?

To learn what your business needs to know about Google+, I interview Martin Shervington for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

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Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Martin Shervington, who is a Google+ marketing expert, consultant and executive coach. He manages two Google+ communities, Plus Your Life! and Plus Your Business! and has authored numerous books including Developmental Coaching.

Martin shares why he values Google+ and the benefits you can get from it.

You’ll learn what Google+ can offer your business and the best ways to get started.

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How to Use Google+ for Social Media Contests

social media how toIs Google+ part of your marketing strategy?

Are you looking for creative ways to run contests and giveaways on Google+?

Although there are restrictions on using Google+ for contests, there are ways for you to promote your contests successfully on Google+.

Interestingly, most brands and businesses on Google+ aren’t taking advantage of this opportunity, and they’re missing out.

In this article, you’ll discover how three brands leverage Google+ as a core component of their social contest strategy and the keys to their success.

Google+ Contest Rules

Running contests, giveaways, promotional offers, etc., has become a staple part of online strategy for business owners and marketers.

They’re used to stimulate engagement, build community, encourage user-generated content, create a unique experience and increase brand awareness.

First let’s look at the rules.

google policies and principles

Be sure to carefully read Google+ Policies & Principles.

Unfortunately, the Google+ platform has specific restrictions when it comes to hosting contests. In fact, Google+’s Contests and Promotions Policy clearly states:

“You may not run contests, sweepstakes, or other such promotions (“Promotion”) directly on Google+ or in a manner that requires use of G+ features or functionality.”

For many people, that’s a show-stopper right there.

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How to Grow Your Google+ Engagement

social media how toAre you getting the most from your Google+ presence?

Are you looking for ways to improve your Google+ engagement?

Well look no further.

In this article I’ll share five ways you can improve your Google+ experience.

Why Google+?

Because Google+ isn’t just a social network–it’s part of a powerful social platform that integrates with key capabilities like Google Docs, chat, hangouts, email and more.

For that reason alone, Google+ is a high-value opportunity worth investing time and resources to cultivate.

A common misconception is that Google+ is a ghost town. In reality, Google+ is home to vibrant, active communities that foster deep engagement. The trick is learning how to find and take advantage of these communities to build long-lasting relationships with your core audiences.

Here are five effective strategies that will take your engagement on Google+ to a whole new level.

#1: Make Your Google+ Page Findable

First, to make sure your Google+ page is easily findable, add a Google+ Badge to your website. You can add a badge for both personal Google+ accounts and business accounts.

example of google+ badge code

Here’s an example of a Google+ Badge code that you can place on your website.

Badges make it easy for visitors to find and engage with you in one simple click of a mouse.

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How to Use Google+ to Expand Your Business Influence

social media how toAre you looking to tap into the power of Google+?

Is your business leveraging all that Google+ has to offer?

Have you created a personal profile or business page on Google+, but want more influence?

Why Google+?

According to GlobalWebIndex, Google+ now has 359 million active users, which puts it ahead of Twitter’s 200 million active users. With that jump in numbers, it’s clear that now is the time to use Google+ to promote your brand.

Here’s an updated guide on all of the things you need to take advantage of Google+ to gain more exposure for your content and your business.

#1: Claim Authorship With Your Personal Google+ Profile

Google uses Authorship to create a visual tie between you and the content you publish. The enhanced search result listings help readers identify your content at a glance and help you build authority and influence.

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5 Tips for Using Google+ to Boost Your Marketing

social media how toAre you wondering how to best use Google+ to enhance your marketing?

Google+ is quickly becoming an essential part of any business’s social media strategy.

It boasts a cool 250 million users! And this number is sure to grow very quickly as Google is making a Google+ account mandatory for all Gmail users.

It’s an audience marketers cannot ignore.

Google+ can help people learn about what makes your business tick -- your products, promotions, hours and anything else you want to share.

Google+ also plays a major role in search engine optimization (SEO) by making it easier for marketers to show up in search results—yet another reason to include Google+ in your social media strategy.

Here are five simple ways to give your business an almost immediate boost using Google+.

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Google+ Marketing: Why Marketers Should Not Overlook Google+

Have you given up on Google+?

Are you wondering whether it is worth managing yet another social network?

To address some of the benefits and misconceptions of Google+ marketing, I interview Jesse Stay for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

More About This Show

Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael StelznerThe Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Jesse Stay, author of several books including Google+ for Dummies and Google+ Marketing for Dummies. Jesse shares insights into Google’s strategy and what this means for your business.

You’ll learn what’s critical for a successful approach to your Google+ marketing and why Google+ may be essential to your business even if you don’t think so now.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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5 Ways to Use Google+ Events for Your Business

social media how toGoogle+ Events is yet another way Google+ is competing with Facebook, representing a new opportunity for marketers.

Most marketers and businesses have been using Facebook Events to promote everything from webinars to company fundraising events within their Facebook community.

Now, Google+ has a competing service with new bells and whistles.

Google’s Benefits for Better Business Events

Your ever-expanding Google+ community will benefit from these cool new features that make scheduling, sharing and finding your company’s events easier than ever before.

  • Full integration with Google Calendar—users can view and respond to your events on Google Calendar.
  • Real-time Event Photo Stream—all attendees can contribute directly to one shared photo collection.
  • Mobile Integration—Party Mode allows guests to snap and share photos in real time from their phones.
  • Easy Email Reminders—automated reminders are sent out to your confirmed guest list, along with an update that the event is starting.
  • Events On Air—allows your event to go public. Anyone can find the event page of a public event, view and upload photos, share the event with friends and make comments.
  • Hangout Integration—easily schedule and host virtual meetings and events that can be accessed via a laptop or smartphone by up to 10 guests.
  • Event Analytics—gain insight into offsite activities that involve your Google+ Event via Google’s Social Reporting Tool.

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