We all know Google Plus is important for SEO but let’s face it, sometimes Google Plus can seem deserted! It’s not the easiest social network to gain a following, so how do we engage an audience? We’re going to have a look at why it is worth having Google + and how we can engage our audience.
Why Have Google Plus?
While Google Plus isn’t as popular as Facebook or Twitter, the number of monthly active users on any Google product now exceeds over 500 million. While it still has while to go to compare to the 1 billion, 110 monthly active users on Facebook, it holds a massive amount of potential and Google hasn’t given up yet. Unlike Facebook and Twitter, Google Plus allows you to interact through many more avenues like YouTube and direct Google search.
This means that for visitors who engage with you through Google+, the potential traffic channels multiply. This can only work if you put the effort in to engage your audience and then they actually engage with your page. Although Google Plus is similar to Facebook, it involves a few new tactics that some people can easily miss and could lose opportunities to engage with your followers. So heres a few tips you can use to make the most out of Google Plus.
1. Always have a Title
This may sound really basic but it makes a huge difference and is something often people miss. Unlike the other social networks, Google Plus posts are like mini blogs, so not only will it make your blog stand out, but it will also incorporate your headline into the title tag of the post and will also be the headline that appears in Google search results. Spend a bit of time on this and make sure it’s SEO friendly and fits with your mini blog.
2. Utilize your circles
Once you’ve come up with some great content, it’s important that you make the most of sharing with your audience. A great feature on Google Plus is circles. While posting to ‘public’ is great, adding your circles and selecting individuals in your share settings will send them a notification and post it directly to them. This could be very powerful or very dangerous so remember, with great power comes great responsibility and don’t spam.
3. Use Formatting
Another great thing that Google plus has over other social platforms is the ability to use formatting and special symbols. This will allow your content to be set out a lot more clearly and make your posts easier to read and more appealing to your audience.
4. Use hashtags
We all know about hashtags from Facebook and Twitter, but Google Plus uses them in completely different ways. Google has the ability to create auto hashtags and will use them to organise and recommend content, and form relationships between topics. If you don’t add your own hashtags, Google will identify the main keywords in your text and convert them into hashtags. This may not be the best option and isn’t always accurate, so make sure you add your own relevant hashtags at the end of the body of each post, but don’t spam. Here’s some insight into hashtags by Mark Traphagen.
Google + Hash Tags
5. Make sure you have a Google + page URL
Having a Google Plus URL will make it a lot easier for people to find you in search results and will also help a great deal in SEO. To find out more, check out one of our blog’s as Luke explains why it’s important to have a Google PLus URL and how to get one here: http://geekseo.com.au/geek-seo-blog/14011742/googlepluspersonalurl
6. Promote +1’s
In the past, it’s been quite evident that +1’s have had a positive effect on Google search rankings. This means +1’s can potentially be quite valuable so promoting the ability to +1 your content might not be such a bad idea! Ensure you have +1 snippits for your page to make this even easier for people to do. You can find the details here: https://developers.google.com/+/web/+1button/