Why Google+ Is My New Boyfriend

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I’m breaking up with Facebook.

There’s a new guy in town, and his name is Google+.

Google+ was slow to take off, and for most of us, it wasn’t love at first sight. Unlike Pinterest, which was like a firestorm with its pretty pictures and inspirational messages, we just tolerated Google+ at first. It was just one. more. thing. to keep up with.

But use of Google+ is steadily gaining ground, and here is why.

If I share a post on Facebook, maybe 20% of my Facebook fans will actually SEE my post. This is because Facebook does not show everything you post to your friends and fans.

Did you know that?

Well, now you do.

They even tell you how many people see each post. Look in the bottom lefthand corner.

1/6 of my followers saw this post

My page has 3,775 Facebook fans, but only 718 saw that post.

Boo, Facebook!

Google+ is a much more effective network for sharing our work because Google+ shows my posts to everyone in my Circles.

So if you like to see my updates, you should follow me on Google+!!!

But there is another compelling reason why Google+ is the best place to promote your work.

Google+ is highly correlated with your search engine rankings.

You can read more about that at The Moz Blog, but all you really need to know is this. Google+ posts have SEO benefits unlike any of the other social platforms. So if you want more people to find your posts, you should be using it.

I pour my heart and soul into this little blog, and I want people to find it, so I’m putting much more time and energy into Google+ these days. It is becoming a fun community as more and more people join and start participating so if you’ve been hesitant to give it a try, don’t be shy. Jump in and test out the waters!

It’s okay, Facebook. We can still be friends. But I’m going steady with Google+.

Stay tuned for another post on how to use Google+ to its full potential.

Don’t forget to follow me on Google+, where you will see ALL my posts not just the ones cranky Facebook decides to share.

And if you really love me, click that little G+ button on the top or bottom of this post!

Comments

  1. Heather M says

    I’m still in a love/hate relationship with Google+ even though I have been using it for awhile now. Definitely has its perks though!

  2. says

    Thank you for this post. I’ve been totally avoiding Google+, because I don’t want something else to manage, but I’m also crazy frustrated with Facebook. I feel like nothing I post ever gets seen and that drives me crazy.

    I appreciate your review and recommendation. I think I’m turning to the dark side, or the Google+ side, whatever!
    ~FringeGirl

  3. says

    I had 78 people see one of my posts yesterday. 78! I’m breaking up with Facebook too. Looking forward to your G+ tips, I need all the help I can get.

  4. says

    Jo-Lynne, you always make me want to smile. I am no where near close to any of your stats with views, shares, etc. Sometimes you could say that I am more than a little bit jealous. But you always seem to know what I need to read at the right time. FB used to be one of my top referrers. Not anymore. And I am lucky if I get 20-30 views on a single FB post. G+ hasn’t always been a social media that I cared to get fluent in, but maybe I should.

    Have a great week!

  5. says

    So I am curious. Is this a true breakup or are their the occasional late night facebook bootie calls? I’ve been wanting to break up with FB for a while but always seem to find myself on their page instead of G+. My one gripe with G+ at the moment is that I have a personal page I set up ages ago and then a ‘business’ page which is based on my blogging profile. Instead of the nice neat URL that facebook gives: https://www.facebook.com/MultilingualMama, I get this: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/114857460905608163705/114857460905608163705/posts – not terribly user friendly.

  6. Kaly says

    It sounds enticing, but I’m just not sure I can handle another social media platform!
    Any thoughts on how to manage them all?

    • says

      Yeah, I hear ya there! For me, I am switching my energy and focus from Facebook to G+. Whereas I used to go right to FB to post every post, I am doing that now with G+. Once there, I scroll thru my feed, +1 a few things, leave a few comments, and then move on with my day. I’m not doing a ton of interaction on Twitter anymore, like I used to. Although I do try to reply to a few people every time I go over there to promote stuff, so I’m not all promotion all the time. But the truth is, we all have limited time, so we have to figure out where it’s most effective to focus that time. From everything I’m learning, I think G+ gives a lot more payoff for a lot less effort, so that’s where I’m going to put most of my time right now. That and Pinterest are my two main social media platforms right now. I still like FB for the personal interactions, so I do spend some time there when I have down time, usually on my phone or iPad. But not as work focused activity.

      • Kaly says

        Thanks! The SEO angle is good to keep in mind. I read somewhere that it’s hard to do more than three social media outlets well – so pick three and really focus on them instead of spreading yourself too thin across them all. I am more visual so tend to lean toward Pinterest and Instagram. But dividing your time between personal and professional makes sense too. You’ve definitely given me a lot to think about.

  7. Beth says

    I don’t do any work on social media, but I know personally I have less than 1/4 as many friends on google+ as facebook. Are enough people actually using it now that even if all your friends on google see a post it’s more than see it on facebook?

    • says

      I think it’s just a matter of time. I have 3000 people on Google+ with me in their circles, and I have 3500 FB fans of my Musings page, so for me, I think it is much better odds of ppl seeing stuff. Now, do they GO to G+ as often as they go to FB? Probly not. But like anything, it will evolve. And even if you don’t have as many followers, the SEO implications are still important. So G+ kind of has both things going for it. I figure, as a blogger, it’s still worth plastering my posts over there, even if I don’t do a lot of interaction.

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