Friday, March 9, 2012

Biannual Blogathon Bash Mini Challenge -- GOOGLE PLUS

For your Biannual Blogathon Bash Mini Challenge in Social Media, start here.
Google+ is a newer social media outlet, but with Google's vast reach, it is growing rapidly. Google is one of the most popular mail platforms, and Google allows all their email users to link their accounts to a Google+ profile. It operates in much the same way as a Facebook profile. You have the option of creating a Google+ profile or a Google+ page. If you already have a profile that you use for personal connections, it would make sense to create a separate page for your blog. If you have a separate email address for your blog, it is probably just easier to create a profile. The instructions for both are included below.

To create a Google+ profile:
  1. Set up a Google account by signing up here.
  2. Once you create your account, you will see the link to your Google+ profile on the top left. For example, mine says "Aleah+"
  3. Just like on your Facebook page, you can fill in your profile with information about you and your blog, your blog address, location, and search settings. You definitely want to make sure that anyone can access your page for optimum access!
  4. Google+ has "circles." On the left, you can see who you have in your circles and who has you in theirs. This is similar to Facebook's "Likes" -- it allows you to see how far your reach extends.
To create a Google+ page:
  1. Sign into your Google account.
  2. On the right side of your stream, click on Create a Google+ page.
  3. Pick a category for your page: Product or Brand; Company, Institution or Organization; Local Business or Place; Arts, Entertainment or Sports; Other. If you already have a Facebook Page, pick the one that is most consistent with your category there.
  4. Click Create and then get to work filling in the info just like you did for your Google+ profile or Facebook page!
How can a Google+ profile or page grow your blog? You can share your posts to your page and people can either share them or "+1" them. The "+1" button is basically a "Like" -- it indicates that people think it is worth reading. The more "+1"s you get, the more reach your blog has!

Leave a comment on this page once you complete the challenge!

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