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The Ultimate Guide To Google Plus for Bloggers

Google Plus ROCKS! Yeah, I said it - Now what?

Ok, maybe you don't believe me yet. It's ok. That's why you're reading this now. This is The Ultimate Guide To Google Plus for Bloggers.

Now, what's the best way to teach about Google Plus? By doing a Google Plus Hangout of course.

That's exactly what I did. This post has a video hangout I did with the Become A Blogger Community AND a number of QUICK tutorials to show you how to take advantage of the Awesome features contained within Google Plus.

I also talk about how YOU, as a blogger (or just a regular human being) can use Google+ effectively for growing your personal/business brand, AND connecting with others (even friends and family).

So, if you have about an hour and a half, watch the replay video of the hangout, and you'll learn A TON.

IF you don't have an hour and a half, watch some of it, and jump down to the Tutorials below.

Btw, this post will be updated on a regular basis with new Tutorials and resources for taking full advantage of Google+. Oh, and make sure to Join The Become A Blogger Community On Google Plus

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Now, you may also be wondering if mainstream media is keen to really using Google+. The answer is a resounding YES.

In fact, just check out this video where Alicia Keys did her album launch via Google Plus. Just check out the Awesomeness of this technology.

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Links for this Hangout

To ask questions, or to comment on the hangout, you can use the LiveFyre Commenting system below and I'll be watching those comments for questions.

Thanks for joining the Fun!

Google Plus Tutorials

Ok, now it's time for some step by step tutorials, especially for people who don't have the time to watch the entire video to learn how to do some of the simple things. My recommendation - Bookmark this page so that you can come back to this ever expanding resource. You're gonna wanna do it.

All you have to do is click on a title and Voila, the tutorial will Magically appear. Go ahead and give it a whirl . . .

How To Create Circles In Google+

Go to your Google+ profile  and click on Circles in the left sidebar

Select and Drag people to add them to your existing Circles

To create a New Circle, click on "Drag here to create a circle"

In the pop-up, name your Circle, add people to your Circle and click Create Circle

To add a page to a Circle, search for the page that you want to Follow and select the circle where you want to add it

How To Control What Shows Up On Your Home Stream

Go to your Google+ profile

Click on the top tabs to select a Circle to show in your stream

You can filter the posts that will appear in your stream by dragging the volume slider in the top right.

You can choose to Show nothing in your Home Stream

You can choose to Show some posts in your Home Stream

You can choose to Show most posts in your Home Stream

You can choose to Show every post in your Home Stream

You can choose to Subscribe to notifications for all new posts

How To Find Past Conversations In Google+

In your Google+ profile type the name of the person in the search bar and add a topic/keyword about the conversation that you want to find. Click on the number of comments to show the complete conversation.

How To Format And Edit Your Google+ Posts

To edit your Google+ Post, click on the tiny circular button in the top right of the post to show the options.

You can also use symbols to add styling to your text. You can make your text Bold, Italic, and add Strikethrough

*

_

-

asterisks for Bold

underscores for Italic

dashes for Strikethrough

*This is Bold*

_This is Italic_

-Strike Through-

.

How To Edit Photos With Google Creative Kit

Select Photos > Albums  in your left Sidebar and locate the photo that you want to edit

Click Edit Photo in the upper right

In the left sidebar you will see options for editing the photo.

You can do Basic Edits, Apply Effects, Decorate and Insert Text.

How To Get Your Profile to Show in Search Results with Google Authorship

If you want your authorship information to appear in search results, you'll need a Google+ Profile and a headshot for your profile photo. Then, you have to link your Website with your Google+ Profile. (Google doesn't guarantee to show author information in Google Web Search or Google News results.) Below are options on how to link your Webaite:

Option 1:

You need a verified email address with the same domain name as your Website (e.g. you@yourwebsite.com / www.yourwebsite.com).

Make sure that each post in your website has a clear byline identifying you as the author (e.g. "By Leslie Samuel" or "Author: Leslie Samuel"). Your byline name must match your Google+ Profile

Go to the Authorship page and submit your email address. You only need to do this once. Your email will appear in the Contributor to section of your Google+ profile.

If you want to keep your email private, change the visibility of your link.

Option 2:

First, link your Google+ profile in your website, like this:

<a href="[profile_url]?rel=author">Google+</a>

Replace [profile_url] with your Google+ profile URL:

<a href="https://plus.google.com/12345?rel=author">Google+</a>

Your link must contain the ?rel=author parameter. If it's missing, Google won't be able to associate your content with your Google+ profile.

Second, add a link to your website in your Google+ profile

Go to your Google+ profile and edit the Contributor to section.

Click Add custom link, and then enter your website URL.

You can specify who can see the links by clicking the drop-down button.

Click Save.


Lastly, Guy Kawasaki wrote an excellent book on Google+ and it's called What The Plus: Google+ For The Rest Of Us. It's a GREAT overview of how awesome G+ is and how to use it effectively. If you haven't checked it out, I would definitely recommend for you to do so. Click on the the picture below to download a FREE copy.

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  • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

    I'm very excited about doing this hangout with you guys. It's gonna be fun!

  • http://hubze.com/ hubze

    We will be getting started shortly. I am going to be here moderating the chat, so once it starts let me know if you have any questions and I will pass them along! :)

  • Marci Aurila

    Do we need to log into Become a Blogger?

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Marci Aurila No you are fine we have not started yet...

  • http://global-alliance-project.com/ GlobalBlogAlliance

    Thanks hubze .. For assisting in making this a success

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @GlobalBlogAlliance No problem! :)

  • http://hubze.com/ hubze

    OK broadcast is starting now. Are you ready??

  • http://hubze.com/ hubze

    Hit PLAY now all. If you see static, refresh your page and then click play.

  • Tizzo009

    YESSS

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Tizzo009 Awesome!!!

  • Marci Aurila

    Oh, I see you, nifty!

  • http://global-alliance-project.com/ GlobalBlogAlliance

    Hubze ...  how do we join the panel?

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @GlobalBlogAlliance Well, it seems the panel is full. Let me try something. Try going here https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/d7cdd4d0032d4ef080cdd663ecde838d0ace04ce?pqs=1&authuser=0&hl=en

  • http://hubze.com/ hubze

    If you want to join head here https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/d7cdd4d0032d4ef080cdd663ecde838d0ace04ce?pqs=1&authuser=0&hl=en

  • Marci Aurila

    This is actually kind of cool!

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Marci Aurila Glad you like it. We are just testing so some hiccups but it is fun to learn! :)

  • http://hubze.com/ hubze

    We are at capacity! :) So now all the rest can just sit back and enjoy!

  • Marci Aurila

    I am learning about crowd funding. I will be setting something up soon.

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Marci Aurila That's awesome Marci!

  • Marci Aurila

    I will have to take a look at camera photo art. That is my kind of thing :)

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Marci Aurila I am sure Lyn would appreciate that!

    • http://www.dayjobknockout.com/ Chris Deals

      @Marci Aurila Here is the URL: http://www.cameraphotoart.com

      • http://hubze.com/ hubze

        @Chris Deals   @Marci Aurila Thanks Chris!!

  • http://www.bestmurderbooks.com/ Reginald

    Am I doing this right?

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      Well that depends...what is it you are trying to do?

  • http://www.bestmurderbooks.com/ Reginald

    Chat, I guess

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      Well we are chatting so you are indeed doing it right! :)

  • Marci Aurila

    funny, I don't miss Florida. I am in PIttsburgh. I spent 25 years in the heat.

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Marci Aurila HA! Well, I really do miss snow and honestly do not think I would miss Florida either. :) We won't tell my wife that though. LOL

  • JoyceF

    Snow!

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @JoyceF Miss it!!

  • DaynaWallace

    So sorry I missed being on the panel :) Just getting here from a meeting. Hello All!

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @DaynaWallace Hello! Welcome and it is OK. You will have to hurry next time and get here FAST and grab a spot on the panel! :)

      • DaynaWallace

        @hubze I sure will do that next time! Happy to be here nevertheless!

  • JoyceF

    HI Dayna !

    • DaynaWallace

      @JoyceF Hey Joyce!

  • Marci Aurila

    This is great! I have different interests that I want to keep up with, but FB can be overwhelming and I get sucked in and lost time quite often

  • Marci Aurila

    I remember many things I talked about with people on FB, but can NEVER find it. What a cool feature G+ has.

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Marci Aurila Yes I am in love with G+ now. If I was not deeply integrated so much into Facebook, I would leave.

    • DaynaWallace

      @Marci Aurila Agreed Marci!

  • http://www.bestmurderbooks.com/ Reginald

    FB is just too cluttered

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      Well, and it is also not easy to manage. Hey Reginald, if you connect with LiveFyre you will be able to @ tag peeps and such in these comments

  • Nick B

    No longer have FB. I talked to more people everyday that have also deleted their account.

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Nick B Ya I have been contemplating that HARD lately!

      • Nick B

        @hubze it's going to take some time, but due to their privacy changes, more and more people are becoming alert. But, for now I have have to ask my wife about my family's postings. lol

        • http://hubze.com/ hubze

          @Nick B FUNNY!!!

  • Marci Aurila

    I saw rebel mouse introduced having G+ as part of it.

  • Marci Aurila

    What about connecting with people who have Etsy shops? How would I find them? I am in LinkedIn with many people who also own Etsy shops.

    • http://www.dayjobknockout.com/ Chris Deals

      @Marci Aurila You can do a search for "Etsy",  or "Etsy Shops" and add those you find to a specific circle. This is a great time to start an Esty community on Google +, they are not many right now.

  • Nick B

    Never knew that  you can edit your pics. Very cool!!

  • http://www.bestmurderbooks.com/ Reginald

    I never realized you can do so much with Google plus.  I there a tutorial?

    • Nick B

      Google Plus Tutorial on youtube
       
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OarvK5w_7gc

      • http://hubze.com/ hubze

        @Nick B Oh did not see this LOL Thank you Nick!

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      Reginald, there are many online. Do a search on Google and you will find them. I will do a quick search and see what I can find...

  • Marci Aurila

    So if i want to have a weekly book club meeting, I can do that in G+? Would I start a community or hangout first? Or are they connected somehow?

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Marci Aurila You could indeed. Well, communities are still very new so I am not sure how that would work. But so far the community that I created seems to be a great way to do that...but I would recommend that you keep it private if you want to control the conversation. I made mine public and I am now having to monitor SPAM all the time.

  • http://www.bestmurderbooks.com/ Reginald

    Thanks, Nick B

    • Nick B

      no problem

  • http://www.theblogbuilders.com/ Court Tuttle

    Yeah Marci you could do that with a hangout! All you would have to do is start a hangout and invite the people in the book club! If you wanted to schedule it, set it up as an event on air. :) Do a community if you want to have a place where you all hang.

    • Marci Aurila

      @Court Tuttle thank you!

  • Marci Aurila

    Do I need to 'host' the hangout like Leslie is doing on BaB?

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Marci Aurila No you do not. You can host them directly on your YouTube channel etc. There are many ways you can host them.

    • http://www.theblogbuilders.com/ Court Tuttle

      @Marci Aurila You don't have to host it on a blog, you can just embed it on the event page right on Google+ or yeah, it will broadcast on YouTube.

      • Marci Aurila

        @Court Tuttle I just saw Leslie's channel and that I just press play and it is live. Very cool feature! Does YT automatically keep it?

        • http://www.theblogbuilders.com/ Court Tuttle

          @Marci Aurila Yeah it does, as long as you set it up as a hangout on air!

  • Marci Aurila

    How would i make the banner that i see on some people's screens?

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Marci Aurila That is one of the apps you can use inside the hangout. You just activate "Tools" and then set it up. It is pretty easy.

  • JoyceF

    Habari Tommy.
    Salamu kutoka Mukenya Mwenzako !

  • http://www.happyfoodhealthylife.com/ happyfoodholly

    This is really SO cool! I'm looking forward to hosting a hangout of my own in the future. I'm hoping to get more of my readers over on G+ and make it happen!
    Thanks Leslie for hosting the hangout! You Rock, as always!

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @happyfoodholly Thanks for that!

  • Marci Aurila

    I don't see it

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Marci Aurila Oh ya...did not think about that...one sec.

      • http://www.happyfoodhealthylife.com/ happyfoodholly

        @hubze  @Marci Aurila Can't he switch for us to see his screen??

        • http://hubze.com/ hubze

          @happyfoodholly  @Marci Aurila Probably...but we do not want to get too technical yet as this is the first one LOL!

  • http://diabetes2patient.com/ Daniel Ejelonu

    Am seeing nothing.

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Daniel Ejelonu If you see nothing, refresh the page and click play on the video player. See if that helps.

  • http://www.bestmurderbooks.com/ Reginald

    Thank you, Leslie.  Always over delievers.

  • DaynaWallace

    Love that youtube feature but wish it allowed the audience to see it as well

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @DaynaWallace Yes...that would be cool! And maybe they will someday :)

  • http://hubze.com/ hubze

    Do any of you have questions for Leslie or any of the other panelists?

  • Marci Aurila

    What is the difference between a hangout and a community?

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Marci Aurila I can answer that one. A hangout is an event, where a community is much like a Facebook group. A hangout is a one time broadcast event you can do with select people or live on your YouTube channel.

  • Marci Aurila

    Yes, how do you integrate the picture from G+ into a blog post? Do you post it in your G+ as well then it will show?

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Marci Aurila Are you using WordPress self hosted, or are you using something else?

      • Marci Aurila

        @hubze wordpress self hosted

        • http://hubze.com/ hubze

          @Marci Aurila OK well there is a way there you can either upload an image or you can add a link for it to show. I would actually upload it directly to my blog instead of linking it from G+ just in case.

  • Nick B

    I missed that. What is that service called that adds your picture to the google search engine for optimization purposes?

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Nick B I will ask that.

  • http://www.dayjobknockout.com/ Chris Deals

    Here is the Google Authorship link Leslie mention:
    https://plus.google.com/authorship

    • Nick B

      @Chris Deals Thank you sir

  • Marci Aurila

    I just Googled my name, and there is a small silhouette of a person next 2 of the results on Pg 1. What are those for?

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Marci Aurila That is Google plus your world search, so it is going to show you relevant results from people in your circles. That is why it is so important to be on G+.

  • JoyceF

    Thanks Chris for that link.

  • http://diabetes2patient.com/ Daniel Ejelonu

    Hi Les, Can we have the names or domain names of future panelists displayed on the screen while they are commenting. This will enable us to hook up them at the end of the hangout.

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Daniel Ejelonu some of us have the lower 3rd that has our domain names, but I will have them all tell you again where you can find them.

  • http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/ Roger

    Can you markup the screen when you're screen-sharing?
    Thnx.
    Roger

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      Will ask that. Thanks Roger!

  • http://diabetes2patient.com/ Daniel Ejelonu

    Thanks Hubze. Looking forward to that.

  • http://purrfectmoments.com/ Sheila Bergquist

    This is so cool! Unfortunately, I have to leave, but am looking forward to the recorded version to see what I missed! Thanks Leslie!

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Sheila Bergquist Thanks for coming!! See you next time!

  • Nick B

    I wish you could do more with the google plus app for cell phones. Very limited. Hopefully, it will improve in the future.

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Nick B Well the app for iPhone does it all. I LOVE the G+ iPhone app!!! :)

      • Nick B

        @hubze I don't have a google plus communities tab on my google plus app for samsung g 3.

        • http://hubze.com/ hubze

          @Nick B They just launched it 2 days ago...did you download the latest version?

        • Nick B

          @hubze i might need to update that app.  Thanks man!

        • http://hubze.com/ hubze

          @Nick B Ya I bet that is it because they announced it I think on Monday.

  • http://arnoldwatson.com/ arnoldwatson

    This has been a fantastic and informative Google+ Hangout!

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @arnoldwatson Thank you!

  • Marci Aurila

    This has been great and very informative

  • http://diabetes2patient.com/ Daniel Ejelonu

    Tried that. It is not working!

    • http://hubze.com/ hubze

      @Daniel Ejelonu Tried what Daniel?

  • http://diabetes2patient.com/ Daniel Ejelonu

    Hovering the cursor over the pictures as suggested by Mahdi.

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      @Daniel Ejelonu You had to be on the hangout to be able to do that.

  • Tizzo009

    Thank you everyone, it was fun and hope to do this a lot in the future.

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      @Tizzo009 Thank you for showing up. We indeed had a lot of fun and will be doing more in the future.

  • http://diabetes2patient.com/ Daniel Ejelonu

    Thanks for having me. When is the next Hangout

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      @Daniel Ejelonu Great question. I'll have a think about that and then let you guys know. Stay tuned!

  • http://diabetes2patient.com/ Daniel Ejelonu

    God bless you all

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      @Daniel Ejelonu Same to you :)

  • MarkFaucet

    Thats pretty cool!

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      @MarkFaucet Thanks Mark. Glad you liked :)

  • mangostuff

    i love hangouts!

  • http://brianramdhan.com/ brian1

    how did you record this?

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      @brian1 I didn't. Hangouts on air are automatically recorded onto youtube. It's a beautiful thing :)

  • http://hubze.com/ hubze

    I have to say man...I am in love with G+. It is clean and very easy to use and I think the future of social for sure. I have been trying to get my friends and family to come over for quite some time...still working on them!

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      @hubze Yep, I'm with you there bro. I'm starting to win people over slowly, one person at a time. I think the BAB Community is getting sold on it quickly though after last nights webinar. I'm thinking about doing a part 2 to the Google+ Hangout series pretty soon.

    • http://global-alliance-project.com/ GlobalBlogAlliance

      @hubze David , Leslie ... I share the same feeing with you both on love for Google+I really enjoyed the Hangout seesion with you guys. Lots of talent.There is such a higher level of results that come from masterminding with that talent.For example, what would be the outcome of an experiment where we gathered the energy of our sharpest associates and did a 30 day blitz on bringing people over to not only establish a Google + account ... but iintroduce them to 3 specific features of Google + that broaden there "share" experience ?
      David .. Leslie ... please give me your Feedback .I believe that  it would be a powerful social experiment, that can be repeated ... by increasingly larger numbers ...over time... for amazing results 
      It beats the heck out of  having all of our eggs in the Facbook Basket.Plus ...it educates our associates who probably ALSO want options...And will eventually force a healthier competition between Facebook and Google for the amount of time that the average user spends on either interface.and quie frankly, with google+ communities, Hangouts, google voice, youtube, news, weather, finance, and all the other things that people want access to  during the day ... the only REAL reason that people are putting up with many of the glitches, restrictions, and censorship of Facebook is because ...1 - THEY HAVE NEVER EXPLORED THE ALTERNATIVES2 - THEY ARE LAZYLet's work on those that fall into group #1I will listen out  for a reply from you both.~Muhammad Mahdi~

      • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

        @GlobalBlogAlliance  @hubze My blitz has already started, which was the reason I did the hangout and started the community. There's lots more coming too, so stay tuned!

  • http://www.artpreneure.blogspot.com/ dance4everDANSE

    You rock Leslie !

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      @dance4everDANSE No, no - YOU Rock!

  • http://www.demondemon.com/ Scritty

    The Google plus tutorials alone are a great resource. It stands to reason that if you want to rank with "Big G" you should play be their rules - particularly if you are playing "in their own yard". Using Googles own tools to promote your site as a first port of call has got to be a good thing. Great resource Leslie. Good work my friend. I actually lkearned some stuff I didn't know (creative kit..I had no idea :)  )

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      @Scritty Hey bro, I'm glad you're finding value in this stuff. Lots more to come. Yep, Google is definitely doing great stuff there with the plus!

  • http://global-alliance-project.com/ GlobalBlogAlliance

    Google + Rocks ...Period !

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      @GlobalBlogAlliance That one phrase summarizes EVERYTHING in this post, lol.

  • RebootAuthentic

    Leslie:
     
    What a fantastic resource. Thanks for doing this. It's definitely the social media venue I most need to get better at. Great stuff!

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      @RebootAuthentic You are very much welcome. Glad you found it valuable, and thanks for sharing it on Twitter.

  • http://www.hdg.co.uk/ Mel Diaz

    Great post! I run a small company and I'm constantly looking for ways how to promote and advertise online, in order to create an easily recognizable brand. These tutorials are gold to me. Thank you so much!

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      @Mel Diaz I'm so glad to be able to help. Wishing you all the best with your company!