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The Ultimate Guide To Google Plus for Bloggers

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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

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asterisks for Bold

underscores for Italic

dashes for Strikethrough

*This is Bold*

_This is Italic_

-Strike Through-

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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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138 Responses to “The Ultimate Guide To Google Plus for Bloggers”

  1. Leslie Samuel December 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

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

  2. hubze December 19, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    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! :)

  3. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Do we need to log into Become a Blogger?

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

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

  4. GlobalBlogAlliance December 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Thanks hubze .. For assisting in making this a success

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

      @GlobalBlogAlliance No problem! :)

  5. hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    OK broadcast is starting now. Are you ready??

  6. hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

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

  7. Tizzo009 December 19, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    YESSS

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

      @Tizzo009 Awesome!!!

  8. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    Oh, I see you, nifty!

  9. GlobalBlogAlliance December 19, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    Hubze …  how do we join the panel?

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

      @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

  10. hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

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

  11. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    This is actually kind of cool!

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

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

  12. hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

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

  13. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

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

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      @Marci Aurila That’s awesome Marci!

  14. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

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

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

      @Marci Aurila I am sure Lyn would appreciate that!

    • Chris Deals December 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

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

      • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

        @Chris Deals   @Marci Aurila Thanks Chris!!

  15. Reginald December 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Am I doing this right?

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

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

  16. Reginald December 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Chat, I guess

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

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

  17. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

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

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      @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

  18. JoyceF December 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Snow!

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

      @JoyceF Miss it!!

  19. DaynaWallace December 19, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

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

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      @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 December 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

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

  20. JoyceF December 19, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    HI Dayna !

    • DaynaWallace December 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      @JoyceF Hey Joyce!

  21. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    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

  22. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

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

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

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

    • DaynaWallace December 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

      @Marci Aurila Agreed Marci!

  23. Reginald December 19, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    FB is just too cluttered

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

      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

  24. Nick B December 19, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

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

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

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

      • Nick B December 19, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

        @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

        • hubze December 19, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

          @Nick B FUNNY!!!

  25. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

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

  26. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    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.

    • Chris Deals December 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

      @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.

  27. Nick B December 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

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

  28. Reginald December 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

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

    • Nick B December 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

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

      • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

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

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

      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…

  29. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    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?

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

      @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.

  30. Reginald December 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Thanks, Nick B

    • Nick B December 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

      no problem

  31. Court Tuttle December 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    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 December 19, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      @Court Tuttle thank you!

  32. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

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

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

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

    • Court Tuttle December 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

      @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 December 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

        @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?

        • Court Tuttle December 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

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

  33. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

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

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

      @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.

  34. JoyceF December 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Habari Tommy.
    Salamu kutoka Mukenya Mwenzako !

  35. happyfoodholly December 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    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!

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

      @happyfoodholly Thanks for that!

  36. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    I don’t see it

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

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

      • happyfoodholly December 19, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

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

        • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

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

  37. Daniel Ejelonu December 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Am seeing nothing.

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

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

  38. Reginald December 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Thank you, Leslie.  Always over delievers.

  39. DaynaWallace December 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

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

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

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

  40. hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

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

  41. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    What is the difference between a hangout and a community?

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

      @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.

  42. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    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?

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

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

      • Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

        @hubze wordpress self hosted

        • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

          @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.

  43. Nick B December 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

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

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

      @Nick B I will ask that.

  44. Chris Deals December 19, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

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

    • Nick B December 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

      @Chris Deals Thank you sir

  45. Marci Aurila December 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    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?

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

      @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+.

  46. JoyceF December 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    Thanks Chris for that link.

  47. Daniel Ejelonu December 19, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    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.

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

      @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.

  48. Roger December 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

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

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

      Will ask that. Thanks Roger!

  49. Daniel Ejelonu December 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Thanks Hubze. Looking forward to that.

  50. Sheila Bergquist December 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

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

    • hubze December 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

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