The Ultimate Guide To Google Plus for Bloggers

Leslie Samuel Blogging 138 Comments

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

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.

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 . . .

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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*This is Bold*

_This is Italic_

-Strike Through-

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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.

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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. /

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=””>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.

Comments 138

  1. 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! 🙂

    1. @GlobalBlogAlliance Well, it seems the panel is full. Let me try something. Try going here

    1. @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

    1. @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! 🙂

  2. 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

    1. 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

    1. @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

  3. 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.

    1. @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.

    1. 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…

  4. 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?

    1. @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.

  5. 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.

    1. @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?

    1. @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.

  6. 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!

    1. @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.

    1. @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.

    1. @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+.

    1. @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.

  7. 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!

    1. @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.

    2. @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~

    3. @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!

  8. 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 🙂  )

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

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