So you’re on LinkedIn, facebook, and Twitter. You spend several minutes each day checking your social networks. You code your Websites for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). You’re plugged in. But now you’re not.
Stop! You may be thinking, “Not another network.” But Google+ for business or individuals is not another network, it is the network – it’s owned and operated by Google, the behemoth, omnipotent, and omnipresent social/search engines of all such engines, period.
And with 500 million members Google+ is likely to soon reign supreme. What this means is Google will index more favorably Google+ members and posts, those posted by you. Whether you promote yourself as a solo or business brand (< learn 10 ways to improve your SEO with Google+) Google+ is now a necessity.
If you’re an author Google+ also will more favorably index you. Still not convinced? Check out The Moz Bog, that ran a study to document SEO of those who also used Google+’s 1s feature. The 1s feature is similar to a social media like. Content owners like you can, for example, use 1s to favor your own posts in Google+. Ready to start? You’ll need a Google account to start here regardless.
Do I practice what I preach? Feel free to search under People (while in your Google+ profile) for me, Erik Bean, Ed.D., Detroit area, among over 200 other people named Erik Bean, and while you’re at it create a new category, professional. With Google+ you create categories of those in your network, whom to follow and they or you can decide whether to bring you further into a new circle.
Each layer has security toggles that further control who sees the content you promote. If you’ve been uploading personal pictures to Picasa, you’ll also be able to privatize those so they will not publicly appear on your Google+ site.
Detroit, rev up your Google+ engines today! Then you can follow the Tigers after clinching the Central Division pennant three years consecutively. Do you have experience with Google+: a recommendation, praise, gripe, or idea? Voice your concern here? Examiner.com promotes all its authors in Google+, so your post could get more recognition than Internet days gone by.