Want More Exposure on Your Blog Post? Google + is the Answer!
Most of us have been there at one time or another when we threw together a 5 minute post and after only 1 comment, voila, it’s featured. While we are very grateful, we wonder why the AR Gods chose this particular post.
Conversely, some days we work hard on what we think is a really supper post, great content, thus feature worthy only to post it………………… and wait, and wait and wait and while it’s already been reblogged several times, the comments are flooding in with “suggest”, that elusive gold star never appears.
Without a doubt featured posts get more exposure and that's every blogger's goal. You want as many people viewing your business posts, giving you more SEO (Search Engine Optimization) aka Google Juice – the drink that puts your website at the top of page 1 of Google!
(I’m sure others can explain exactly what the benefits of features are like Lenn, much better than me so feel free to write any words of wisdom in the comments!)
The Good news is there is another avenue to garner more exposure for your posts called Google+ (not to be confused with Google+1 where you essentially “like” someone’s post or website.) Google+ is a social network, and I originally thought a waste of time. However, there is a very advantageous benefit to setting up a Google+ account. You can download your AR posts on Google+ giving them more exposure to Active Rain members (who otherwise may not find you amongst its 214,000+ members), friends, family, and anyone else in your circles.
With one click of a button, you can also alert your “friends” with an email that you’ve posted on Active Rain and it also shows up on the Google + main stream. (More on this in a future step-by-step instructions post on how to navigate Google+.)
Since joining Google+ my blog subscribers have increased and my business posts (the only ones I alert AR members with an email) are getting more exposure, comments and reblogs.
To join Google+, you have to have a Google account. You are then able to set up your Google+ account and fill in your profile - takes less than 5 minutes. Google+ gives easy to understand directions on how to navigate their site.
However, I will be writing a follow up post with step by step instructions and you’ll be ready to start blogging your AR posts after a few easy steps.
We all want more blogging exposure and this is a great way to drive more traffic to your AR blog, thus your website.