Google Plus - Don't Accept the Default Thumbnail!

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Once you create a new blog post, what is the next thing you should do? Syndicate! Get the news out there to your feeds such as Facebook and Google Plus (and twitter too if you are there!) I find myself often jumping to blog posts to read that I just would not have found any other way.

Now welcome to Craig's Classroom, let me see if I can teach you something new today!

When you post a link to google plus, it offers a "default thumbnail" graphic as well as a snippet of article text which is approximately a couple of sentences long. Have you noticed however, that the default graphic is NOT the right choice for your post? It shows your avatar in most cases. This is NOT the lead-in graphic that you want for your specific post. The article is not about YOU!!

But don't worry, the solution is extremely easy and was hiding right under your nose!

As you hover over the graphic, notice that there are two arrow buttons that let you scroll through other choices for the thumbnail. It will show you the other graphics from your blog post to choose from. You are using nice graphics in your posts aren't you??

Once you have updated your thumbnail, the next thing you should do is put a little extra bait on your hook (we are fishing for readers!). Write a nice little introductory text to get people to want to click to read more!

Now finally, one last thing as more incentive to you. The google plus app on the smartphones was recently updated to a fantastic new interface. It shows the article thumbnails very large (full screen width) and overlays the intro text on top. Now what do you think this feed looks like if you DO NOT change your thumbanails? Well -- have a look below what I'm seeing now. And it is happening with pretty much ALL MY AR BUDDIES. :) (so you aren't alone)

I'm hoping that after you guys read this, the tide will soon turn!

(PS - Facebook thumbnails for your posts has the same principle to apply - however Facebook and AR aren't playing well together at the moment as far as thumbnails - see my related post "Is Facebook Doing This to Your Posts?" for more information how to work around it)

See you on google plus! I hope you learned something new today.

I'm doing my job if so!

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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Thanks Craig!  I wondered about this and now I know.  Do you have any tricks for chosing the picture for facebook if we use the AR button on top of our posts.  I don't like to use it as it's only our picture that shows up. We can't chose the photo - unless I missed something the last few weeks????

May 29, 2012 04:35 AM #47
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Craig, I've been using this for sometime...Tammy Emineth told me about this special feature...sooo easy.

May 29, 2012 08:25 AM #48
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Dude you are awesome and I love you!  I tried it and it was so easy!

May 29, 2012 09:43 AM #49
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I would have never even thought of the issue, let alone your solution.  Thanks for the great post.

May 29, 2012 12:46 PM #50
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Thank so much for another learning lesson. For me, it pays to surf the AR daily.

May 29, 2012 04:46 PM #51
Peter Michelbach
International, IT
i Sell Real Estate

Thank you ! Great information thanks for sharing a great post! Thank you!

May 29, 2012 10:08 PM #52
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Craig...Jerry Re-blogged this post and sent us over...Thanks for the Great Suggestion.

Congratlations on your feature

May 30, 2012 01:35 AM #53
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Craig, excellent point however, I heard Google Plus is now referred to as Google Ghost town.  No one really using.

May 30, 2012 07:03 AM #54
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

I always find myself says "ah-ha" after reading your posts!  I will change my ways - thanks for the tip.

May 30, 2012 07:40 AM #55
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Tom - for FB I assume, it is good to use your outside blog as landing anyway!

Jennifer - that's great

Sharon - sorry about the AR photos, I'm sure the devs continue to work out any issues

Christine - FB is supposed to work similarly - if your outside blog as links it sounds like it might, otherwise my workaround post is another option

May 30, 2012 11:47 AM #56
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Pamela - it sees tha avatar first, if it were "smarter" it would look for the main content pic

Kathy - so glad I could help

Rob - motivation is a good thing :)

Michael - you are very welcome

Peggy - you can't change once posted, but starting now onward is a different story

Debb - the AR g+ newsfeed is starting to have a different look with everybody doing better!

May 30, 2012 11:55 AM #57
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Lynda - the thumbnail complements the content!

Lyn - a whole new era hehe

Justin - feeding the google machine

Anna - nothing on the button to help, did you see my workaround? food for thought

Rebecca - teamwork we'll get the word out :)

Georgina - [smiles]

Gene - cool, glad to hear it

Kimo - value is here!

May 30, 2012 12:09 PM #58
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Peter - you are welcome!

Fred - I hope you get good mileage out of the tip, thx!

Bob - there is lots of activity on G+ - you just have to 'circle' the right people! :)

Francine - I like ah-ha moments :)

May 30, 2012 12:11 PM #59
Robert Sole
REM Inspections LLC - Winter Springs, FL

Thanks very much for the information.  I will be putting this to good use.

May 31, 2012 12:49 AM #60
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

thanks for visiting Robert, glad you liked :)

Jun 04, 2012 05:22 AM #61
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Craig~since you are a master at Fatherhood as well as the internet, I just wanted to pass on a message of support for YOU for a great Father's Day (may it bring a bit of relaxation for you). You are a "FATHER" to so many of us in this social network, that I wanted you to bask in the glory of knowing how appreciated you are!


Happy Father’s Day, Craig!

Jun 17, 2012 02:33 AM #62
Jennifer Spanbauer Brodoway
Lethbridge Real - Lethbridge, AB
just call jen

Great tip. I've been focusing on Facebook and ignoring Googleplus.  That is about to change. 

Nov 18, 2012 12:58 AM #63
Matt Robinson
Professional Investors Guild - Pensacola, FL

Great post Craig! I love learning new stuff about technology, and though I'm not using Google+ much yet, I do use twitter, linkedin, and Facebook quite a bit.  Thanks for sharing!

May 09, 2013 02:58 AM #64
Allison Bernard
Keller Williams Central Rhode Island - East Greenwich, RI
Real Estate & Relocation Services 401-533-6916

Thanks Craig. This is not the first time I googled my question within activerain to get the answers I need from one of your posts.

May 15, 2014 02:43 AM #65
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

Great great tip..    and look forward to more interesting insight in the future! Liz in Chandler

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