Why I didn't circle you back on G+
Have you been reading everyone's blogs as they go Ga-Ga for Google? For many, they still just don't get it. If you are one of the people who have created a profile, and added a bunch of people to your circles, but still feel like you don't have any traction, ask yourself if you are guilty of any of these?
You filled out only the minimum necessary on your Google Plus profile.
*GASP* if you are still a faceless entity on Google Plus, chances are you have almost no one circling you. This is probably the first thing you need to change. Don't stop there though.
Change your cover photo too. If you still have that green bar going across your profile, find a photo you like in your portfolio, and update!
What do you do? Do I know? I can't tell you how often I have someone circle me and their profile doesn't tell me why I want to circle them back. If I don't know, then chances are, I'm not circling you back.
If I'm not really sure if I want to add you to my circles then sometimes I'll check out your profile. If there isn't a single post there. I'm gone. Why bother? When do you think I'll look at circling again? Probably not until you've become interesting on either my feeds, or the feeds of someone else I converse with.
Don't just talk about your stuff either. The people I add usually talk about other people and share interesting articles. (Ok, and I like Scifi, so I tend to follow a lot of geeky/nerdy types too.)
Your profile is good, so now engage with me
Please whatever you do, don't add a bunch of people and then send them a message that says "Hi, thanks for connecting with me." Sure, that seems nice, but when I hit your wall and that's all I see, I'm afraid you are a fake person aka spammer.
Do engage with me. I can tell you that every time someone likes my status updates or links, or takes the time to comment or share my links, I look at who you are. If I like other stuff you share, I will circle you. If I'm circling you, I'm also more likely to +1, comment and share on your feeds.