Don't just hit that Google + button...take 1 more simple step

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google plus buttonI'm so glad so many Active Rainers are starting to use Google Plus and they are getting more active.  That is great news for you biz, your website as well as for AR.


Last week, Active Rain made a change to help prompt us to share our posts across google +, face book and linkedIn. In concept, this is great.


HOWEVER, in practice, the implementation of this is SUBOPTIMAL and I'm sure most people don't even realize it...and the good news is that it is SIMPLE to fix!


Here's is what shows on Google Plus when you just hit the button:

active rain button on google plus

What does this have to do with your post?  Nothing!  And, I see it over and over again on Google fact, I start to tune all those posts out...they look boring and almost look like spam.  And, it doesn't look like anyone is engaging here.  I've seen tons of people doing this...including Nikesh Parehk and Bob Stewart.  I'm sure no one realizes they are even doing this.


Can we do better?  Yes!  What if you posted the picture that you used in the post instead>  Wouldn't that look better?  Wouldn't it communicate your idea better?


NEWSFLASH: It's fast and easy to insert your own picture! I'm first going to show you the easier way, and then the better way...either is head and shoulders above what most are doing now!

The easy way:  If you hit the G+ button, but BEFORE you hit submit, hover over the'll notice some arrows at the the arrows to select the picture of your choice.  Then, hit submit.

The better way:  Go to Google plus and do your status update from there.  Write an intro line.  Then add a picture to the picture box...this way, your picture will be much larger and more impactful.  (I wish I could get a screen shot for you).  Then, in the text section, post a link to your post.  This takes a bit more time, but it looks much better.  Because it looks much better, you are more likely to get additional + 1's, comments, shares and clicks to your website.  I think it's worth the extra time.


Edit:  Check out comment #15 from Kathy Nielsen...she has visually shown the difference between the 2 options.  It's huge!  And, you can see it below. Thank you Kathy.  Tell me which looks more impactful.

The easier way....

laminate flooring on google plus

The better way...

large version of picture on google plus 


That is my tip for the day.  Please at least do the easy way.  It will make a big difference.  I hope that you will join us on Google +.  We have a very active and supportive group from Active Rain interacting, learning and sharing together.  Here is a link to my Google Plus account Debbie Gartner.


Note to fellow Active Rainers on G+...if any of you can get some screen shots to demonstrate, feel free to add to the comments.  My program isn't working and I need to reinstall it!  uggh.


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Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

well I'll be a monkey's uncle! that is the coolest easiest way to take this bull by the horns!

Nov 19, 2012 08:56 PM #44
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers


Once you have put it up -can you change it in the G+ position?
I may fiddle with that a bit.

Have a happy day -

Nov 19, 2012 09:16 PM #45
Joan Defenbaugh

Thanks for this post. I click that button from Blogger too. I like this option for the new AR posts. Looks so much better with a larger photo. The typical format actually looks like a Facebook ad (which means I have trained myself to ignore it).  This is great stuff, thanks again!

Nov 19, 2012 09:22 PM #46
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Great tips.  Google is the king of the search engines so best to give the people what they want.

Nov 19, 2012 09:40 PM #47
Woody Edwards
First Choice Realty, Inc - Chesterfield, VA
A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone!

Thanks for the "understandable" explanation.  For us "old far...." this stuff is way beyond our brains, and some people like yourself take the time to explain it to us.  Thank you!

Nov 19, 2012 09:44 PM #48
Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

Debbie, Great post, please people, no more boring AR icons in the Google+ stream! For me, it's similar to seeing the posts from HootSuite that have nothing but just a link. It looks like the poster is just autofeeding and doesn't care about how their post looks, you know, just going through the motions. Just the type of agent I want to market my house! jk

The only drawback to posting the big photo is that you wind up with a less appealing headline. Some of us read the headline first (me) and then look at the picture. I know I am in the minority on that one, but I wish we could have the best of both worlds, a nice looking headline and a big photo.

But this whole discussion points out an even bigger issue. Every blog post should have a compelling photo! If it doesn't, then your post is not finished!

And by all means, if it's super relevant to your post, like pictures of flooring are, then you should certainly make the photo big. However, if it's a chart or graph from a market report, then perhaps a catchy headline like "Sales up 35%" should not be owerwhelmed by a jumbo photo. And if it's just a cutesy little piece of art, please don't make it large, but at least scroll through your post and feature it instead of the AR icon.

Nov 19, 2012 11:16 PM #49
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Great tips Debbie and you've been a huge help on Google+ too!

Nov 20, 2012 12:03 AM #50
Suzi Sandore
RealtyONEGroup - San Diego, CA
North County San Diego Homes

There's always something new to learn and a better way to do things! Thanks Debbie!

Nov 20, 2012 12:36 AM #51
Annett T. Block
NextHome Connect Realty - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Your NextHome in Fort Lauderdale Beach

Great Info Debbie, just did it and it freshes up the posting. Not the old same picture associated with your profile. Thanks for the Tip!

Nov 20, 2012 01:08 AM #52
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for the tips, Debbie. I have to play with this a bit. Certainly the big pic is far more impactful, if done well. I thkn addind commentary by doing the update from Google+ makes more sense, as we should also do in Facebook.

I lke what Rich had to say, too. I think we just need to be thoughtful about what we are doing.


Nov 20, 2012 03:32 AM #53
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I had not noticed this.  I do know how to change the photos and I will be doing that.  Thanks for the post.

Nov 20, 2012 04:55 AM #54
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Debbie thanks so much for this tip... I've been wondering about this and had no clue how to fix it... Happy Evening...

Nov 20, 2012 06:10 AM #55
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Fantastic advice Debbie!!,  These tips will make a huge difference in successfully cross marketing our posts.

Nov 20, 2012 10:01 AM #56
Momentum Realty
North Orange County CA Real Estate Specialists - Yorba Linda, CA
Orange County CA Real Estate Agent

Thanks for this awesome tip Debbie! Your post has reminded me why I seriously need to get a move on with Google+

: ) Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings in the new year!


Nov 21, 2012 02:19 AM #57
Rob Renk
Center Street Lending - McKinney, TX
AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors

I am statring to use Google+ i like all of the stories related to it and how to use it.  Thanks.

Nov 21, 2012 09:53 PM #58
Brian Kuhns
Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber - Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns

That's great info to know. I've noticed a lot of AR logo's on facebook as well and hopefully this works in that platform as well

Nov 21, 2012 10:41 PM #59
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Thanks so much, Debbie!   Hope your Thanksgiving was awesome!

Nov 22, 2012 09:30 PM #60
Brenda, Ron, Lee Cunningham & Tara Keator
West USA Realty - Phoenix, AZ
Realtors, Homes for Sale - Phoenix Metro

Thanks for the great information.  I haven't been blogging lately and this is great to know!

Nov 24, 2012 12:13 AM #61
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I have bookmarked your post. Thanks for pointing this out and providing a solution that will make our posts stand out.  I was a little confused -- not sure what you mean  --

 If you hit the G+ button, but BEFORE you hit submit, hover over the'll notice some arrows at the the arrows to select the picture of your choice.  Then, hit submit. 

I did not see arrows at the top  - help.

Nov 28, 2012 11:32 AM #62
Nicky Dou
Keller Williams Market Pro Realty - Fayetteville, AR
The BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT in Northwest Arkansas

I see the buttons are gone where we used to be able to "post to google +, pinterest, etc" is this why?

Thanks for the explanation - that makes sense.

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