How to Make a Google+ Account

How to Make a Google+ AccountIf you’ve been following my previous posts on Google+, you’ll know why content creators should be on Google+:

  • SEO. Google +1’s and shares are weighted heavily for page rank. Funny story: Cyrus Shephard, in a blog post to SEOmoz, said that he was surprised to learn that his G+ content outranked both his SEOMoz articles and his own blog.
  • Author-rank building. G+ is the main influencing factor on Author Rank, which is expected to affect page rank in the near future.
  • Fast content indexing. Content posted to G+ is indexed faster than if it were published to a site and left alone.

If  you’re already on G+, there’s a good chance that you might be a little bored. Google+ can be a pretty sleepy place.

But not if you know where to look. Here are a few tips to show you how to build a Google+ account that’s as addictive as your Facebook feed:

  • Build your followers. Use FindPeopleOnPlus to find which of your LinkedIn Connections or Twitter contacts are active on G+, so that you can follow and get followed by them. You can also search for people to add by criteria such as geography, age, and industry.
  • Increase convenience and build functionality by using tools.
  • Disable “recommended posts” from your homescreen. Google displays posts on your feed that it thinks you may like just because they are popular. “Be who you are and say what you feel,” was an inspirational post I got from none other than Paris Hilton. If you don’t want Paris to inspire you, go here quickly and move the slider at the top right all the way to the left.

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10 thoughts on “How to Make a Google+ Account That You’ll Actually Use

  1. Thanks for a number of great suggestions. Personally, I have been slow in getting to use my Google+ account although I have been signed up quite a while.

    Perhaps your suggestions will help me embrace it further.

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