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5 Ways to Increase Your Google+ Followers

1. Don’t be afraid to +1

The +1 button is very similar to the like button from Facebook. The biggest difference pertaining to this button is you don’t +1 a business page on Google+, you instead add it to circles just as you would a personal profile. When you +1 someone’s posts or comments it shows your appreciation and your personal seal of approval. Many websites and blogs are including a +1 button with their content allowing you to tell Google that you’ve found important or relevant information. With recent changes to Google search, content you’ve +1’d can show up in your friends search results. How does this help you increase Google+ followers? It’s simple, you’ve just earned some gratitude. Your +1 essentially helped the original author with social media marketing and SEO at the same time, with one click. Not all Google+ members realize this, but the ones that do will be happy to add you to their circles in appreciation.

2. Add a Badge to your website or blog

It is really easy to add a Google+ badge to a website or blog and increase reach. you can use this simple tool from Google to create icons and badges of different sizes. These badges will allow a quick and easy way for followers to find your page, similar to the Facebook boxes most people use. It is also just a great reminder for visitors to find ways to interact with websites and people they enjoy.

3. Engage with industry colleagues

Online marketers should already be familiar with this concept and use it often on Twitter and LinkedIn. One of the most effective ways to increase your follows is by participating in the discussions of others. Find the profiles and pages of those that are relevant to your industry and provide encouragement, helpful comments, and suggestions. Just like on other social networks, this practice helps establish yourself as an expert and go-to person.

4. Ask on other social networks

If your goal is to move some of your conversations to Google+ , this may be a very helpful task. Some of the reasons you may want to migrate current followers over to Google+ is to take advantage of features like hangouts and social Google search results. If you have a large Facebook or Twitter following, it can’t hurt to post a link to your Google+ profile or page with a quick note to follow you over there. A beneficial side effect of doing this is increased engagement from followers that prefer Google+.

5. Add links to Newsletters or email correspondence

Many of the newsletters that I receive from my favorite websites include buttons to follow on Facebook and Twitter, why not add Google+ to this? Like almost every professional in the world, we all send and receive many emails. In the signature of your emails it might be a good idea to add links to your social accounts in addition to normal contact information. You can make your own links or use the Google badge creator from #2.

Guest Post By: Matt Hamilton runs a social media marketing company and enjoys blogging about social media topics and small business. Connect with him on Twitter @mattjham.

 

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16 Responses to “5 Ways to Increase Your Google+ Followers”

  1. David says:

    Keep adding to your circles and sharing good content, and you will definitely see improvement on G+.

  2. Ahmad says:

    But what’s the point of marketing or even investing time on G+? You could invest the same amount of time on FB, Twitter and get rewarded in a 10x better way.

    • I agree and always spend a lot more time on Facebook and Twitter efforts but it’s hard to avoid Google+ since results are showing up in ‘social searches’.

  3. Ahmad says:

    Nonetheless, and goes without saying, appreciate the post!

  4. ella says:

    I tend to agree with Ahmed, but i would be willing to give it a “real go” and invest more time to see if the benefits are actually so great, thanks for the post

  5. Julie says:

    Thanks for posting these useful tips, I had been searching for some tutorials to increase my G+ followers for a while, when I came to your blog. I’m going to give your advices a try as soon as possible, I’m looking forward for the results.

  6. Sara says:

    Nice post.Well, G+ is more professional than FB is, and that makes it worthy of attention.I am not sure if it is better than FB but for the previous reasons a blogger should, at least, check the difference.I think also that the results depends on the kind of business and on the target group that every online business has.

  7. Pradosh says:

    I regularly get traffic from Google without devoting much time. I think its important to look for Google +.

  8. Matt says:

    It’s really great to see these google badges will allow a quick and easy way for followers to find your page. Thanks for sharing the post.

  9. Annette Golphin says:

    It is good to know about this Google Badges for any blogs for fast and easy for followers to follow your blog. The following ways on how to increase Google followers is useful and thanks a lot for sharing this.

  10. Ella Turgeon says:

    I also spend a lot of time on Facebook and Twitter too and G+ is new to me but this article has great insight into G+. I’ll definitely have to start using it more.

  11. Larry says:

    Contrary to some comments here, I think it would be dowinright foolish to underestimate the power of Google+. The stats speak for themselves: there are around 400 million unique users on G+ now (half of the number of Facebook users), and almost 54 million daily users. And these numbers are growing pretty quickly as well.

    Needless to say, if you’re not on G+, or think it’s a ‘waste of time’, it is very likely that you are missing out on a huge (free) market and hence a huge opportunity as well!

  12. emon hasan says:

    Hi
    It is well to know about this Google Badges for any blogs for fast and easy for followers to follow your blog. The following ways on how to increase Google followers is useful and thanks a lot for sharing this.but Contrary to some comments here, I think it would be dowinright foolish to underestimate the power of Google+. The stats speak for themselves: there are around 400 million unique users on G+ now (half of the number of Facebook users), and almost 54 million daily users. And these numbers are growing pretty quickly as well

  13. I am a great fan of FB and twitter. I have started recently only on G plus but not aware of much of its usage and benefits. This article seems to make my way easy and hope to increase Google followers. Thanks for sharing and introducing the ways to increase Google followers.

  14. mansoor says:

    I think it would be dowinright to underestimate the power of Google+. The stats speak for themselves: there are around 400 million unique users on G+ now (half of the number of Facebook users), and almost 54 million daily users. And these numbers are growing pretty quickly as well.

  15. Since Google is steadily increasing the impact +1 has on search engine rankings, it’s become even more important for a business to be present on Google+ as well as the other social networking sites. Your tips are great for achieving a bigger following of already existing G+ members, and it might transport some of the subscribers from the other platforms to this one, which in turn increases the +1s the posts and the pages get. This is becoming very important in order to achieve success online, so I think it is a smart thing to jump on the bandwagon now.
    Thanks for the great tips,
    Leonard