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Why Do You Blog?
Why do you blog? Is it to share your thoughts, say you're peace, make money, or just because you like to write. For me, it's a combination of all of these reasons--it all varies from day to day. But what I've found is that I do not know anyone personally who is a successful blogger. Everything that I've done has been a combination of trial and error, online research, and stalking bloggers who are where I want to be.
When I first began on hubpages, I can remember being so excited to see how many people were finding my blogs. There is no doubt that hubpages is an excellent place to blog. They have a large, international community and are able to draw in non-members through search engines. But as I've discovered, blogging here is not enough.
Many of you fellow hubbers have more than one site you blog on, including personal sites you own. I'm about to do the same thing. A friend of mine who is good at SEO (search engine optimization) recently suggested I invest some time in Google+. Ugh, one more site to maintain!
Yes, Facebook is an important tool in your social media exposure. But, did you realize that with Google being so dominant in search engine searches, it is critical that you and your sites are on as many Google related sites as possible. Don't forget to put all of your websites in your profile as well.
Google+ is a lot like Facebook with a circle of friends, a place for photos and events, as well as status updates. And just like Facebook groups, they have communities. I just started one called Bloggers. It's a place for those of us attempting to learn the art of the blog can share ideas, successes, failures, and wisdom with each other. Since I need to be on Google+, might as well get involved!
My circle of friends on Google+ is still very small. Guess that means for once I am early on an up-and-coming trend!
Wouldn't you love for more people to find your writings and see you as a trusted authority? How about all of this with a photo showing everyone what you look like? The term for this is called trusted authorship. You can link content you publish on a speific domain to your Google+ profile.
Key things to remember:
- Make sure your real name is on your articles and that it matches the name on your Google+ account
- Have a good head shot
- Set your email address as the same as your content. Click the link to learn more...
- Step by step instructions are here
Follow the link to become a trusted author with Google.