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The Benefits of Google Plus for Bloggers

Updated on September 1, 2012

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Why You Need to Get on Google +

As many of you know, Google is doing away with the Google Friend Connect gadget for non-blogger users this coming March. Even though I am a Blogger blogger, I don't like that they're getting rid of GFC for Wordpress and other users because I don't want to lose them as followers and I don't want it to be more difficult for them to read my posts. As unhappy I am about the upcoming change, I am trying to look on the bright side.

With the disappearance of GFC, comes Google Plus swooping in to [possibly] save the day! If you're not on Google Plus yet, I suggest you sign up (and I'm not writing on behalf of Google, but I just think this could be a practical answer.) and start building your "circles".

Creating a large following on Google Plus will help you in the following ways: You will have another "follower number" to share with potential advertisers as a reason they should sponsor you; you'll have another site to promote your blog posts; and I think Google Plus is going to become like Google Reader.

I have a circle on my G+ called "Bloggy" where I put all the people who have blogs. Google Plus allows me to view all updates from this circle, and in this way I'm able to go through and see everyone's blog posts. Google even lets you choose a picture to go with the name of your post. This really helps remind me about other great blogs so I can click and comment on their posts. In the same way, of course, others will see your posts.

After you sign up, make sure you add the "Add to Circles" Gadget (pictured right) to your blog so people can easily follow you on Google Plus. I know that when I'm visiting other blogs, and I see the "Add to Circles" box, I click every time. However, when I just see the G+ logo, I am far less likely to click because I know there are going to be several more steps in order to follow that person. With "Add to Circles", it's just one simple click.

From what I've seen and heard, Google Plus is really blowing up right now. I think one of the main reasons for this is that GFC is going away and Wordpress and other non-blogger users are going to want to stay connected. Google Plus could be the glue that holds us all together. I think it could possibly become better than GFC / Google Reader because in my opinion, it's easier to navigate than those other gadgets.

See my Similar Hubs: How to Gain Google Friend Connect Followers who are LOYAL!
and How you Can Create a Media Kit for Potential Blog Advertisers


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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Thank you for sharing your comments. Do you find any benefits to Google Plus other than marketing? If most of your friends are on Facebook, would you use Google Plus for the blogging and keep the two sets of circles so to say completely separate? I am still trying to see the benefits of Google Plus with all the other social media out there.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm really new to all this stuff and I haven't been able to get the +1 code to work on HubPages.nis ther something I'm missing, or is it not currently possible to add that button to a hub?

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      Graham Gifford 5 years ago from New Hamphire

      I hadn't considered the impact that G+ could have on blogs or the increased credentials with advertisers. Thanks so much for sharing.

      Best Regards,

      Graham

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      Jamie Jensen 5 years ago from Chicago

      @EyesStraightAhead - I think the more networks we can branch out into, the better as far as blog promotion goes. I didn't talk at all about our non-blogging friends (regular people) and whether or not they're going to to Google Plus. I'm really not sure. Time will tell!

      @Natashaih - I'm still very new to Hubpages so I didn't even know you could add HTML code, but if you can add that code, you should be able to add the +1 button.

      @alifeofdesign - thanks!

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      Kasio Martin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      This is the most useful article i have read on G+ period. Kudos!

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      Jamie Jensen 5 years ago from Chicago

      @Kasio your comment made my day! Thank you! :oD

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      Tina Truelove 5 years ago

      Great information! Thank you!

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      Nizam Khan 5 years ago from Hyderabad, India.

      This is really interesting and useful. Thanks for sharing and voted up :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Good information. Thanks for this hub. Voted Up....

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      Wow you are really a cool writer. Thanks a lot for sharing such useful articles.

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      Martin from The Entrepreneur Club 5 years ago

      This is interesting. I haver not added anyone to my Circle as I was unsure of how to use its function. Thanks for sharing

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