Are You Hitting The Google Plus Button Now Or Are You Still Waiting?

Why The Google Plus Button Is Good For Your Blog

Google Plus ButtonIt’s been a long time since I’ve talked about Google Plus here at Inspire to Thrive. I have been reading many posts of how your blog or website can be found on page 1 of Google in the search results by hitting the Google Plus button more often and interacting with others. Are you using the Google plus button in your social sharing today? Read on and learn why it can be beneficial for your blog or website and how to improve using Google+ for 2014. It sure may beat using Facebook with their recent algorithm changes and no one seeing all your posts anymore.

Who Is Using Google Plus Amazingly?

Michael Q. Todd – Michael is from Japan with over 54,000 in his circles. He recently did a post about how Google plus that put him on the first page of Google for search terms and rank 2nd or 3rd in just 3 days. He points out that it was the use of the correct words in his description and the use of hashtags that made it work. Are you using hashtags on Google plus yet? This was the post that really inspired me and maybe it will you too to use Google plus more often. He also an awesome networker on Twitter and Triberr.

Peg Fitzpatrick -Peg is a master at social media on all channels but I love what she is doing on Google Plus. It’s not all business, she also shares some personal and witty things with her followers. Isn’t this a cute post? I love when people keep it real on social media.

Ed King  – Ed is a local blogger and photographer here in Rhode Island. I’ve noticed many shares of his beautiful photos and recently saw how many in his circles. (over 26,000!) I once did a hangout with him and another local person. He is using Google+ to the maximum.



Check out more Google Plus amazing folks in my Great Info Circle that you may want to follow for the coming year.



Some How To Tips Using The Google Plus Button sharing Google Plus Circles

  • Hit the Plus Button – It shows that you like a post or page on a website.
  • Share – When you find really great information for your followers. You can share publicly or pick and choose your circles.
  • Add People – Add people to your circles. Create new circles with specific names / tag lines.
  • Share you circles with others – See the picture here on the side of how to do it if you have not already.
  • Log in Daily – Success will not happen overnight but you must log in daily or at least several times per week to grow your Google plus account.
  • Join a Hangout – Google hangouts are a great way to connect with others on the network. You can meet people via video and if some people cannot make it, they can watch the video later. The folks from Hot Blog Tips are masters of hangouts and you can join them on Sundays.
  • Enroll in Communities or Start One – Communities are great on Google+. It’s my place to go when I have technical questions. Google Plus really has the smartest people. There are many communities there to choose from so be careful not to join too many as you may never get back to them all.
  • Rinse and Repeat – Keep it going and you will see results. It’s like any other social network in that respect, you must use it to ensure success or you will lose the momentum you have started to build.
  • Use The Google Plus Button On Your Website/Blog and Email – Be sure to share your Google Plus button everywhere on your site and marketing materials. Let people know you are there on Google Plus! 


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Will you be using Google Plus more in 2014?

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Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Content Marketing with Social Media, Blogging and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 20+ years experience in marketing/advertising with 6 years experience in content marketing, social media, blogging and SEO. Check out her latest eBook "Learn to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter" now on Amazon.

91 comments On Are You Hitting The Google Plus Button Now Or Are You Still Waiting?

  • Hey Lisa,
    Nice post and Yes, Google plus is amazing social networking site and helps in many different way. If we properly used it, it is very useful for us. Hit button, share, add helps us in making contact with other and also helps in promoting our blog. Thanks for sharing this post.
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  • Hi Lisa, its nice to visit your blog again.

    I cant remember exactly when, but i think it should be in the early month of last year i did read an article and the author did say that there is coming a time when google will make important its google plus services to bloggers. And i think that we are already in that era now.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • I have been using google plus for quite a while now, but have never used hashtags so far. I just shared and did not write any other additional comment or description. Though I don’t have so many people in my circle so far, it did not show so much effect on the SERPs. However since we are not doing any controlled experiments, like don’t do anything other than using google plus with hashtags and without hashtags to different similar websites and compare the results, we cannot be sure if the real reason was this one. Anyways, if there is a huge effect like this, other than twitter maybe commentluv can also add google plus feature to their panels and people can reach to more people’s circles as well.
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  • I do use Google Plus regularly but as I mentioned in my other comment on other post that I am lacking to use #hashtags everywhere which I have started practicing and I hope that will help me drag more traffic to my blog as well.
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  • Hi Lisa, great post. Earlier I ignored Google+ and not keen to use it for my projects. Even I completely neglect it over Reddit and Facebook. Somehow I realize and started experimenting on it.

    My experience amazed me. The result was really surprising for me as a late adopter. But since then I never even forgot to use G+. It is my first priority over any social media.
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  • Hello Lisa,
    Your this article is awesome. It seems that Google+ is going to defeat facebook soon and going to rock online social marketing in the nearest future.
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  • I am already following Michael Q. Todd, he is a social media master and he’s doing an amazing job on Google+.

    I believe that sharing great articles with your followers is an effective way to use the social network of Big G.
    (just shared your post here!).

    Thanks for the great tips, Lisa.
    Have a fantastic beginning of the year!
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  • Nice infographic Lisa …

    From the past few months… Google+ has been doing wonders for me ! Agree with you that G+ really helps in ranking high in the SERP’s.

    Thanks for the share !
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  • Hi Lisa,

    After being banned and ditching the network for months I hopped back on board 3 weeks ago….happy I did! Really fun stuff for networking, boosting traffic and growing your presence online.

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  • Thanks for the article Lisa 😀

    It is not a secret that Google plus is important for search engine ranking. Everyone should try to improve engagement in their Google plus profile.

    You know that there are many like exchange websites are available to increase followers or plus one for your Google plus profile. However this practice can trigger the spam alert. According my personal experience following others is one of the main sources of gaining followers. Also adding your Google plus profile/page badge in website is a good idea.

    Best Regards
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  • First I planned to use google plus effective in my social media marketing plan, but whenever i open google plus, it loads dead slowly because of their heavy graphical user interface, and many features, they should work on their design and layout urgently. Many normal users not using it because of heavy design, and I agree that its great for effective social media optimization.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    A Happy New Year!

    Well, after all those changes in Facebook, Gplus became more attractive. It will take some time, probably 1-2 years until Gplus will become no.1 and things will change again but, until then, it is time to focus our efforts more there.

    The first thing that is needed is a better Gplus guide. How to use all those hashtags in Gplus? How to drive more traffic and how to attract more visitors? How to become like Michael Todd? This is an important need and if you know a good guide, please tell us. Or maybe you can write one yourself.

    Then we must find the real authorities on Gplus. Michael Todd must be very good at what he is doing but if he is not in my niche… .

    Congratulations for the infographic. Very nice. More than enough to change your point of view. I am on Gplus but I understand the need to transfer more of my business there.

    Have a wonderful day
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    • Hi Silviu, Interesting you ask that question about hashtags on Google+, I’m working on a post that includes that topic – hopefully it will be ready Monday morning. You are right that we can learn well from those that do well on Google+ – you can circle them even if not in your niche to see what they do, etc. A great way to learn! I’ve started to use Google+ more the past several days and hope it turns into a habit like Facebook once did. Twitter is still my habit, that would be a tough one to break if things really changed on that network. I truly believe we can’t put all our social eggs in one basket alone. Thanks for coming by and for your input Silviu. I hope you have a great weekend.
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  • Lisa thanks for sharing. Concerning Google plus am becoming more active on the platform and have started engaging with other people on the platform.

    This has led to a gradual increase as you said. Hoping to do more in the new year especially with regards to joining communities. Have seen one guy with 525000 followers and am like when will I get there considering the fact that my followers count is not up to 100.

    I however have the believe that by connecting with more influencers and by providing valuable comments on Google Plus the sky is just the starting point.

    Great to hear from you Lisa. Happy New Year.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    I’m starting to fall in love with Google Plus. Initially I didn’t like it at first but the power of Google Plus is one social media platform that no other platform can touch. It did take awhile to get used to. I find it easier to build than Twitter. People on Google Plus seem to be more responsible. When I say responsible, I mean they don’t spam and put too much noise on their wall. I like the layout of the news feeds as well. Thank you for sharing that infographic! Have a great week ahead, Lisa!
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  • No doubght G+ is the best for SEO than any other social network. Recently I’ve seen that posts on G+ are directly visible on the Google Search engine for keywor based search!
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  • Wow Lisa…

    This is an EXCELLENT post. 🙂

    My favorite social media is Google+ now. Ever since I started engagement in Google+ from the early year of 2013, I have liked it more. On Facebook I have 1000+ followers achieved in 10 years. While in Google+ I have 1000+ followers achieved in 10 months!!! What a big difference.

    Ever since I’ve been resharing photos and cute stuff on Google+ people have been adding me like crazy!!! Giving me + and commenting on my G+. That image of Peg Fitzpatrick is very CUTE!!! I love stuff like that. I’m glad that we can do this on social media. Be more human and real.

    Thank you Lisa for these wonderful tips. They are awesome. This infographic is excellent graphic to show the difference what Google+ can do, it’s a POWERFUL tool. Anyway…

    Enjoy the rest of the week!

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    • Thank you Angela. I started when I first got an invitation and didn’t use it daily until very recently. Yes there is a big difference and you can connect with anyone there just like Twitter but not like Facebook. I agree – be ourselves is the best way to get the connections we want, people who are like minded. You are welcome and no more stressing about Facebook in 2014. We stay there because our families and other friends are there. I hope you enjoy the rest of the week too. Gearing up for snow coming here.
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  • Hello Lisa,

    I have since realized the singular benefits of G+. One of the most immense benefits of this social networking platform many people fail to point out is that it is owned by Google and hence immune to all future update! Can you imagine?

    Thanks for sharing – I’m already hitting the + button more than ever now. Do have a very fulfilled New Year!

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  • Beneficial post for the bloggers Lisa 🙂

    Google Plus has better features than Facebook and SEO benefits too. I am already active on Google Plus and I love it.

    Thanks for sharing some G+ tips, expecting the worthy stuffs like this 😀

    Happy New Year!
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  • Hello respected Lisa.
    I don’t know how to share my feeling with you. But before this post whenever I open Google plus. Its heritage me, don’t know why what’s the reason, I have searched a lot and found many interesting things that Google plus is not only a social network owned by Google. But it’s a type of SEO for your blog by sharing article there. I found many posts with a link redirecting to Google plus in Google search.. It’s amazing. i will try to use Google plus now seriously.
    Thank you for sharing such great article
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  • Like it or not it is the product from search engine giant that has crucial experience in the industry. Google has been taking serious effort to bring G+ to the next level, can wait too see how it goes this 2014.

    Thanks for this post Lisa!
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Gosh… It’s New Year! Are you still blogging? 😯 lol… Ha ha,,, I know ya dear 😉

    Well, Google +1 button doing its magic 😉 Remember, when Google +1 button started to roll out? It was a mystery. However we knew it’s gonna aid the search engine industry though.

    I have no doubt that Google+ gonna be a BIG hit in 2014 and +1 button gonna be one of most clicked buttons Lisa 🙂 I already started to share more stories on Google+ than Facebook, and learnt it sent more readers than Facebook did. Google+ communities are indeed a wonderful way to get more traffic and I love how Google+ handle it better than Facebook groups 🙂

    However, YET we shouldn’t put all eggs in one basket though. Don’t you agree? 🙂 I believe, for bloggers, their blog is what they need to concentrate more on instead of spending lot of time on social platforms. When social networks start to diminish, followers go along. Better have ’em stick to our blogs 🙂

    Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year Lisa! Especially, better health and more happiness for your mom 🙂

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    • Hi Mayura, yes, another year and still blogging, can you believe it? I will make it over the 3 year mark. Time has surely flown by. I do remember when Google Plus first came about and I had to wait for an invitation and how happy I was when I got it. I signed up immediately! Interesting that you are getting more traffic via it than Facebook. Good to know! I do agree about those eggs in 1 basket theory for almost everything in life. Yes, our own blogs, our base and our mailing lists are key! (Remember the days of MySpace?) I hope you have a wonderful 2014 too Mayura. Thanks for the wishes and on my mom.
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  • Lisa: I have been thinking of this too. Take Guy Kawasaki as an example. He is using Google+ to the max both on a professional and personal level. I think that we should take the # of Google+ users with a grain of salt, due to the fact that if you have a Gmail account, aren’t you having an Google+ account too? I started out to use Google+ and +1 feature as a bookmarking service. Using the +1 button will have an impact on the search results. The question is: will Google+ be as ingrained in your the daily life as Facebook in the long run?

    I want to test out the Hangout feature more.
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  • Happy New Year to you. I am going to be more active on Google + in the new year. I have my plan to do one social media outlet a day so I can have more time to comment and share things without doing everything in one day.
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  • Hello,

    Well I’m not active at Google + as I’m on facebook and I think the only reason for not being active is I feels like it will give low conversion or people rarely use them. However I’m planning to encourage my readers and I will have follow popular communities.

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  • Thank you Lisa for putting this great post together,
    Let’s not forget that Google+ is owned by Google the world’s biggest search engine and so Google controls the SEO world and normes, so it would make sense that they would want to promote their own products and give it a superiority over other social media sites.
    Google+ is more SEO friendly, and what’s great about it is that you can add your business to Google Maps and connect it to your Google+ page, and also Youtube is the world ‘s second biggest search engine also owned by Google and connected to your Google+ as well,
    it’s not just the plus one button, also there’s something called Google reviews, where you can review a business on Google Maps, it is a huge boost.
    Ask your clients and Friends to review your business on Google and to plus one your web page it is the best SEO optimization step you can make!
    Many thanks and Happy new year!
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  • Hashtags are so very important and most people out there are way to lazy to use them. The people who are not content creators never use them. Hashtag’s are everything! That and people! – Scott Craighead
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  • I was active on G+ for while (Not so much for the past week, because of Christmas and all). But, apart from that, Google plus is a great platform to work with.

    I was thinking FB. I am planning to delete my FB page..I haven’t invested much into it, and at this point, it seems to be that FB doesn’t care about small businesses. So, I thinking of investing that time in some other site, and G+ seems to be the perfect candidate.

    Anyways, thank you for sharing the tips, Lisa 🙂 Do appreciate it!

    Happy New Year!

  • Lisa, this is great! 🙂 I have a growing relationship with Google+.

    I’m especially appreciative of Google Hangouts, which is *brilliant* for conducting life-coaching sessions, card readings, and interviews. Did you know that if you “broadcast” your hangout, it will automatically migrate to your YouTube for you when the hangout is complete? *Brilliant*, I tell you! 🙂

  • Hi Lisa,

    I’ve heard plenty of good things about G+ and have used it on and off since it started. However, I’ve never really got into it fully and I have had better results with Twitter and Facebook. Unfortunately G+ is one I have pretty much dropped now.

    I do think that different people have different experiences. If G+ is giving good results, keep at it! 😀 I certainly agree that you have to put in the time to see a good return. However, I can’t put in the time everywhere 🙂

    Have a great New Year!


  • Wow! I didn’t realize how beneficial using G+ could be. For some reason, I always forget to share there. I think I need to do a massive overhaul in my circles over there. So much content that I really don’t read. Maybe I need to start interacting more on there. Not sure! I’ll definitely force myself to share more great content over there though. I’ll just need to kick myself in the bum every now and again to remind myself. :mrgreen: Thanks for this great info Lisa! The New Year is almost here!

    • Hi Bren, yes, it sure is. I’ve been working on my circles of late too. I have too many just in my following circle and have been converting them to the appropriate circles. It does take some time. It’s a place I didn’t visit daily but several times a week. I’m going to try more daily and the Droid app is much better than it was in the beginning to use it mobile as well. You are welcome. Yes, have a great 2014 Bren!
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Since Google+ came to being I was there! Then came the communities and I jumped on that one too. It is a great platform especially with the hangouts. I use Google+ Hangouts often for business, and even used it during the holidays to visit my family members….what a learning curve that was lol!

    Although it went through some changes, we just have to go with the flow. The only thing that is getting a little too crazy is people miss using it lately telling me to buy this or that. But hey, that all comes with the turf. We went through this on Facebook and eliminated that sort of stuff and we can clean up our Google+ the same way.

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    • Me too Donna. I wasn’t active daily though, just several times a week. I’ve joined communities but don’t visit them enough, I turned off notifications from them because it was getting to be too much. Nice to visit your family that way Donna! I haven’t seen those types in my Google+ experiences, thankfully! Each of the networks seem to go through so many changes, just when we get comfortable using them too. Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful New Year Donna.
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  • Hey Lisa,

    Thanks for a wonderful article, letting us know all about Google Plus (yes i did share it on G+)

    It is amazing how a social network when properly used with the right keywords and hashtags can make such a huge impact on your reach.

    Have a wonderful new year ahead.
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  • Thanks so much for the mentioned Lisa !
    I started out early on with Google+ and since it started growing such as productive photographic community I knew I found a home. Over the course of the first year my circles started to expand and now I connect with users on a wide variety of topics and interests. I have a bit of a different approach to what I do on G+ because I don’t always try to drive traffic to my site and more of a network that I enjoy and with that softer approach it actually has worked in my favor.
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  • Hey Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing them and I am already on my way to G+. Haha!

    Guess not too late to do so right? I got a feeling that G+ will be flooded soon. Believe me?

    Talk to you soon!
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  • Hey,

    Great write-up, I am also writing an article regarding Google Plus so i’m collecting some facts and figures related to it, i was amazed to see how people have boosted their presence from Google Plus.

    I am targeting it from a month though but still i was missing many parts such as hashtags and hangouts. I am utilizing Google Plus communities to grow my presence and it’s showing some positive results.

    Thanks for sharing this article.


    • Hi Siraj, thanks. I bet you could add mote to it after reading comments here. There are so many parts to Google Plus, between, groups, hastags, hangouts, etc. And once we get it it often changes. You are welcome, have a great new year.

  • Really useful thanks for sharing this with us Lisa.
    I spent the first few months of G+ life very active over there, and I love how they’ve sorted out the mess that was You Tube commenting by integrating it with G+, I need to get back over there. In truth, I’ve started to avoid the place as I seem to be following a whole heap of marketers busy telling people what to do and not sharing enough amazing / inspirational or even actionable content.
    I guess it’s time to change that, so I’ll be following your circle.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Oh yes…I was amazed to seeMichael Q. Todd’s post on Triberr too, being in one of the same tribes, and with his catchy title, there was no question of reading his post. He’s surely got a huge following!

    Google+ IS awesome and I do use Hashtags a great deal when I share my posts there as well, which I think always help to reach a wider audience. Similarly, sharing your posts in the G+ communities builds the interaction and of course, you meet new friends as well. Lovely infographic indeed that says it all.

    Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a very Happy New Year, well in advance 🙂
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    • Hi Harleena, me too, it was very inspiring! Do you use hashtags there more than on Twitter Harleena? I use one or two usually, I may be adding more in the near future. I haven’t been steady in the communities as I should be, it’s not easy doing it all – all the time. Thanks for your input on this Harleena and have a great new day, week and Happy New Year!
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      • Oh yes…I add a lot more than the usual 2-3 I use on Twitter! Lol…:)

        Perhaps there’s no count limit, so one can add a lot of related tags, and when you share the post on communities, add the other tags that you hadn’t used earlier, so your reach does widen a great deal. It certainly makes a lot of difference, though usually per community I use 2-3 different tags than I shared on an earlier community. Yes – takes 1-2 hours with ease, per post – but then who said it was all easy 🙂

        Thanks once again. 🙂
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  • There is one thing I can clearly deduce from this post. It all boils down to the fact that one ought to be active.
    There is a clear difference of signing up and being active.

    Being active will obviously bring in those expected results whiles the former will make one look just like the others.
    I plan being more active on Google Plus this coming year.

    Thanks for sharing with us this insight Madam Lisa. Happy New Year!
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