Did you know that a few weeks ago, Google Plus became the second most popular Social Media platform, AND it is owned by Google? These are both very good reasons why you cannot afford to ignore the Google Plus network. If Google loves something (and it loves Google Plus) we have to love it too. That is today's reality, like it or not.
Google Plus gives bloggers more than Facebook - it allows you to claim all your online Content wherever it is published online, link it up and brand it all with your name as Author and an identifying photo. Google Plus also allows you to add your photo to all your SERP listings, which has been proven to increase click rates and therefore your traffic from Google searches.
At Google Plus you can add people into an unlimited number of different 'circles'. This means there is more flexibilty than the very basic Facebook Likes and Friends. You can have different circles for all the different areas of your online life. My experience is that it is much easier to 'drive' than Facebook, and has a lot more flexibility. I definitely like Google Plus whereas I have never liked Facebook where I often feel like I am being stalked by people I don't even know.
Setting up your Google Plus account is easy. But linking everything all together with all the steps required to Verify Email Addresses, Verify photos, add the rel="me", rel="author" and rel="publisher" can be tricky to get right.
I have written 5 articles that explain in detail, all the steps you need to get right, if you want to make it all sync up successfully. Here is a link to the first article in the series:
If you haven't yet set up your Google Plus Profile and Business Pages, claimed and Branded your online Content, and got your photo appearing in Google Searches, you need to do it before you find that you have been left behind, wondering where all your traffic went.
Just do it, and do it today. And if you are really nice to me, I might consider adding your to my elite Google Plus Circle of 'Bloggers That I Trust'!