GaGa for Google + - Who to follow + Tips 11/20/12

GaGa for Google+. If you are not already, you need to be. Debbie Gartner and several others are doing excellent posts on how to be your best on Google+, what to do, who to follow, etc. These posts are worth the time. Check it out.  Please leave comments on Debbie's post. Thank you!

Yes, it's time for the 2nd installment of GaGa for Google +.  In this weekly series, I (and other Active Rainers) are going to provide some weekly tips and a few people to follow on Google +


google +It's been great seeing the influx of Rainers to Google +  And, if you haven't joined yet, you should do it Today!   


Here's a link to last week's post with some intro tips.

Here's a link to yesterday's post with a simple tip on how to post visuals better

I have to say that I've been learning a lot more of SEO and gotten some wonderful tips from reading articles shared on there as well as the strong knit AR group there.  We are all helping each other learn this platform and improve our SEO.  It's been highly productive and fun at the same time.


This week's tips:


1. Vary your content.  Definitely include some of your real estate or business posts, but it's also much better if you can vary your content so that your followers stay interested.  If they like your content, they will follow, give it a plus, comment on it, and maybe even share it.  The more interesting it is, the better. Listings are not very interesting...and just posting just about your industry gets boring.  So spice it up.  Post some fun (or funny photos). Share someone else's fun content.  Post some social media articles or articles about how to use Google + better.  Post some fun articles you see on here or elsewhere on the web.  Mix it up.


2. Ask some questions.  As I've mentioned before, engagement is key.  Getting more comments on your postst is a good thing.  Sometimes, just asking a question is a good way to start a conversation.  So, ask a thought provoking question that you think others will have an opinion on or you need advice on.  That question could even be about how to use Google + better.


3.  Add hashtags for better search results.  Hashtags (using the # sign) help the search engines find your content and enable users to find all posts on that topic.  So you use #realestate or #westchester if you were writing about real estate in Westchester.  I think it's best to use 2-3 and not to clutter things up.  Sometimes, using one or two hashtags within your text works; sometimes it works better to have them at the end of your post.  Do whatever you think will make it easier for someone to read.  


4.  Post to public.  I know I mentioned this last time, but it's so important so I'm going to mention it again.  If you post it to public everyone can see it and Google will index it.  If you only post it to your circles, google will not index it.  Only post to your circles or a few people if you really want something to be private.


Who to follow:

Each week, I'm going to highlight a few Active Rainers.  While my focus on here will be to connect you w/ some great Active Rainers in a new setting, I'm also going to try to expose you to some others that are "doing things right."

And, for others using Google +, please feel free to reblog this and/or create your own version, as well as leave a link to your profile in the comments.

  • Anita ClarkAnita Clark - Anita was one of my faves before I even got to Google +.  She is having a phenomenal year in real estate, in part because she really knows how to do community posts and leverage the SEO.  She is one smart cookie.  But, she is much more than that...she is so supportive and comments and provides great advice.  She shares some wonderful articles on social media and has a great balance of posts (like what I mentioned above).  She is a good role model to follow.

  • Rich CederbergRich Cederberg I originally met Rich on Active Rain a couple of years ago...and then we reconnected on Google Plus.  Somehow, a few of us crossed paths again abnd interacted, and now he is back here on Active Rain again...funny how these things work.  Anyway, Rich has been wonderful in asking some great questions that have rallied the troops so collectively we can discover and answer some of our burning Google + questions.  He is definitely a good person to know, and you should check out his real estate videos.  He has a great section in his profile.

  • Lori Cain on google +Lori Cain - I've known Lori for a while on Active Rain.  She is one of my early subscribers and really helped me on here as she reblogged a lot of my posts so that others here learned that I even existed.  I finally got to speak to her on the phone a few weeks ago, and in the process, she was asking me about Google + and why it mattered.  Well sure enough, within a couple of days she flung herself head first into Google + and she has done AMAZING in such a short time period.  It's very impressive especially since she was skeptical coming in.

  • eric proulxEric Proulx - Even though Eric has been on Active Rain, I really didn't "meet" him until Google Plus.  He has done a couple of great videos...actually google hang outs, so you take a look at those.  Eric is quite a a good way.  His expressions and phrases are so cute..they make me laugh.  He is also a good role model to watch for someone who posts in a variety of categories.  I'm looking forward to his next hangout so he can share more tips.

  • Ronnie BincerRonnie Bincer Ronnie is an expert on video content marketing.  He recently surpassed the 10,000 follower mark which is quite impressive...and yet, he still finds the time to respond to my comments and jump onto the posts that I share.  He wrote a wonderful piece on Google Plus etiquette.. a MUST READ.  He also has some great info on how to connect all of your google profiles (e.g. youtube, biz page, google +).  He has provided many great articles and videos on how to better use Google follow him and READ him.  He gives great advice.

I hope you'll join Google + (and feel free to follow me Debbie Gartner).  If I had to prioritize all the social media out there, I would put Google + first.  It's the only one that simultaneously improves your SEO and google authorship.  I highly recommend it.

For anyone who is using Google Plus, feel free to add your Google + URL below in the comments.

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Comment balloon 10 commentsBobbie Smith • November 20 2012 05:03AM


Good morning Bobbie,

Great post and I will be sure to follow!!! Thanks for re-blogging a good one!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 6 years ago

Good morning Bobbie.  Thanks so much for reblogging and it's been great interacting w/ you on Google Plus.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 6 years ago

Hi Bobbie,

Another good re-blog.......I cannot get enough of the Google+ stuff.....have a Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) over 6 years ago

Hi Dorie, Thanks. Debbie is always so informative and helpful.  Thanks go to Debbie

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

Hi Debbie, My pleasure, Thank you! You are so informative for all of us. Providing continuing help. Love to follow you and + you on Google plus and I love to PIN your posts on Pinterest too.  Keep up the great work Debbie

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

Hi Dan, It is addictive isn't it. So much great info to find and share. So sweet and simple (unlike Facebook-oops did I say that)

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

I am on Google+ and have been since the Beta test. I wish I had more time to devote to doing it all well. I am going to take more time after the holidays to fine tune my efforts. Debbie's posts on this topic will be so helpful. I'll bookmark -

Hope you're looking forward to a great Thanksgiving tomorrow. :)

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 6 years ago

Bobbie, Wish I had a personal Ga Ga teach me the tools and keep me focused. So much to learn and somany friends to make.

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 6 years ago

Debb, Happy Thanksgiving! I wish I had more time or at least someone who could teach it to me quickly.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving Ellen, I agree. SEO to me is very time consuming to learn.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago