7 Ways You Can Increase Your Blog Traffic Using Google+

By: | January 23, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , | 57 comments

You can increase your traffic by following the tips in this post. Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zoonabar/

Do you feel your blogging or other writing efforts are going unnoticed?  Do you feel you are speaking, but no one is listening?

If you ever feel like the narrator of Simon and Garfunkle’s The Sound of Silence, when he says,

“Hear my words that I might teach you…
But my words, like silent raindrops fell…”

There is a solution, and this post will explain it.

Google can put you on the first page of their search engine so people can find you and hear your message.

Have you heard that Google is going to take over the world one day?  Huffington Post author Tammy Bleck from Witty Woman Writing did.  She’s the one who told me.  If you want Google to be your friend when they take over the world,  they have to notice you first.  By following the advice in this post, they can.

  • Join Google Communities. UPDATE: Google+ announced its closing its doors in 2019 due to two data breaches.

According to 2013 statistics, there are over 135 million people in Google Communities.  There could be more than that today.  You should try to tap those audiences and direct them toward your blog. I imagine there are groups for whatever your blog topic is.

Go to Google Plus Communities, and type the name of your topic in the search bar.  You might have to think outside of the box, though.  For example, I wanted to blog about politics, but I had trouble finding the great group I’m in now.  First I tried Google News; I got nowhere.  I tried Current Events, which didn’t get me the exposure I wanted.  Then I found Politics.  Their topics are interesting.  When I posted my post about Mitt Romney, it got a lot of attention which translated into a lot of traffic for my blog.

Some of the communities I am a member of contain over 20,000 people.  If only 10% read my post, that would be 2000 page views!  Post your blog link in those communities.

  • Add people to your Google Plus groups to get “eyes on your blog”.  This

    The arrow is pointing at the place on my home page where it says how many people are following my blog. This is actually now many people can see my blog.

    The arrow is pointing at the place on my home page where it says how many people are following my blog. This is actually how many people can see my blog.the number will appear on your home page under “Follow this post with the other number inserted here amazing people”.  I know a woman whose number was one million.  She did not have a million followers.  However, as a result of combined social media, she did have a million eyes on her blog, and she was able to get advertisers.

  • Click Plus 1 on Google Plus.  The more active you are, the easier it will be for Google to find you.
  • Use the same keyword repeatedly and in the first three sentences of your blog post and in the caption to your photo.
  • Google your keyword before you use it as a tag or category to see how much competition there is.  You want a lot of interest in your topic
  • Google your headline before you publish it.  You don’t want a lot of competition.  When I did a Google search for headlines I was considering, the competition ranged from over a million to over 42 million.  I chose the headline with over a million.
  • Follow the advice in my post How to Increase Your Blog Traffic Using Google Analytics.  Just two weeks after installing Google Analytics, I found my posts on the front page of Google.  If you click the link, you will see my picture on the front page.

If you want Google to help you by putting you in the forefront of their search engine, you have to play by Google’s rules.  By following this advice, Google will want to put you on Page 1 of their search engine.  According to blogging guru Jeff Bullas,

Getting found online when people type in a phrase or keyword is now so important that companies can rise or fall due to their results in a Google search.
You can apply his advice to bloggers and their sites as well.

Source: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/8-ways-to-drive-traffic-to-your-site-with-google/

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2010/07/14/10-facts-reveal-the-importance-of-ranking-high-in-google/

Sharing is caring.  If you think other bloggers can benefit from these tips, please share.

Readers, what has helped you boost blog traffic?  What have your experiences with Google Plus been?  I look forward to your views.

 

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    • Janice Wald at 12:39 am

      I made you a picture. I updated the post with the picture in it. The arrow is pointing at where it says how many eyes are on my blog. It should be on your homepage. Your question was about bullet two. Once again, here is the link. I made you a screen shot, so you can see the place on your home page I am referring to. http://wp.me/p5jxvv-m3 Let me know if you have further questions.
      Janice

  1. Anonymous at 6:04 am

    This is my next adventure, to figure out Google and get there!!! Got my year planned out, getting Pinterest figured out, next will be Google. Thanks Janice….

    xoxoxo

  2. The Cold Texan at 6:46 am

    Great tips! And I’m so glad you linked to your google analytics post because just this morning I was sitting here thinking to myself that I needed some help figuring that out. Saving that one for early next week 🙂

  3. Lysa at 11:42 am

    What a wonderful post with great tips. I thought I was using Google + to my advantage but didn’t realize there was so much more I could do. Thank you so much for sharing.

    xx
    Lysa

    • melliott0526 at 1:41 pm

      Not sure how to do this…okay hope you hear me….Miss T had me at “witty”…Miss J…well…on the same wave length….LOOK ME UP…MICKELLIOTT OR HEARTSTRINGS…..I AM JUST BEGINNING SO BE KIND IN YOUR “CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM”,,,,

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  5. shawn at 6:37 am

    Thanks Janice! I’ll be incorporating some of these ideas. I haven’t played with google much. So far most of my followers come from blogs that I follow AND comment or participate in challenges. Also I have 1700+ followers on Twitter and 87 on Facebook. I am slowly building that up. I haven’t put much energy in to FB. My goal for the year is to have over 1000 people following the blog directly and 3000+ through all channels. Keep the great posts coming!

      • shawn at 2:40 pm

        I like to think I’m patient. 🙂 One of the many things I learned from my grandmother. I have found that if you work at growing your readership a little everyday it will grow slowly over time. If you work really really really hard, it will grow slowly over time 🙂 I think doing it slowly makes for better long term readers. My $0.02

        • Janice Wald at 3:55 pm

          Did you guest blog on Jason Cushman’s site? How did it go?
          How did it go when we reblogged each other? Did you get new traffic? New followers?
          I got some new people from your site as a result. How did it work out for you?
          By the way, I followed your advice on how to get an envelope from Mail Chimp on my FB page. Thanks very much for sending me that link.
          Janice

          • shawn at 5:11 pm

            I did guest blog on Harsh Reality. It was fine. I think I picked up a few followers because of it. I’m not really a stats guru so who knows where the new people come from 🙂 I think our re-blog worked fine. Again not sure on new followers, but did get some traffic from it. You’re welcome on the Mail Chimp thing. I found it when I was researching. 🙂 Have a great week!

  6. married2arod at 8:58 am

    Reblogged this on Romance Done Write and commented:
    I thought this was an interesting post, I’m always up for finding ways to increase traffic and find ways to make my blog more accessible. Still in the early stages of my blog, I’ve been quick to follow the visit, comment, share and reblog method that has shown me some decent success. But I’d be willing to give this a try. Anyone have success with it? ….although I feel silly googling myself lol.

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  9. Phoebe at 4:52 am

    I was doing the tips as I was reading it. I did join Google communities. I posted one of my blogs in just one of the communities and I was surprised that I got blog traffic in just 5 minutes or so after posting! This is amazing! I still have to explore Google Analytics and have to add more Google communities! Thank you Janice for this. I look forward to more tips on blogging! 🙂

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  11. k at 12:54 pm

    This is the second time I am reading your article about using G+ to drive traffic to blog. But to be frank I am still kinda lost in some of the practices you’ve mentioned here.

    Sometimes I get so discouraged about blogging, because of low traffic

  12. Thabo at 4:18 pm

    Hi Janice,
    Thanks for the tip on Google Communities. I never thought of using that, but now I’m excited to give it a try. As usual, your post is filled with actionable advise. This is what makes you stand out from the rest.

    Thabo

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