UPDATE: Google+ folded.
You will find an alternative to Google Plus groups here.
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
- 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.
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Readers, what has helped you boost blog traffic? What have your experiences with Google+ been? I look forward to your views.