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10 G+ tips for the day - How to encourage more people to follow you and engage with those you follow

Google+ is a social network composed of human beings in all different walks of life. Forgive me for stating the obvious. There are many professionals on here who are hoping to attract new contacts and there is nothing wrong with that. What is very important is to learn how to do this on this particular social network.

I hope the points I am going to outline below will help make your time on Google+ pleasant and productive for you and your followers.

1. The first thing that would be useful would be to observe how those professionals who are active on G+ engage with their followers. Follow such people a +Colby Brown and +Mike Shaw as well as others such as +Robert Scoble and +Lynette Young who are working in similar fields to your own and have huge followings. See how they interact. Watch what they post and how frequently. They have a huge following (many brought over from other social media where they honed their skills in this field) and we can learn from them.

You will observe that they are all about sharing and asking for feedback and input. They are interested in other members and will actively encourage their own followers to take a look at those members they feel are worth following. They are not only about themselves, but also about other people. That is what makes them successful on this and other social networks.

2. Make sure you fill in your profile page with information about yourself and a photograph, so that potential followers can see who you are and what you are about. Give them reasons to follow you.

3. Use the +1 button. If you see something you like, click it. It is free and it is a satisfying experience as it lets the poster know that you appreciated the post. Use it as if it were going out of style, as it is the G+ way of giving a thumbs up.

4. Make a comment. if you particularly appreciate the thoughts in a post or have a point to make to add to the discussion. Make a comment if you think the photograph is special in some way. There is no need to write an essay but do say something more than 'great', 'awesome' 'beautiful'. Google+ is also about learning to express ourselves again - in words as well as such content as photographs. Again, this is one step further than the thumbs up and really is starting to be engagement.

4. Make public posts.If posting a photograph, write a few words (or a few paragraphs) as a little story. What makes this image special to you? Where did you take it? People on G+ love a little story. If you do not make public posts, no potential followers will know the kind of content you post and will see no reason to follow you.

5. In your comments and in your postings, +Mention the poster, the photographer or relevant people to the topic. This brings the post to their attention and lets them know that you were thinking of them when making the point. (To do this, type + and then begin the person's name. The names will fill in automatically so click on the one you are looking for. This auto fills with the names most likely to relate to the comment you are making, such as the original poster, when you begin to type their names.) If they post content you find interesting and inspiring, add them to your circles.

6. Post interesting tidbits about your own life and work, but do not post only about your product that you are marketing. This will turn people off. There is room for your enthusiasm about your product, but in moderation and not in a sales pitch.

7. Take a bit of time to examine the posts of those you are following. Look at their photographs, read their thoughts. This will open you up to the people who follow them and if you find them also interesting add them. They will then take a look at you and possibly circle you too.

8. Share good posts to your followers, +mentioning the original poster and include the original permalink in the share so people can compliment the original poster. (Find the permalink right next to the name of the original poster. It is in the time stamp, so if you right click and save the link target, you can paste this in your posting.

9. Resist the temptation to use your posting to send people to another site too frequently (blog, offsite photo album or whatever). The very act of asking people to leave G+ to go somewhere else can be off-putting and your material will not get the audience it deserves. At times this is inevitable, but put enough content for people to see the value in clicking that link. Picasa photo albums are terrific, there should be no reason to post elsewhere. (One recent exception to this (photos) rule I have seen made by +Steven Kennard is sending readers to his performance photo galleries on his site. They are accompanied by the music of the peformer and so are lodged on the site.)

10. Our time is limited and it is tempting to go back to the safety of our friends and contacts on the social networks that are so comfortable to us. Don't just automatically gravitate to those and get stuck in there every day, but really take some time and expend the effort needed getting to know people on here and see how this network can work in with the ones you already know and love. Once you have a following and are following others on here, you will see that it is not necessarily a case of abandoning Facebook or Twitter, but of using them all for what each does best. Find what Google+ does best for you.


I can't say this often enough: if you want to have people following you, you should be following people yourself. There are lots of lists and suggestions for all interests and now you can ask people to share their circles with you directly. Ask your friends who invited you here. Tell them the kind of content you are interested in (photographs, writing, food etc.)

Then make comments. A comment does not need to be lengthy, just a few words. When people see your comments they go and check our your profile. If they like your content, they will circle you. You have to engage.
I hope these points might help some who are unsure of how to engage on this platform and it will help make this a pleasant and profitable experience in every way. Enjoy it!

Edit: One other comment added by +June B (thanks June) which is a very useful tip:

" I have a follower that is Portugeuse. He started posting comments and I could not understand, as I do not speak it, then I checked the more tab at the top and it has a translate tab....very useful. Now I can understand his comments and we can talk about the pictures. Excellent. So you can always comment on others posts in there own language. Great for getting more followers and you can also understand what they are writing."
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Very good advice, It's how I used Picasa for the last several years.
 
Thanks for sensible advice. I'm a terrible photographer (some of my family portraits have been known to be footless, armless or, even worse, headless) but love looking at great photos and have got a google+ circle dedicated to all you guys who know exactly what and when to click :)
 
Thanks to all for the +1s and the comments. I have a special (empty) circle that I have called 'Startup Pack' and to it I share all posts that I think will be helpful to my friends/contacts who are just starting out on G+. When they accept my invitation I share these posts with them to help them to get acclimatized and comfortable on G+. I am going to add this post to my Startup Pack, as so many are finding it helpful. :o)
 
Thanks for the well-written post.
 
I've seen a few of these posts in the last few days. All great information. The telling thing is I have seen 0 posts like this on facebook or twitter. The info sharing here on Google + is amazing. Famously tight lipped photographers sharing so many secrets!
 
Thanks for this, it has helped. I am one of those folks (no doubt rare) that the very things G+ has added to make things easier, end up tripping up instead. For instance #5 has eluded me, believe it not, despite my best attempts to find out how this was done. Let me try it now... thanks +Ellie Kennard. :)
 
thank you for taking the time to aggregate these great ideas and sharing.
 
I got here on day 1 of public beta. The people who I've been lucky to meet here have changed the way I look at the world.
 
+Ellie Kennard Thank you for sharing your enlightened wisdom and sound advice with me, and the rest of the growing G+ population.
+10 (one for every wonderful tip).
BTW, I stumbled my way here through +Alister Macintyre
 
You are most welcome, +TIGER Qui Vuong. It seems to have been appreciated by many which is very good to know. It is always a pleasure to share on G+.
 
Thank you. I've been working through how best to participate here. It seems that I have a bit of a learning (or experience) curve to get over. I'm used to sharing via photo galleries and my blog, but this is different. Your comment about sharing with Public (which I am doing since I don't have a lot of folks in my circles right now) helped, and I hope people take your advice to +1 posts and to leave comments.
 
Great post +Ellie Kennard. Thank you for sharing your experience. I would also recommend rechecking your recommended networks frequently. I was frustrated at how empty my circles were until I checked my recommended and realized how many people had joined Google+, and how many were in my extended circles through folks like you. Easy to forget to keep checking that.
 
Thanks for the suggestions, +Josephine Robertson. It's a great idea to check the extended circles. I wonder how many people even know what they are.
 
Essentially the second degree of separation--they're the people circled by the folks you've circled.
 
kindly tell me- how can i send msg to you ...?
 
I can't say this often enough: if you want to have people following you, you should be following people yourself. There are lots of lists and suggestions for all interests and now you can ask people to share their circles with you directly.
Then make comments. A comment does not need to be lengthy, just a few words. When people see your comments they go and check our your profile. If they like your content, they will circle you. You have to engage.
 
Hi again +petit illusion - you seem so nice that i hope you don't mind my saying that it is possible that Google will tell you to change to your real name as otherwise it is against their policy. They suggest putting such names into the nicknames or other names section (can't remember what it is called) your real name does not show on the about section on the mobile app and people seeing such a name might not add you as they are wary of those using such names. Just a thought. :-)
 
Thank you, +Ellie Kennard Very helpful information. Like the idea of the "Start up" empty circle. I want to save this page in some way. I don't see a share button. I could bookmark the page or copy the URL from the address box, but is there an easier way?
 
Hi +Cee Haitch. The best way to save this is to share the original post (located here: https://plus.google.com/105804664540125819976/posts/RZ9dceUFN3C ) to your startup circle once you create it. I found my original post really easily by doing a G+ search for "10 G+ tips for the day - How to encourage more people to follow you and engage with those you follow" . I hope this helps. The share button is at the top of this long list of comments, by the way.
 
Thanks for sharing this! One of the things I am finding I really like here is that folks are so good about sharing with others! It makes this a much richer community. Thanks for making my day a bit better! Cheers from Texas!
 
Always happy to make anyone's day a bit better, wherever in the world you might be, John! +John Mead I agree with your thoughts about the helpful and sharing way among of most plussers. G+ is not about 'me' but about 'us'. What a great way to be!
June B
 
Oh +Ellie Kennard one other thing I would like to add. I have a follower that is Portugeuse. He started posting comments and I could not understand, as I do not speak it, then I checked the more tab at the top and it has a translate tab....very useful. Now I can understand his comments and we can talk about the pictures. Excellent. So you can always comment on others posts in there own language. Great for getting more followers and you can aslo understand what they are writing. Jx
 
Excellent, of course, +June B. I use Google Chrome with the Translate extension so did not realize that this was possible in all browsers. I should add this to the original post above. A very helpful tip that helps draw people of all languages together. Thanks for the tip. Now you are starting to build up your own list of tips that you will be able to share with us and others! What a helpful lot everyone here is.
 
You're welcome, +Kimberly Gallant - out of interest, there is a whole group of helpful people committed to new G+ users. You can find some helpful tips here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106519312147648224517/posts. There are lots of tips on that page, as well as a circle of high quality people to follow. If you circle that page, then when new tips are posted you will see them too. Have fun, here, it's a great community of creative and friendly people! And sign up for the +You Are The Star (for FIVE minutes) to hear some great interviews with G+ users.
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