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If you have your own website, here's a great tip via +Mark Traphagen. Super easy to do too.
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Interesting but seems rather useless these days, at least for me and my blog. The readership on my blog has plummeted since Google Plus came about. I hardly get much traffic anymore so a few -- or even many -- SEO points will not matter. People are finding what they need on G+.

Also, a number of well-known people who used to actively blog have stopped doing so, or have greatly reduced their blogging activity, and are concentrating their time on G+ as the engagement is often several orders of magnitude higher. I still try to pen one or two articles on my blog each month, but I too am placing more and more of my original content of G+. If better SEO sends more people to my blog what they will find is that it is not that active anymore. That could end up hurting more than helping.
 
Wow. That's interesting. I'm having a very different experience. Since becoming more active here on G+, my site traffic has gone way up. Granted, I've had a couple big articles that got some high-level attention during that same time frame, so it's been hard for me to sort out causation. I definitely plug some of my blog posts here on G+, but overall, it's a pretty small % of my total posts.

I still like, and think that it's important to have, a separate place that I control. It helps me to have more control over the presentation experience (links and graphics) as well as being better able to lay out longer, more complex ideas.

Given the nature of your writing and thinking, +Jeff Sayre, I'm surprised that you're moving this way. I mean, I get it, based on what you explained above, but it seems like some of what you write about is so big that it needs more room to breath that what works well here.
 
Everyone's mileage will vary.

I'm more like Gideon. Because I'm representing an agency, my goal is to build a reputation across the web of our authority in certain areas. Google+ has become a huge (actually, the largest) source of referral traffic to our blog, but we have others as well. We see the value in maintaining a home base where all of our best content is on display and easily browsable. We're finding that prospective clients will peruse our blog to get a sense of our expertise.

One more point that I think is significant: the growing influence of what people are calling AuthorRank in Google. My content on http://www.virante.com/blog is all linked in Google now with the rel="author" tag to my Google+ profile. So is any content I do on guest blogs. (I won't guest blog anymore if they don't allow me to have a rel="author" link in my author bio.) My activity here on Google+ (most of which is centered around the same topic areas I blog about) helps build my author authority with Google, which I'm convinced is making my content rank better.
 
+Gideon Rosenblatt Don't get me wrong, I am still blogging and firmly believe that controlling your own communications channel is essential. However, since switching most of my social engagement effort from Twitter to G+, the engagement that I receive on my blog has plummeted.

That is because when I post a link to one of my blog articles on G+, people primarily use my G+ thread to comment on my article rather than posting and commenting directly to my article. This has the effect of fracturing the Stream. There may be great conversations occurring but no one can tell when they visit a particular article on my blog. It makes it appear as though few are interested in what I have to say on my blog.

I have thought about trying a new WordPress plugin that connects your blog with your G+ thread, but the net effect is still the same. You lose the valuable conversation that used to occur on your blog.
 
I was using that plugin, but just deactivated it today as part of a general plugin cleanse to reduce my memory footprint at my hosting firm. It was somewhat helpful, but the discussions were still fragmented, so it didn't really address those issues. There were some compatibility issues with Disqus, which is what I use for commenting on my blog.

I totally get what you're talking about with the discussion fragmentation. Really, really wish there were a good solution there beside migrating everything to G+.
 
+Mark Traphagen Yes, I too have linked my blog to my Google Profile using the rel="author" tag. I am not anti SEO. I'm just stating that G+ has fractured my commenting stream, in effect turning what used to be a relatively healthy commenting space on my blog into a sparse comment desert.
 
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Excellent point about rel=author and rel=me, +Mark Traphagen. That connection is absolutely critical to getting influence measurement more accurate. It also affects the kind of influence we have. Just as a small, but important, example - when I share links to my own website on Twitter, I'm pretty sure that Klout thinks of it as sharing other people's stuff rather than posting my own content (i.e. a tweet w/ no links). That's broken if true.

Wordpress currently has some issues on this that make it more difficult than it should be to assign that for the author profile. Hope it gets fixed soon because I think this is super important for all Wordpress authors out there. +WordPress - I hope this is something you all are working on.
 
+Jeff Sayre I guess I don't worry much about engagement at the blog itself. I think social media killed that off a long time ago. So what I'm looking for at the blog site nowadays is not a hub of conversation. Just like you, I get way more of that here. Rather I see the blog as the "showcase" for my work, my "artists portfolio" as it were.
 
Yes. We had static websites, Then dynamic blogs, then dynamic blogs with static pages and now with Google+ and other; blogs are back to become relatively static.
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