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How PageRank in Google+ is Earned. G+ Link Myths Busted!
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This will be Part 2 of my Google+ PageRank series.
If you're new to this topic Part 1 is the embedded link below.
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My first post dispelled the popular myth that Google+ does not have PageRank, but apparently stirred up a lot more questions than it answered. I did not however, receive any serious disagreement from any well known Google+ SEO, or AuthorRank experts. On the contrary, many very popular G+ writers either commented, shared, or plussed the article.

By the way, if you think this article is exceptionally informative, don't just plus it, share it. I'm about to explain how that benefits me with a little G+PR for the day I spent writing this. ;-)

Now I'm going to start answering those questions on how profiles earned their G+PR (abbreviating for simplicity). Get ready for more popular myths to be busted...

One popular idea that even I myself entertained, is that your G+PR may have to do with the number of followers you have. This has now been thoroughly debunked.
G+PR has nothing to do with the amount of followers you have.

Another popular yet already mostly disproved myth, is that +1's give you link juice. "Link juice" is a term loosely defined, but is in fact PR. PageRank is an algorithm based on "backlinks" (or links) and the PR that is passed has sometimes been referred to as link juice.

Which brings up an opposite myth to bust, that all +1's do not give you any benefit (ie. PR). In fact, if a plussers +1 page is public & they don't have too many, then their +1 can give you a link on that page & technically link juice. However that will be seriously diluted by the continuing links accumulated there. Google+ Business Pages can definitely not give link juice through +1, cause they don't have a +1 page.

Which begs the question, If you don't get G+PR from plusses, or followers, where do you get it from?

Well PageRank is very specifically a fairly complex hierarchical link crediting algorithm. So you get your G+PR from links to your profile within Google+, but not only. You would also get G+PR from any web page linking to your G+ profile, presumably even from your own G+ Authorship Snippets.

[Update: BTW, links from all G+ profiles would not have equal value, based on the core principles of PageRank users with higher PR who refer to you would have to be giving you far more G+PR than users with lower PR. But that's another post I'll follow up on.]

Which brings me to the main myth I'm here to bust, that all, or even most links in G+ are "nofollow". I love the way one comment this week firmly stated this myth, LOL...

"All links from G+ are nofollow, so there's no PageRank transfer. Nofollow isn't a leaking condom, so you won't get PageRank pregnant."

In fact, not only are most links in G+ "follow" links, but that is where most of your G+PR comes from. I know this from a separate project I just finished researching very thoroughly & I will go into in a follow up to this. Suffice it to say, I have compared the relationship of thousands of references to specific individuals within G+ and their resulting PR.

So now I'm going to break it down for you & anyone with a "nofollow" plugin for your browser can verify these. You can also dissect them from this pages source code.

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1. Profile link referencing me as author of this post is "follow".

2. The same link will become "nofollow" when this post is shared.

3. A tag to your own G+ user profile within the post will be "follow" :
    +Joshua Berg (all tags are are translated into "follow" links)

4. PR is actually passed through User ID URL's, not Vanity URL's:
    +Larry Page (this tag is translated into a "followed" ID URL)

5. Links posted as Vanity URL's & even G+ links are all "nofollow" :
https://plus.google.com/+LarryPage ("Page" Rank was named after)

6. Links to all external sites within any post are "nofollow" :
    www.HousesFast.com

7. A tag to the same sites G+ Page does pass PR and is "follow" :
   +HousesFast 

8. When you comment below, your profile's link will be "nofollow".

9. Anyone you mention (tag) in the comments will be "follow" :
"I'm sharing this post cause I love it +Joshua Berg".

10. Any business page you tag in any comments will be "follow".

11. Any external URL you refer to in comments will be "nofollow".

12. Main posts embedded URL, such as Part 1 below is "follow":

#gplus #pagerank #googlepluspagerank #GoogleSEO  
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A great list of SEO tools, good for anyone looking to do #searchengineoptimization , or even just to see what needs to be done for #seo on your site. #seotips  
 
One of the most comprehensive lists of SEO tools I've seen.

This is hot and a must have for every SEO geek, or wannabe. Thanks +Rand Fishkin for bringing this to our attention and thanks +Annie Cushing for making and keeping this list regularly updated.

This is made in a Google Doc and regularly updated by Annie.

#SEOtips #seotools #searchengineoptimization #searchengines #gplustips  
Welcome to www.housesfast.com for more #realestatemarketing
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Great tips!
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How Gifting Your Expertise Makes the World Go Round

Read what I learned from a South Pacific aboriginal tribe that will forever change the way I treat the expertise I've gained.
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Sorry!-Your circles have disappeared?!

Wow, lots of new changes in G+ the last few days. Circles is now called Find People. Under Find People you will see, Find People, Added You & Your Circles. Whew!-They're still there.

Find People has also been made somewhat more spam resistant, in that you can no longer circle large batches of people at once to add to your circles. Instead you must click Add (kinda FB style) on the much clearer icons of each person & then choose the circle to put them in.

Lots of new changes is a good thing, looking forward to some more community upgrades soon too.

#gplustips #gplusupdate  
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I think this recent update of G+ business pages being able to follow anyone is a great boost for business pages.

But what are the problems here? Do you think the potential for increased spam will outweigh the positive benefits? After all, it's very easy to create many pages from a single user & if they can do everything, then the spam potential is increased significantly. I for one, think the benefits are worth the risk & extra work of spam management.
 
Great news for G+ Business Pages, they can now circle anyone.

Within the last day we started noticing some obvious changes going on with business pages, they stopped displaying the business page icon & now the pages can follow any G+ users without first being circled first.

For many of us this change was a long wait in coming & will certainly be a big boost for the use of business pages.
#googleplusupdate #googleplusbusinesspages #googleplustips
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Really +Kevin Matthew ? I wonder if your page needs to have followed some other pages first and had some exchanges, might try that. Also, it appears to me that pages cannot circle nearly as many people as they used to.
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 *Search specific members in communities: At last, the G+ Community feature moderators have been waiting for...*

We now have the ability to search for specific members in the community members list. This is today's G+ feature update according to Brian Glick and yes, it works great.

This'll save all us mods some time & should be especially welcome news for those of you who've already worn out your ⇩ Page Down keys.

#googleplus #googleplusupdate #googleplustips
 
Search for members in your community

Hey guys - today, we’re rolling out a frequently-requested feature: the ability to search for members in your community. This will make it easier to manage a growing member list, especially if you’re moderating a large community.

To try it out, just click on the “View all” link in the members section in your community, then type a name in the search box in the upper right!

#googleplusupdate  
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Search specific members in communities: At last, the G+ Community feature moderators have been waiting for...

We now have the ability to search for specific members in the community members list. This is today's G+ feature update according to Brian Glick and yes, it works great.

This'll save all us mods some time & should be especially welcome news for those of you who've already worn out your ⇩ Page Down keys.

#googleplus #googleplusupdate #googleplustips
 
Search for members in your community

Hey guys - today, we’re rolling out a frequently-requested feature: the ability to search for members in your community. This will make it easier to manage a growing member list, especially if you’re moderating a large community.

To try it out, just click on the “View all” link in the members section in your community, then type a name in the search box in the upper right!

#googleplusupdate  
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Business getting started have long used press releases to make their presence known and the SEO benefits have been great too. But what about the recent controversies of using them & all the junk releases? Have you used them and do you find they are good for opening the market to a new business?
 
Do Press Releases still help SEO? Did we get Matt Cutts wrong on this? What has the SEO community got to say?    

I've decided to wade into the recently controversial topic of press releases and their benefit to SEO, but not before doing some thorough research on what some SEO experts have had to say on the topic within the last few months. I even gotten carried away with reading all the different articles and posts on this and believe this should be the most up to date story on the topic till now.

The big question I'd like to address in this post is, has +Matt Cutts  statement in the now infamous one line post been misinterpreted, or taken out of proportion by some? When did he say it, to whom did he say it and what did he mean by it? Matt's original comment was:
 
"Note: I wouldn't expect links from press release web sites to benefit your rankings, however."

In fact, I'll explain why press releases still have benefit and that it is the concept and process of a press release that has been misunderstood and not Matt Cutts. And how the rush for SEO benefits from them led to a mountain of poorly written, non story, keyword stuffed garbage articles and websites.

In order to get a rounded opinion on this matter of SEO and also on the benefit of press releases in general, I've included links in my article and or, excerpts from all of the following SEO writers here on Google+ +Alan Bleiweiss +Barry Schwartz +Jayson DeMers +Cyrus Shepard +Neil Ferree +David Konigsberg +Meilani MacDonald +Kim Garst +Danny Sullivan +James Schramko and +Lisa Buyer .

+Barry Schwartz article on this is especially interesting & invitation to Matt Cutts for further explanation. Will he get a reply on this?

What has been your experience with press releases recently?
Do you feel they are still useful and very beneficial, or are they a thing of the past for either SEO, or marketing? Please read the article and then come back here to comment. We would really like to know your opinions on this.

#pressrelease   #pressreleaseseo #seotips #seomarketing #realestatemarketing and more at +HousesFast
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Google Plus Pages (brand pages) get more and more value adds...

As the 'Google Plus Page' grows in its value, I find myself reconsidering using them again. In the process, I have been poking around and I noticed something New for Me here... (see the screen shot below)

Normally I access the various G+ Pages I own or manage via the drop-down menu in the upper right of the G+ Interface (click on my profile pic to access the various G+ Page Choices)... But when accessed via the Left sided Ribbon/menu - I see a new set of options to help me manage Pages I own or 'manage' for other Page owners.

Help me out... have you seen this way to 'view' your Pages for a while now or is this kinda new for you as well? What do you like about it and what maybe still needs some help?

In case you had not noticed, the Google+ Page has been getting lots of goodies lately, check these 2 posts out about that: 

G+ Pages are now like G+ Profiles: http://goo.gl/G8zPw
They can add others to their circles just like a profile can now!

G+ Page gets its own User ID/email: http://goo.gl/y6BSY
This means when a Page does a HOA it can now use tools like the Lower Third and shows us that we are almost ready for Branded YouTube channel integration.
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#googleplustips   #googlepluspages   #googlepluspagemanagement   #pages   #brandpages   #googleplusbrandpages  
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The only thing actually missing is for a page to have Google authorship and the resulting benefits. I don't think rel=publisher is exactly the same thing. 
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Sorry!-Your circles have disappeared?!

Wow, lots of new changes in G+ the last few days. Circles is now called Find People. Under Find People you will see, Find People, Added You & Your Circles. Whew!-They're still there.

Find People has also been made somewhat more spam resistant, in that you can no longer circle large batches of people at once to add to your circles. Instead you must click Add (kinda FB style) on the much clearer icons of each person & then choose the circle to put them in.

Lots of new changes is a good thing, looking forward to some more community upgrades soon too.

#gplustips #gplusupdate  
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Google+ Discussion  - 
 
I think this recent update of G+ business pages being able to follow anyone is a great boost for business pages.

But what are the problems here? Do you think the potential for increased spam will outweigh the positive benefits? After all, it's very easy to create many pages from a single user & if they can do everything, then the spam potential is increased significantly. I for one, think the benefits are worth the risk & extra work of spam management.
 
Great news for G+ Business Pages, they can now circle anyone.

Within the last day we started noticing some obvious changes going on with business pages, they stopped displaying the business page icon & now the pages can follow any G+ users without first being circled first.

For many of us this change was a long wait in coming & will certainly be a big boost for the use of business pages.
#googleplusupdate #googleplusbusinesspages #googleplustips
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(Blog post coming on this)
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Don't pull out your gun if you're not prepared to shoot!

A successful community post results in exchange (discussion), this is not safe sex. In fact, if someone does not comment on this original post, then I promise to sell my computer tomorrow & go work on a farm. LOL... seriously.

Your highest priority when posting to a G+ Community should be encouraging other community members into a discussion. That's why we call it a "community" and NOT a bulletin board, or a newspaper.

As a community moderator I am too often asked,
- "Well is it ok to post this?"
- "Is it acceptable if I post links to my...?
- "Do you think this might be useful to your readers?"
- "I hope this is not spam, but I..."
- "Can I post links to my blog here, or post the whole article?"
- "Will it be spam if I post news links with my promotion?*
WAIT... STOP!!! These are all the wrong questions.

If your posts fail not just once, but repeatedly to engage the communities you're posting in, then - I hate to break it to you but - you are not social networking. It's now time to start asking yourself the tough questions, "if thousands of people are viewing this post, then why aren't any of them commenting on it?" Next I would suggest you make a point of reading all the ones that people are, that's where you'll learn successful social networking.

Then ask yourself, are you just posting & not commenting, or engaging other users on their posts? Chances are that's the next biggest problem, users engage back with users who engage with them.

Here's what I consider some key posting questions you should ask yourself before posting, that are sure to result in success:
① Will this encourage discussion & be of interest to the community?
② Is this post just news that everyone has probably already read?
③ Have I written this post/intro in a way that encourages discussion?
④ Is this just a link to an uninteresting article no one will discuss?
⑤ Have I explained why this is interesting to me & may also be to you?
⑥ Have I read & understood the Communities Guidelines?
⑦ Have I chosen the appropriate community & category for this post?

Welcome to follow more #communitytips #googleplustips & #realestatemarketing at +HousesFast .
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