8 reasons you should quit your blog for Google+.

+Demian Farnworth at +Copyblogger rebutted my advocacy of blogging on Google+: 

http://www.copyblogger.com/google-plus-sharecropping/

He called me the "poster child for Google+ blogging" -- a designation I am very proud of.

It's a nice article and worth a read. But he's wrong.

Here are Demian's 8 points why you shouldn't blog on Google+, followed by my 8 counterpoint points (apologies to SNL): 

Point 1. You become a digital sharecropper.

Counterpoint: Google+ is more viral, gives you a vastly larger audience and a more engaged community around your blog than you can get on any other site. (What bloggers should really fear is needless obscurity.)

Point 2. You can’t (easily) monetize a social media blog. 

Counterpoint: Google+ is more viral, gives you a vastly larger audience and a more engaged community around your blog than you can get on any other site. (You also can't monetize a blog with no readers.)

Point 3. No effective archive.

Counterpoint: Google+ is more viral, gives you a vastly larger audience and a more engaged community around your blog than you can get on any other site. (Nobody wants to read old posts on most blogs and, if they do on Google+, the search feature and auto-hashtags are better than an archive.)

Point 4. Clunky link structure.

Counterpoint: Google+ is more viral, gives you a vastly larger audience and a more engaged community around your blog than you can get on any other site. (There are benefits, too. Namely, by exposing the links readers are less likely to be tricked into opening a malware page.)

Point 5. No schedule posting feature.

Counterpoint: Google+ is more viral, gives you a vastly larger audience and a more engaged community around your blog than you can get on any other site. (Plus you can use Do Share to schedule posts.)

Point 6. No control over design.

Counterpoint: Google+ is more viral, gives you a vastly larger audience and a more engaged community around your blog than you can get on any other site. (It's fun to play publisher on a blogging site with custom design, but it's better for readers to have a unified design, as on Google+.) 

Point 7. Plantation owners change, wither, and die.

Counterpoint: Google+ is more viral, gives you a vastly larger audience and a more engaged community around your blog than you can get on any other site. (In the extremely unlikely event that Google would close G+, the loyal readership you would have gained would be movable to the new site. Bloggers move their blogs all the time -- usually because the site sucks and not because the company shuts it down.) 

Point 8. Google doesn’t think it’s a great idea, either.

Counterpoint: Google+ is more viral, gives you a vastly larger audience and a more engaged community around your blog than you can get on any other site. (You blog for you, not Google.) 

The bottom line is that when you consider any benefit of an outside blogging site -- archiving, embedded links, etc. -- ask yourself exactly how many readers you're willing to give up in order to have that feature -- and why. 

Go here to circle the Blogs of August -- 150 bloggers who are blogging on Google+ for the month of August!

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MikeElgan/posts/9dTuGUcEHZG

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