Tip 3/50: Join Interesting & Lively Google+ Communities
Looking to build your follower count, build meaningful relationships with like-minded people or just get your posts in front of a wider viewership? Join Google+ relevant communities.

Forums and communities have existed on the web since its conception but never has finding, engaging with and learning from like-minded people been so simple and rewarding. There are communities for almost every subject on Google+ that, unlike Facebook and other platforms, they actually have active audiences!

If you are looking to learn more about a subject, or indeed impart your knowledge, joining and participating in communities is a great way to get on people's radars and over time build up your following ...you may even find some great people to follow yourself!

► Add value to the community - either post relevant questions that everyone can learn from, start insightful discussions on interesting topics or be there to help others out. Make sure your responses add actual value to the thread and avoid responses like "I agree!" "Well said" or "Good post". +1's are nice to give and receive but meaningful comments and feedback is better!
► You can participate as an individual or as a business but make sure you pick relevant communities. If posting as a business or organisation make sure you have authorisation to do so and that your views don't contradict or damage those of your business. Above all, be genuine - Google+ is not the place to hide behind a veil. 
► Read the community guidelines (unique to each community) before participating. Many will penalise you for sharing your own content on a regular basis or generally spamming the community, however...
► Posting in a community is a great way of reaching more eyeballs if you have a limited following. If you have a great article that is worthy of posting and deserves recognition, a relevant community could be the way to go but beware of the guidelines
► Be a good team player and share relevant and interesting content from around the web 
► Be aware of the rules about sharing community posts out to a wider public audience. If you are worried about your posts being shared out beyond the community add "No sharing" attributes to the post (tip on this coming later in the series)

If you have a great idea for a new community you may consider creating your own. Be sure to check out Google's guidelines as well as these 7 tips (http://tek.io/1kXSbW9) by +Andy Wolber on behalf of +TechRepublic

This is just one of many Google+ tips, you can find more tips like this from the #googleplus50 series here: http://www.rickeliason.com/things-to-do-on-google-plus/


► If you want to expand on this with an additional point or idea, please comment below so others can learn from your awesomeness!

► Additionally, if you want to contribute tip I haven't yet covered in this series, please feel free to ping me and I will credit you if I use it!
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