Tip 25/50: What NOT To Do On Google+ (Part 1)
As we hit the half-way mark I thought I'd turn the tables slightly and outline which behaviours to avoid! You wouldn't want to un-do all the hard work you have put in so far now would you?

Hopefully most of these will be common sense but from experience I know that some people are still a little naive or unaware about these Google+ faux-pas so lets dive in!

(NOTE: This is just the first part, the second will form Tip 50/50 - if you have experienced any irritating behaviours from other members and would like to gently remind them, please let me know in the comments and I will include them in Part 2...and as always you will get full credit!)

Not plus-mentioning people when you talk about them, or giving credit where credit is due. If you quote somebody, use their image, have been inspired by another, learn something from someone else or discovered awesome content via somebody else a plus-mention (or hat-tip as is commonly used on G+) is always appreciated! Simply type the plus symbol (+) immediately followed by their name and select them from the options - this is a great way to start conversations!
Sharing a link or a post without your own spin or viewpoint. The value of sharing something is infinitely increased when you add your own comments. Why are you sharing it? Why should people click on it? Do you agree with what is said? Do you have anything to add? You have a voice, don't be afraid to use it! 
Sending email notifications for every post. Google+ gives you the option to notify people of your post by email but if you do it regularly ("Hey everyone! Stop what you are doing and look at me!") it simply becomes spamming. It is a quick way to get yourself muted. Only use this feature for select people and only if you know they will want to be notified of such a post.
Posting empty comments. By that I mean "great post" "thanks" or "I like this". C'mon you can do better than that! I'd like to see people generating real conversations in comment threads, adding their own voice and opinions. There are times where a "thanks" will suffice but try and get creative where you can - you never know what it will lead to!
Not acknowledging shares of your content or mentions. Google+ makes it so easy for you to listen to your friends and fans talking about you and respond. It's just common courtesy if someone goes out of their way to share your post to their audience along with some nice words (and from a business point of view, this one is crucial!)
Always sharing your own stuff and not others. (Hey Everyone, come see how good I look! - Ron Burgandy) This is a community which means it's not just about Me, Me, Me! If you are just using Google+ to share your own blogs you are doing it wrong. Twitter is "all shout - no listen", Google+ is different. The more you give, the more you shall receive. 
Just re-sharing content from influencers/big sites. Of course this stuff is easy to share on, it's usually high-quality and the clout behind the original author means it's likely to get you a lot of engagement (perhaps even from the influencer them self). But to me, Google+ is about content discovery, it is about finding those posts and resources that you would never usually find otherwise. It is also about amplifying the efforts of those who are putting out great content to a limited audience. I remember when I posted my first Google+ article, +Mark Traphagen shared it to his audience within minutes and he probably doesn't realise the profound effect that had on me. I was up all night responding to the awesome comments and new people I had been put in touch with via that one share. He gave me a really nice write up and things went mad. I can't thank him enough for that and I have resolved to share lots of under-the-radar content with my followers because I know how important that added exposure is to them.
► Ok, I think that's enough for now. Keep an eye out for No.50 in the series!

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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