Circle Shares....Yeah or Nay?
Do you do circle shares? If you do, proceed with caution unless you know the person who has started it and the niche that it involves.
There are a TON of circle shares out there that are almost like chain letters. You add everyone from the circle, have your name to be added to the list, and it acts a bit like a snowball.Why is this bad?
Well, that all depends on your goals on G+. Is it to get the maximum number of followers OR
to build a following of engaged followers that care what you have to say and could even be potential customers.My Mistake
Shortly after getting on G+, I wanted to experiment with these because I didn't really understand what they were. So I followed the instructions and added a few circles.....AND THEN I HAD A HUGE MESS!
I added, without realizing it, over 1,000 people!! Why is this bad?
1.) These aren't people that necessarily care about what I have to say. I'd rather have a smaller following and have people that truly care about what I have to say.
2.) Many people don't add you back. So, if your goal is to add to your number of followers, you're going to be disappointed. (I was actually glad this backfired for me because that was not my goal, my goal was to see how circle sharing worked! Boy, was I in for a surprise!)
3.) Many people that started showing up in my feed were not even English speakers! I know this is a global platform and I LOVE that! But, Spanish and Russian (most common languages I saw) do me no good in adding value to my feed. My guess is my English did little for them, as well.
4.) I have always operated my business in a way that my two young sons (ages 9 & 7) can look over my shoulder while I work. Even before the Internet was around, I wanted to be a work at home mom who wrote and stayed home with her kids. Dream accomplished!
I always want my kids to be a part of my business, even if it's just peeking over my shoulder to watch what I'm doing. I think it teaches them many things, including work ethics and being able to do anything you want in life.
After I added the new "circles," content showed up that was not
safe for my children. Scantily clad women. Improper language (they read now and go to school so they know
these words!) I also had things like zombies and other "scary" graphic things showing up in my feed that actually scared them.So, What Now?
Each day I have a task that takes away from time I could be doing money-generating tasks, instead I am trying to clean up this mess.
1.) Each time I open my feed, I have to go in and delete people from my circles that have content showing up that aren't "kid friendly" or don't add value to my business.
2.) Spending a set amount of time on Circlescope deleting people who didn't add me back. And there are a LOT of them. (They did not hold up their end of the bargain and add me back....but I no longer do it either. My guess? They realized they were in over their head like me!)The Good
It's not all bad. I have met a couple dozen of new people I interact with and genuinely like (keep in mind, I added about 1,000 people during this fiasco so a couple dozen people is NOT good ROI!)
It all boils down to your goals. Why are you on G+? If it's a social platform to just build numbers, then circle shares might meet your needs.
BUT....most people I've met on G+ are on here for much more. They're in here for their business. They are here to help others. They want to learn so they can add value to their business.
Networking is also an awesome benefit of G+. Circling random people does not meet the above needs.
What are your thoughts on this? Everyone does not have the same goals and I respect that.
But....I want to caution those who don't know how these things that I refer to as a "G+ chain letter" to beware. Proceed with caution and make sure these fit into your goals so you are not spending needless time cleaning up a mess like I am everyday.What are your thoughts on this?
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