Community Watch: BEWARE of Link Littering All Star SpammersA Quick Lesson in Google+ Community Etiquette
As one of the moderators for this community of 30,000+, each and everyday I sift through (literally) a hundred posts. Today it finally occurred to me that a some people REALLY do not understand the value of social media (particularly Google+) and are missing out on a valuable opportunity to make a meaningful connection with other members of the Internet community.
To better explain my point, I have identified 3 types of Community users, you do not want to behave like
This type of community user needs no introduction. You can expect a broadcast message followed by a one-sided conversation. I compare this to an annoying party guest that brings a pocket full of business cards/flyers and hands them out to everyone they meet.Link Littering:
In most instances, this type of user is what I would like to refer as an unintentional spammer. Either shy or unaware, this users post rarely contains more than a link and (if you're really lucky) a few well thought-out words, like: really cool, awesome, found this, etc.. This is hardly the way to grab the audience's attention, especially when they are confronted by a half a dozen other posts, constantly moving in their feed.All-Star:
This user's profile will (most often) contain a description that was obviously written with one hand patting themselves on the back. As well, you can expect that the summary will contain a liberal collection of titles like: expert, guru, ninja, etc.. These users are famous for the Top 3, Top 5, Top 10 lists, that lead to a blog page covered with ads ... generally a sign they are not making a living off of whatever they claim to be an expert ninja guru
Now, I have spent enough time describing the type of user you do not want to be. Its probably time to review a few quick tips for proper posting etiquette in G+ Communities, like this one.
-> Share Content That is Unique.
The best way to do this, is to generate it yourself. As well, peruse the appropriate category and make certain that a similar post doesn't already exist in the community.
-> Place Your Post in The Appropriate Category.
Look carefully through the selection and choose the community category that is closely related to the keywords, that would best describe the blog post/article you are sharing.
-> Capture The Audience's Attention.
Provide a narrative or summary that is long enough to capture the audience's attention and inspires them to read more. If you can answer the question: How will this change my life?
in 160+ characters, You're on the right track. This is especially important if you are promoting your own content.
-> Give Credit.
If you are linking to someones content ALWAYS make the effort to give them credit for their work. If they are not already in your circles, use the Google+ search bar to find the original author and then ADD THEM.
-> Use Hash tags. #ilovehashtags
Use hash tags sparingly to describe the fundamental principles of your post or article. Consider using your blog post's keywords, if you are struggling to come up with ideas.
-> Interact With Your Audience.
Always answer comments, questions and concerns in a timely manner. Even if the view expressed by audience members contradicts yours, invite the debate and communicate professionally.
With all that being said, I apologize for the length of this post and I look forward to seeing better quality entries in the future. ;-) #googleplusetiquette #gplustips #communitytips