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This week in the community!
 
‘Plus Your Business’ Community - Weekly Roundup!
Check out the top stories, questions and announcements from your fellow PYB Community members. Read more…

FEATURED STORIES
Three posts you may have missed from the PYB team

1. The Words We Use and The Impact They Have... by +David Amerland http://martinsherv.com/fp

2. Twitter Indexing by Google...by +Eric Enge http://martinsherv.com/fq

3. How to Create People-Powered Content That Works for Your Brand
...by +Jay Baer http://martinsherv.com/fk

MEMBERS ASK
For the entire thread see post link...
1. Q. "How do I search all of the photographers in GPlus and locate photos tagged...”?from +Ruth Howard 
A. Several people chimed in with options: Use #topic and/or @photographers @hashtag in the “search box”, Communities and Photo’s.
Post - http://martinsherv.com/fw

2. Q. “How do I provide customers with a direct link to ‘Write a Review’”? from +Suzanne Baracchini
A. +Luis Galarza had a brilliantly simple response. “The only thing you need to do is add this code *?review=1*at the end of the Google Local Page URL and that will bring visitors to the review landing page inside G+”.
Post - http://martinsherv.com/fv

*3. Q. “I have a question about connecting a YouTube channel with a Google+ Page.“?  _from_ +Anne Shenton
A. +Bernd Rubel provided the solution that worked well in this situation.
Post - http://martinsherv.com/fu

4. Q. “Google search autofill is now bringing up G+ profiles as options”! from +Tony Melling
A. Lot’s of excitement around this new development. +NOD3x made a gif to show folks how!
Post - http://martinsherv.com/fd

5. Q. “Is it possible to run a query in G+ based on the information available in a profile”? from +Janine Marriott
A. +CircleCount weighed in and the conversation evolved into the up and coming PYB Neighborhoods (stay tuned)!.
Post - http://martinsherv.com/ft

ANNOUNCEMENTS
And some exciting things from the past week include...

1. “Google+ for Business Presentation”...+martin shervington
Read more: http://martinsherv.com/f9

2. “The PYB Show -Special Edition with Time Stamps by Debi Davis”featuring +Debi Davis and +Nazim Beltran
Read more:http://martinsherv.com/fj

3. “The Long Awaited Launch of Level 2, leading into Level 3, of the PYB Academy”+martin shervington Read more:http://martinsherv.com/fi

4. Must read or watch articles you may have missed from PYB collaborators recently!
a. “Can You Boil SEO Down to Just a Few Simple Practices?” +Mark Traphagen http://martinsherv.com/fs
b. “Looking Behind the Scenes of Profiles and Posts” +Brian Jensen http://martinsherv.com/fr
c. “G+ Tool Party” http://martinsherv.com/fl
d. “Amy TV#25 Getting Your Business Message Across Loud and Clear” +Amy Harrison http://martinsherv.com/fm  
JUST FOR FUN
“Lazy Legos” by Angus MacLane@Flickr...http://martinsherv.com/fn
Even PYB G+ heros need relaxation time. Hope you had some couch potato time this weekend! 

That’s our week in review! Great to see you all this week and can’t wait to see what the next 7 has in store. Cheers!
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Mark Crosling

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Update - Unable to Mute a Post

About 3 days ago I posted that I'm unable to Mute a post - apparently a bug. I've now found that I can Mute the post when I get a Notification. Clicking on the Notification there is a new drop down Menu at the top that has the option to "Mute post".

Ping +martin shervington 
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No need to mute any postm just push the sound button of your compuyrt and everythang is definitely mute. The sound of silence 

http://quietube6.com/v.php/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hUy9ePyo6Q
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So happy we are in the same circles! and community. Thank you +Stan Bush  +Mary Stovall  +Wayne Brett  +Nazim Beltran +Debi Davis  for a great PYB Show. I just caught up on the recording as I was not able to attend live, looking forward to the next episode. Hope your weekend is in full swing!
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Robbin Ann Coronado

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My apologies for not properly introducing myself my name is Robbin Ann Coronado I feel have some great ideas and want make where I use to live into an Awesome place family oriented solar powered cooling&heating with green houses that's just a little taste of what I have plans for. It will make a lot jobs and hopefully we can keep make everything all solar plus eventually green houses so are fruits and veggies aren't soaked in all that poison we've been ingesting all these years. I know it will be awesome its time to do things right. Pretty soon I will be laying down a lot awesome family stuff believe Socal needs this it is time for change 😀😘😘😘💜💜💜💜💜
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Welcome +Robbin Ann Coronado :) Lots of resources to learn about G+ and help you move forward with your goals.
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Suzanne Baracchini

I have a question about Google+!  - 
 
Another pesky little question! When I am enjoying my morning coffee and scrolling through my notifications on my iPAD,  why do my +1's not populate when I write a response to someone as they do on my desktop? Any thoughts?
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+Suzanne Baracchini It must be because you not having the google+ app or as +Leni Spooner said, tweek your notifications & your syncs; when my syncs are off, I don't get immediate notification I "+1" anyone.
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martin shervington
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Community update!
Just to let you all know we will be launching Level 2, leading into Level 3, of the PYB Academy on...Thursday 17th July at around 9am UK time.
Many of you have already joined, but within 48 hours I'll post a link into the community with more information and an offer for you all as well.
Lift off coming soon...
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Jeannette Marshall

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This is a valuable community that will enable me to be a stronger Google Plus user, resource and advocate #plusyourbusiness  
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Welcome +Jeannette Marshall - nice to have you here!
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Sophia Rosenthal

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Hello and thank you for adding me!  I am looking forward to learning all I can from this community.  I am very new to Google+ (heck, I finally got used to FB! hahaha) and am overwhelmed trying to understand all it has to offer.  :-)
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You have certainly come to the right place +Sophia Rosenthal. There was no PYB when  I started -- I was lucky and happened across most of the team that is making this community such a wonderful resource. Enjoy! You will soon discover it is actually easier, more fun, and has far fewer potential land-mines  -- if any -- compared to FB ;)
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Andrej Kozelj

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Thank you for adding me within the membership appreciated. Looking forward to seeing what everyone is doing here and understanding how all works. To everyone's success whatever it may be.
Take care and be well.
Andre
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Thank you Take care and be well.
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Vibhooti Chauhan

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Thanks for adding me as member :)

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Thanxx everyone for this warm welcome :) :) #gratitude 
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About this community

Welcome to the ‘Plus Your Business!’ community and agency. About us: We have assembled a world class team to cater to all G+ needs for businesses small or large. Over the coming years we look forward to helping you use Google products and services to transform your business or organization, including exclusive articles and videos. We are also here if need some extra guidance, so just ask. Please note, please do not attempt to solicit business. You will be politely asked to leave. This is not a place for consultants to find business. The PYB moderators are the best in the world and are here to help in a paid and unpaid capacity. Also, no self-promo blogs, events, shared circles (unless a moderator). Posting policy: We reserve the right to remove any content without explanation; but will do our best to let you know why. Community Managers: “Hi there, I'm Martin Shervington, 'Plus Your Business!’ agency and community manager. And below are the people I go to when I need help... Lee Smallwood is the man for corporate Google SEO, Social SEO, Viral Marketing, Corporate Campaigns, Measurement Tools and Analytics. Seriously smart. Mike Allton is one of the best in social media. Writer, Coach, Page manager and spreading his magic across all channels. He is an asset to the team. Jim Banks educates me on the subtle integration of Google Plus into Google Adwords. He is an Adwords Ninja, it is that simple. Mark Traphagen: the expert for Authorship and Social SEO. George Cohn and Marilyn Ritter offer insight into the Google Plus culture, community and coaching. Rebekah Radice - a brilliant social media consultant/trainer; she will 'join the social media dots' to deliver incredible results. Paulino Brener is an excellent community manager, using Google Plus for coaching people on how to Plus their skills (languages: Spanish and English) Ronnie Bincer is my Hangout Helper; helping us all get the most out of this magical communications tool; before, during and after the show. George Sepich is one of the most creative people I know. An excellent wordsmith, ideas magnet and brainstorming master. Joshua Berg: the chap I talk with about a 360 degree web, social and SEO service. One of the best. Colman Carpenter: manages my website and I recommend him for all things re: Google Plus integration. Travis Taylor covers Apps and Local in a friendly and approachable manner." Support We are here to help you with free advice on Google Products and Services, including Google Plus Need a little extra help? Well, we are also available for: Coaching and consultancy, via Google hangouts or face-to-face Speaking engagements and events, and more... Community Guidelines: Please do not promote other communities - one strike and out. Please don’t self promote your blogs/event unless a moderator.

Ronnie Bincer
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Google+ Hints and Tips  - 
 
Inside Hangouts on Air our Lower Third Graphics and the Video Thumbnails are not working well together... here is a fix to help. If you are part of the broadcast, you'll want to know about this.
 
Video Thumbnails Interfere with Hangout Lower Thirds
This problem persists, so here is a work-around to help you fix it until Google can figure out how to fix it for all of us.

The +Hangout Toolbox contains a commonly used tool called The Lower Third. For a while now, there have been problems when we use the lower third tool (it allows us to self identify as well as bring in various graphics onto our video screen). The problem shows when we have multiple people (3 or more) in the video filmstrip in that the video thumbnails can cover up some or all of the lower third graphic.

The current quick fix:
When you are inside the Hangout Interface, pin yourself and then turn the lower third you are using on, off and on again. (see the screenshots for how)

As shown in the 3 screen shots here, this will cause your video to reduce in size and show above the filmstrip. One of the big issues here is we can't see the problem unless we are viewing the external video feed or watching the replay. So this is one thing it would just be wise to do even if you think everything is OK.

Another idea is to design your own version of the lower third graphic you use (custom overlay) so that it is less wide and on the left side which means there is less chance you'll get filmstrip overlap, but that will depend on how many people are in the filmstrip. Remember, the size you use for the custom overlay should be 1280x720.

Hopefully this problem will be fixed in the future, but since it still causes issues for many of us, I thought I'd share the quick fix for now.

Keep up on all the latest details with the ever changing Hangout tool by joining the Hangout Mastery membership. Details here www.bit.ly/HangoutMastery
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#LowerThird   #HOAtips   #HangoutsOnAir   #HangoutMastery  
h/t: +Dave Williams for the smiles!
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Very helpful +Ronnie Bincer 
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Kevin Barrett

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+Spence Rogers you maybe interested in this, also I suggest getting in contact with +martin shervington you both have a lot in common...
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+Mary Stovall Thank you for the Welcome :-)
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Tony Puck

I have a question about Google+!  - 
 
I am trying to make a video of a power point video presentation for  distribution.  My question is can I use G + Hangouts to record the video from my power point presentation?  
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Valuable question and conversation +Tony Puck +Owen Hemsath +Peter Lunn +Hilary Snyder and +Mike Allton Learned from this tread.  Thanks.
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Florence Ugorji

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Thanks for accepting me. I am here to learn how to make g plus to bring traffic to my site
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+Florence Ugorji ... you don't have the URL to your blog in your profile.  If you can do that, then we can look at it... 
thanks
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Hi I am looking for guidance please. I have franchisees that don't have store fronts but service a large area covering several towns. 

The Google Plus local badge is linked to their specific landing page eg Midlands, and the page is optimised for that.However, the areas covered include Birmingham, Coventry etc etc and I need the local page to show up in local search results for these areas. 

How would I go about optimising a Google local page that covers many towns? Thanks so much. Janine
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hi +Bill Verboom yes I have but thanks for checking. It certainly is tricky!
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Michael Harrington

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Hello PYB Community, Thank You for accepting my request to join the community :) Im very passionate about socìal media. One of my favorite tools is G+ :) looking forward to learning and making new friends here. 
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+Stan Bush Thank you Stan. I Have signed up already and on module 10 of semantic search. Its Amazing how things have changed.
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Mark Crosling

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Unable to "Mute" a Post

Is it just my end (Australia) or general but I'm unable to "Mute" a post. Anyone one else?
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Update - Unable to Mute a Post
I've found that I can Mute the post when I get a Notification. Clicking on the Notification there is a new drop down Menu at the top that has the option to "Mute post*.

Thanks everyone for your comments and help.
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Phillip J Mather

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Pleased to have been accepted - keen to learn more of how I may plus my VoiceOver business
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+Phillip J Mather your coach's humor made me stop and listen to your voice. Glad you were able to get everything working :D
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alton shillingford

I have a question about Google+!  - 
 
Are there a Google drive for business? 
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Yes. If you are using Google Apps... go here https://drive.google.com/ and see if it takes you there.  
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Sheila Hensley

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+Stan Bush  +richard clarkson watched the hangout today, wants to join the community but I am unable to tell him where to go on the page to join.  Could you or one of the moderators help him out please with a DM.  Thanks!  Great hangout today!
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+richard clarkson there ya go.  Good folks over here.  Thanks +Wayne Brett and +Mary Stovall!
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