Amanda Blain and I met exactly a year ago this week on Empire Avenue and we both were in a hangout on the first day Google+ opened. Amanda has barely left (yes she does sleep sometimes) and is living proof that you can gain incredible leverage on this social network. Despite what people too lazy to learn how to use it are saying.
Please learn from Amanda and enjoy all the benefits it will bring you.
She is fun!
Amanda is a Proud Canadian and CEO of Girlfriend Social which is one of the biggest female-only social networking sites available. Free for all women over 18 in USA, Canada, UK and Australia to use, GFS allows women to talk, share and bond with other local women looking for friendship too. http://www.girlfriendsocial.com
Ladies, Sign up for free.. Gentlemen, tell your wife to! 🙂
OK here are Amanda’s biggest tips for rocking the Plus….
New to Google Plus? Not quite sure you ‘get it’ yet? Follow these 3 simple steps. Try it. I Dare you. Anyone who actually does these things will love it here and can never say “it’s dead”.
1. *Create Yourself* – Complete your profile. Post a photo of yourself if comfortable, people like talking to people. Put “what circles you should be placed in” in your about section. Think things like Photography, Geek, Tech, Art, Gaming, Wine Lover, Cat person. People probably have circles like this and can easily circle you back. Make it easy for people to circle you.
Check out the about section of my profile for more ideas. Spend a few moments on this. Seriously. Then make at LEAST 1 public post. Post daily in your ‘interests’ you picked for your profile. Make sure some is ‘your own’ not just reshares of others. Use pictures. Google Images is a good source. G+ likes pictures.
2. *Follow Others* Circle this shared circle of 50 people up. This circle has some amazing engaging rockstars. They are coders, foodies, photographers, hangout people, musicians, artists, and much more. Many have less than 1000 people circling them. Or go to the search bar and type in your own interests. Game of thrones, Web development, wine, makeup, Michael Jackson. People here are fans and they are talking about it. Circle up at least 250 People. 1000 is still golden. These will likely all be strangers. Get over that. You do NOT need to know people in real life to talk about Iphones or Cooking, but you can have a great conversation. Don’t expect to read the whole stream either, it will be far too much.
Make a circle of “engage with” as your first circle. Place people who’s stuff you like in that circle. Visit THAT stream daily. Realize that people will share or +mention you to posts that you need to see. Accept this and remember to notify or mention others into posts you really want them to see too. Clean out and add people to this “Engage with” Circle often. Your personal preference on this section may vary… but this is a good place to start if you are new.
3. *Engage others* Go up and down your stream right now and Reshare neat things, comment, click the link, read the story, mention others who might like that post or comment on other peoples comments. +1s generally mean you read it and agree. Do that too.. but most prefer to you to comment in some way. Try and make comments better than “lol” but engage other people in some way. Remember to mute the post if the conversation is not interesting to you anymore with the drop down arrow at the top right of every post.
Rinse and Repeat steps 2 and 3 daily for best results. This will take some time to get started, but its fun. You can make connections that will completely change your life. Google Plus is a truly amazing website if you follow these steps. Make it yours.
Share with your circles and new friends on G+ and comment your tips on making G+ magical here.
So there you go that is how to play!
From next week please join Roger Hoyt on #gpluschat on Twitter to learn the latest news and strategies about this amazing place