The Ultimate Guide To Google Plus for Bloggers

December 19, 2012

Google Plus ROCKS! Yeah, I said it – Now what?

Ok, maybe you don't believe me yet. It's ok. That's why you're reading this now. This is The Ultimate Guide To Google Plus for Bloggers.

Now, what's the best way to teach about Google Plus? By doing a Google Plus Hangout of course.

That's exactly what I did. This post has a video hangout I did with the Become A Blogger Community AND a number of QUICK tutorials to show you how to take advantage of the Awesome features contained within Google Plus.

I also talk about how YOU, as a blogger (or just a regular human being) can use Google+ effectively for growing your personal/business brand, AND connecting with others (even friends and family).

So, if you have about an hour and a half, watch the replay video of the hangout, and you'll learn A TON.

IF you don't have an hour and a half, watch some of it, and jump down to the Tutorials below.

By the way, this post will be updated on a regular basis with new Tutorials and resources for taking full advantage of Google+. Oh, and make sure to Join The Become A Blogger Community On Google Plus

Now, you may also be wondering if mainstream media is keen to really using Google+. The answer is a resounding YES.

In fact, just check out this video where Alicia Keys did her album launch via Google Plus. Just check out the Awesomeness of this technology.

Links for this Hangout

To ask questions, or to comment on the hangout, you can use the LiveFyre Commenting system below and I'll be watching those comments for questions.

Thanks for joining the Fun!

Google Plus Tutorials

Ok, now it's time for some step by step tutorials, especially for people who don't have the time to watch the entire video to learn how to do some of the simple things. My recommendation – Bookmark this page so that you can come back to this ever expanding resource. You're gonna wanna do it.

All you have to do is click on a title and Voila, the tutorial will Magically appear. Go ahead and give it a whirl . . .

How To Create Circles In Google+

Go to your Google+ profile  and click on Circles in the left sidebar

Select and Drag people to add them to your existing Circles

To create a New Circle, click on “Drag here to create a circle

In the pop-up, name your Circle, add people to your Circle and click Create Circle

To add a page to a Circle, search for the page that you want to Follow and select the circle where you want to add it

How To Control What Shows Up On Your Home Stream

Go to your Google+ profile

Click on the top tabs to select a Circle to show in your stream

You can filter the posts that will appear in your stream by dragging the volume slider in the top right.

You can choose to Show nothing in your Home Stream

You can choose to Show some posts in your Home Stream

You can choose to Show most posts in your Home Stream

You can choose to Show every post in your Home Stream

You can choose to Subscribe to notifications for all new posts

How To Find Past Conversations In Google+

In your Google+ profile type the name of the person in the search bar and add a topic/keyword about the conversation that you want to find. Click on the number of comments to show the complete conversation.

How To Format And Edit Your Google+ Posts

To edit your Google+ Post, click on the tiny circular button in the top right of the post to show the options.

You can also use symbols to add styling to your text. You can make your text Bold, Italic, and add Strikethrough

  • asterisks for Bold
    • *This is Bold*
  • underscores for Italic
    • _This is Italic_
  • dashes for Strikethrough
    • -Strike Through-

How To Edit Photos With Google Creative Kit

Select Photos > Albums  in your left Sidebar and locate the photo that you want to edit

Click Edit Photo in the upper right

In the left sidebar you will see options for editing the photo.

You can do Basic Edits, Apply Effects, Decorate and Insert Text.

How To Get Your Profile to Show in Search Results with Google Authorship

If you want your authorship information to appear in search results, you'll need a Google+ Profile and a headshot for your profile photo. Then, you have to link your website with your Google+ Profile. (Google doesn't guarantee to show author information in Google Web Search or Google News results.) Below are options on how to link your website:

Option 1:

You need a verified email address with the same domain name as your Website (e.g. [email protected] /

Make sure that each post in your website has a clear byline identifying you as the author (e.g. “By Leslie Samuel” or “Author: Leslie Samuel“). Your byline name must match your Google+ Profile

Go to the Authorship page and submit your email address. You only need to do this once. Your email will appear in the Contributor to section of your Google+ profile.

If you want to keep your email private, change the visibility of your link.

Option 2:

First, link your Google+ profile in your website, like this:

<a href=”[profile_url]?rel=author”>Google+</a>

Replace [profile_url] with your Google+ profile URL:

<a href=””>Google+</a>

Your link must contain the ?rel=author parameter. If it's missing, Google won't be able to associate your content with your Google+ profile.

Second, add a link to your website in your Google+ profile

Go to your Google+ profile and edit the Contributor to section.

Click Add custom link, and then enter your website URL.

You can specify who can see the links by clicking the drop-down button.

Click Save.

Lastly, Guy Kawasaki wrote an excellent book on Google+ and it's called What The Plus: Google+ For The Rest Of Us. It's a GREAT overview of how awesome G+ is and how to use it effectively. If you haven't checked it out, I would definitely recommend for you to do so. Click on the the picture below to download a FREE copy.


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  • I’m very excited about doing this hangout with you guys. It’s gonna be fun!

  • hubze says:

    We will be getting started shortly. I am going to be here moderating the chat, so once it starts let me know if you have any questions and I will pass them along! 🙂

  • Marci Aurila says:

    Do we need to log into Become a Blogger?

  • Thanks hubze .. For assisting in making this a success

  • hubze says:

    OK broadcast is starting now. Are you ready??

  • hubze says:

    Hit PLAY now all. If you see static, refresh your page and then click play.

  • Marci Aurila says:

    Oh, I see you, nifty!

  • Hubze …  how do we join the panel?

    • hubze says:

      @GlobalBlogAlliance Well, it seems the panel is full. Let me try something. Try going here

  • hubze says:

    If you want to join head here

  • Marci Aurila says:

    This is actually kind of cool!

  • hubze says:

    We are at capacity! 🙂 So now all the rest can just sit back and enjoy!

  • Marci Aurila says:

    I am learning about crowd funding. I will be setting something up soon.

  • Marci Aurila says:

    I will have to take a look at camera photo art. That is my kind of thing 🙂

  • Reginald says:

    Am I doing this right?

  • Marci Aurila says:

    funny, I don’t miss Florida. I am in PIttsburgh. I spent 25 years in the heat.

    • hubze says:

      @Marci Aurila HA! Well, I really do miss snow and honestly do not think I would miss Florida either. 🙂 We won’t tell my wife that though. LOL

  • DaynaWallace says:

    So sorry I missed being on the panel 🙂 Just getting here from a meeting. Hello All!

  • JoyceF says:

    HI Dayna !

  • Marci Aurila says:

    This is great! I have different interests that I want to keep up with, but FB can be overwhelming and I get sucked in and lost time quite often

  • Marci Aurila says:

    I remember many things I talked about with people on FB, but can NEVER find it. What a cool feature G+ has.

  • Reginald says:

    FB is just too cluttered

    • hubze says:

      Well, and it is also not easy to manage. Hey Reginald, if you connect with LiveFyre you will be able to @ tag peeps and such in these comments

  • Nick B says:

    No longer have FB. I talked to more people everyday that have also deleted their account.

  • Marci Aurila says:

    I saw rebel mouse introduced having G+ as part of it.

  • Marci Aurila says:

    What about connecting with people who have Etsy shops? How would I find them? I am in LinkedIn with many people who also own Etsy shops.

    • Chris Deals says:

      @Marci Aurila You can do a search for “Etsy”,  or “Etsy Shops” and add those you find to a specific circle. This is a great time to start an Esty community on Google +, they are not many right now.

  • Nick B says:

    Never knew that  you can edit your pics. Very cool!!

  • Reginald says:

    I never realized you can do so much with Google plus.  I there a tutorial?

  • Marci Aurila says:

    So if i want to have a weekly book club meeting, I can do that in G+? Would I start a community or hangout first? Or are they connected somehow?

    • hubze says:

      @Marci Aurila You could indeed. Well, communities are still very new so I am not sure how that would work. But so far the community that I created seems to be a great way to do that…but I would recommend that you keep it private if you want to control the conversation. I made mine public and I am now having to monitor SPAM all the time.

  • Court Tuttle says:

    Yeah Marci you could do that with a hangout! All you would have to do is start a hangout and invite the people in the book club! If you wanted to schedule it, set it up as an event on air. 🙂 Do a community if you want to have a place where you all hang.

  • Marci Aurila says:

    Do I need to ‘host’ the hangout like Leslie is doing on BaB?

  • Marci Aurila says:

    How would i make the banner that i see on some people’s screens?

    • hubze says:

      @Marci Aurila That is one of the apps you can use inside the hangout. You just activate “Tools” and then set it up. It is pretty easy.

  • JoyceF says:

    Habari Tommy.
    Salamu kutoka Mukenya Mwenzako !

  • This is really SO cool! I’m looking forward to hosting a hangout of my own in the future. I’m hoping to get more of my readers over on G+ and make it happen!
    Thanks Leslie for hosting the hangout! You Rock, as always!

  • Marci Aurila says:

    I don’t see it

  • Reginald says:

    Thank you, Leslie.  Always over delievers.

  • DaynaWallace says:

    Love that youtube feature but wish it allowed the audience to see it as well

  • hubze says:

    Do any of you have questions for Leslie or any of the other panelists?

  • Marci Aurila says:

    What is the difference between a hangout and a community?

    • hubze says:

      @Marci Aurila I can answer that one. A hangout is an event, where a community is much like a Facebook group. A hangout is a one time broadcast event you can do with select people or live on your YouTube channel.

  • Marci Aurila says:

    Yes, how do you integrate the picture from G+ into a blog post? Do you post it in your G+ as well then it will show?

  • Nick B says:

    I missed that. What is that service called that adds your picture to the google search engine for optimization purposes?

  • Chris Deals says:

    Here is the Google Authorship link Leslie mention:

  • Marci Aurila says:

    I just Googled my name, and there is a small silhouette of a person next 2 of the results on Pg 1. What are those for?

    • hubze says:

      @Marci Aurila That is Google plus your world search, so it is going to show you relevant results from people in your circles. That is why it is so important to be on G+.

  • JoyceF says:

    Thanks Chris for that link.

  • Hi Les, Can we have the names or domain names of future panelists displayed on the screen while they are commenting. This will enable us to hook up them at the end of the hangout.

    • hubze says:

      @Daniel Ejelonu some of us have the lower 3rd that has our domain names, but I will have them all tell you again where you can find them.

  • Roger says:

    Can you markup the screen when you’re screen-sharing?

  • Thanks Hubze. Looking forward to that.

  • This is so cool! Unfortunately, I have to leave, but am looking forward to the recorded version to see what I missed! Thanks Leslie!

  • Nick B says:

    I wish you could do more with the google plus app for cell phones. Very limited. Hopefully, it will improve in the future.

  • arnoldwatson says:

    This has been a fantastic and informative Google+ Hangout!

  • Marci Aurila says:

    This has been great and very informative

  • Tried that. It is not working!

  • Hovering the cursor over the pictures as suggested by Mahdi.

  • Tizzo009 says:

    Thank you everyone, it was fun and hope to do this a lot in the future.

  • Thanks for having me. When is the next Hangout

  • MarkFaucet says:

    Thats pretty cool!

  • mangostuff says:

    i love hangouts!

  • brian1 says:

    how did you record this?

  • hubze says:

    I have to say man…I am in love with G+. It is clean and very easy to use and I think the future of social for sure. I have been trying to get my friends and family to come over for quite some time…still working on them!

    • @hubze Yep, I’m with you there bro. I’m starting to win people over slowly, one person at a time. I think the BAB Community is getting sold on it quickly though after last nights webinar. I’m thinking about doing a part 2 to the Google+ Hangout series pretty soon.

    • @hubze David , Leslie … I share the same feeing with you both on love for Google+I really enjoyed the Hangout seesion with you guys. Lots of talent.There is such a higher level of results that come from masterminding with that talent.For example, what would be the outcome of an experiment where we gathered the energy of our sharpest associates and did a 30 day blitz on bringing people over to not only establish a Google + account … but iintroduce them to 3 specific features of Google + that broaden there “share” experience ?
      David .. Leslie … please give me your Feedback .I believe that  it would be a powerful social experiment, that can be repeated … by increasingly larger numbers …over time… for amazing results 
      It beats the heck out of  having all of our eggs in the Facbook Basket.Plus …it educates our associates who probably ALSO want options…And will eventually force a healthier competition between Facebook and Google for the amount of time that the average user spends on either interface.and quie frankly, with google+ communities, Hangouts, google voice, youtube, news, weather, finance, and all the other things that people want access to  during the day … the only REAL reason that people are putting up with many of the glitches, restrictions, and censorship of Facebook is because …1 – THEY HAVE NEVER EXPLORED THE ALTERNATIVES2 – THEY ARE LAZYLet’s work on those that fall into group #1I will listen out  for a reply from you both.~Muhammad Mahdi~

    • @GlobalBlogAlliance  @hubze My blitz has already started, which was the reason I did the hangout and started the community. There’s lots more coming too, so stay tuned!

  • Scritty says:

    The Google plus tutorials alone are a great resource. It stands to reason that if you want to rank with “Big G” you should play be their rules – particularly if you are playing “in their own yard”. Using Googles own tools to promote your site as a first port of call has got to be a good thing. Great resource Leslie. Good work my friend. I actually lkearned some stuff I didn’t know (creative kit..I had no idea 🙂  )

  • RebootAuthentic says:

    What a fantastic resource. Thanks for doing this. It’s definitely the social media venue I most need to get better at. Great stuff!

  • Mel Diaz says:

    Great post! I run a small company and I’m constantly looking for ways how to promote and advertise online, in order to create an easily recognizable brand. These tutorials are gold to me. Thank you so much!

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