By now you all should have heard of Google Plus (aka Google +), which is Google’s social network that first started in June 2011. This is the first of a few posts that I’ll be writing about Google + over the next few weeks because if you want to make money blogging, you better be on Google Plus.
Today’s post is going to walk you through setting up your Google Plus profile page along with a linkup so you can grow your Google Plus following.
How to setup your Google Plus profile page:
Using your Google.com account you can access your Google + profile page in the upper left hand corner where it says +YourName.
Add your profile picture and a cover photo by clicking change photo for each section. The smallest size for the cover photo is 480 x 270 pixels and the largest size is 2120 x 1192 pixels.
Now it’s time to add information about you including a tagline, introduction, employment, education and more.
To add or edit information in each area, click on what you want to change and a pop-up box will appear. In that pop-up box enter your information, decide on how you want it shared (public, circles, only you, etc.) and then save.
In the Introduction section you can add links back to your blog. When creating your links, keep in mind the keywords you want for SEO purposes.
For email, list any email addresses you use and verify the accounts.
In the other names section, add any other names that people might search for to find you. Maiden names, first and last with middle initial, blog names, variations of your blog names, etc.
Next you can add links to other profiles you have online. As you can see I have quite a few other profiles online.
To add a new link for your online profiles click “Add custom link,” then enter the label and URL and click save.
The Contributor To section is where you will add links for any sites you write for, including the blogs you own.
To add links to the contributor to section click “Add custom link,” enter the name and URL and click save.
When you are done making changes click the “Done editing” button near the top of the page.
That’s the basics of setting up your Google + profile page. Pretty easy, right?
Remember to keep in mind the keywords you want to be targeting to help your blog’s SEO.
Here’s some more resources for Google Plus:
A video from Holly Homer featuring Laurie Turk and Mariah Humphries.
To help you grow your Google Plus following we’ve got a linkup for you! Add your Google Plus Profile to the linky below and follow other bloggers. Linky will be open for one week.