Google Plus is Not a Ghost Town Even on Friday Nights

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We have heard over and over that Google Plus is a ghost town. Major media publications point out that your friends and family members are not on Google Plus. There is no reason to be there. Blah. Blah. Blah. Well, I am here to prove that to be false, but from a different angle. Even if Google Plus only had 25,000 members it is still integrated into Google organic search and Google Local/Google Maps search. This means that all of those billions of searches happen to see Google plus posts and business pages. I don’t know about you but I would not consider Google Maps nor Google Search a ghost town.

Friday Nights on Google Plus

Over the last few days I have been ramping up my content creation as I have been in the creative sandbox. As I was sitting at a Friday night sporting event I could not stop the notifications on my Android Nexus 4. Those notifications were not from Twitter and they sure were not from Facebook. My Google Plus notification box would jump to five every single time I refreshed. This is not something that is new to me. Even on weekends and Friday nights I am seeing high levels of engagement.

Do not get me wrong, you cannot get this engagement if you don’t try. I have repeatedly said that Google Plus takes effort; lots of effort. Many businesses and individuals do not necessarily have time for this type of social media engagement. Those that do cannot keep up the business is doing so well. Vic Gundotra has stated many times that businesses are seeing as much as a 50% increase in click through rate (CTR) when they are using Google Plus as a measure for Internet Marketing.

This is not a surprise to me at all. After seeing many Google Plus posts rank in search it stands to reason that businesses with authority are seeing an improved click through rate (CTR). If you are not aware, CTR helps make money. A lot of money. Can you imagine your website or business seeing 50% more clicks than it does right now? I would imagine that might put a smile on your face. Businesses aside, there is still plenty of interaction and engagement on Google Plus.

Building Authority Brings Followers

As stated earlier, Google Plus takes effort. If you join Google Plus on a Wednesday and immediately post, “Whats up Google+?” and walk away you are not going to see high levels of engagement. If you actively seek out others with interest similar to yours that level of engagement increases drastically. If you are having trouble finding people with similar interest there is this awesome thing called a search bar. Use it. I would like to think Google has that search thing down pat.

Also, communities were created to bring like minded individuals together. If you have an interest in disc golf I can assure you there are other people active on Google Plus have an interest in disc golf. The greatest thing about the community of disc golfers is that they are using a Google product that ranks very well in Google search. This means as more and more people search for disc golf related keywords there is a good chance they will find…you!

If you are willing to put forth just a little bit of effort you will find that Google Plus is nothing close to a ghost town. As I mentioned earlier, it is often hard for me to keep up with the notifications. I have turned all the notifications off for my communities and specific circles because there is just too much activity. I know this is not the case for everyone but if you are willing to put forth the effort it can be for you.

If you are struggling to understand Google Plus or any social media network please feel free to reach out to me. I offer some help options at this resource – SEO and Social Media Help. If nothing else, reach out to me on Google Plus as we likely have something in common!…

How JC Kendall Changed My Life

It is nearly impossible for me to come up with words right now. JC Kendall was a man of great influence on my life. I just found out that he has passed. I think this is a shock to everyone that knew him. His fiancé Su Ann Lim was so meaningful to JC that he had changed his life for the better. He was eating more healthy, taking up yoga and just relaxing a bit. I saw these transformations through my daily and weekly moments with him. To honor JC I feel as if I should explain what he has done for me.

JC Kendall – A Man of Honesty

I will never forget having a Google+ hangout with Ronnie Bincer in May of 2012 to talk about how Google+ is changing the way we meet influencers. He mentioned that I should get in touch with JC Kendall as we would have a lot to talk about. For about a month I commented on his posts but never took the initative to have a hangout with him. On June 24th, 2012 JC shared my Google Plus Your Business eBook to his following. At the time, JC had 20 times the followers as I. After that mention I made it a point to do a hangout with JC.

Over the course of the next year we had many public and private hangouts. I was fortunate enough to be part of the TekPersona Power Panel. JC, Eli Fennell, Mark Traphagen and myself had many discussions on the Facebook business model. He was one of the brightest and most honest users on Google Plus. More than that, he was real. There was never a moment in which you had to worry about JC glossing over something in which he was passionate.

Anyone who took part in some of JC’s discussions knows that he was sometimes over the top. That is one of the reasons we got along so well. We both agreed, many times, that he was more than just a big brother to me. In a time when everyone has unique opinions about social media, Google, Facebook and everything technology related I can say that I never once had a disagreement with JC Kendall.

JC Kendall Changed My Career

In October and November of 2012 JC was one of the main reasons I decided to create Wojdylo Finance. He pointed out many mainstream news outlets that were copying my content from Google+. He was so adamant about me starting my own website that he gave me the WordPress theme for Wojdylo Finance. In many one on one discussions he helped me to realize the ways to monetize an online presence through branding. Sometimes it hurt to hear what he had to say but it made me a better blogger and content creator.

Just last month JC and I were talking about bringing back the TekPersona Power Panel to talk about some of the more important issues in social media. Even though there are tears running down my cheeks right now I have to smile thinking about all the times we blasted Facebook and they way they run their business model. I know many of you do not have a lot of time but please watch just a few minutes of this video hosted by JC.

As I said at the beginning of this article, words cannot even begin to describe how I feel right now. JC was a mentor and a great friend. When I look back on my career as a content creator, blogger and Internet Marketer JC will be one of those that comes to mind first. My heart goes out to Su Ann. Google+ will not be the same without JC. I will not be the same without JC and the world will not be the same without JC. If you do anything today please tell your loved ones how you feel and, like JC, be complete honest.…

Why Google Plus Has Me Hooked (After Only a Week)

Guest Post by Lauren Sutton

Wow. After the week I’ve had, that’s the only word that accurately sums up how I feel. I made my first Google+ post on January 27th, 2013 and the experiences I’ve had since have left me speechless. When Jesse Wojdylo sat me down and told me the opportunities that Google+ had to offer, I was skeptical (to put it lightly). But he reiterated several times that it would be an amazing way for a budding blogger’s voice to be heard, and that was something I had been searching for. Besides, there obviously had to be some perks for this guy to keep gushing on about it, right?

It didn’t take me long to realize the appeal. And man, was I blown away. The very first night I became active on Google+, I was entranced. My “hello” post (https://plus.google.com/u/0/102827447379780938876/posts/JaxuQRb1DyH) was a huge success (much to my surprise), and I immediately got thrown into the thick of the community. I began making great connections and communicating with people from all walks of life. When my first article dropped on Wojdylo Finance on January 28th (http://www.wojdylofinance.com/why-college-students-cant-and-wont-leave-facebook/), the surprises kept on coming. And they haven’t stopped yet.

It didn’t take me long to realize that I was getting a tad bit addicted. I was bragging about it to my friends, struggling to stay off of the site in class, and proudly showing off my laptop that has now adorned one of the infamous G+ stickers.

This is quite a drastic transformation from my previously doubtful self. So why the sudden change of heart? Here’s just a few reasons why Google+ already has me hooked.

You Can Proclaim Your Thoughts to the World or to an Audience of One

I haven’t had much time to do a lot of circle or community management, but I think circles are the greatest. I had no idea about the details of this feature prior to making my account. This is an aspect that is unavailable on any other social network. On Facebook and Twitter, you can control who you are friends with or who your followers are, but that’s about the extent of the regulation that you are able to do. Regardless of whether you are into blogging, business, or just being an average Joe, the possibilities are endless. The ability to tailor content to a specific audience is extremely advantageous.

For example, I can think of a few things I may wish to write about in the future that would be better portrayed to those in certain fields or age groups. The benefits from a businessman’s point of view are obvious. And as for the average guy, you have the ability to share, brag, and conceal whatever your heart desires. But here’s the cool thing – you don’t have to limit the amount of eyes that see your posts at all if you don’t want to. Anything can be made easily accessible by the entire community of G+ users. Circles are clever from a logistical standpoint and make the safety concerns of social networking a thing of the past – well, at least for Google+ users.

Google+ Gives the Phrase “Hey, Let’s Hangout!” a Whole New Meaning

I would like to give a shout out to Mr. Ronnie Bincer, who made the following comment on my last article in response to the question, “What do you think it would take to draw college students from Facebook?”

Oh, how right he was. I love hangouts. I’ve participated in a handful of private hangouts, and my first legitimate Google+ hangout was with Macklemore and Zach Quillen (http://www.youtube.com/embed/CYApFH8bO6g). As someone who has only ever used Skype, ooVoo, etc. for video chat, I was completely astounded at how fluid hangouts have the potential to be. There is little to no lag and they’re extremely user friendly.

I can only imagine the potential that Google+ hangouts could have on a college campus. There would be no more study groups trekking across the grounds to meet, leadership teams could hold meetings from the comfort of their dorm or apartment, and smaller seminars would even have the ability to have class through a webcam. It is by far the best video chat software I have ever used. In fact, after I introduced hangouts to a friend of mine, we talked to each other in the same room for over thirty minutes playing with the special effects. They’re fun, they’re innovative, and they will become even more popular.

The Google+ Community is Second to None

This is definitely one of the major reasons why I’ve had such a wonderful first week on Google+ – the people here are incredible. From the minute I started posting, I’ve been welcomed with open arms by almost everyone I have come into contact with. I was hesitant to join Google+ partly because I did not know anyone else with an account. I had a hard time believing that a community of complete strangers – many of these strangers being very intelligent and highly educated – would have an interest in what I had to say. I was so wrong!

I have been continually surprised by how kind my followers have been. For example, earlier this week I posted that I would be taking a short hiatus due to the fact that I had three major exams in a two week period. I wasn’t sure how this well this would be received seeing as I had just started writing and publishing (although

I should have known that the break wouldn’t last long due to the aforementioned growing addiction), but I had nothing to worry about. The encouraging and thoughtful messages I received just cemented my feelings that I had made the right choice in jumping in and giving Google+ a shot.

Over the last week, I have been challenged repeatedly, in comical debates, intellectual discussions, and simply taking a stand and sticking with it. I’ve talked with and gotten to know people that I never would have been able to otherwise. I’ve felt more creative than I have in a really long time. I’ve had opportunities thrust at me that have made me step back and grin in disbelief.

Before the critics come swooping in, let me clarify something: I know that my time on Google+ this week will not necessarily be another new user’s experience as well. Not everyone will get to do a hangout with Macklemore, hit the “What’s Hot” page, and speak with influential people that are relevant to his or her interests within the first few days of joining – which leads me to my last and most vital reason why Google+ has captured my interest…

Google+ Makes Things Possible that No Other Social Network Can

Anyone has the potential to be successful on Google+ with the right content and attitude. I assure you, I would not have had any chance of being able to experience these things on Facebook or Twitter. Of that, I am certain. I have dreamed of writing and having my works read by an audience ever since I was a little girl. You, as you are scrolling through this article, are living proof that Google+ has made this happen for me. And for that, I’m hooked!

What are some of your favorite things about Google+? Are there any features not mentioned here that I’m missing out on?…

Why the Google Plus App for iPhone is Better Than Android

Most of my readers know that I am a lover of all things Google, including Android.  It is very rare that I make a claim that an iPhone feature is better than an Android feature.  It is especially hard for me to stake this claim when it comes to a Google product.  As much as it pains me to type this, the Apple iPhone Google Plus app is better than the Android Google Plus app (in certain ways).  Do not get me wrong, I think the Android app is great, but there are a few features that the iPhone app does better.

Circles are the Foundation of Google Plus

Google Plus was created with privacy as the backbone.  Internet users have repeatedly complained about privacy when it come to other social networks.  Google recognized this and allowed users to create circles to direct outgoing information.  If I did not want my parents to see pictures of my trip to Las Vegas I could share those pictures with just my “college buddies” circle.  If I didn’t want my college friends to see pictures of my family reunion I would simply share that content with my “extended family” circle.  I think you get the idea.

One of the great features of Google Plus is a user can notify a circle when it comes to a very important post.  Warning!  Before creating a circle and notifying those individuals of every single post it is important to remember that people are busy.  I do not send notifications to individuals unless they have proven they want to read my content through comments or personal messages.  If a user sends out too many notifications they become nosy and Google Plus has two awesome features – mute and block.  I try to avoid using the block feature but if I get three notifications a day about a ski trip in Vail I am probably going to consider blocking that person; I will definitely mute them.  Now that the warning is complete we must recognize that the ability notify a group of interested individuals can be very powerful.

I have built my following around social media and technology related content.  We can talk Apple vs Android or Google vs Facebook all day.  This is something they enjoy so I do not feel bad to notify them when I write a 1000 word article explaining why the Google Plus app for the iPhone is better than the Android.  I digress…

Apple iPhone Google Plus App Features

The image to the left shows the Apple iPhone Google Plus app screen when looking at who +1′d a post.  As you can see, under the name of each user I can see the circle(s) that I have for that particular user.  Any user with nothing under their name is not in any circles.  This is an awesome feature because it allows me to see where I have categorized an active user.  If I notice that Clayton Pritchard comments and +1s on all my Android related posts I probably need to put him in my Android circle.  This is especially important for those that are not in any circle.  If I consistently see the user Diane Barnett popping up as an individual who comments and +1s I probably need to contact her and ask her if she would like to be in a notification circle for my “juiciest” social media or tech related content.

Something else that the iPhone app does that is unique is the calculation of +1s on this particular screen.  The Android app will tell the user how many +1s a post has but not in the screen that displays who has +1′d a particular post.  One last feature about the Apple iPhone Google Plus app that I love – the scroll down to update feature.  I am not sure if Twitter has made this part of my life but I simply want to use my thumb to slide down the screen and get updates.  This is available in the notification box on iPhone but not on Android.  On Android there is a refresh circle you must use to update your notifications.

I know this is splitting hairs but I get over 500 notifications a day and I want them to be efficient.  I also want to be able to manage my circle from my mobile device.  I use the desktop version of Google Plus quite a bit but I think I honestly use the mobile version even more.  Being able to get more efficient notifications and maintaining my circles from the palm of my hand makes life so much easier.

Android Jelly Bean Google Plus App Features

As stated at the beginning of this article, I love all things Google.  I cannot express in words how much I enjoy my Nexus 4.  It is one of the best pieces of technology I have ever used in my lifetime.  That said, the features mentioned above are not available on the Google Plus app for Android.  Lets take a look.

The image to the left shows the Android Google Plus app when looking at who +1′d a post.  Notice the difference from the iPhone iOS app.  First of all, you do not see how many users have +1′d a post.  This is not a concern for me as the previous screen will show me that.  This issue I have is that I cannot see the circles that I have these users.  I can click on the user to see their profile page which will show me the circles I have them in but that is one too many steps.  If Rand Wilson is an iPhone lover and an Android hater I probably do not want to notify him of all my Android related content.  If Lauren Sutton is a diehard Facebook user I may not want to send her my, “The Exodus of Facebook is Coming” posts.  Well, maybe I do.  That is neither here, nor there.

As noted before, I also cannot slide down to update my notifications.  The notification box can only be updated by hitting the refresh circle.  These are features that I would love to see Android implement in the very near future.

If circle management and notifications are important to you the iPhone Google Plus app is better.  It pains me to say it, but I am only reporting the facts on March 7th, 2013.…