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How I'm Growing My Google+ Circles (since Facebook stinks!)

Are you looking to grow your circles on Google+? Are you a blogger who wants better SEO and increased website exposure?  Are you a blog reader who wants to stay in touch with your favorite bloggers?  This is the place to be!  Welcome to the mommy is coocoo circles hop.

Are you thinking "I have no idea what she is talking about"?  Well this is STILL the place to be, since I'm going to explain it to you.

Facebook recently announced that it will no longer be sharing more than a small fraction of my posts to anyone who has liked my Facebook page.  I have nearly 1600 fans on an average post will be seen by less than 100 perople.  Less than 5% of you!!  That is crazy!  

And it is possible for me to force my fans to see my posts.  For a price.
Yeah. Not happening. 

So what am I (and most bloggers) going to do instead? 

Rumor has it that the next big thing in social media is going to be Google+.  I will admit I NEVER liked G+ since it is new and (in my opinion) really confusing.   But for fans who want to follow bloggers (or any other page really) it is great since you can actually see what people are sharing.  G+ shows you 100% of the content you request! (Shocking I know!) 

And for bloggers G+ is great for SEO since Google owns it and weights G+ comments/likes/shares heavily in their search algorithm.  

I was a doubter before, I am not anymore.  Look at how many views my G+ page has seen!  

TWENTY SEVEN MILLION!?!  Holy macaroni! That is a heck of a lot more than the 100 views per post I am getting on Facebook.

So how does G+ work?  Well, to me it feels like a hybrid of Facebook and Twitter.  You have 'circles' of people you know and also follow you (like a Facebook profile) but unlike Facebook also can follow people who don't know your or follow you back (like Twitter.)

How do you find people?  Well.. today I am making it easy for you.   I have joined MommyIsCooCoo as a co-host of the Grow Your G+ Circles hop to help us all fill our circles with creative bloggers (DIY, Crafts, Food, Design, etc).

SEO, Grow your google+ circles link party, with mommy is coocoo

Amanda has set it up that if you join this circle hop party (following the rules outlined below), she will add you to a shared circle.  With a simple drag and drop you can add EVERY SINGLE PARTICIPANT to your circles (and they can do the same for you!) Isn't that great? So much easier than 'liking' page after page on Facebook.

How does it work? (This may be obvious if you use G+ but it took me a long time to figure it out.. but if you already understand G+ jump down to the link up below)

After the party ends, MommyisCooCoo will share the circle on her G+ page (if you have been added to the circle you will get a notification as well.)  It will look like this: 

If you click on "Add people" you will get a pop up that looks like this:
In the top box type the name of an existing (or create a new) circle you want to add EVERYONE to.  

If you want to only select some of the people in the circle, or divide them into smaller circles, you can also be selective by clicking on the profiles and adding only a subset of the circle.  Like this:
Isn't that super fast and easy?  

To be included in our shared circle you must...

1. Display our button (get it here) on your sidebar or post!

2. Add all of the co-hosts to one of your circles. (Click though the links below and manually add them.. feel free to add anyone else manually as well.  You don't have to wait for the shared circle)

3. Link up your Google+ url NOT your blog url below.

4. (If you are a blogger) Share a creative post publicly on Google+ and include the hashtag #mommyiscoocoo.  This is how you can identify the other hop participants before you add them to your circles. 

5. Socialize:
  • Add new friends to your circles.
  • Comment and Share posts you really enjoy!
  • Throughout the day +1 posts with the hashtag #mommyiscoocoo on Google+
The more shares a website or blog post has the better chance it has of ranking well.  The idea is not only to have others in your circles, but to help promote each other once we are in each others' circles.

*BONUS: Amanda has also created a Facebook group for Creative bloggers who Google+.  Message her here with your email address if you would like to be in to the group or if you want to grow your presence on Google+you can email Amanda at mommyiscoocoo(at)gmail(dot)com to cohost.

So let's get this party started! 

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