5 Tools to Grow Your Presence on Google Plus

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Have you spent enough time building up your profile on Google plus?

It may not have been high on your agenda in 2012 but what about 2013?

Over time everyone using Google search or any of it’s services will need to have a Google + account.

As a result of your Google plus account and your interaction through it, Google will build up more knowledge about you and your network and will increasingly individualize search results.   This means that the results of a search displayed will be unique to you based on your interests, interaction and network.

Google Plus Personalised Search Results

My results are personalized, you can see people in my circles listed

 

At a minimum you should create an account, build up your profile and link your blog posts using Google Author.

Google Author

My Google + profile is linked to search results on the blog so my picture is displayed

 

If you want to take it a step further here are 5 tools that help:

1.  Post at the right time using Timing +

To get maximum benefit from posting across any of the social networks you really need to work out the timing correctly.  If you are posting your most important content at a time when your followers are not online you are missing out.

Timing + analyses your last 100 posts on Google Plus to identify the best time to post.

Very simple tool, you just login via your Google + account and it analyses your posts.

2.  Turning a Google + feed into an RSS feed

RSS is a format for packaging up information.  If you have a blog that supports RSS this means an application known as an RSS reader can display this content.  If you subscribe to a lot of blogs it’s faster viewing them within an RSS reader rather than visiting each blog individually.

You can also set up Google + as an RSS feed using Yahoo Pipes.

When you are on a Google + profile have a look at the web address.  Copy the numbers displayed within this web address and paste into MyGplusFeed in yahoo pipes.  Underneath this you will see options for adding to an RSS feed, for example Google reader.

Google Plus to RSS

Converting Google Plus Updates to an RSS feed

When you open up your reader application you will now see the latest posts from the Google + accounts that you added.

3. Find new people using Circlecount

Circlecount provides Google + statistics.  You can view standard statistics provided and run various searches by user, location and/or keyword to find details of Google + users.

Circle Count

Circle Count displaying profile information

 

4. Using Hootsuite to Manage Your Google Plus Page

Hootsuite provides the ability to add a Google Plus page onto your account and then manage this page.  This allows you to update the page, schedule updates etc.  It does not support updating a Google Plus personal account yet as this functionality has not been released by Google yet.

5. View Detailed Statistics for a User Using Allmyplus

Allmyplus allows you to search for a particular user on Google + and display detailed information on this user.  Such as the posts they made, when they made them, the interactions they had and much more.  Picking a popular Google + user in your niche will help you understand how they grow their following.

The following is an overview graph.  When you run a report in Allmyplus you can click on any individual element to view more details.

Allmyplus

You can select the stats you are interested in and view specific details for that user

 

Next year I’m certainly going to spend more time building up my profile on Google plus.  The tools listed will help with this.

Have you come across any good tools?  We’d love to hear from you.

 




 

About the author

Ian Cleary

Author: Ian Cleary is a technology guy with extensive experience in Social Media. He is a writer for Social Media Examiner and other high profile blogs and is very passionate about Social Media Tools. Ian is the CEO of RazorSocial and also RazorCoast which is a Digital Marketing Agency.

  • Wesley Picotte

    Thanks Ian. The walled garden that is G+ is is frustrating, in particular because of all the indicators that building presence there is a good idea. I love the YahooTubes idea for this reason.

    I already invest plenty of time in my other social profiles and am able to do so mainly because of tools like Hootsuite (which does not integrate G+ profiles). I also use RSS, however, and incorporate my feeds into Hootsuite. Bingo!

    Now, if only there was a tool that allowed us to post to all profiles from on place…

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hey Wesley, thanks for the feedback. Google don’t currently allow you to post directly to Google + profiles but I’m sure that will be available in Q1 of next year and no doubt hootsuite are working on it!
      I’m going to play around more with Yahoo pipes, some cool stuff you can do with it.
      All the best and happy holidays.
      Ian

  • https://twitter.com/#!/kmadhav Sourabh Rana

    hello Ian useful tools for google plus marketing. I am struggling to found more relavant followers for my business. How I can increase followers for Google plus page. Travel is the theme of business .

    Thanks
    sourabh rana

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hey Sourabh, finding relevant people and adding them to your circles is the best way of getting more followers. Try out circle count for starters. All the best, Ian

  • http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com/ Cendrine Marrouat

    Looks like a list of very useful tools. Thank you, Ian!

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks Cendrine, have a great time over the holidays!

      • http://www.internetbillboards.net/ Tom George

        You should double thank Cendrine as she shared your post and is just awesome. Thanks for a great post, I like the looks of Circle Count. Happy Holidays Ian,

        • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

          Thank you Tom, I really appreciate your feedback and I was delighted that Cendrine was kind enough to share out the post! Happy holidays to you also! ian

    • http://www.internetbillboards.net/ Tom George

      Hello Cendrine, thank you for sharing this fantastic post in your Google + community Social Media News and Tips, I might of missed it. I am liking Circle Count going to check it out.

  • http://jdobypr.com/ Jerry Doby

    I enjoyed reading this one Ian…I am just learning to use G+ and it appears it can do magic. I have Google Author set up for my Yahoo! articles and it does make a difference.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hey Jerry, you’re right it can do some magic and it’s time for us all to get stuck in! thanks for your feedback, have a great holiday. Ian

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  • http://financegourmet.com/ Finance Gourmet

    Never heard of Circle Count before. That should be useful since the actual Google search is kind of cumbersome just for finding local, or same niche, folks to follow.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks!

  • someshl

    great…great…great collection of handy dandy tools…seriously it’ awesome. It’s an appreciable work….keep it up your post helps me alot….
    thanks a million..

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thank you, really glad it was useful! Ian

  • Book A Brain Break

    Is there a paid option for those who want more followers?

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      I’m not aware of a paid option!

  • http://warrenwhitlock.com/social-media-expert Warren Whitlock

    Reading a great post like this get frustrating.. I’d like to make connection and have more conversations on G+ and try all the tools, but alas, It’s just not a easy way to initiate conversations.

    Most of the threads I comment on there are with people I can know and can connect with elsewhere. More important.. MOST of the people I want to connect with aren’t using G+ for conversations.

    Meaning that G+, while being a great way to tie social into Google Search, is nothing but else. I use it everyday for that :)

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hey Warren, I think the important part is connecting with the right people and it doesn’t matter where that takes place. It’s unfortunate that there is SEO benefits to being part of Google + so this means we can’t ignore it even if we are connecting with all the relevant people on other platforms! Thanks for your comments! I always love when you stop by! Ian

      • http://warrenwhitlock.com/social-media-expert Warren Whitlock

        Right. My comment was about the frustration of it not being a social platform.. we ABSOLUTELY need to use authorship and maintain a presence on G+.

        I think of this as my Google Profile… PLUS, the posts and comments are just a nuisance

        • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

          I could do with one less social media platform!!

  • http://www.jackhumphrey.com/ JackHumphrey

    Very great things here – thanks for the tips!

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thank you Jack.

  • Amisha Patel

    My profile rank is in top 2000 list of Google

    I have 28000+ follower.

    Visit my profile

    https://plus.google.com/117916921173360167182/posts

  • http://www.techieoasis.org/ Anurag Jain

    Very useful and nice article :) Thank you sir for sharing such an exquisite Article !!

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks Anurag!

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  • alldayPA

    Is it possible to use Timing+ as a brand page? It looks like it could be a very useful feature if so.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      I’m sure that prediction works for brand pages.

  • http://www.paginasweb.pe Diseño Paginas Web

    very useful tools, however, in order to use it, the author needs to be for a while in google+, the MyGplusFeed i think is not working, i was unable to add my profile https://plus.google.com/u/0/+IvanRojas1973/

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks Diseno, I’ll check it out.

  • adrianlucernas

    Hi, I have not been focusing on Google plus as most of my friends and colleagues are in Facebook. But I agree to your point that Google plus is a better for bloggers and marketers. I’ll definitely jump on this great platform and start taking benefits! Thanks for the post!

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks Adrian, it’s an important platform for bloggers and will increase in importance in 2014.

  • Rohith

    Great post i’ve got many followers on google+..Thank you
    http://www.timesofuniverse.com

  • kaushal

    Hello lan thank you it’s very help full for me

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks kaushal

  • http://www.lbokra.com/ Mohamed abdelwahab

    Great Article, thanks Ian

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks Mohamed

  • http://www.cyberockk.com/ Rizwan Ahmad

    Have found some great tools to use, thanks for the great post.
    http://www.cyberockk.com/2013/12/5-google-tools-for-content-marketers-to.html

  • http://vhendetta.com/ Vhendetta

    Awesome article, will definitely try out a these tools, thank!

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thank you!

  • http://www.iamrob.in/ Robin Solanki

    Thanks for sharing the list its been very helpful.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      You’re welcome Robin.

  • http://www.swayamdas.com/ Swayam Das

    Awesome set of tools :-) Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks Swayam.

  • Reggie

    Yeah its good as marketers we start building up our following on Google + now, because statics show that Google + will be dominating soon.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks Reggie.

  • http://www.thefishbowlnetwork.com Nitin D. Ramnath

    Thanks Ian! That was really helpful. My page would really benefit from that. If you do come across more good tools, please create a sequel to this blog post. I’m looking forward to that !

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hey Nitin, check out our site, there is a new post for this!

      • http://www.thefishbowlnetwork.com Nitin D. Ramnath

        Oh! I’m going there right away!

  • http://www.thefishbowlnetwork.com Nitin D. Ramnath

    Just a doubt here Ian – you say Allmyplus allows you to search for a particular user on Google + and display detailed information on this user. But when I log into Allmyplus, I’m only able to see my ow information. How do I see others info?

    • http://www.thefishbowlnetwork.com Nitin D. Ramnath

      Oh.. my bad! I got it

  • http://responsivethemestube.com/ Manish Khatri

    Thanks for sharing this nice tool with us.. i am little bit confuse about myglusfeed , i have to make yahoo account for this, could you tell me ?

  • devi

    how many posts can we post in google plus daily

  • Bas Paul

    Thanks Ian,

    I use http://www.gplusdata.com/ for tracking the growth

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Cool, thanks for sharing.

  • Bas Paul

    Can I use Timing+ for a page rather than a profile?

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