When I came here I felt just like every newbie, ignored and vulnerable. Google Plus was a place where everyone else had friends but me.
I would put up posts and they would be ignored. If I left a comment it would go answered and ignored. Yet when reading comments all the people around me had people talking to them!
I thought, nobody here likes or understands me. I’ve been on Google Plus a week already and nothing is happening. And what’s up with the pluses? I want to go back to Facebook.
Bite your tongue!
Everyone feels like this starting Google Plus. After all it’s new and so are the people. You can’t rely on your friends joining you here either. Instead of throwing in the towel do what I did and go from Newbie to Maybe. People will be circling you in no time.
Creative Commenting Is Key
Start getting used to surfing the public stream and if you see a post you like comment on it. Don’t just say; “I like it.” Or “Lol!” That’s not going to do it at first. I found by being funny or creative with what I said in comments I started to get a lot more attention. Keep this up and get good at it. People with the posts and the people who comment on them will notice. With a little work you’ll start to get responses to your comments.
In the mean time people will be starting to circle you. Just because people circle you doesn’t mean you have to circle them back. Let that sink in for a second. Circle Count facts will back me on this; some of the people with the most followers on G+ don’t follow anyone!
Start Your Circles Please
You will want to circle people (which is the same as following them) because you like them. G+ will tell you to circle people with good content, people who give you the most plusses, there’s many reasons to circle someone but they all boil down to one fact; you won’t circle them unless you like them.
You should name your first circle and be adding people to it as you go. Add people who like your comments and comment you back. If you are posting well your posts should start to see a little improvement although depending on your posting abilities this may take some time. Your posts won’t see a lot of engagement for the first month at least so anyone who comments or plusses should be thanked. Use reply to thank them so they get notified of it.
You could have a circle for people you like, one for your kids, one for a community; the choices are varied and up to you but circles are important because it’s your personal way to view G+ and your entertainment.
Talking To New People
Like I said earlier you can’t rely on your friends joining you here on Google Plus and unless you want to crawl back to Facebook or Twitter ashamed of yourself you will buck up and meet new people. It’s easier than you think.
Pick people’s posts or comments that interest you and ask a question about that post. Engage the person you wish to know. If you are honest, friendly and open usually that person will be too. If not, don’t circle them and no worries.
You will meet people on posts and in comments. If you join communities you can meet people surrounding a shared interest and have a closer relationship than in public. I suggest you join some and you will get invites. As with following people just because someone invites you to join a community doesn’t mean you have to join.
Don’t Think People Don’t See You
This is a social network and people will be watching you. Just because you can’t “see” people following you doesn’t mean you are invisible. On the contrary, you are constantly being circled, un-circled and even re-circled and your profile will be checked by cautious plussers so you should minimally fill it out and always have some sort of profile photo. People hate seeing stock profiles with no photos and you will have a big strike against you right away.
I have had people come up to me and tell me they were observing me react with another person online and it touched them. I was shocked to find out I could be watched that close but remember Google was a search engine first and foremost so people can follow you easily especially if they have you circled. This is why they call it following and when you think about it that way it makes a lot of sense.
Posting is an important part of Google Plus and gaining followers. Learn from your mistakes (when your posts are poorly received) and post accordingly. I even delete posts that get ignored and it happens! People won’t circle you if they don’t like your posts it’s what draws them to you first. If you really stink and can’t pick your own then share the good posts. There are plenty to go around so learn to recognize them. If you recognize them you know what to share because what you like is not always what people want to see.
Thing’s People Like
- Awesome sayings or quotes.
- Good humor and classic cartoons.
- Animated Gifs in good taste.
- Good photography, personal pictures or selfies.
- Animal pictures and cats on #caturday (every Saturday.)
- The space program or photos from NASA.
- Breaking or interesting news stories.
- Technical and business news.
- Anything about Google.
- Beefcake for men or women but no nudity in public.
- Movies and TV shows.
- Informative posts that teach you something.
- Music or YouTube videos.
- Recipes or food photos.
- Car or motorcycle photos.
- Posts that invite you to engage like word games.
- Politeness unless you know the person.
Thing’s People Hate
- Dropping personal links or otherwise in comments.
- Becoming super friendly too fast.
- Pushing yourself or selling products constantly on your posts.
- Having a smart or dirty mouth in comments. Think about the kids on G+ and what type of people you want to meet online.
- Arguing with other’s on a post especially if it’s not your post. Don’t do it.
- Getting into marathon discussions about something you can never agree on with others. If it’s not your post don’t do it.
- Going “off topic” on other people’s posts. If you want to chat with your friends on a post, start your own post and do it.
- Killing a conversation. Some people put up posts to “chat” with their friends about a subject. They will watch notifications and answer immediately unlike posting and waiting for someone to answer. If they are discussing a recipe (for instance) you don’t talk about how fat you’re getting. The conversation is ruined for the person posting because they wanted to talk about food and it’s your fault.
- Constant negative images and words on posts. This takes forever for people to forget “if” they ever do.
- Pushing your beliefs on others especially religion there’s a time and a place.
- Racism, profiling or bullying.
- No profile photo or blank profile About.
If you still have a tough time of it on G+ you might want to check into communities. Depending on which one’s you join you have an audience that is looking at one subject instead of many in the stream. If the community is large (over 2000 people) one post can get a lot of attention and pluses. Smaller communities will afford you quicker attention by the owners and members so it depends on what you’re looking for.
Picking the right people for your circles is important because that is what you will see in your streams on Google Plus the most. They are the people you will share with and do hangouts with. They are the people who will entertain you. They are your followers and if you care you should want to entertain them. It’s your own fault if you end up with circles of duds but you can always start over or share successful circles with others.
I fully believe through my experience with G+ that you don’t need to share circles or be in them to get followers. I’ve not been on G+ for a year yet and I have 6,000 solid followers already without sharing. It’s better to share circles when you’re not a newbie anymore and need some stimulation in your streams.
Everyone who starts at Google Plus wants instant success. It's not a "race" to see who can get the most +1's or followers. Slow and steady gets you followers on G+ that won’t drop you later. Give yourself 2 months practicing these methods and you won't believe how far you will have come.
One thing is for sure. Instead of fretting about being a Newbie you now have the tools to become a maybe…and after that anything is possible.
I have only touched the tip of the Google iceberg. I have more to share coming soon including The Language Of Plussing.
These are facts I learned since starting Google Plus in April of this year and how I got to where I am today with 6K followers. I am the final stage after Maybe; that would be “Got It” and you will too.