I’ve been hiding from Google+ for a while. I figured that Facebook and Twitter were enough for me – one had my ‘real life’ friends and the other had awesome people from the internet and Facebook pages gave me another option for sharing my blog posts and a few other snippets for followers of my blog. My boyfriend told me that Google+ was the future and for the last 2 years has been doggedly trying to get other people on it. Well he might just be in luck ….
A recent article on Modern Togs has revealed that even though none of your friends or clients are on Google+, Google is now going to be using it for ranking you and, more importantly, your blog in searches. That is a pretty scary prospect if you have happily been ignoring it like I have. So, I thought I would show you my journey through learning Google+. Note I am not a computer wizard or secret SEO fiend, this is just my experience in setting up my page.
Now that we have established where I am coming from read this article by Fabulous Blogging. It gives a breakdown of all the elements and relates them to worlds we understand (i.e. Twitter and Facebook).
Through Tim’s determination I had already set up a google+ personal account and had started a page for mycreative photography. As I had already seen mycreative as being business site I set up the page as such and it had a map pointing out my house and my mobile number on it! I couldn’t figure out how to change this and since I had one follower and one post (from June 2012!) I deleted it and started again. Lucky for you because now I have screen grabs to share (because I always feel stumped about what I should actually fill in)
Step 3. Fill in the details of your site.
Step 4. Fill in some more details (although I left contact details blank).
Step 5. Make it look pretty by uploading a cover image and a profile image. The cover image is a rather large 2120 px by 1192 px which gives a full “above the fold” look. The profile image you crop as a square but shows as a round in the left hand corner. Also the little cog just under the profile image is where you have all your settings for email notifications etc. I unticked all of these.
So this is what my final profile looks like (I kept it in line with my Facebook page but swapped the logo around). Thanks to Natalie of Scrapbook Adventure for the profile image.
There is also a thing called Google Authorship which means when something you have written comes up in a google search a little picture appears with it. I am following instructions from Blog Tyrant but to be honest I’m still confused by it. We will see how it goes and I will update you because apparently it can take a while to register with google.
So after all of that it would be lovely if you would go and follow me.