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Google+ vs. Facebook – The Top Reasons Why Bloggers Should Be on G+

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It’s been a little over 3 weeks since I declared my official move from Facebook to G+ as a blogger.

Here are my findings

 

1. Google+ IS NOT like Facebook – There is a learning curve, a certain etiquette that people follow on G+ that is not anything like it is on Facebook. Communicating on G+ is more about engaging and networking vs. self promotion. I don’t speak for all bloggers when I say this, but for me, my Facebook page was a lot about trying to get people to visit my site so that we could connect there vs. on Facebook itself.

G+ is about making connections, having conversations, sharing other content that interests you and might be of interest to your followers. G+ users follow the 80/20 rule. Which basically means – Give more, take less. For every post of yours you share, make sure to share and engage with at least 3-5 others. Engaging means +1’s, commenting and sharing. If you do this, others will continue to engage with you and your posts.

2. Different platform – Although there are the same concepts – Groups vs. Communities, +1’s vs. likes, the platform itself is different and can take a little while to get used to. It’s enough to make an experienced blogger feel like a newbie again. The feeling doesn’t last long though, and it’s easy to get the hang of, so if this is the only reason holding you back from G+, don’t let it deter you.

3. Using your Personal Profile vs. Page – On Facebook we were pages with fans. On G+, most bloggers use their personal profile and not their G+ pages. I have heard various reasons for this. The first being that Google cannot verify you as an author as a page but you can be verified on your personal profile. More on this below.

Also, G+ users are more likely to engage with an actual person with a pictu re than a brand. You can see more about this below in the video from Dennis Littley and Jean Layton. They talk about how your personal profile picture is so important. I don’t question a lot with them. Dennis Littley has over 400,000 followers. I think he knows what he’s doing. 🙂

4. People who WANT to see my content, actually get to see it. Unlike Facebook where my content might be seen by hundreds, and maybe only half of them or less find it relevant to their own lives, G+ has the potential to be seen by over 2,000 of my followers and more, including anyone who searches for something I have posted on G+.

By being able to use hashtags with your posts and the G+ search, it gives others the opportunity to find you even if they don’t circle you.

5. G+ posts are searchable in the Google search engine. This is probably the MOST important feature of G+ I found. Not only that, but Google also gives priority to the articles written by the people that you circle.

Here’s an example of what I mean. I’m using Jenny Melrose as an example because she has been my go-to G+ guru since I made the move. Her posts on G+ have helped me learn so much.

I Googled sugar scrub recipe. Jenny Melrose’s post on sugar scrubs came up on page 1 of my search results. That’s because she is in my circles, so Google knows that her content might be something I want to see over someone else’s.  Google Authorship Verified. Are you G+ verified

 

The more people that circle me, the more of a chance my articles will appear in their top search results.

Also, notice how her picture appears next to her article? It makes it stand out and is recognizable to me. So most likely that is the article I am going to click on.

The picture means that you have your G+ authorship verified. I have mine too.

See.

Google Authorship Verified. Are you G+ verified

The last week in December was my first official week leaving Facebook and the start of me fully engaging on G+. So it’s been a little over 3 weeks and my blog traffic has increased overall. I have seen a 44% increase in traffic and the highest rise has been from both G+ and from Google. Which means that my posts are coming up in more search results. This might be due to the example above.

I don’t like to reinvent the wheel in writing a bunch of how-to’s, so I compiled a list of articles and videos that have helped me below.

I know there are many bloggers who have put their time into Facebook and can’t leave because they have such a huge following, but for the newer bloggers who don’t have much to lose by spending less time on Facebook, G+ is the way to go.

I’m by no means a G+ expert but if you have questions leave a comment or find me on G+ and I will be happy to try to help.

ARTICLES

 

Google Plus Basics: Maximizing Your Profile by Jenny Melrose

Testing for Authorship by Jenny Melrose

The Bloggers Guide to Using Google+ Effectively – Hovercards – Google Hangout VIDEO with Dennis Littley & Jean Layton

How to use Google Plus as a Blogger by Kelly Dixon

 

 

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Jenny
    January 24, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Melanie, You did a great job with this article and writing how it applies to you. You might get the questions about authorship being verified but their picture is not showing up in results. That’s because Google is determining who they feel should have their picture there. It does not necessarily mean that authorship isn’t set up correctly. Thanks so much for including my links!

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    Kimberley Tobin
    January 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Great explanation! I’ve been wondering if it would be worth my time to focus more on G+ rather than Facebook and it really looks like it would be!

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    Ana @MommysBundle
    January 24, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Great points about the benefits of G+. Google+ is much more worth my time and energy these days! I’ve had a Facebook page for almost 2 years (and sadly) have barely seen any engagement or major traffic boosts.

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    Karen Main
    January 24, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Melanie I unconsciously made the G+ decision as well, I am a new blogger and Facebook has been a long hard slog with very little response so far. Once I worked out to use my personal profile on G+ the rest has become easy. Although I still feel very lost at times and this article has been a tremendous help. Thank you.

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    Emily
    January 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Wow, I did not realize all of this! I haven’t been blogging long but personally, I like Google+ better than Facebook mainly because of reasons like what you said. Mainly, I see posts that I am interested in. I find Google+ a lot less annoying, compared to Facebook. There’s a lot less moaning + groaning on Google+ too! I also noticed an increase in my traffic but can’t tell for certain if it’s because of Google+ or recent guest posts. I really like your breakdown of it all–I am definitely going to focus more on Google+ now and less on Facebook. Thank you!!

    Emily

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    Cleio
    January 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    My experience is also that it is much easier to build community in Google+ than it is in Facebook. I’ve started from scratch with both when I started my blog two months ago, and I have a large network in G+ but have gotten almost nowhere with Facebook.

    Though I post under my personal profile, unlikely in Facebook, anyone looking at my profile because they find my posts interesting or want to circle me, will easily find their way to my website.

    G+ rewards good contributions to the community in that sense, unlike Facebook.

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    Cher @ Designs by Studio C
    January 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve found that engagement is easier on G+. Facebook seems like it is too hard to engage others. I like being able to see and share others’ posts on G+, and sort of “pay it forward” so to speak. Thank you for the great article!

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    Dee Williamson
    January 24, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Wow, thanks so much for your post. It was very informative. I was a little sluggish on getting with Google+, but now I love it. I feel like it is more of a chore to maintain Facebook. I’d rather be on Google+.

    So did you delete your Facebook page altogether?

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    Jennifer
    January 24, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    This post has given me alot to think about. First thing I’ve done is change my G+ profile image to me rather than my logo. Since I haven’t got many circles yet I may also switch over to my personal profile. Thanks for a very clear article.

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    Kim @ 2justByou
    January 24, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I’ve been on G+ for awhile, but I didn’t pay much attention to it. When all the changes took place with facebook, it made me realize that G+ could just be HUGE. I was never great at facebook, anyway. Great job on this post, Melanie. Two thumbs way up!

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    Stephanie @ Simply Swider
    January 25, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Great article Melanie! I’ve been on G+ for a while but I’m just starting to really make use of it!

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    Stephanie @ Hugs, Kisses and Snot
    January 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Great post! I’ve been trying to make a go of it on G+ for a few months. I keep wondering what the difference between FB and G+ is and why I need to make an effort. This totally clears it up. Thank you!

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    Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable
    January 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Believe it or not, I was not on Facebook, even personally, before blogging, so I had a learning curve with both platforms. I have to say that for me, G+ has been easier to work with since there are so many people out there posting about the basics, willing to help a newbie out and answer questions…and the traffic cannot be compared. As you said, G+ posts are seen by so many more, either directly or via Google searches and that translates into more visits to my blog. Thanks for sharing and your weekly hop! 🙂

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    Stephs Two Girls
    January 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Brilliant, thanks for this, I SO want to get into G+ better than I have so far so this will help! One quick question though, from what you’ve said, would you not bother with a page at all and just go with personal profile? Am gbetting myself confused by using both I think…. Thanks x

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    Hellie's Corner
    January 26, 2014 at 6:32 am

    A very interesting post, thank you. I am new to G+ and am learning all the time, I think it’s a great social media platform and equal to twitter for blog traffic, the same can’t be said for Facebook.

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    Anya from Older Single Mum and The Healer
    January 26, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for this – I’m new to both but not to blogging. My impression so far is that G+ is FB for grownups!

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    Colleen Pence
    January 30, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    This is a great, helpful article, Melanie. Thanks for sharing it. I’m digging into G+ more and more these days. I need to roll it into my regular social media time.

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    Melissa Perry Moraja
    February 3, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Love your post! It’s motivated me to learn more about G+! Thanks

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