Peyton Manning prefers Google Plus over Facebook Twitter

My writer friends often lament, Not another social media site. Why should I add Google Plus to my author platform?

And I reply, Peyton Manning. As confusion spreads across faces, I attempt to explain.

Whilst checking blog stats for search engine keywords that sent perfect strangers to my blog, the term Peyton Manning was doing pretty well. Surprising since I forgot about writing on the great quarterback, and so I performed a Google search for Peyton Manning. Somewhere down the list this came up:

Peyton Manning Google PlusMemory jogged. After writing a blog post in Feb of 2012, I performed the routine of a blurb on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus with the exact same information: the Title and a Link to the blog post.

Over time, the simple Google Plus mention brought way more visitors to my blog post than either Facebook or Twitter, which fell out of favor quickly with search engines.

Obviously it helps that Google owns Google Plus. And it also helps that the search results will be filtered for people who have added me to their circles versus people who haven’t.

But still, when the blurbs were made back in Feb 2012 I had more Facebook friends and a similar number of Twitter followers, so why did the G+ mention do so much better over time? Since I don’t know, my reply is to just keep doing it.

As the explanation continues and confusion becomes less apparent on faces, these G+ tidbits seem to go further:

  • Google Plus has video hangouts with multiple people that are much better than Skype.
  • Google owns YouTube–hangouts can become YouTube videos with one click. (tutorial for doing that)
  • Google and YouTube are the #1 and #2 search engines in the world.
  • With the Contributor To and Rel=Author functions in place, you profile picture appears in search results.
  • Simple SEO Tips anyone can use will help bunches.

Are those enough reasons to add this social media super-site to your author platform?

What are your thoughts or comments?


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Facebook Groups, Fan Pages and More from Indie Authors #26

Indie Authors discuss Facebook fan pages, group pages and generally making the most of Facebook. Featuring host, Jason Matthews and authors, Lisa Grace, R.M. Prioleau, Samantha Fury and Sherry Snider.

Websites and Facebook Pages:
Lisa Grace – http://www.lisagracebooks.com/, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Grace-Books/168413739714?ref=ts, http://www.facebook.com/KindleDealsDaily?ref=ts
R.M. Prioleau – http://www.rmprioleau.com/, http://www.facebook.com/rmprioleau
Samantha Fury – http://www.samanthafury.com/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samantha-Fury-Novels/133954713325364?ref=ts, https://www.facebook.com/groups/393191694044036/
Sherry Snider – http://www.sherrysnider.com/, http://www.facebook.com/sherryfrasersnider?ref=ts, http://www.whatdoebookauthorssign.com/FacebookGroup
Jason Matthews – http://ebooksuccess4free.webs.com, http://www.facebook.com/groups/110604178950149/

G+ Pages:
Lisa Grace – https://plus.google.com/103935289635198255908/posts
R.M. Prioleau – https://plus.google.com/109039979934042787673/posts
Samantha Fury – https://plus.google.com/101015850943623419980/posts
Sherry Snider – https://plus.google.com/108317787671487955745/posts
Jason Matthews – https://plus.google.com/117850331447734054313/posts

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Indie Authors On Air Show each Monday

For writers, readers and everyone interested, we are hosted weekly by HangoutNetworks to do an Indie Author show Mondays at 6pm PST. Shows automatically become 1 hour YouTube videos and are a great way to promote your author name and book. Subjects include all things related to e-publishing. Authors who would like to be on the show, contact me through the comments section or at my Google Plus Profile page.

Here’s an example from show #6, topic–Social Media



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Google Plus +, Open Sign-Ups Free For All

google plusGoogle Plus, Google Plus One, Google +, however you want to call it, is no longer an invitation only social media site. Yes, this means anyone and everyone with a valid email and internet connection can join the site that’s grown faster than Facebook and Twitter combined in their first 3 months of business with 20 million sign-ups in just the first month alone (existing social media infrastructure helped of course).

From the Google Plus team; Yes, finally the Google+ Invitations are now out and you can request your invitation immediately. Create Your Free Account.

From just a few weeks of using Google Plus, my experience is that this service is my overall favorite social media venue, better than Facebook and Twitter for networking with readers, writers and publishing people in general. The nice feature is creating individual circles for family, friends, colleagues, the softball gang, whatever you want and streaming (or viewing) those announcements from just the people in that group.

Google Plus badge Jason MatthewsThere’s a previous blog post in a bit more detail here, and this time just wanted to remind writers, readers, publishing people alike to please connect with me there; I’ll add you to my circles. Just click on the photo or this link here – https://plus.google.com/117850331447734054313/

And if you think this is a nifty badge, you can make one easily for your own sites at http://turhan.me/+me/.

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Google Plus +, Social Media Must for Indie Authors

Google PlusAre you using Google Plus (Google +)? Maybe it feels like one too many social media things. Maybe you weren’t impressed with Google Buzz or Wave. Maybe getting the VCR to record on program is still on the list.

If not on Google Plus yet, you have a decent excuse since it’s currently in a beta period and entry is by invitation only. But if you have been invited and haven’t made the move, it could be because it feels overwhelming.

Many writers tell me they’re still not using Twitter, which is understandable since it can be an odd thing to get started with. Some even report they’re not on Facebook, which seems a bit harder to justify as Facebook is fairly  self-explanatory and user friendly. LinkedIn? Eh, some people use it but it feels like that’s one that could go either way. Let me say this; Google Plus takes the best aspects of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn while eliminating the worst. Presently, it has the best design and can be your one-stop for all things social media.

FB Group screen captureWhen Google Plus came out, admittedly it felt like too much since even my Facebook Group for indie authors had continual posts. Fortunately, this one has some real bonuses. Like Facebook, you can wall post stream what’s happening or things to share and include video, links, photos, chat, etc. Unlike Facebook, you can create different “circles” that these posts go out to. Circles can be composed of family, friends, work colleagues, followers, your soccer team, the bowling league, book club, fashionistas… whatever kind of circle you want to create. Make sense now? Yes, you can have different circles for those sexy comments with “late night friends” that your dear, sweet Grandmother will never have to read and risk a heart-attack. Or it can be ultra boring “engineer” stuff with your Boeing buddies that your 13 year old doesn’t want to see.

To me, this is a huge difference over Facebook as you can easily select what others do or don’t see with updates and wall posts. Makes me wonder if Mark Zuckerberg is scrambling to alter his site to this design. Currently, to accomplish the same effect on Facebook one would have to create entirely different accounts (pages), while at Google Plus one simple click creates different circles for whatever group you want. Piece of cake.

Like Twitter, anyone can add you to their circle to follow, and you can add anyone to yours. Unlike Twitter, you can identify who you want to see what, and you can do dozens of things that their platform doesn’t support.

You can also email people directly, people not even using Google Plus, with your announcements or invitations to come aboard. Presently, each new member gets 150 invites (it’s all free of course). If you do the math, it shouldn’t be long before everyone with an email address has an invitation that she/he can accept.

Sparks is another interesting feature that allows you to search Google Plus for content of interest. It has a list of pre-set subjects, or you can type in things like recipes, books, dog walkers in Los Angeles or anything you want.

Hangout allows group video chat with multiple people, another very cool feature.

Because this social media site does everything all the other ones do and then some, it feels like a must for Indie authors wanting to promote their writing as well as the general population that wants the best of social media.

There are plenty of great tutorials on how to use Google Plus. Rather than trying to re-invent than wheel, let’s just link some articles for you to check out if extra help is required.

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how_to_start_with_google_plus.php -article tutorial

http://www.stateofsearch.com/how-to-use-google-a-quick-guide-and-thoughts-on-google-plus/ -article tutorial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TDMObxEtEY&feature=related -video tutorial (has a brief ad but is a great video)

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