Thursday, January 9, 2014

Google + and Google Profiles

By M. J. Joachim
There’s almost nothing worse than receiving a comment from someone whose blog you can’t find, so you can return the favor. Since Google launched its Google + feature, this happens quite a lot to me, especially since a lot of blogger profiles switched to Google + pages.

Google +

Google + is a lot like Facebook. It’s the status room, where you share what’s on your mind, interesting links (yours and others), and photos etc. It’s also the chat room, where you can engage in conversations with people.

It’s easy to link individual blog posts there, but this is not the place to permanently link your blogs, so people know where to find you, especially if you’re sharing other links from all over the web, and updating your status from time to time.

Google Profiles

Google Profiles are where you share permanent information – everything from your birthday, marital status, education history and permanent links to your blogs, websites, what have you.

People get to your Google Profile by clicking on your Google +. Once on your Google +, they have the option to click on your “About” section, which is where your blog links and other information is shared.

So be sure and fill out your Google Profile, complete with all your blog links, so people can easily find your blog, and thus be able to comment on it! You never know, it might be you who needs to return the favor if they do.

Thank you for visiting and commenting on A – Z Blog today! We look forward to seeing you again real soon!

The A – Z Blogging Team

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I struggle to find the blogs of those who've linked to their Google+ account for that very reason. Sometimes they have so many links listed, I don't know what to click.

Joyce said...

Thanks for this explaination! I mentioned on my blog this week how difficult I am finding Google+ to navigate and received many comments saying the same.

JoJo said...

I signed up for google plus but no one really uses it, not like FB, so I removed everything I could from mine. Plus one of my blog comments during A-Z got automatically published to my Google plus somehow and my cyberstalker found it and came after me with a vitriolic diatribe on what a loser I am. So I had to get rid of everything on google plus.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad this post is proving helpful to people. I always visit the "About" page, when I get directed to Google+, and it's very frustrating when there are no blog links to find there.

Mary said...

I'm all mixed up with blogger and then google +

I hope I have done it right.

Pearson Report said...

Well, dare I say I don't use Facebook nor do I use any of the google goodies.

What little time I have out here I refuse to waste searching for a blog. If I can't find it easily then I move on. Really, time is too precious.

So how do I find people - I have a blog roll for a reason - when I log on to my blog I can easily see what's going on with the blogs I follow and enjoy.

Maybe that's why people are turning away from blogging - it's too much like work - when it was meant to be fun.

Good luck to all that enjoy the new google toys - have fun with them!

Cheers, Jenny

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Yep, I'm not really into this Google plus thingy. Anyone who wants to re-visit my blog will certainly not have to go through that!

Unknown said...

Thanks for this post, MJ-- I was so miffed with this last year.

Also, people need to understand that when they share their blog posts on G+ they need to make it "Public" for everyone to find it.

If I'm not in their circles, there's no way I can find their blog posts unless they have filled up their link on the profile page.

Anonymous said...

I hold my hands up in despair. Enough said.

Mina Lobo said...

This is exactly why I haven't opted to connect my blog with Google plus - the whole thing's so annoying.

Rob Z Tobor said...

Funny enough I love Google+ it has helped the blog(s) a great deal. But I think to make it all work you really need to embrace Google and wave the flag.

kaykuala said...

It is really frustrating, no doubt about it! I'll just make do until such time when it is unbearable!


Damaria Senne said...

Sorry. I'm one of those bloggers people struggle to find. I don't know how to fix it. Usually I get around it if the comments ID feature allows me to post my name and web address, but when the ID requires you to be logged onto Google or open ID, it's a problem.

Barbara said...

How do I disable the g+ in my blog

A-Z Challenge Co-host said...

Do you mean to disable your blog listing from your G+ account? If so, click on your avatar in the upper right corner while in Google+. Click Account. Then click Edit Profile. Scroll down the page to the section you want, probably Links. Near the bottom of that box marked Links is an Edit link. Click Edit. This is where you will delete the links you don't want to appear on your G+ profile. Click Save when you're done.

We hope this helps!