Google+ and connect it with Twitter

Why Share Your Google+ Posts “Privately”?


I just found a great and very useful post of one of my favored peers on Google+ and clicked on the SHARE icon – which is a right-turning arrow on Google+, when a window came up:
This post was originally shared privately. Be thoughtful about who you re-share it with. You can’t reshare it publicly.”
Well, I should have seen it, before hitting the sharing button: under her name appeared “Shared privately”.
Going back to her timeline, I found this “Shared privately” on all her articles she published on Google+ recently.  This Google+ pop-up window prevented me to share this great article with all my followers (and their followers and the public).

Why Share Only Privately?
As it was a post about book cover design, I assumed, it was just an oversight and contacted the author.  She was surprised to learn that everything she posted on Google+ goes only to her followers, but not to “extended followers” and certainly not to “public”.
Usually if one chooses “circles, extended circles and public”, these buttons stay put at future posts.  Usually you don’t have to click on them again before posting.  However, if you “emptied your computer’s cache” or if you have several email addresses, and you change the address that is related to your Google+ account, the chosen circles disappear and when you return to your Google+ page later, you have to set your posts once more to “extended circles” and to “public”.

The greatest advantage of using Google+ is having your posts immediately in Google’s Search Engines.  Your content does not need to be “found” by the search engines, it is already there.

Posts are Indexed Almost Immediately.
Try this out – provided you are on Google+ for a while and you have posted there before: publish a short article or a headline and link on the side, copy your headline and go to Google’s internet search function.  You will find your own article on page one of Google Search.  There is more: If you like a post and click on +1, this article will also show up under your name in Google’s Search Engine.
Cyrus Shepard from explains: “1’s ARE NOT used in Google’s algorithm, but the secondary effects are quite significant, such as:”

  • Google+ passing PageRank
  • Google+ passing Anchor Text
  • Google+ helping indexation

”Posting content on Google+ that folks share is just like earning a link.  And if the post is widely shared and earns authority on its own right, then it’s just like earning an editorial, high-authority link, and should be treated so.”


How to Avoid “PRIVATE” Posts?
Assuming you are on Google+ to reach as many people as possible, and to get immediately into the search results, even trying to get your message viral – you need to set your posts to

  • Public
  • Extended Circles
  • You even get the option: “Also send emails from you to Your circles” – which should be sparingly used, for example only when you launch a new book.

When you place your message / post in your timeline, you will see directly underneath the field all the icons for photos, link, video, event and poll.  The next line ask you to share to “Your circles” – which means you will sharing it only PRIVATELY. When you click on public and extended circles your post might get picked up by ten-thousands of people all over the Internet, as your post can be found immediately in Google’s search engines.

SearchMetrics‘ and Moz’s Studies on Google+
Other studies have found similar results: “After Page Authority, a URL’s number of Google +1s is more highly correlated with search rankings than any other factor.  In fact, the correlation of Google +1s beat out other well known metrics including linking root domains, Facebook shares, and even keyword usage.”
More about the benefits of Google+


How to Feed Your Tweets



What, when and where to tweet

Are you sometimes scrambling what to tweet?  An important point with Twitter is to choose your passion, the topic you want to talk about and also to have your own brand, something people know you for.  

You certainly can send the occasional tweet about something completely different, but for the most part stick to your important topics.



Content to Tweet About:

  • Re-tweet news in your field on the Internet (Internet & news papers/magazines)
  • Articles from your website, or your own blog posts & guest posts
  • Set up Google alerts ( for news content

How Often Send Out Tweets?
Unless you have ten-thousands of followers, the chances that many people will see all your tweets and click on links are very small.  The number of followers and the tweeting frequency should match.  As no one is 24/7 on Twitter, you might have to send your posts two or three times a day, maybe in the morning, around noon time and early evening.  As more followers you have and the more you want to build a brand, or announce events, the more you should tweet.

Automate  and Save Time
First of all:  Create a file (Notepad or Word document) and create a long list of tweets, using your own blog, guest blog, news etc. from which you copy/paste tweets, using headlines and URL’s.  Second:  create a folder where you place all your images you might use on Twitter or Google+, some you used on your blog, but also new ones. See our blog about free images you can get on the Internet.  Automate your tweets so that you don’t have to sit in front of the computer all day long. There are several tools you can use: We are scheduling on Hootsuite and also on Futuretweets, other providers are Twitterfeed, and Twaitter (now Gemln). They are slightly different and they serve different purposes.

Twitterfeed feeds your blog to Twitter, Facebook etc.  A YouTube video shows you step by step how to start Twitter feeds, however there are approx. twenty more videos to watch on YouTube.

Twaitter / Gremln – now Gremln is a free product that allows you to schedule your own tweets (up to 20 an hour) on a single or recurring basis. The process is very easy.  You will also find Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn integration, detailed analytics, customizable dashboards, stunning reports, multi-user management, and a whole lot more.

Link Your Blog to Twitterfeed or Twaitter (Gremln)
Every time your blog – or website for that matter – has something new it will be sent to Twitter. The other two options, Twaitter and TwitterAdder are where you should put all your best blog posts. When you’ve built up thirty or fifty blog posts, you will have a handful of favorites that you would like to recommend others to read.  Post the links in Twaitter or Twitterfeed and schedule them.


  • Re-tweets other content – a lot!
  • Decide what your brand is on social media sites
  • Set up automated tweets based on your sources
  • Post often on Google+ and connect it with Twitter (automatically transfers to Twitter)
  • Write a blog and feed the posts automatically to Twitter, FB, LinkedIn etc.


Monitor Your Traffic
With the increased flow of tweets you will get more replies from people. Be prepared to answer them!  You’re also going to have to carefully monitor the traffic that’s coming to your blog and from which Social Media site or organic search it is coming.. This is a great way to understand which of your tweets are working and which are not.

Using the analytics on your blog, you can see how many hits you are getting:  When do you get peak traffic?
Re-arrange your tweets a little bit and don’t forget to use hashtags with relevant keywords. Try new things. A few video blogs from YouTube, or a series of special blog posts that you can link to.  Over time, you can get others to discover you and getting them to re-tweet your posts.


Never Too Early
Building your brand on Twitter – or any other social media site – doesn’t work overnight. It takes time and as earlier you start as better for you as an author. You will want to have a big following long BEFORE your book is finished (maybe even before you start writing) in order to have a great start when launching your work.





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