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How Do You Use Google Plus? Any Tips and Things to Avoid?

I’ve had another look at my Google+ Account but I’m not really sure how to use it. I’ve joined the Folksy Group but I’m not sure how my posts would be seen there and whether or not there are any rules as to what you can post.

Would they consider it spamming if you just uploaded a photo with a Folksy link?

How do you judge your success on this platform?

What is the right mix of posts?

etc, etc,

Love Sam x

I use it a lot.

I’m in a number of sharing groups on there where we post your url of one of our items and other’s in the group will then click the plus one or click the share icon and add a comment. The more people +1 and share you post the more people see your post.

Also posting on there helps get your item further up in a google search.

You’ll get people following you and you can follow other people.

You can do chattie type posts if you wish.

Some groups don’t like you posting from your shop other’s want you to post from your shop, you just have to decide which groups you’d like to join in with. Read their posting rules.

The folksy group hasn’t got any rules posted and people don’t do a lot of sharing and +1’s but whenever I post an item from my shop in there I make sure +1 or share with comments other folksy peoples posts.

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OK! So there aren’t any general rules that apply to all the groups, you just have to check the rules of the group you’re posting in. I think that makes sense-it’s probably best to just start using it then and see what happens :smile:

Thanks @EileensCraftStudio

Love Sam x

I am the same as you Samantha, I have been a member for a long time but have never really found out how to use it to my advantage. Eileens tips are useful ,I might have another try.
Paul

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It was me who set up the Folksy group as I couldn’t find anything for Folksy although there were groups for ‘the other side’. I didn’t set rules as in ‘one post per day’ etc, as long as it Folksy related, go ahead! To be honest I tend to dip in and out with Google plus. I spend most of my networking time on Facebook, Instagram, pinterest and twitter. That takes enough time and Google plus is my least favourite networking site so that’s the one that I tend to leave out although I probably should make more of an effort.

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I tend to forget about my Google plus account sometimes , and focus on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc

I have recently started to post again as it can’t be a bad thing if we get picked up on Google searches :blush:
I’ve joined a few groups too, and it’s nice to receive comments & likes.

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I think it’s great that the Folksy group doesn’t stipulate posting once a day as I can’t think of something interesting to write about every day! Thanks for setting up the group @Knittingtopia. I’m sure I will have something to talk about in the next week or two so I will post there as well as my usual FB and Twitter posts!

Love Sam x

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That’s why Google+ interests me. My brother is on Google+ and he is very hot on social networking, but I notice he hasn’t posted since 2013, so I suspect that it is one of the least popular sites for social networking but if it boosts Google hits then that would be worthwhile.

Love Sam x

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I find it extremely easy to use in the short time I’ve been using it in relation to how long I’ve been using facebook. I have far more comments, likes, and followers than I have on facebook.

I don’t post every day just the day I post a new item into my shop or if I renew item and I feel it’s the right item for the time of year.

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That’s the sort of thing I think I will be doing too. I don’t post every day on Facebook because I don’t always have something new to show people and it feels a bit like short-changing your followers if you show them something they’ve seen before. It’s good news that you have more followers than on FB because I’ve found it really hard to get and keep followers there and I think part of the reason is the way they restrict posts. If people don’t hear from you they think you’ve not posted or disappeared.

Love Sam x

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Try chatting and engaging with your Facebook followers, not just post when you have a new item.

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I have trouble thinking what to chat about. I personally don’t follow pages where the page owner talks about the weather or their relationship with their partner because I find that sort of thing deeply uncomfortable. Also, I don’t want to reveal too much personal information on a page that is not for just my friends.

Love Sam x

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A lot of people don’t like pages that just sell, sell, sell. I guess its finding a balance of what works for you. X

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I don’t just sell! I never mention any of the of the s words, or the o word, or the £ or $ signs. I only say what I have made, why I have made it and general inspiration type stuff. I also share my paper designs and drawings. It is impossible to reach anybody on FB these days if you do a commercial type post unless you boost it and I don’t have that much money :confounded:

The best way of getting followers used to be to give away freebies, but I don’t see why I should do that unless there is a special occasion and also, these posts need boosting too nowadays as they trip all the algorithms.

The problem as I see it is that FB do not want to share your posts to more than 20% of your followers. The only way to increase that is for the followers to share the post to each other. In order to see posts from a lot of the pages I have “liked” (unless they are from big organisations) I have to put them on the “get notifications” list. And even then, I’ve noticed one in ten of their posts I don’t get notified on. When FB make it this hard for people to see posts from pages they have chosen to follow it becomes impossible to continue.

Love Sam x

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My chattie type posts on facebook are about every day things like the weather (of course we Brits always chat about the weather :blush:) . I also talk about projects and I’m like you Sam I’d rather not talk too personnaly on my facebook page. It’s a business page so I feel it should be business like but not too heavy so I try to keep it light.

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It would be good if we had the Google+ button on our listings alongside the Facebook, pin, and twitter buttons then people can +1 items they like.

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That’s a good idea @Knittingtopia! Then it would also encourage more people onto Google+

Love Sam x

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