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Beware the Google+ Experts

Spin Sucks

The “experts&# are taking advantage of people who feel like they’re going to be left behind if they don’t figure out Google+. As of this writing, it has been 24 days since Google+ launched. If that’s the case, I want their jobs because that means they’ve spent 11 hours, every day, for the past three weeks using Google+. Pay attention to Google+.

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Google+ Tips and Tricks

Janet Fouts

This post is meant to be a getting started guide for those of us who got an invite and are now wondering how to use Google+.  If you’re looking for an overview of Google+ check out Part 1 of this post: Google+ and World Domination. Start with your Google Profile. Google+ has it’s own privacy policy, here’s a link. Google+. Language.

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Facebook vs. Google+ [infographic]

Mindjumpers

Tweet Singlegain has compiled this infographic that compares Facebook with Google+. From the very beginning of its launch, there has been much debate whether Google+ will be an actual threat to Facebook’s dominance on the social media scene. Earlier this month, Google+ hit 24 million users, which makes it the fastest growing website ever to reach that size according to Reuters.

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Startups To Watch in 2011

Idaconcpts

Post on Google Buzz. Startups rapportive Startups To Watch in 2011 storific supermarmite this or thatThe most successful startups are able to stay a step ahead of their competition by analyzing the current trends to predict the next hot application that will captivate the public. The ability to share photos is almost as popular as the ability to share music online. Already sold?

Six Tips for Using Google+ Now

Spin Sucks

Well, much to my chagrin, I just saw that PRNews is offering  Google+ training for $329. The first thing you want to do is create a Google profile, if you don’t already have one. Go to  Google Profiles , sign into your Gmail account, and click on the edit profile button. Google+ is set up with what they call Circles. This is so disappointing to me. So I give in.

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34 (of the) Best Google+ Tips, Tactics and Guides of 2011

Webbiquity SMM

Google+ (or Google Plus) is many different things, depending on who you ask. It’s the tool Google will use to beat Facebook. It’s Google’s latest attempt at social media, and they finally got it right. It’s “the linchpin of Google’s plan to own the entire internet” (see below for the source of that quote). ”).

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Is Google+ Really Growing? [infographic]

Mindjumpers

Tweet Google+ has registered the fastest user growth when compared to its social networking counterparts. As Google continued to roll out their “by invitation only” beta, users lined up around the block. But when the network revamped its G+ invite system, giving each person 150 invites, we expected an exponential increase in activity on Google+. It’s a snapshot in time!

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Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2011

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

In January of 2011, I said that I’d make our Internet Marketing Posts of 2011 subscriber only. This year, I am pleased to bring back our Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2011 thanks to an excellent sponsor, HubSpot. Does Google PageRank Really Matter? : The answer is no, but it’s still a metric that is close to Larry Page’s heart. And I did. Blogging.

B2B Blogging Trends for 2011

Webbiquity SMM

You can get the whole story in B2B Blogging Trends in 2011 , a free (and no registration required) white paper from Aggregage (the software that powers the BMZ site). Among the findings: • If you don’t have a blog yet, 2011 is the year to start one. Again, you can download the complete Aggregage white paper on B2B Blogging Trends in 2011 here. Post on Google Buzz.

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Creating Google Plus Business Pages

Janet Fouts

Everybody’s been arguing over the value of Google Plus lately. Well, Google just changed the conversation in a big way and just in time. The announcement of Google pages for business came just in time to turn the whole argument on it’s head. As I scanned my Google Plus stream it quickly became clear that it was way more than that. How could we resist?

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10 Things to Consider As You Move to Google+

Spin Sucks

Something interesting is happening with Google+. Yes, you need to have Twitter and Facebook and (now) Google+. We don’t know yet what or if Google will be providing businesses, in terms of data on its customers, so best to collect it yourself now. 10 Things to Consider As You Move to Google+ originally appeared on Spin Sucks on July 5, 2011. Video. Access.

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10 Steps To Create An Awesome Google+ Profile

Almost Savvy

Once you sign-up for Google+, the first order of business should be to build your profile. This is where you showcase the information you want to be publicly available when someone searches, or googles , you online. It is also the information others will use to decide whether or not to connect with you on Google+. See the red arrows above to direct you to the correct page.

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The Top 3 ‘Big Ones’ in Social Media 2011

Mindjumpers

Tweet Closing in on the end of 2011, I have listed the three big “events” that in my opinion have lead to important development within the field of social media. If you have been following f8 for the last few years, I think you will have to agree that the announcements of the 2011 conference were the biggest in years. Google+. Data, data, data. think it has reached its goal.

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How to get your content shared on Google+

Janet Fouts

Sure Google+ can be a powerful tool to share your message with, but this network is in it’s infancy, and  with millions of users your message can be left largely unheard unless you have created circles who care about what you have to say and will share it with their own circles and help you get the word out. So how can you measure how effective your Google+ engagement is?

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Looking Back on the Year of the Panda: Google Algorithm Changes

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

This last year Google brought a large number of algorithm changes to the table.  In case you missed it through all the chaos, below lists all of the crazy Google changes that occurred in 2011and just what they all meant: Top 10 Google Algorithm Changes of 2011. April 11 : Panda update 2.0 – This incorporated Google searcher blocking data. Like this post?

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50 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

Webbiquity SMM

Read on for answers to these questions and more from some of the best minds in social media in some of their best blog posts and articles of 2011 so far. 2011 Trends: Make Your Corporate Site A Social Media Hub by Business 2 Community. 2011 Predictions: Top 12 Reasons Businesses Will Fail at Social Media by FruitZoom. Are These Social Media Trends of 2011 Part of Your Strategy?

The #1 Reason You’ll Want to Use Google+

Almost Savvy

If you’re still wondering if you ought to bother spending time getting to know yet another social network, I’ve got one big reason you might want to give Google+ a try. To keep things simple for the moment, let’s focus on the top reason you should care about Google+. Google is the power player when it comes to online search. Google Gets to Make the Rules.

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My Top Posts of 2011 on SEO, PR and Social Media for Publishers

Adam Sherk

Nevertheless, here are my top 10 posts of 2011 by pageviews: Which NBA Teams Have Seen the Most Growth on Twitter and Facebook? Google Expanded Sitelinks: Optimize Opening Text in META Description Tag. Looking at my 2011 posts, it is interesting that a sports topic got the top slot since that’s not a major focus for me. Original idea! Is LinkedIn the New Old Boys Network?

The Future of Google+: Social Network or Search Enhancer?

Spin Sucks

I’ve been thinking a lot about Google+ since they launched their business pages last week. Google+ announced at 1 p.m. Here is what I think is going on: Google has been working with companies, behind the scenes, to build their brand pages and collect followers through search and employees, so at launch the perception is everyone is flocking to Plus.

How To Create a Presence on Google+

Mindjumpers

Tweet On November 7 2011, Google+ launched their highly anticipated pages. For long, Google’s message to business has been to “hold your horses”, while they were creating a proper solution for businesses and brands. Of course the reasons for having a Page on Google+ are those that we already know from Facebook: To build relations and to connect with your network. Pepsi.

Google Analytics for Beginners

Idaconcpts

Google has made all this possible with its quintessential service called Google Analytics that specifically caters to online marketers. So what exactly is Google Analytics? Google Analytics is a flagship service from the Google stables that furnish accurate visitor data for an online enterprise. Advantages of using Google Analytics. How do I sign up?

#FollowFriday: January through June 2011

Spin Sucks

But the cool thing? I’ve created both Twitter and Google Reader lists that you can follow at once. Click here  for the Google Reader blog subscription. For the last two Fridays of the year, I thought I’d do something a little bit different and fun. With the help of my work wife,  Patti Knight , we compiled a list of all of the #FollowFridays for the year. Happy Holidays!

Google Expanded Sitelinks: Optimize Opening Text in META Description Tag

Adam Sherk

Google’s expanded sitelinks give sites greater exposure for branded searches and the ability to dominate the page one results above the fold. User reactions have been mixed so far (some find them overwhelming or borderline obnoxious) but Google is touting the user benefits and the expanded sitelinks appear to be here to stay.

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Best Social Media and Digitial Marketing Research and Statistics of 2011, Part 1

Webbiquity SMM

Get the details behind these stats and many, many more here in more than 40 of the best articles and blog posts about social media, search, budgeting and digital marketing research, facts and statistics of 2011 so far. by MediaPost SearchBlog Social media sites now drive more traffic to many popular sites—including Comedy Central, NFL.com and Netflix—than Google does. And 73% of U.S.

The Google+ Project Is Here

Spin Sucks

Well, the  Google+ Project is here (sort of – they’re rolling it out slowly to high influencers first) and I don’t know what to make of it. But you can share with people in your Circles or, with your permission, Google will upload them to a private cloud where people with similar interests can view them. Yes, this is their answer to Facebook. Ai yi yi! The Breakdown.

Does Google Freshness Update Make Online Reputation Management More Difficult?

Adam Sherk

Google’s recent algorithm change that favors the most recent content for certain types of queries offers good opportunities for news and content sites. Essentially Google has turned up the dial on its “query deserves freshness” algorithm. Last week a search on “joe paterno” brought up these results one page one in Google: [Click to enlarge the image]. How It Works.

What the Heck Is Google+?

Spin Sucks

I’ve spent the past four days in Google+ , trying to figure out if it’s a Facebook killer , a Twitter killer, or just one more social network we have to use. I can say with certainty it’s none of the above, but I haven’t yet figured out what the heck it is. What the Heck Is Google+? originally appeared on Spin Sucks on July 4, 2011.

2011 Spin Sucks #FollowFriday Recommendations

Spin Sucks

And, to make things easy for you, the full list of 43 people can be found on Twitter and a Google Reader bundle (with one caveat: Not all blogs are RSS feed ready). FollowFriday Social Media 2011 #followfriday Spin SucksWoo hoo! It’s the last #FollowFriday of the year. Last week I listed the January through June #FollowFriday friends. With that nonsense, here they are. Think.

You Finally Have a Google Plus Business Page… Now What?

SocialFish

Tuesday night I had the awesome privilege of hanging out with Marc Pitman and Nathan Hand on Google Plus. At one point Nathan put a challenge on the table for the three of us to write a post about Google Plus Pages during the Hangout. So you have a Google Plus Page… Now What? People who know nothing about Google Plus. Google Plus Pages vs. Facebook Pages.

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Using Google AdWords to Test Your Messaging

Spin Sucks

The blog post discusses how to use Google AdWords to test your messaging before you go to your customers and prospects with it. While a huge advocate of the many free Google tools available, I’m not a Google AdWords fan, unless it’s tied specifically to search engine marketing and landing pages that create a call-to-action to generate qualified leads. Mars, Inc.

4 Steps to Segment Social Media Traffic in Google Analytics

Idaconcpts

The Google Analytics Traffic Overview is a report that provides an overview of the different kinds of sources that send traffic to your site. Given the rise of social media, a common question by newbies to Google Analytics is how to track their social media referrals. Post on Google Buzz. The graph shows traffic trends; the pie-chart and tables show what is driving the trends.

Google+ and World Domination

Janet Fouts

If you’re as into social media networks as I am you’d have to have your head in the sand to miss the launch of Google+ , a shiny new social network from Google. Adding the “ Authorship&# tag &# to syndicated posts will allow users to follow specific authors and list your content on the +1 tab of your Google profile. What if you did get into Google+ already?

Google Knol Is Dead

Small Business Mavericks

Google has finally decided to kill its Knol pages. It’s been 3 1/2 years since Google opened up its Knol pages to the public. My suspicion is the service isn’t as popular as Google initially thought it would be so they are either selling it or making some kind of deal with the new owners/developers to keep the product going under a new name. The Google Knol home page links to a company called Annotum , which will be the new name of Knol pages starting in May 2012. But it appears that come May 1, 2012, Google will be out of the picture.

Blogger Integrates With Google+

Small Business Mavericks

Google has said from the beginning that it plans to integrate all of its services with Google+. Well, that integration is happening right now for Blogger, the Google blogging platform. I’ve kept it no secret that I’m a fan of WordPress on your own domain name, but there are still people who would rather use Blogger as a free blogging platform. If you are a Blogger user and a Google+ user, then I believe integrating your two accounts will cause a big boost in your blog. So what’s next for Google+ integration?

Will Media Outlets Keep Using Google+ Personal Accounts? Will Google Let Them?

Adam Sherk

Earlier this week Search Engine Land reported that Christian Oestlien, the Ads Lead for Google+, had posted a message asking businesses to hold off on using personal accounts to create business pages and that non-user profiles would be shut down. Quite a few media outlets have already created personal Google+ accounts and many of them are still up and running. Social Media

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Google+: The New Kid on the Block, but is it Too Little, Too Late?

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

The newest social network de jour is Google+. Available by invite only (for now), Google+ has taken the social networking scene by storm. Live for just over a month, Google+ has already hit 10 million+ users, and it’s still not open to the pubic. Google+ is like a shiny new birthday toy. Learn About Google+ on Google+. Google isn’t offering anything new.

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25 Google Plus Resources, Articles, and Reviews to Help You Get Started

Pamorama

Google+ (or is it “Google Plus&# ?), the search giant’s big social initiative, has arrived and there’s a lot to learn. Google’s answer to Facebook has been in the works for a year and has been delayed several times due to disagreements about its design, purpose, and execution. Facebook’s threat to Google’s domination of the Web was a wake-up call that ignited the development of the new social platform. and Canada , the network’s exponential growth frightened Google’s leadership into taking action. Enough said.

3 new social media resolutions for 2012 and a couple from 2011 that still need attention.

Akamai Marketing

That said, I am glad I wrote my resolutions for 2011 as it gave me focus. Here’s my 2011 scorecard: ? Fine Distinguish my social media profiles: I’ve been using Facebook and Twitter for years and with the introduction of Google+ (which I am enjoying) I’ll be defining what information you’ll see where. However, I’d like to do more, better. ? Write

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Important Google+ Update about Business Profiles

SocialFish

Google will be accelerating their roadmap to enable business profiles sooner than expected. This will be the first hack-free opportunity for organizations to use Google+ to reach members and stakeholders. From the Trenches googleHow soon? No idea. But stay tuned.

Should you start a Google+ page for your business?

Janet Fouts

page doesn’t get notifications by email, text or in the Google+ bar, so it’s hard to keep on top of your discussions. Unless you’re a big brand with Google Direct Connect you don’t own the page name. Currently few social media management tools offer Google+ support, though Hootsuite will be soon. If you can’t grow your network on Google+ easily what’s the point? So why do all the big brands have Google+ pages then? They actually get to reserve the name of their company on Google+using Google+ Direct Connect.