How to Get More Followers and Engagement on Google+

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Circlescope is like ManageFlitter but for Google. It is a powerful tool to manage your social media account, your posts, and your followers. This frees your time to do other important things while your Google+ folowing is taken care of and continues to grow. In this podcast we explore this tool and how you can use it to its fullest potential.

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Welcome to the SEO Podcast brought to you by First Click, Inc. where we talk about what works with SEO, SEM and SMM. I’m Chase Reiner and today we’re going to be talking about how to get more Google followers, Google+ followers, and how to get engagement on Google+. All right, so the last podcast that we did was about ManageFlitter, but today we’re going to be talking about Circloscope which is like ManageFlitter, but for Google. Now if you didn’t hear about how to get more Twitter followers, you should listen to the past podcast the one before this about how to get more Twitter followers with ManageFlitter. Anyways, Let’s get started on Circloscope.circloscope

What you’re going to want to do is create your Circloscope account. It’s at I think circloscope.com and what you do is you get the Chrome extension, right? This is like an application that you just install on your Chrome and you can use it for free for just for your profile account, but not for your Google business page accounts, which is what you’re probably actually going to want it for. If you want it for three pages, I think it’s annually $49 for a year and if you want it for fifteen business pages, it’s going to be $178, but that’s probably only if you’re like a big company.

So what you do is you install it on your Chrome and you buy the premium version or the pro version and once you do, you hook up all your Google+ business pages, so I only use I think my business page and my profile page, but I only advertise through my business page. Actually, no I just did it through my profile page, so I didn’t even need to buy it but I did anyways to check out the features. So what you do is you go to Google+ communities and you figure out okay I want to start getting more followers who are in the SEO industry, so for me, that’s what I would do. I would go to Google+ and I would type in the search bar SEO and then I’d look through the communities. You want to find the communities that are usually around one thousand to five thousand people.

If you get a community that has like seventy-five thousand people in it, the problem with Circloscope is it loads everybody in that community and it’s going to take forever. I tried to do it for the SEO news community on Google+ and it wound up taking ten minutes and I was just like, okay, this isn’t worth it, so go find a page that has like five thousand people on it and once you do, grab that URL for that community and go back to your Chrome extension on Circloscope. You’re going to want to go to … There’s a little drop down and you’re going to go to communities and then you are going to click on members that are not in my circles. Sorry, so members of the community that aren’t in my circles, and then you are going to add that URL for that community.

Once you do that, Circloscope is going to load everybody from the community in the SEO community and you can either just manually click on all of them or just click on certain people you want to add to your circles. Or you can follow like one hundred to I think five hundred people max at a time. Or you can just select all and try to follow everybody on that community. The only problem is that I think Google only lets you follow around five thousand people at a time or put in communities five thousand people at a time, so you want to be careful with that.

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Unlike Twitter, I don’t think you can actually get penalized for adding too many people in your circles right now, so if you add like two thousand people in a day which I think is the cap, you’re not going to get in trouble for it yet. I usually add about one thousand people a day. Or circle a thousand people a day, and I’ve been fine and I’ve been doing it like every day. I would add, yes, about one thousand people at first and wait a couple of days. You don’t want to just go to the next step immediately. You want to wait a couple of days and see who circles you back.

After a couple of days, if nobody has circled you back yet, go back to Circloscope and go to I think it is … It’s in the drop down. It’s relationships and then people who are not following me back and then what you can do is you can select all the people or maybe the first five hundred, whatever you want to do, and you can do this thing called black listing. You select them all and then put them on your black list and what that does is once you put them on your black list, you unfollow them. Or you uncircle them and if you try to circle them again, it won’t let you circle them, Circloscope won’t let you circle them because it shows that they are already on your black list, so it shows Circloscope that you don’t want to circle them again.

Something else you can do to kind of get this jump started if you don’t have a big following on Google+ is you can … And you don’t have to do this, but you can buy followers on Fiverr. I think it’s like five hundred followers for $5 I saw recently on Fiverr, and this is social proof so if somebody sees your Google+ and they see that you already have like five hundred followers, they’re more inclined to follow you back, but like I said, you don’t have to do this. Just try to create a really good Google+ page.

Another thing you can do, and this doesn’t have to be through Circloscope, there’s a lot more things that you can do on Circloscope, but these are like the main capabilities. Just in general, just to get more engagement on Google+, this is what I’m going to talk about next, one of the things you can do is you can get a gif as your cover photo so you can actually get a moving cover photo, and I’ve found that people are more likely to follow you if you have a moving cover photo which is pretty interesting.

Also, when you post something, which I usually post through buffer so I schedule out all my posts and then I’ll post through a buffer automatically. I’ll actually go back to those posts the next day that have been posted through buffer and I will reshare them to all of the different Google+ communities I’m in so I’m a part of like, I don’t know, seven communities and I’ll reshare the posts to communities that have like one hundred thousand people and usually each different community gets me engagement for each of those same posts. Make sure you’re resharing, but if you do that, go to your settings in your Google+ profile and disable the part where it says, “Show my recent posts from communities” so it doesn’t look like your spamming on your profile page.

That’s pretty much all I do for Google+ right now, but I’m interested in hearing what else you guys do and that’s pretty much it for the podcast today. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes if you can. The podcast is First Click Inc SEO Experts and leave a review if you can. I’m Chase Reiner and we’ll see you guys next time in the next podcast