How to get your first 1,000 followers on Google+
Step one: Fill out your profile completely
Click over to the About tab on your Google+ profile and make sure that you’ve filled out all the necessary information. Google+ breaks down the profile info into several categories:
- Story – your tagline, introduction paragraph, and bragging rights
- Communities – the Google+ communities you’ve joined
- Links – your website, YouTube, and custom links
- Contact information – email, phone, and physical address (for brick-and-mortar businesses)
Like the other networks, it helps to seed your Google+ profile with relevant, useful content before asking others to join.
Step two: Share a link to your profile via other networks and via email
Step three: Place a Google+ Follow button on your website
The Follow button comes in five different shapes and sizes.
You can also go with a follow badge, which shows your Google+ profile picture and cover photo as well as the tagline.
Step four: Get involved with Google+ circles
Google+ circles are a neat way to form collections of Google+ users. When you follow someone on Google+, you add them to your circles. Users often share their circles on Google+ as a way to build community on the network.
Search for circles that are relevant to you and your business. In the Google+ search box, you can type “Circle” and the keyword for your niche.
You can also go directly to a page of a relevant company in your niche and see both the people in their circles and those who have circled them. Clicking through to either of these pages gives you an option to quickly add targeted, interested Google+ users to your circles.
Like other networks, follower reciprocity comes into play here. The more people you follow, the more you can expect to be followed back.
Step five: Join and contribute to a community
You can even start your own. Contributing to a relevant Google+ community can help spread your name and attract more followers. And as a community moderator, there’s an added bonus:
If your business page is a moderator on a Google+ community, all of the +1s from that community will be added to your business page’s tally (and if that’s linked to your website, it will pass on to your homepage!).
- Fill out your profile completely
- Share a link to your profile
- Add a Google+ button to your website
- Get acquainted with circles
- Join and contribute to a community