Hello Happy Site Onwers! This week’s tips features help to get you started with Google Plus business pages. Keep in mind that they are rolling out over the next two days. So, some features may be available and some not just yet.
Also want to let you know that I’m posting new WordPress Video Tutorials. You can see the latest one here. These short YouTube videos are also available as bonuses to the WordPress Video Tutorial Courses.
This post updated on 11/21/11. I’ve temporarily switched back to my G+ personal profile until Google finds a way to let me access my biz page from my iPad. The links in my resource box and sidebar are the personal profile now too.
It was a while coming, some say way too long, but Google+ finally announced yesterday that business pages are open. Read a nice post from Hubspot here. And, you know I’ve got you covered on helpful links.
Get a Google Account
If you don’t have a Google Account yet, and every site owner should, read Why You Need a Google Account, which also has links to get you started. And then read Free Google Account Must Haves for Site Owners.
Get right to it
If you already know what you’re doing or just want to poke around on your own, got straight to the G+ page creation site plus.google.com/pages/create Sign in and get going. (I know it looks odd, but that is the whole URL.)
Getting started guides
Here’s a nice one from the folks at WPMU.org on How to Get Started with Google Pages and WordPress. And here’s another on a neat new plugin for helping to integrate G+ with your blog titled Make Google and WordPress Play Nice with GoogleBlog.
Connect with BlogAid on G+
The new BlogAid Google+ page is up, although it could use some pretty pix across the top. I’ll get to that soon, but in the meantime, let’s add each other to our new circles. Find the new page here http://bit.ly/BlogAidGplus
Customize your link
It’s very important to keep your WordPress plugins up-to-date. Keep in mind that many updates are to plug security holes, not just for adding more functionality. Recently updated plugins include:
- Contact Form 7 – for advanced contact forms
(Video Tutorial Short Course is available on how to use this plugin.)
- WPTouch – to make your blog available in a mobile version
- Yet Another Related Posts – select posts and pages related to current post
A couple of weeks ago I included a link in Tips Tuesday with a comparison of MailChimp and Aweber. Here’s another Aweber vs MailChimp post by Tom on WPMU.org that has a slightly different opinion and lots of screenshots to show you what he’s talking about.
November is NaNoWriMo month, which is a challenge that authors worldwide participate in to get at least 50,000 words of a book written. But, in her guest post on ProBlogger, Kelly Kingman is taking a twist on this challenge and tells you How to Write a Year’s Worth of Posts in Only 30 Days.
A to-the-point post on Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog with 3 Diagnoses for Why Your Message Isn’t Getting Through.
Social Media Tips
Robert Dempsey details why he disabled his Klout account in this post on his Dempsey Marketing site. For many of those same reasons, I never signed up. Did you? What do you think of it? Are you having second thoughts about staying in?
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