Saturday, July 23, 2011

Google Plus Profiles - what does yours say about you?

 Google profiles have been around for awhile, and has always carried some importance in online presence and branding. But with the addition of Google Plus to the crazy world of social media, the importance of a strong Google profile has taken a new meaning.

Google is the number one search. The term 'Google me' has become mainstream. When someone searches for you, they will find all the places you have been online, any comments you may have left on blogs etc, any pictures, videos you may have posted, and anywhere you have a spot on the web, from Facebook to twitter to, of course, Google. And Google, preserving their power of the web, will be showing the Google profiles prominently.
So, what constitutes a good profile?

Some tips:
Fill out as much as possible
Not saying you need to add your street address or phone number, but adding where you live, and have lived, your name, etc is a no brainer.

Fill out a little Intro
Tell people some of what makes you, you. Use the editor and add links.

Occupation and Employment 
If you work for a company, and prefer not to let world know where, leave blank. But if you are in business for yourself, this is vital . Do not leave blank, or get all cutesy here. Unless you are a psychic medium by trade, "I see dead people" is not an occupation. Nor should you put employed by "Yo Momma" if you're not a babysitter. I recommend coming across as professional as possible.

Anyone who uses the internet for business in any way needs to add as many links as you can. All the marketplaces are supported, along with the other social media hot spots, so again, a no brainer.

Add a profile picture
A Good one. again, if your business uses the web to reach the masses, you need a good picture or logo even. It should be reflective of your style. But, unless you sell costumes, I don't recommend the one of you dressed as a poodle.

And if you think you can keep your profile private, like on Facebook, think again. As reported by, Google already has announced that private profiles will be deleted soon, so make to effort now and get looking good .

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Pamela said...

I'm playing around a little with Google+ but to be honest, I still like Facebook a lot better. They aren't showing me anything new so I'm not really that excited about them. Something else I really like about Facebook is that I can keep my personal profile PRIVATE and then have a page for my business. I wonder why Google doesn't think that's important to people who just want to socialize. They are going to miss out on millions of users because of it.

Renagade said...

Pam - Thanks for the input! I do know that Google+ will be coming out with a separate plus profile for businesses - similar to facebook further down the road.
My assessment of Google+ is they are aiming to be more of an info sharing network among people with common interests, and really not so much a 'social' network.
In no way do I foresee Google+ taking the place of Facebook... Facebooks 'friendly - fun' atmosphere is too inviting to too many people.

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