You can waste a lot of time on Google+ and easily get frustrated unless you go into it with a goal.
Usually that goal is networking with others who share your interests and have the potential of being a client.
The most efficient way of managing your network on Google+ is to use the Circloscope App.
I’ve referred to it numerous times in the past and as they keep updating it with better features, I discover new and efficient ways to make my circles count. (CircleCount is another super circle tool which is integrated into Circloscope.)
While there’s a free version, I highly recommend a Pro account which will set you back a whopping $47 a year. This covers one Google+ Personal profile and 3 business pages.
How to do it:
1. Get the Chrome extension (if you don’t already have it) and make sure you have the latest version. The version I’m working with is Circloscope 2014.12.6
2. Go to your G+Home page and search in one of your circles for a post(s) that has engagement (+1’s, shares, comments) for a topic you’re interested in. You want people in your circles that are active and share.
3. When you find a relevant post, right-click on the timestamp that appears under the person’s name. A menu window will open showing an option to link to Circloscope as a:
(if you want to find engagers of a link or a g+ post, you should use either of the two options above.)
G+ Profile page
(if you want to analyze a profile (i.e. engagers of their last x posts, profile circles, profile followers).
G+ Shared Circle
(if you want to find people in a shared circle)
(if you want to analyze a community (i.e. finding members of a community, finding people who post in a community)
(if you want to analyze an event: who attended, engaged etc. (i.e. queries in the dashboard > events).
Send as many links as you like to Circloscope.
This is a more precise method of finding an individual’s engagers than going directly to their profile and checking their last 40 posts.
Those last posts may have content that doesn’t interest you.
Now open Circloscope and choose the query of your choice from Dashboard menu.
Let’s say you want to find engagers of the posts you’ve sent to the Circloscope that you don’t already have in your circles. Once the query dialog box is open, you can see that the first link is automatically added. Click “More” multiple times to add other links from the queue.
After clicking on “ok”, Circloscope will load up the profiles of people who have +1’d, commented on or shared on any of the posts you’ve selected.
From there, you can filter them before adding to your circles. For example, you can filter out “blueheads” (people who haven’t completed their profiles) or people who don’t share.
Once you have your final selection, you can choose to add them to an existing circle or create a new one.
Checking your Google account security and recovery settings
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
The cost in stress and dollars will be far less if you tackle security before a breach happens.
We live in a world where we are tethered to the internet almost 24/7. Every portal we use to get access to the net comes with a risk that others also are trying to enter your domain through the same one.
I’ve use the Google 2-Step Verification method for a long while now and can say that it is well worth the brief inconvenience of having to check for the security code on your cellphone when you log in from a new computer or app.
Ray Hiltz is a Social Media Strategist specializing in Google+ Local search and content marketing.
He helps small businesses establish online reputation and trust by putting the spotlight on their greatest asset - people.
Ray host the #RayBunch show, a weekly web and podcast featuring news and opinions with a regular panel of marketing and business leaders.