This is a guest post by Kevin Lau.
Google+ may have had a shaky start but lots of people are using it to help build up a new traffic stream to their website. If you are among them, you might be wondering how you can start getting the results you want. In truth you have to focus on a few different areas to start seeing some good results. A few small actions put together can create a much bigger end result â€“ and a bigger stream of traffic â€“ than one big promotion in one direction.
Letâ€™s check out five ways to increase your flow of traffic from Google+ to your website, starting today.
Update Your Stream on a Regular Basis
The most obvious thing to do here is to provide a link to every new blog post you write on your personal profile. But there are other things you can do too. Simply updating your stream regularly will tell people you are serious about using Google+. If you make yourself worth following you will build a bigger audience and that audience is then more likely to follow you off site to your own website.
Create New Circles and Populate Them with People You Know
Google+ sure looks lonely without anyone in your Circles. So start populating them. You get a few Circles set up ready for use but you can create other more relevant ones as well. For example you can set up ones for clients or customers, depending on your needs. Just make sure you choose your Circles wisely, otherwise they could end up becoming unwieldy.
The main thing to remember here is that you should share appropriate messages with the right group of people. For example clients might benefit from a very different message to the one youâ€™d send to fellow workers in your line of work. This is one of the benefits of using Circles â€“ once you know how.
Stick to Your Area of Expertise
Donâ€™t share everything on Google+. Remember you are using it to enhance the traffic flow to your website, so everything you share should be related to your expertise.
Letâ€™s say you own a cupcake business. Stick to news, views and information about cupcakes. You will find plenty to talk about and share, but stick to cupcakes because that is your area of expertise. As soon as you stray off topic you run the risk of losing the interest of your audience. The more relevant you are the more chance there is of people heading off to look at your website as well.
Become an Expert in Your Niche by Initiating Hangouts
We talked about expertise above but you can go further than this. Your target should be to become known as an expert. You could be just anyone making cupcakes. But if you share your knowledge and provide information and advice people can rely on, youâ€™ll see just how important it is to become an expert.
You see, if someone on Google+ wants to find a cupcake expert, they should be able to look for one and find you. Alternatively if they are already in your Circles (and you are in theirs) and they want to find out more information on cupcakes, theyâ€™ll almost certainly visit your site because they know youâ€™ve got the knowledge they need.
Fill Out Your Profile Completely
This might sound like the most basic thing to say, and it is. But it is surprising how many people miss this out. Your profile on your Google+ business page is the most important thing â€“ it is the cornerstone of your efforts on there. Sure you can get good results by doing all manner of things on Google+, but if you donâ€™t have a profile you wonâ€™t have any information people can look at. If someone lands on your profile theyâ€™re not doing so to get a message telling them you havenâ€™t filled it out yet. Theyâ€™re doing so to find out more about you, so make sure they get the information they need â€“ including your website address.
You can see that it is highly important to make sure you can employ more than one way of getting a new stream of traffic to your website through Google+. If youâ€™re still new to the social media site donâ€™t worry if you find it difficult to get to grips with at first. Youâ€™ll probably find you get used to it over time â€“ and your website will benefit from a trickle of extra traffic that could turn into a flood too.
What do you do to drive traffic from Google+ to your website or blog, and what other tips would you suggest for those looking to increase their Google+ traffic?