How to use Circlecount and Circloscope to find relevant people in Google Plus

5,000 people make seem like a lot to be able to circle, but if you’re serious about using Google Plus to build your personal or corporate brand, eventually you’ll want to get rid of some of the people you followed early on and find the most relevant people in your space to interact with. Enter Circlecount and Circloscope — two great Google Plus tools that go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Here are some of the things I’ve learned with early experiments with both tools.

Eric Schmidt: Google Will Give Higher Rankings to Content Tied to Verified Profiles

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Regardless of how one feels about it, effective use of Google Plus is the defacto standard for getting found in search:

“Within search results, information tied to verified online profiles will be ranked higher than content without such verification, which will result in most users naturally clicking on the top (verified) results. The true cost of remaining anonymous, then, might be irrelevance.”

When Google introduced authorship markup in 2011, Google did note that they were “looking closely at ways this markup could help us highlight authors and rank search results.”

Now Schmidt has made it explicit: in the future, you can boost your rankings by using Google authorship, and as we’ve reported before, Google+ has been designed to be an identity verification network.

via Eric Schmidt: Google Will Give Higher Rankings to Content Tied to Verified Profiles – SEW.

You WILL be assimilated…

Thought leadership strategy and tactics

Thought leadership strategy is essential for getting found in Google but how to execute with the fewest moving parts is elegance! DaVinci said “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” but what does that look like in a thought leadership workflow? Let’s start with some thoughts from Google Plus ‘meister’ Mark Traphagen:

Of Mark’s 5 points, items 1,3 & 5 are what Covey would call ‘private victories’ and items 2 & 4 are related to ‘public victories’. You can possess items 1, 3 & 5 in abundance but unless you using the wonderful tools we have at our fingertips to make your thoughts searchable, findable, knowable, shareable and memorable, you are missing the opportunity to become credible on a bigger scale. You will never be found in the ‘zero moment of truth‘ unless you treat Google as an ally, not an adversary to be tricked or gamed.

So then, if you’re with me so far, let me propose a workflow for thought leadership strategy with only 3 moving parts for you to consider:

A thought leadership workflow

I’ll talk you through it here:

Bonus Feedly video!

Google semantic search; the next big thing?

5144YAT9EnL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Google semantic search should be on your radar if you’re at all interested in getting found in search. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, may I suggest that you read David Amerland’s book Google Semantic Search: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Techniques That Get Your Company More Traffic, Increase Brand Impact, and Amplify Your Online Presence. I think my favorite quote from the book is this one…

Something I cannot stress enough is that the fundamental change in the transition from good old-fashioned Boolean search to semantic search lies in creating transparency in your company or brand data to Google’s search. Rather than “telling” search what you think it needs to get you in front of those looking for your services, show it who you are and what you do. This is a change in mindset that transforms Google from an “adversary” of sorts that had to be managed, coerced, and somehow convinced to rank your website and serve it in search to an ally interested in the same things you are: giving the right answer to those who ask a question through search.

Amerland, David (2013-06-27). Google Semantic Search: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Techniques That Get Your Company More Traffic, Increase Brand Impact, and Amplify Your Online Presence (Que Biz-Tech) (Kindle Locations 3816-3821). Pearson Education. Kindle Edition.

If you want to get found when people are looking for solutions, get David’s book and stay on top of your craft…

Google Plus haters I love you!

Google Plus haters thank you for perpetuating the myth about Google Plus being a ghost town. You’re like a guy with a tiny schwanz posting about how size doesn’t matter! Everybody knows you’re overcompensating for something…

Believe me, I used to be a hater, too! As an instructor in Content Marketing, Search Engine Marketing and Social Media at NWTC, my world was perfect until Google Plus came along. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn were all I needed until I learned last fall that Google doesn’t index any of them. Then I got religion. And traffic. And clients. And now thanks to Google Plus, I get higher rating for the word elevation than Bono of U2! Now that’s the power of Google Plus for elevation in seo…

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Start your education here:

And continue on here:

https://storify.com/toddlohenry/reasons-why-i-believe

I’ll see you at the top of the serps!!!