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Google+ (Google Plus) Directories – Add Your Profile Link and Connect!

Monday, August 8th, 2011
Google+ Directory List

Google+ Directory List

plus.google.com (Google+) is the fastest growing website in history, according to analytics firm comScore. As of July 24, less than one month after the Google plus test site was launched, 25 million invitation-only users are organizing, sharing, and communicating with people through Google’s Circle technology.


Do you need an invitation to Google+? Click here to use on of our 150 available invitations, and add yourself to Google+!


Social networks are only as interesting as the content they provide to the user, that content coming in the way of status updates and posts from users in your network. Google+ has quickly become a major social network, and users are looking for more ways to search for and connect with other Google Plus users. Would you like to find more users to interact with on Google+, increase the usefulness of your network, and fill your stream with news and information that closely matches your own interests? Check out the following Google+ Directories. At the end of this post you’ll have the ability to post your own Google+ profile, where others can find your profile and circle you!


1. Find People On Plus. This Google Plus directory was introduced by Google to make searching on specific Google Plus profiles much easier. You can search not only on names but on all specific profile fields provided on Google Plus. As of August 4, nearly 10 million Google Plus users have been indexed on this site.


You’ll find an indexed list of the most popular Google Plus users on the FindPeopleOnPlus.com home page. On the left sidebar, choose filter parameters in categories such as Relationship, Looking for, Gender, Occupation, and City from the category shortcuts. Click on the People Directory link to surf profiles and track people.


Twitter users can also find out which of their followers and friends are on Google Plus. Go to www.findpeopleonplus.com/twitter2plus/ and type in your Twitter name.


2. GPEEP. GPEEP is a Google Plus search engine where you can search for people on Google Plus. Just type the person’s profile name or other search term in the Find People on G Plus box at the top of the home page. You can circle the profiles you’re interested in, and read, comment on, and share their posts. Or just for fun, click on Google’s famous I Feel Lucky button in the left sidebar and see who you meet!


Make it easy for people to find you, too. Click Add Yourself Now in the upper left hand corner of the page and provide the simple information requested. Be sure to tag yourself with as many search criteria as you can think of. Your profile can be found immediately on GPEEP. You can even let people know what type of product or service or job qualifications you offer by clicking on Add a Pitch or a Deal near the top right of the home page.


3. Google. An easy way to find Google+ users is just to use Google itself. Enter this search term – site:plus.google.com – and any parameter, such as a profession, town, type of business, or even a name. Users who have created public profiles are searchable, as are their updates and posts. Privacy options may protect some user profile information from search results, but most of the data provided on the Google Plus About page and in the profile fields is currently public.


An additional way to use Google+ to connect with other similar minded potential friends is the “Find People” link, located within the Circles tab of Google+. To use this feature, click the “Circles” tab at the top of your Google+ profile. From there, click on the “Find People” link. You will be presented with a list of suggested users, allowing you to drag and drop them into any of your circles, or create a new circle out of recommended users only. Google closely matches the suggested users with interests you’ve listed in your profile, and Sparks, so be sure to fill out your profile and select topics of interests from the Sparks tab in order to benefit the most from this feature.


4. Women of G Plus. The WoG Plus site started as a way for Google Plus women users to connect and share their ideas. Although the designer insists “this is not a women vs. men thing,” it is primarily a networking resource for Google Plus women, who currently comprise 33 percent of Google Plus users. The site provides articles and blogs from Featured Women of Google Plus, and offers tips to “Optimize Your Google Plus Profile” and other Google Plus tutorials and how-tos. If you want to contribute, click on the Want to Be Featured? tab at the top of the page.


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Leave Your Competition in the Dust.

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

For a couple of years now I have watched beautiful things happen to a business that has put together an effective web design, coupled with a solid SEO and online marketing plan. There are tools that we use in the industry to track traffic, and you can literally watch traffic climb higher and higher with every passing day. Comparing the traffic reports of company websites, before they began focusing on going after online business, and after, is a real eye opener. If you haven’t already seen it for yourself you would be amazed at the difference in traffic between a top ranked page and one that falls further down the list, several pages deep.

Guess what all of this traffic results in? More sales, more phone calls, more opportunities. I shudder when I find a client that tells me they can’t afford to spend as little as $80 promoting their website. First, because it’s not really spending. You are investing in your business – the goal is to recover those costs, and a whole lot more, via increased business. Second, because it’s so affordable. I’ve seen clients waste thousands of dollars on marketing that doesn’t work – like yellow page ads, printing up fliers, etc. then turn around and tell me that they can’t afford an $80 online marketing plan. It’s nuts!

I’m not saying that people don’t have valid reasons for not wanting to spend money. There are so many people out to scam businesses in our industry. You see spam email every day of SEO providers that promise results. Some people have come to us after being taken by these companies and tell us – well, I’ve done that, it didn’t work. Guess what? It didn’t work because the people took your money and didn’t deliver! That’s the toughest thing about working in this industry, there’s a constant need to prove your worth, prove that you can deliver what you say you can, because other people have placed doubt into the minds of many. In this regards, online marketing and SEO is a lot like automobile repair. Sure, there are a lot of people out to rip you off – they take advantage of the fact that you don’t really know the details of what they are selling you, so you can’t verify that you’re getting anything in return. But the flip side to that is, every once in a while, you find an honest mechanic. Just like auto repair, there are honest companies out there that can and will work wonders for your traffic and sales.

Leaving your competition in the dust

(PS, if you live in the Phoenix area and you need an honest mechanic that does great work, let me know. My friend owns a business called Mile Auto Repair in Tempe. Always honest service!)

Anyways, back to the point. Investing (not spending) a little extra money to build your business base through SEO and online marketing is worth it in every way. Simply adding your business link to a few online directories and making a Facebook page is not enough to expect results. You need to engage in a serious effort to get found, with strategy and planning that will put your products and services in front of the people that are ready to buy from you. It all starts with a keyword analysis and a consultation to determine exactly who your ideal target client is, and the best ways to reach them. There are multiple tools that get called into play to help do research and isolate important keyword phrases that will help your website perform its best. At the end of the day, your website shows up and the competition does not.

Soon you will see more people asking you for business. If you’re not doing this right now, you’re being beaten by companies who are. If you’re trying and you’re not seeing results, you’re being beaten by competition who is. Building your website for higher traffic and positions is like leaving your competition in the dust. The higher your ranking, the better response from new customers, and the further behind your competitors will fall to your trail. Remember, it’s called the information SUPER highway for a reason. Online search is the future of all business transacted and if you’re driving along in an old, beat-up pinto – sooner or later you’re going to break down.

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