Do you merely link your article to Google Plus every time you write a blog post? If so, you are missing a BIG opportunity to showcase your article.
Why? Because images attached to links on Google Plus are small. They are not showcased. They are lost in a stream of great imagery. In this post, I show you a simple way to get your content noticed, and join in on the Google Plus image-fest!
Because, yes, if you are just posting your image via the link to Google Plus – it’s time you stopped. Trust me, it’s getting lost in the newsfeed, and there is a better way.
And the better way will result in more attention to your post and that, my friend, will lead to more traffic to your website. Which is what we all want, right ?
Here’s the scenario. For a long time, I was posting my links to Google+ just like everyone else. It’s easy from your social media scheduling tool, right? Just upload the link, post it to Google+…..Sorted.
Not so, it would seem.
You see, the thing is, that Google Plus is HIGHLY visual. It is one of the most image-centric platforms on the web. I mean, even their cover photo is a massive 2120 x 1192 pixels. And your profile photo a tiny 270 x 270 pixels. Now that is some big time real estate at the top of your profile. But we will get to that another time.
What I am wanting you to take notice of is the newsfeed: In the Google Plus Newsfeed, linked images are shown with a very small photo and a link description. If you are linking your articles, I need you to not do that anymore.
Because the images are soooooo small.
Check this out:
With so many people (including me, yes I will admit I was lazy!) posting links to their articles the easy way, it’s easy to stand out. In the image above, even the small image stands out against a sea of links.
So what happens when you do it differently and what do you need to do? Well, instead of just uploading the link, do this:
- Go to your G+ account and upload the photo.
- Add a great description and put the link IN your description – it’s clickable.
- Boom. You have a photo that is soooooo much bigger than the image on your article link would have been.
Same type of blog post. Same clickable link. But one stands out a LOT more on the G+ newsfeed.
It doesn’t take much to upload an image. Virgin does it well with this image:
It’s that easy. Upload an image, add the link in your description, and you too can make a splash.
As you can see, a whole bunch of image sizes work on G+. Heck, anything is better than a teeny tiny article link photo, right? But if you want to find out more about ideal image sizes, check out this post.
Go on now, head on over to your newsfeed and take a look. Switch to the “All” newsfeed and see what you see….do the big photos stand out? Oh yes, they do.
I hope your photos get to join them!
Are you going to start taking the extra few minutes to upload your photos to G+? If you do, and it works for you, be sure to let me know in the comments below!