While many have dismissed Google Plus as an “also ran” and its death has been announced several times, it can still be a valuable tool to build your brand and increase blog traffic. And one of the best tools to use to your advantage is Google+ Communities. Besides networking with fellow Bloggers, being active on Google+ can be beneficial to your Search Engine Results Page (SERP) ranking. To help you get started, I compiled a list of 20 Google Plus Communities to help your blog grow.
What are Google Plus Communities and how do they work?
Google Plus Communities are similar to Facebook Groups: small groups of people discussing a specific topic. There are communities for politics, humor, religion, nature, sports teams and many that are of particular interest to Bloggers.
Finding communities is as easy as logging in to G+ and selecting Communities from the left-hand menu. You can even enter search terms to help narrow your search.
Once you find a community of interest, you will need to “join” to comment or post. For public communities anyone, member and non-members alike can view the posts and +1 and share. You need to be invited to join private communities, as they do not generally show up in a search. The IBA has a supportive and active private community for members. (Another of the many reasons why you should join the IBA)
Be part of the community: +1, comment and share other members posts instead of simply dropping your posts and running. Not only is it rude, but if you drop links in too many communities in one sitting Google will blacklist your link. No one likes a spammer.
To get you started, I searched for topics that would be valuable to Bloggers then checked to see how active the communities were. Google Plus Communities with no posts or interaction within the month did not make my list.
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Google+ Communities for Learning
These communities are where you can go to learn and become better at blogging and social media. They aren’t for self-promotion unless you happen to be an expert and have posts to share on the different topics.
- Google+ Helper: Learn about Google+
- WordPress: A great place to get tips and tricks for WordPress bloggers
- Social Media Strategy: Advanced social media strategy community for businesses and professionals.
Google+ Communities for General Blogging
These communities are geared toward blogging in general. They are good places to network with other bloggers, share your posts, and learn about blogging.
- International Bloggers’ Association – this is our “open” group, and you do not need to be a member to join.
- Blogger Love – all about sharing with your fellow bloggers
- Bloggers Helping Bloggers – helping each other grow in the blogging community
Niche G+ Communities
Some Communities are very specific in their scope, and you can probably find a community to fit every niche. I tried to pick some broader categories in this group to get you started.
- Creative: Creative Bloggers Network – Helping Creative Bloggers network and grow their blogs.
- Creative: Tip Junkie Homemade – Craft, How To, Make, Homemade, Patterns, and Tutorial
- Fashion and Beauty: Fashion Bloggers – Share your fashion blog posts and style here.
- Fashion and Beauty: BBloggers – A community for everyone to talk about what we love with more than 140 characters.
- Fitness: Fitness Bloggers – help all levels of bloggers grown their blog audience, build traffic and network with some of the best blogging brains on the Interwebz.
- Food: Food Bloggers – A place for food bloggers to come and share ideas and thoughts about their passion.
- Food: Food Bloggers – the community for food bloggers around the world
- Lifestyle: Lifestyle Bloggers – Fashion, Travel, Beauty, Recipes, Events, etc.
- Lifestyle: Lifestyle Blogger Network – for bloggers who write about lifestyle and enjoy supporting each other.
- Parenting: Mom Blog – the business, technical and social media aspect of maintaining a mom blog while being a parent.
- Parenting: Mom Blogging – Share your experience, tips, quality time with your family, tips for making money
- Photography: Photography Blogs and Websites – share your posts and photos, get critiques, discuss equipment
- Travel: Travel Bloggers – Travel Bloggers talking about authentic travel.
- Video Bloggers: Vlogging – Share, learn and engage with like-minded vloggers.
Do you know of any active blogging related G+ Communities I missed? Please share them in the comments section for everyone to benefit.