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Google Places and Google+

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Google Places slowly integrates into Google+.  Google Places is one of the best tools for local businesses.  It is easy to make it to the first page of Google with a Google Places listing.  Every time you search for something, you will get some listings at the very top of the search results with a map with them – those are the Google Places listings.  Until now, this was one of the easiest ways to get to the top of Google. Now, Google Places will merge with Google+.  Here is a great interview from the Google Places Community Manager about the changes:


(click this link for the video:


Here is the link to the new Zagat scoring system:

Here is the link to enter your email to get news about Google Places:

Here is a link to one of the businesses that has converted already:

Here is the link for the FAQs:!category-topic/business/oRvAQC_IakA

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In the second part of your Google+ profile, we will look at your profile photo, your about page and your links.

Let’s take a look at your profile photo.  Like in all social networks make sure your picture is professional.  It will appear everywhere you are, comment and post in Google+.  If you like my Google+ frame, here are the instructions on how to do that:

The URL to go to get the frame is

Once you have a great picture, let’s take a look at your about page.  The first part of the about page is your introduction.  You can write as much or as little as you want to.  Keep in mind that people usually browse and will not take the time to read a whole lot.  You can format your text with bold, italics, underline and bullet points.  One of the really great features is that you can add links to your introduction.  Why is that so great?  As you are writing your introduction, you can link to your services page on your website, a blog post you have written that shows what you can do or anything else that you can link to that can showcase your ability.  Space it out nicely and you have a visually appealing Google+ profile.  Don’t forget to use your keywords.  Google+ searches through the about pages for their search bar.

After the introduction, just fill out the other parts as well: bragging rights, education, places you have lived, your contact information, what you are looking for and if you want your profile visible in search.  For the places you have lived, just use one row for each place.  Google+ will display a map with pointers where you have lived.

The last part of your Google+ profile are your links.  On the right sidebar of your profile you can add your other profiles on the web.  Add the ones that you want other people to visit and connect with you as well.

Your profile is now filled out.  Alone that you went through the work of filling it out will make you more visible since a lot of people don’t take the time for that.

I invite you to come to my profile and circle me as well.  After you have finished with your profile, send me a quick note so I can come and look at it and circle you too.

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A profile in every social network is very important.  It is your “first impression” of another person.  In order to get a great profile together in Google+, I cover every part of the profile.

The first part is about your header.  Your header consists of your name, your tagline and a row of 5 pictures.  Make sure you have your name in the top and a great tagline.  Both will display every time you comment or post something.  Make it catchy and memorable.  Let people know what you are about.

With the pictures, you should make sure that you have relevant pictures in there.  If you have a business, make sure the pictures are professional (meaning in good taste and rated for all audiences).  If you want to be more personal, just add pictures from you.  The pictures will not change all the time like in Facebook.  The 5 that you add in there will stay there (in the same order) until you change them.  A great idea is to add a picture pano in your profile.  Here is a video from Scott Kelby explaining you how to do that:

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