Google Plus is one of the most important social networks for any Internet site. With the Google Search Plus Your World feature, whenever you share content on your Google Plus profile or Google Plus page, you will be able to increase the visibility of your article to your Google Plus followers.
Until now, there was no way to auto-publish a blog to a Google Plus page automatically, and that was a limitation. With Google Plus buttons you can share content to your Google Plus profile, but for pages you had to do everything manually. Manually sharing content is always a good idea, as you can add your personal comments thus creating more engagement to whatever you share socially, but with the increasing number of social networking sites, automation is our best friend.
If you have not created your Google Plus presence, I recommend that you follow the steps in the article noted below, and create a Google Plus page for your website or blog.
Once you have created a page, follow the tutorial below to auto-publish your blog feed to Google plus pages.
We will be using a social media tool called Hootsuite, which is a complete social media management tool. You can read more about it in my previously published article on the Hootsuite social media tool.
How to auto-post to a Google Plus page
Hootsuite offers free and pro accounts, and this new Google Plus auto posting feature is available on free accounts as well. If you have not yet created a Hootsuite account, go ahead and sign up for a free account. Once you have signed up, the next step is to start adding your social network accounts for auto-posting. You can add many other accounts like Facebook pages, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, Foursquare and many others. Click on your avatar on the top left, and browse to the bottom to add a new social network. Select the option which says “Connect with Google plus“.
Once you click on connect, a pop-up will appear, and you will need to allow Hootsuite access to your Google Plus page. Once you have granted the Hootsuite access, it will show all of your Google+ pages, and you can add them one by one to your Hootsuite dashboard.
Free accounts have limitations of the number of social networks you can connect to, and if you wish to use multiple pages and feeds, I recommend that you grab the Hootsuite Pro account, which is reasonably priced.
Once you have added the page, go to Settings > RSS feed, and add a new feed. Here we need to add a few details, most importantly your RSS feed and the social network sites on which you wish to share.
Since we are configuring auto-post to a Google Plus page, simply add your blog feed’s URL, and in the social network dropdown, select the Google Plus page. You can also set the frequency of publishing, and how many items you want to share at one time.
Click on “save feed”, and you are done. Now Hootsuite will automatically check your blog feed for updates, and as soon as you upload a new post, it will automatically be posted on a Google Plus page. You can join ShoutMeLoud’s Google Plus page to connect with us on Google Plus.
Here is a video guide to setting up a Google Plus RSS feed by auto publishing:
Google Plus auto-posting is one of those features which I have missed for a long time. The free Hootsuite account is limited to only 2 rss feeds, so I recommend that you grab a $9.95/month Pro account and increase your social networking and RSS item limits, as this ability is worth the price you will be paying.
Let me know if you have any questions about setting up auto- publishing to a Google Plus page via Hootsuite, and I will respond to your questions as soon as possible.
If you are looking to auto-post on Facebook pages, Hootsuite is a great choice, or you can use the free RSS Graffiti to do so as well.