Earlier we learned about how Social media sharing impacts SEO, and now we all know a strong social media presence is very important for any blog for more traffic and better search engine ranking. Of all the social networking sites, Google plus dominates search engine ranking the most.
Now, for a bloggers it’s really hard to keep updating all social networking every day, as it takes lots of time, and with rising number of social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Google plus, Pinterest and many more), Social media automation is our best bet. Earlier, I shared about Doshare chrome extension which helps in automation of posts on Google plus profile or pages, but certainly it’s not the best option.
We also learned how we can auto publish new posts on Google plus pages using Hootsuite, and it works great. Today I will be talking about Google plus post scheduling feature of Hootsuite, which will help you to keep your Google plus pages constantly updated and find a perfect balance between automation and manual sharing. For other social networking sites, here are few tools that you can refer to:
How to Auto schedule updates on a Google plus page:
Hootsuite is one of very few social media tool, which supports automation on Google plus social networking sites. In this tutorial, I will be sharing how you can use schedule feature of hootsuite to keep your Google plus page updates. Though do remember, maintain a perfect balance of automated updates and manual updates, to ensure you maintain the engagement rate on Google plus page. Saying that, what I meant is: Always add manual comments when you are sharing an article on Google plus or any other social networking sites.
- Use Hashtag #
- Add your remarks
- Ask questions
- Encourage users to like and reshare your updates
So, lets get started with this tutorial, and I will also share one video at the end for better understanding. Hootsuite is a fremium social media tool, and with a free account you can manage 5 social media profiles. If you need more, you can always upgrade to Hootsuite pro account. You can read more about hootsuite below:
I assume you already have an account with hootsuite, and once you are inside the dashboard, click on “+” icon and click on add social network.
Select Google plus, and click on connect to Google plus. You need to give permission to access your Google plus profile, and then you can select the pages which you want to use with Hootsuite.
Select the page you want to use and click on finished importing. So far, we have connected our Google plus page with hootsuite account, and now we will look into automation of updates. One great thing about hootsuite social media automation tool is, it supports auto scheduling. Something similar to bufferapp and postrocket. This way, you don’t have to manually set the time and date for updates. Though, you can always use that feature, when you want an update to go at pre-defined time.
Now, just follow this screenshot to understand how you can schedule updates on Google plus page:
You can also click on Google plus tab under hootsuite dashboard to see what all updates are scheduled, and make changes if necessary. Here is a video explaining the process in detail:
It’s always a good idea to schedule some updates on your social media profiles to ensure a steady flow of updates. Using social media automation tools are always useful for a busy individuals. If you are using any other social media tool to schedule updates on Google plus pages and profiles, do let me know via comment. If you have any query regarding hootsuite, feel free to ask me.
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