It’s been long I have written something about Google friend connect. I have written about the importance of such social media widgets in terms of building community. I know the advantages of Facebook fan page, but Google friend connect always seems alien to me, because I could not see any direct advantages of it. I have asked in several forum but never got any answer on the usefulness or advantage of Google friend connect apart from building a community around your blog.
Today I logged into Google friend connect website and was browsing Shoutmeloud Google friend connect members and stats. I quickly realize the power of Google friend connect and I realize what I have been missing all these time. Google friend connect can be use as a powerful tool to send newsletter to your members, Show interest based Google adsense ads and collect data and target users based on the interest.
This is something which I wish I could have realize earlier as I have almost 358 members at the time of writing and I could have showing them the targeted Google adsense ads. Obviously this will increase my CTR and my monthly earning.
Getting back to advantage of Google friend connect. If you have Google friend connect in your website and you never wondered what you can do , simply login to your Google friend connect account and see your site stats. On the front page you will see various options along with Newsletter options.
Make sure you click on Newsletter and select the option which says “Ask visitors to subscribe immediately after their first sign-in”
Now click on Send a newsletter link and send and to your readers. I really wish if there is some way I can configure it with my RSS feeds, so that my Google friend connect subscriber will get daily email updates. Still on the other thought , you can use it to send a weekly or monthly newsletter.
For affiliate marketer , you can send them some nice deals going on. There are various ways you can make most out of these new subscriber of your blog. Though never think of spamming in anyways, because readers who join your Google friend connect or facebook fan page are your blog real fan. So try to play safe.
Finally I’m happy I can see some great use of Google friend connect here. What Other advantages you can think of Google friend connect widget on your blog?