No. Google+ is not a game. Well, for some of us it is like a game. This game can be lots of fun meeting as you will meet new smart people! Over the last two months I have met some amazing, like minded people that love both Google and what it does to make life better. The people on Google+ are awesome individuals if you are willing to get to know them. When you start, Google+ is not easy. Nothing is easy when you are learning. Remember the first time you go off the ski lift? After a little bit of trial and error and some conversation you will see that Google+ sure as hell is not Facebook.
You will not find all your old high school buddies on Google+ but, it might be good that way. Google+ opens up opportunities to meet very successful people who are changing the world. Unfortunately, many of these successful people may be a little bit smarter than you and I. This means they are not going to respond to your posts about the new shoes you bought or the picture of your cat eating bacon. I can promise you most will respond to questions that provoke some type of thought.
This is the Google+ game we play. Do I want to plus Guy Kawasaki to see if he responds or not? Is Vic Gundotra watching all my public posts? Will Mark Traphagen’s reshare of this post outrank my posts? Tough questions we face day in and day out. Luckily, all of this leads to the true Web 2.0. Google is carving the search landscape and land is available right now. It is like the California gold rush in the 1840s. There is plenty of opportunity to push your agenda/business but you must know how to do it.
One of the most difficult parts of Google+ has nothing to do with posts ranking in search. The issue is getting people to engage with so mentioned post will help you rank in search. I have no problems when it comes to engagement (not to a female!) as I often get 40 or 50 comments on my posts. The issues lies in a Google+ business page. Most of us on Google+ have access to some type of business page but we cannot follow all our acquaintances unless they follow us first.
This is why Mark Traphagen and I created Plus Local Pages to help you reach out to those who will engage. The business pages are hand selected and they are run by individuals that have proven, over time, that they will interact consistently. This is not a group of successful pages that has already made a name for themselves. This is a group of business pages that understands the power of Google+ and wants to build strong relationships. We all have friends; some more than others. If a friend needs help with Social SEO I have several Google+ pages to get help. I will gladly get my friends new customers as they are willing to do the same for me. If another friend is seeking medical help, I have Google+ resources for that as well. This is what Plus Local Pages is all about.
If you would like to be part of this group please feel free to contact me on my personal Google+ page. Remember that your Business Page will be looked at by moderators so spam will not get through. If your business page engages once or twice a week it does not belong as part of this group. This group engages daily and continues to build conversation about their products and services. This is the future of business and definitely the future of the Internet. Just ask Google. Google+ has made it a fun game but you must play it correctly.