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Upcoming Google Hangouts on Air Events

Wanted to give everyone a heads up on some upcoming Google Hangouts on Air Events. If you have never been on a Google Hangout on Air, I definitely recommend testing out this incredible tool from Google. While Google may have its faults, they definitely got it right with Google Hangouts on Air. With a simple webcam and internet connection you can start networking with people around the world just like you would with people in your own backyard.

Upcoming Google Hangouts on Air

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Our Social Media Community Hangout on Air is today at 3 PM CST. The link above is the event link. Also, make sure you join the Social Media Community to connect with small business owners, bloggers, social networkers, and other professionals. Please note: We can only include the first 9 on Air. Everyone else will be able to watch live from YouTube.

Helpful Hint: Use Plus.ly to set up a Google+ url shortner for your Profile. That way you can share the username with others on YouTube. For example, Plus.ly/andynathan. If you enter @andynathan for Plus.ly

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MeetWP is having their next online meetup August 13th at Noon CST. The speaker will be Chris Lema. More details to come on his discussion.

Keep in mind that we stream all events live to MeetWP.Me. Again, make sure to join the MeetWP Community, so you can connect with others in the WordPress community. This community is for all walks of WordPress users from beginners to developers.

Why Join A Google+ Hangout on Air

Everyone always asks how to create valuable connections online? Whatever platform they are using, you need to leverage the connections and turn them into professional relationships with others in your industry. I have found that there is no better way to do this online other than simply talking to people. Simple as that may sound. Google+ Hangouts on Air provides one of the best methods possible to talk to people online. You really get to know them. So, with that in mind, please join us at one of our upcoming Google+ Hangouts on Air.

Building Audience & Authority with Google Authorship

Michael McAllister discussed how to use Google Authorship.

The first thing he discussed was how Google went from inbound links to verify search rankings to comment spam and link exchanges.

This was a problem that Google solved with algorithm updates and now authorship. Now need to make more reliable.

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To end the anonymity, they launched Google+.

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Google+ is not a Facebook killer, but a way to track info. This is why if you want search traffic you need to get on Google+.

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Step 1. Add a G+ photo.

Step 2. Add Contributor To Section in G+ profile

Step 3. Get Copy really long set of digits.

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Step 4. Add byline on WordPress and about page

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Step 5-Google Authorship Plugin, including Yoast SEO.

Step 6.- paste  Google+  in WP profile.

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Step 7.- Go to Google Webmasters and check red snippets.

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Step 8- If Authorship working you are done.

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While there are eight steps, the porocess that should be relatively simple.

Monthly Google Plus Hangout On Air For Social Media Community

The Social Media Community on Google Plus is having their monthly Hangout On Air. We encourage you to join us at 4 PM CST today to connect with others in the community, and join in on a lively topic on social media marketing. Please that this is a Google Hangout on Air, so the first 10 people can be on video, but the rest will have to listen in via chat and YouTube.

Google+ Hangout

To learn more about the event, please go to the event page for the Hangout.

Google Plus Hangout On Air Event Link

Unfortunately, due to the way Google set up their events, I will have to create the hangout on air a few minutes before the launch. However, I will share the link for the hangout on the Social Media Community Page.  So, make sure to go to our link right before the launch to get access to the hangout.

Social Media Community Page

Looking forward to seeing everyone today at the Social Media Community Google Plus Hangout!

Our Google+ Social Media Community Hit 1,000 Members. Let’s Celebrate Together!

Our Google+ Social Media Community just hit 1,000 members yesterday. In order to commemorate this milestone, I thought let’s party like we had 999 members. Or like we have over 1,000. Either way! This sounds like a great way for everyone on the community to connect.

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First G+ Social Media Community Photo Contest

content marketing strategySo, here is the grand plan for this shindig!

We are going to have a logo contest for the Social Media Community. Why? Because the current one that I designed kind of stinks the big one, and I thought it would be fun.  Plus, I have never done a photo contest before, so it will be interesting to see how this turns out.

What are the rules: For those who want to create a new logo, the rules are pretty simple. You need to create a logo that is better than the one we are currently have (see disturbingly ugly image to the right).

The theme for the community should revolve around either bravery, boldness, or social media. Some combination of the three is great as well. Furthermore, the image must be 250×200 pixels with at least a 72 DPI. You can use the bottom 10 pixels of the image to type your name or a web link (text link only). The image should be respectful of others (ie no swearing, cursing, harsh language, etc). That is it. Other than that you have free rein to do what you want with the image.

The winning logo will be the official logo for the

Google+ Social Media Community

The winner will be announced during the Social Media Community Hangout on Air Celebration March 28th at Noon CST.

 

The logo with the most positive votes wins!

And what do they win Alex…

In addition to the exposure on the Google+ PageOur Sponsors have provided the following cash and prizes valued at $171:

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  • justretweetsJust Retweet is offering  the following services on their site: 2 Weeks VIP membership plus featured on their website. Finally,  you receive 10,000 credits, so other users can share your content on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. ($65 Value)
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 Now, how do you get started?

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Thanks! If you have any questions, please comment down below in the comment area. Looking forward to having you join us on this epic social media logo contest.

How Google Became Evil

OK! This is the story that I hate writing about. It is the one generally left to the anemic papperazzi who have nothing better to do in their lives then find the slips and spills of the rich and famous. After all, as an entrepreneur I want to learn how people become successful. Not tear them down when they get there! Google used to be one of those companies I admired. They had a simple idea that was completely… admirable. Make the world an easier place to understand by classifying the content of the world in one place. A digital Library of Alexandria. For a while they made amazing strides in technology and corporate welfare.

However, the time has come when we have to say what is good about a company that goes out of it’s way to burn and pillage small business owners at their fancy.

Before I get to far, I want you to know that I am not a MacBook, Starbucks sipping yippie! I state this even though I have the following:

1. An Android Phone

2. Google Analytics Running All My Sites

3. Gmail and a G+ Account To Maintain Communications With The World

I use their services on a regular basis, so I try and refrain from the comment Google is Evil. For most of Google’s existence I considered them a rare breed of company that defies the usual corporate bullshit!

Who else would put complex mathematical equations with their phone number on it to build their IT team? What other company actually put in their Company Prospectus for their IPO, “Don’t Be Evil”.

However, they have crossed over. Into a land where Mr Burns would warmly invite Google into their Illuminati circle, while Doctor Doom and the Green Goblin could round off their trio!

Where do I find the gall to make these accusations? Below I lay out for you three reasons why I think the company has turned to the dark side.

1. Google seems to lately to be going out of it’s way to harm small business owners and bloggers. I will admit that I lost a large part of my traffic lately from Google. The funny thing is that I am still pretty close to the same number of opt-ins and likes as I was before the drop. So, if Google had never cut my traffic I would never have known how crappy their traffic was in the first place.  For that I say thanks!

However, when looked at as an aggregate I see a lot of danger in their recent moves. This is a post from SearchEngineWatch.Com

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As they point out in Search Engine Watch,

See that bit there? It seems to imply that you’re guilty until proven innocent. That indeed links that are out of your control may actually hurt you and that you need to actually go and tell Google that they aren’t yours.

Essentially, Google is now penalizing you for sites that link to you. The entire basis of their original PageRank system was on backlinks from other sites. Now we have gone from that being at the center of search relevance to the detriment of a site’s search existence!

Talk about messed up!

Who let the strait jacket into that party?

2. Google is sabotaging Facebook. While some of this is conjecture, I saw the recent post from Dino Dogan about how Facebook and other Google competing applications are having problems on Google Chrome.

While, I can not confirm this at the moment, I recommend you read Dino’s post to learn more about how Google might be sabotaging their competitors.

3. The Frackin’ Critters. I think Google enjoys it’s role as disruptor too much! Why else would they create a system that is secret to everyone outside of their own inner circle.

Their updates generally have the internet marketing crowd in a tizzy for days, if not weeks and months on end. It is their way of displaying their power! Just like a dictator having the troops march in the city.

No matter if only a  small percentage of sites have been effected in each launch, cumulatively I estimate close to 26% of websites have now been dramatically effected by the Google Penguin and Panda changes since February, 2011.

This information is based on the changelog at Trademark Productions.

If you want to correct me on these numbers, please do. I would love for you to prove that I added in too many sites for their revisions. However, from what I see Google is slowly eliminating a large swath of small business sites. What other answer could there be to Google’s recent purging!

Every SEO company worth it’s salt now knows that it has to create quality content to survive. The internet has long lived on the idea of “Content as King.” The recent explosion of WordPress blogs only goes to further this point.

How then at the height of so many sites with great content are so many of them being picked off by and large by Google? If you do it a little at a time then no one notices right? Well, the time has come when they stepped a bit too far. Something is not right with these changes. Every instinct in my body tells me that there is something we are missing here.

This leads me to the initial question of this blog post, How Google Became Evil?

I would have to say from the evidence above that fear, as always, played a role in this massive shift. Google over the past year has had a fanatical, almost fervent desire to push Google+ in everyone’s face. By all accounts, their efforts have reached some traction as their 250 million members now demonstrates.

However, Google has lost a lot in the past year as well! This push has shown a lot of people that Google has lost it’s way in a modern world full of social interactions.  Maybe as they were cowering in 2010 at the idea of Facebook being the largest site in the world they looked around, and saw a future without their vision of the future.

When you have lived with an idea of who you are for so long, looking in the mirror to see the warts becomes painful. In my opinion, Google turned off the lights when they looked in the mirror. They then bravely beat their chests telling themselves we are Google, and can do anything we want.

Over the past few years they have embarked on a crusade to get back to relevant. However, their crusades became bloody like most crusades do.  And that is how Google became evil. In the streets of Jerusalem, with the “blood up to their ankles” we see now how far their fervent belief  will go to succeed.

The bigger question is what can we do to stop this travesty? That is something internet marketers and bloggers must come together to discover. For no longer, can we sit and watch. One of my favorite lines from history is Edmund Burkes. “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

I therefore propose those who are interested in making a difference share this information with their friends. Let everyone know what Google is doing. When everyone is aware of this, Google will be forced to turn on the light. One blog can not face down an empire of evil. However,  together we can make a difference.

History of Gmail

Gmail has become one of the highly used mail services in the world. Gmail is short for Google mail and it is one of the services offered by search engine pioneers, Google. Google is also a relatively new company when you compare it with the likes of Hotmail and Rediff, and for its service to have made a mark so quickly, there must be something special about Gmail. This article will take you through the development of Gmail in chronological order.

Started Back In 2004

We can trace the beginnings of Gmail to 2004 when email was not so extensively used as it is being used today. One of the selling points of Gmail was that it was a free web based mail service but so were Yahoo, Hotmail and Rediff. But Gmail also supported advertising in a different way and that was what probably made it one of the preferred mail services.

Paul Buchheit, Founder Of Gmail

Gmail was one of the many projects of Google’s founder Paul Buchheit and it had started out years ago on his desk space, before it was offered officially to the public. What started out as an internal email system for Google employees expanded into one of the most widely used email services in the world.

Long Beta Phase

Gmail had a prolonged beta phase of almost 5 years, which phase began in 2004. The company invited around a 1000 experts to open their accounts and gave them liberty to send invites to their friends and family. The trials officially started on the 21st of March, 2004.

April Fool’s Day Joke?

Google had acquired a reputation of being a company that played practical jokes on its patrons and since the company had announced the launch of the service on April 1st 2004, many people thought that it was one of those jokes. But these rumors were later dispelled when the company’s head cleared the air on national television.

Gmail Acquires Popularity Over Time

As more users were inducted into the Gmail community, the popularity of the service also grew and created frenzy. People started selling Gmail invitations on eBay and interestingly, there were many who wanted to buy them even though the price was as high as $150.

Over the years, Gmail has witnessed a number of changes in terms of the technicalities involved, the features offered and also the user interface. Over the history of Gmail, the email platform’s  popularity has only grown over the years; and there is no reason why it should not in the future also.

Grace is an expert with Cirrus Insight. Her interests lies primarily in writing and she loves to write about internet technology and marketing.

Google+ Basics – Social Networking Basics Week

We round out Social Networking Basics week with Google+ Basics today. Covering the new Social Kid on The Block. Not to be confused with the New Kids On The Block(ugh!) we will delve into how this social network is forcefully becoming a major player in social networking.

Just remember that you do not need to be active in every network we discussed this week, but it is definitely recommended that you take one of the networks we have discussed and take it for a spin to see how it fits your business. Use the post today and the ones on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn Basics as a guideline to get you started.

Google+ Basics Video Tutorial

Google+ Basics Action Steps

  1. As with all of the other social networks, make sure that you have your profile set up.
  2. Start integrating your other Google products with Google+.
  3. Connect with people in your area and targeted prospects.
  4. Comment on other peoples information. Get active with others on Google+, including hangouts.

Google+ is still in it’s infancy, so there are bound to be some bumps and bruises as you grow your social influences on this site. The good thing is that you will grow naturally as the social network grows, which means more potential for business over the long haul. In the meantime, you have your new Google+ Basics tutorial to help you navigate these waters safely.

How to Use Google+ For Your Content Marketing Strategy

With more than 250  million users, Google+ has proved its popularity and has asserted that it deserves SMB’s (Small and Medium-Sized Businesses) content marketing plan and time investment. Because of that, many small businesses are using Google+ to market their product. Though Google+ is still new, using its content marketing strategy  is the best way to kick start your business. Here are six ways to find success in your business using this social networking site .

google plus oneUse formatting to grab reader’s attention

Though content of your website is crucial, your site will attract more people only if you format the content effectively. If your site suffers from poor display and readability problems, the visitors will not be able to process the content easily.  The content on Google+ keeps changing rapidly, making it essential to format the updates for effective readability and visibility. Google+ allows you to make your content pop up on  the viewer’s Google+ timeline through formatting codes for ‘bold’, ‘italic’ and ‘strike-through’.

Include Hashtags and +Mentions

Since, most entrepreneurs are on Google+ to improve their brand awareness and visibility, it offers two features called hashtags and +Mentions. These features help you increase traffic and brand awareness for your site. Mention is a feature similar to ‘@’ing ‘ option on Facebook and Twitter. The main purpose behind developing +Mention is to let brands and people know that you have mentioned them on your wall so that they might share the content with other people.

Hashtags have now become an important aspect of internet overnight. Hashtags are used in   social media sites like Twitter helping us understand online conversations. When you attach hashtags to your status updates, you will see that Google immediately links the hashtag to the search results for your Google+ query. You can attract more traffic if you link your status to Google+ queries.

Visuals are important

You can improve the content marketing technique by sharing images. Google+ places lot of importance on photos. You can also create images that suit the content of your blog articles and share it. You can attract more users to your site by sharing personal information about your office and staff.

Make use of targeted sharing

The best feature about Google+ is that it allows you to share content within the segmented circles that you create. You have the option of defining your audience and also provide content specifically targeted to them. You can create segmented circles like customers, blog commenters, local businesses and vendors. After you create your circles, you can make them visible to everyone and share content.

Participate in real-time conversations

Google+ offers a special feature where you can have conversations with your visitors using the real-time chat facility. You can post questions, blogs, advertise your product on your wall and get responses from visitors instantly. Before expanding your content ideas, make sure you know what your audience expect from you. You can market your product better by posting videos and adding links to your site.

Grace is a senior writer with  Godot Media, a content writing service firm. She is a talented copywriter  and her interests ranges from social media, blogging to following web technologies and trends.