If you have not yet already made the move to Google Plus, I am about to give you six reasons why you should. If you have already made the move and are either fully up and running or still just getting your feet wet, I’m about to give you my list of six Google Plus influencers that you need to add to your Google Plus Circles.
A mistake that I think a lot of people make when they first start using Google Plus (I know I did), is they go around circling all of the “big names” in whatever field they are interested in (in my case, SEO, blogging, and web mastering) along with dozens or hundreds of other people they happen to see. After doing this what I ended up with was a very Facebook-like stream, full of cat pictures, daily motivations, and as many stale reshared posts and pages as a RSS reader stuck on “full-blast”.
It was easy to weed-out the low quality people that I circled, or just move them into a circle of their own, but that left me with all of the the “big names”. After following a dozen or so of these “big names” and ‘experts’ for a while, I have found that I’m not actually learning much from them. It seems that the more famous you are, the fewer quality posts you need to make – and who can blame them right?
But buried in between the low-quality Google Plussers and the ‘big names’, almost like tiny hidden diamonds in the rough, I have been able to find my influencers. These people are the cream of the crop in my Google Plus Circles that actually share helpful information, know what they are talking about & and what they are doing, and are genuine assets to Google Plus.
If you have any interest Blogging, online marketing, SEO, etc (and if you read my blog, you probably do), I highly suggest that you circle all of these people:
The owner of TekPersona Corporation, J.C. knows everything about branding and marketing, but he is not your standard “internet marketing guru”. J.C. tells it like it is, even if you don’t want to hear it, often making me wonder if he is my long lost twin brother
Larry is an intelligent, honest, trustworthy person that can teach a life-lesson just as well as how to setup a WordPress blog.
Honestly, I don’t know if Lyndon NA is a person, a company or an auto-bot, and it doesn’t matter. Lyndon NA constantly shares quality SEO and webmastering/blogging related items with just a light sprinkling of 100% cat picture-free humorous posts.
Digital Outreach Director for Virante, Inc, Mark is a true expert in all that is social media, particularly Google Plus and Google Plus Authorship. Mark is very active and helpful in several communities, always shares new and unique content (often his own) about social media, SEO, Authorship and Google Plus and he is probably one of the very few people on Google Plus (or any social media) with a very large following, that will actually take the time to help anyone/everyone.
If you want to learn more about using Google Plus Hangouts, YouTube, or anything with the word “video” in it, circle Ronnie now. He’s also a nice guy!
Jesse runs wojdylofinance.com and is the Google Plus social-butterfly. Jesse is also known as the “Nostradamus of Google Plus”.
If you want to learn about SEO, building a presence on Google Plus, how to use Google Plus to drive traffic to your website, or how to “pull the bitches”, Jesse is one to circle and follow.
These people are by no means the only high quality influencers in my circles but I wanted to keep this list short so I did the best that I cloud to keep it limited to those most closely related to my interests (SEO, webmastering, blogging, marketing, and social media).
I can guarantee you that by circling these six people and closely watching who they follow and who follows them, you will start finding your own diamonds in the rough.