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How to Use Google+ in 2016

A Complete Guide for Busy People
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Created by The Red Yeti
Last updated 2/2016
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Are you ready to learn How to Use Google Plus? You've heard of it, maybe even dabbled with it, but do you truly know how to use it?

In this course you will learn:

  • How to create profiles
  • How to create and use Collections and Communities
  • How to find and use Hashtags to significantly increase your post’s reach
  • How to use Google+ to directly email people you may not even have an email address for
  • How to navigate the new User Interface
  • Privacy Settings
  • And so much more!

Fun Fact 1: This course is for people who are tired of being cooped up on Facebook trying to find folks that you met at some distant point in your life.

Google+ is a different type of social network. Its focus is on content more than existing relationships. That means it is a great place to share your ideas and thoughts and meet others with similar views and passions. In essence, Google+ is where you can meet new people and expand your sphere of influence.

Fun Fact 2:

Social media doesn’t have to be an all consuming wall of content about your friends, their cats, meals, and problems. With Google+ you can have a social stream that only displays content from those you want to see content from. With Google+ social media can be fun again!

Fun Fact 3:

The information that I'm sharing in this course is the same information that I use in my business to help local small businesses create their own social media presence and market themselves online. That means you can learn from me now and help businesses in your area tomorrow! OR If you are a small business owner, you can learn directly from me on how I do things so that you can save your hard earned money and setup your own profile and pages.

Who is the target audience?
  • This Course is designed for anyone interested in learning to how use Google+ personally or to market their brand, business, or cause.
  • The Course is Built With the Assumption that You May Have Never Used Google Plus Before.
  • This course is especially well suited for local business owners, operators, or marketers who are looking to increase their online presence using social media - without being bogged down with a lot of fluffy content.
  • This course is not for anyone who is not interested in using social media or does not plan to market themselves, their cause(s), or their business online at any point in the future.
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What Will I Learn?
This course will give you a thorough understanding of how to use Google+ whether you are just starting out or have used the platform before.
This course will walk you through everything from registering a Google+ account to creating Collections and Communities.
This course will even show you how to email contacts even if you do not have their email address!
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  • Students do not need to know anything about Google+ before taking this course.
  • You will be required to have access to an internet connection.
  • You will be required to have access to Google+
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 26 Lectures Collapse All 26 Lectures 01:41:11
2 Lectures 04:23

This is the same video as the promotional video. I've added the video to the course curriculum for anyone who may have purchased the course without seeing the promo video.

If you didn't watch the promo video, I recommend taking a moment to view this as it provides context for this entire course. In my opinion, it is well worth taking a couple minutes to see where we are going.

Preview 04:05

This lesson will show students how to navigate through the course, especially if they already have experience with Google+

Navigating Through This Course
Google+ Overview
3 Lectures 12:10

At the end of this lecture, students will understand what Google+ is and how it is unique as a social network. Understanding the uniqueness of Google+ will provide students with the ability to use the service more effectively.

Preview 02:34

At the end of this lesson, students will understand the benefits to using Google+ personally.

Preview 05:34

At the end of this lesson, students will understand why their business, brand, or cause should be utilizing Google+ to reach a broader audience. This lesson will also show students two brands effectively utilizing Google+ to reach over 8 Million people.

Why Use Google+ as a Brand

This quiz will test your understanding about Google+

Google+ Overview
1 question
1 Lecture 03:50

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to create their own Google+ Account. Furthermore, students will understand what email service is the best to use for new account creation - and why.

Setting Up Google+

Google+ Setup
2 questions
The New User Interface
2 Lectures 05:02

This video is a basic overview of the new UI that Google released in late 2015.

The New User Interface Overview

This video will familiarize students with the main menu and various elements of how it now works.

The Google+ Menu

New UI
1 question
The Stream
5 Lectures 14:35

At the end of this lesson, students will understand what and where the home stream is. They will understand how it is populated and how they can decrease the amount of content on the stream and/or make the content more relevant to only what they want to see.

Overview of Google+ Stream

At the end of this lecture, students will know how to create the various types of content on Google+

Creating Content

By the end of this lesson, students will know how to +1 content, comment on the content, and share the content. They will also be aware of the implications of these actions on their personal privacy. Finally, students will know how to mute content or report abusive content.

Interacting with Posts

By the end of this lesson students will know how to adjust any content that they share. Specifically, they will know how to:

  • Disable Comments on Posts They Have Created
  • Disable the Ability for Others to Share Posts They Have Created
  • How to Delete Posts They Have Created
  • How to Edit Posts They Have Created
  • And How to Mute Posts They Have Created
How to Disable Comments, Stop Sharing, Edit, Delete, and Mute Posts

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to quickly mute and block any profile. Additionally, students will understand the process of muting and blocking and can easily apply this information to Collections and Communities.

How to Mute and Block Profiles

The Stream
2 questions
3 Lectures 08:02

In this lesson students learn what a Collection is. By the end of the lesson, students will understand the inherent power in using Collections to build an audience craving content from you - based upon the Collection Topic.

Overview of Google+ Collections

By the end of this video, students will know how to create collections. Specifically:

  • Who can see the Collections
  • How to Customize the Appearance of the Collection
  • How to Boost the Initial Collection Follower Count by Including People Following You
  • The Exact Specifications for Collection Header Images
How to Use Google+ Collections

By the end of this lesson, students will know how to delete collections that they no longer want to maintain. They will also understand that deleting a Collection cannot be undone.

How to Delete a Collection from Google+

1 question
3 Lectures 18:49

By the end of this lesson students will understand the difference between Communities and Collections. How to find Communities to follow. Students will also see how to join a community. Finally, students will see how Communities can be used to build traffic to a blog, vlog, YouTube channel, online store, or other website.

Overview of Google+ Communities

By the end of this lesson, students will see how to create and customize Communities. They will also see how to add additional organizational elements to a Community so that it operates a bit more like a forum. They will also be able to see how to change the privacy settings on a Community. Finally, students will learn how to promote Community members to Managers and even to transfer ownership of the Community.

How to Create and Use a Community in Google+

By the end of this lesson, students will know how to delete Communities that they no longer want to maintain. They will also understand that deleting a Community cannot be undone.

How to Delete a Community from Google+

2 questions
Google+ For Your Business
2 Lectures 06:31

By the end of this lesson students will see how to access and create business pages.

How to Create a Brand or Business Page

By the end of this video, students will be able to effectively customize the appearance of their Business Page.

How to Customize Your Google+ Brand or Business Page
2 Lectures 09:04

At the end of this lecture, students will know what hashtags are and how to create them.

Hashtag Overview

At the end of this lecture, students will know where to research hashtags to find trending topics and increase traffic to their posts.

Hashtag Research
Extra Topics
3 Lectures 18:45

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to embed any visible Google+ post onto their website using HTML or WordPress.

How to Embed a Google+ Post to Your Website

In this lesson students will learn how to contact anyone in their Google+ Circles - even if they don't know their specific email address. Students will also be exposed to the limitations of this feature and given a fair warning on its use (and reminded about Google's strict stance on SPAM).

Ninja Email Tactic

In this lecture we discuss various Privacy Settings available within Google Plus. At the end of this lecture, a student should be comfortable navigating through the various settings menus to apply their desired security settings. In addition, students will be able to edit their profile to ensure only information they want to be public is accessible on their profile page.

Google+ Privacy Settings
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