Have you already earned that badge on Google+? Well, you can always uncircle everyone who didn’t circle you back. Then circle other Google Plus users. And then again uncircle the offenders who don’t like your blue eyes. And so on, running in circles…
But there’s a better solution… Why not improving your timeline and your behavior? This is a long-term solution.
If you’re interested in applying this alternative, let me reveal my biggest pet peeves…
Before starting, let me clarify something: if you add bots or human bots to your circles, no article in the world can help you.
Now let’s get started…
Stop Adding Random People to Your Google Plus Circles
That’s gambling. I can’t help but laugh and move on every time when a “Help for New Moms” user adds me to their circles. No, thanks, what can I say?
Adding random people to your circles is like the untargeted advertising. You may get some prospects, but it’s not an effective method. You lose time and therefore money.
Remove the Community Posts from Your Google Plus Timeline
If you discovered Google Plus communities, then you know that they are a reliable source of traffic. After you share the same article 10 times in 10 different communities… what does your timeline look like? Awful! The same thing posted again and again.
As opposed to the human bots, the real users will check your timeline before adding you back to their circles. You don’t want to show them a page where they can see the same thing repeated a lot of times. Will you read this article if you see that the first paragraph is repeated ten times? Won’t you leave the page quickly? Both situations are similar.
How to solve this issue? Modify your Google Plus Settings …
Nothing on Your Google Plus Timeline?
Any social media timeline, be it a Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus timeline, is the mirror which tells the world, “That’s me, that’s how I am, this is what I usually share!”
If there’s nothing posted on your timeline, why should I circle you back? Gimme a reason… Your nice haircut and your “Internet Marketing Specialist” tagline aren’t valid reasons.
Oh, I almost forgot, posting ads all day long falls under this section too. There’s still nothing on your timeline ;-)
Next one… I love it…
Stop asking everyone “What’s up?” That’s not social media networking.
If you circled me for no reason, your “What’s up” has no value anyway. If you circled me because you like my posts, then show it. I repeat it: show it. Like & share my posts and/or comment on my posts.
This is how you can create relationships, not by asking me “What’s up” while not liking anything I shared.
And if your plan is to answer the replies like this: “I’m into this amazing biz opp bla bla”, that is even worse! Forget about it.
The last one… It’s adorable…
Sharing Anything Directly with Me Is Annoying. Or Spam!
If I already circled you back and you share a post directly with me, that’s annoying. I’ll mute you and uncircle you.
If I didn’t circle you back and you share a post directly with me, that’s spam. I’ll mute you and report you to Google Plus.
If you email me using the feature “Also send email to [name of the circle]”, that’s spam. 100% spam. By adding me to your circles you didn’t get my permission to send me emails. Even if I add you back, it still doesn’t mean that I subscribed to your crappy emails.
I’ve heard some noobs saying, “If that’s spam, why did Google add such features?”
Sorry, that’s a dumb question. If you get a Gmail email address and you send emails to everyone on this planet, is that OK just because technically it is possible due to the same well-intentioned Google?
All these features are made available by Google Plus because there are situations when it’s appropriate to use them. For example, add your family members to your circle “Family” and share posts with them, email them, do whatever you want. I guess your mom won’t consider that you’re a spammer, will she?
To Your Google Plus Success!
P.S. What are your pet peeves? What Google+ mistakes bother you? Did I miss anything? Feel free to let me know using the comment section below ;-)