A Quick & Easy Way To Publish Your Blog To Google Plus

I’m very picky about my social share automation.

However, since the +1 button on the post will not publish to my Page, I often find that I neglect getting blog posts shared over there.

Fortunately, now that Hootsuite can publish to Google+ Pages, it’s easy to set up a little automation to take care of this for now.

It’s simple enough to take advantage of the RSS Feeds tool that is built right into Hootsuite!

screenshot of the RSS feed tool in hootsuite, being used to connect to a Google+ page

Steps To Use Hootsuite To Publish Your Blog’s RSS To Your Google Page

1. Open & log in to Hootsuite.com

2. Hover over the left panel and in the pop-out, under Settings, you will find “RSS/Atom” (click it).

3. Near the top of the RSS/Atom settings in Hootsuite, you will see a [+] button. (click it)

4. This opens the “Add RSS/Atom Feed” panel.

5. Fill in the form:

Feed URL: Your site’s feed URL, by default on WordPress that is http:// yourdomain.com/feed

a. Profile To Send To: Select Your Google+ Page. (Here’s how to connect hootsuite to google+)

b. Check Interval: Select the longest one that is appropriate for your site. I occasionally publish several times per day and at odd hours so I have selected hourly for this blog/account. However, many sites are perfect at 24hrs.

c. Send Up To: one post at a time

d. Include Text From Post: Uncheck

e. Prepend Text: (optional) I entered ”New Blog Post: ” (pay attention to use a space at the end if you use this feature)

f. URL Shortener: ow.ly

g. Click “Save Feed” (and you’re done)

It’s as simple as that to get your website’s feed being auto-published to your Google+ Business page!

As noted in the post on connecting Google+ to Hootsuite, Google+ Profile integration does not yet exist.

I hope it doesn’t need to be stated that repeated sharing of blog posts is actually an easy way to identify you as “not present” on a social site and thus as a spammer. Even though the posts lack an app tag, lack of truly engaging commentary mixed in will make you look bad.

As always, caveat emptor….

Are you regularly sharing your blog contents to your Google+ Page and Profile?

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