• shaycw

    Fantastic guide on G+ posts and profiles Brian. I didn’t know about the little asterisk trick to bold the title, and there were a few other things I had even thought about before. Thanks for the post and keep these great G+ posts coming!

  • Brian Jensen

    Thanks for the feedback Shay, I’m glad you found post helpful! There are a few other style tips on Google+ like -strikethrough- and _italics_ that you can use for emphasis in your posts.

  • Dennis, ListsUK

    Great post, Brian – thank you. Some really helpful tips; we’ll be sharing this :)

  • Stacie Walker


    I think you knocked the ball out of the park with this post about understanding Google+. Your content is easy to read and I love the screenshots. The screenshots bring your content to life.


  • Brian Jensen

    You’re welcome Dennis, I happy to hear you found it useful!

  • Brian Jensen

    Thanks Stacie! Images and other rich media are a key component to keeping your audience interested and engaged – my goal is to start incorporating small videos into my posts soon. :)

  • James T

    Really well done Brian, I always appreciate the effort you put into your work. This will be very helpful!

  • Brian Jensen

    Thanks James, I appreciate it!

  • Zachary

    I feel really dumb asking this question… But I’m trying to dig into the source code as well…I only find Zachary Palmer – Google+ in the source. What tool (it looks like you are using the web developer tool) or specific method are you using to find the Brian Jensen – Google+ Google Plus: The Ultimate Guide To Ultimate Guides by the way – Great post. Forcing me to look at things in Google+ a little more closely.

  • Zachary

    I figured out the answer to my own question – It was a dumb question. I was clicking on the wrong area… It’s still too early for me. *smh*

  • Stephen

    I’m done with G+, to the point of deleting my profile there. A shame they have profiles so tied up with G+, and I’ve been there from the first day after coming from Buzz. Google is a long way from getting streams etc right. In fact I feel they are going backwards fast.
    I feel it’s more a broadcast situation there now, it’s used to be about great interaction but that is long gone. For broadcast I prefer twitter.

  • Brian Jensen

    Hi Stephen, thanks for the comment. In order to manage my stream, I have users grouped in to categories that are reflective of their areas of expertise e.g. social media, SEO, relationship building. I can control what’s displayed in my feed by selecting the circle from the “More” menu.

  • Brian Jensen

    No worries Zachary, feel free to reach back out with any additional comments or insight!

  • simon

    Very useful post! Thank you Brian..Is there indication what information Google uses to decide if a post gets indexed or not?

  • Brian Jensen

    All my research is inconclusive at this point. I’ve looked at engagement (+1s, reshares, comments), post length, link shares vs. photo shares and haven’t been able to uncover a rhyme or reason as to why some posts get indexed and others don’t.

  • Santosh wagh

    Awesome post Brian. Truly appreciable. Google+ is going to be a vital part of Social media optimization. My company recently received great SMO Services including Google+ from a SMO Company in Mumbai.
    Can you help me with the next future of Google+ in the field of social media marketing? I would like to know your opinion on this. Thanks.

  • Luxury Accommodations

    Hi Brian. Thanks for sharing this. After reading your piece, I was curious so I decided to run a search to see how many Google Plus posts are indexed in Google search, using your tip above (site: Big surprise! Only three!!! I thought that this might be normal, so I started checking other profiles and pages, and soon I realized that is something wrong with our Google Plus page. Everyone else’s posts are indexed, except ours.

    I was wondering if you can help me with a tip or something. Is there a setting somewhere, something that I forgot to check that stops the posts being indexed by Google search? Any help would be appreciated. Our Google Plus posts are very popular and we have plenty of followers.

    Thank you!

  • Brian Jensen

    Hi Luxury Accommodations, thanks for the comment and great question! It’s obvious from looking at your page, that your posts seem to be resonating with your audience. I’ve been trying to uncover a rhyme or reason as to why some posts get indexed and others do not. Did you recently claim your vanity URL? When a perform a site: search using your 21 numeric profile ID I see 731 results indexed:

  • Brian Jensen

    Thanks Simon, I’m happy you found the post useful! unfortunately I’ve been unable to determine why some posts get indexed while others do not. I’ve looked at engagement, total word count in the post and comments, and there doesn’t seem to be any strong correlations.

  • Luxury Accommodations

    Thank you for your reply and for looking into this. You are right, I’ve noticed that when I search with the ID number there are more posts indexed. I’ve claimed the vanity URL when Google launched it, several months ago, I believe. I also noticed(when searching with the ID number) that there is only one post indexed in the past year):

    I really don’t understand why. Is Google Plus having a support center where I can submit a ticket? I am curious if someone else has this problem. Once again, thank you so much for your support, you are the reason I found out about this problem:)