Should You Start Your Own Google+ Community?
The short answer is yes…but only with a few provisos that you’d need to consider first, not the least of all is that if you start something it should not “die” as it will reflect on you and your own online reputation too!
Huh….might be the first thing you think of, so to explain let me try to rationalize the commitment that you’d have to make to enable both a vital community and your own mirrored reputation.
Next, why? Why would you want to add work – and yes, it’s work indeed – to your own very busy daily (note I said DAILY) list of tasks?Well as in all things, if you create a community that provides discussion/talk/opinions on a topic, then that’s where the other like-minded folks will appear to find value in the community itself. Simple, really….if you are into UFOs, then you’d join the Google+ UFO community (there’s lots, eh!) and find the one you like and visit often to see what’s new.
Martin Shervington, over at socialmediaexaminer.com has a great new piece up on the actual “how-to” to create a community – and his advice is stellar….go here to see same….and then do go to his own site to see much more on Google+! This guy knows social media!!!
Next, once your community is up and running, it’s up to you to get it some press/PR/exposure…so that folks join same to see what your community is all about…and then make the commitment to be a member of same.
Julie Neidlinger over at coschedule.com has a great piece here on some of the factors involved in the creation a new Google+ community…and don’t forget to scroll way way down to see her ideas on unique uses of same….
Lastly, my own advice on the actual tasks of running a community are pretty much what you’d expect. You need to update it daily as the community owner. You need real live member’s who’ll post community news too….again on a regular basis. You need a ‘tipping point’ it’s true, to get past the ‘newbie’ stage….and into the real live community world.
Else all this is for naught.
You tried and you failed. So….if you’ve learned that everything is on Google, you’ll know that others will know – in your own channel that is – thaat you tried to start a community and it failed. Not a good thing. In fact, don’t even bother to do this if you even contemplate that you might fail. Better to have not tried than to fail…that’s the best advice I can give, eh!
Note – I thought that I would list my own communites here – but there’s too too many (more’n 40+) but here’s the ones I every single day drop by for a look/see at what’s new, eh!
- Game of Thrones – Song of Ice & Fire Series Fans
- Google Authorship & AuthorRank
- Canadians – Canada Group
- Community Moderators