ActiveRain Tutorials: Now you really need to get into Google Plus

Now you really need to get into Google Plus

Social Search went live this morning on Google.  No, not Google Plus – but GOOGLE, the mothership of the internet.  They’ve been hinting that social has been influencing the Google algorithm for a while and as of today there’s no more hinting.  It’s in your face.  Bamm!

Here’s how a search for an Irish Pub in NY looks to me.  Remember, I’m in San Francisco.  You can see there’s 30 of my friends that have recommendations for me. irish pub nyc recomendations

Google has placed that right at the top!

irish pub nyc I didn’t know I even had 30 friends in NYC, let alone personal recommendations for me.

The truth is, they might be friends, but they might also be friends of friends.  That means they might be someone you don’t recognize, don’t know and yet they just influenced your search result!  Wow!  They might have written a review on Yelp, or uploaded a picture to Posterous, or liked a YouTube video.  Those are the rare instances.  The majority of what shows up as a ‘recommendation’ in search is either a share to Google Plus or just a simple +1 by them.

That’s why, even though you don’t think you need another social network, you do need to understand what’s happening.  Lucky for you, we have help!

January 16th, 2012 1PM Eastern- Understanding The New Google+ with Mike Mueller

Join us with special guest presenter Mike Mueller for an in depth look at the Google+ social network including how to drive traffic back to your website as well as the NEW Business Pages. In this webinar we’ll discuss:

  • What is Google+?
  • Step-by-step walkthrough on how to get started
  • Current useful Google+ applications for business
  • How to keep Google+ from becoming a time suck.
  • Understanding how to use this new Social Search to your advantage

With over 62 million users already on Google+, this is a network to definitely consider in your online marketing plan. This is a free webinar with limited seating, so sign up now! Register Here

Originally Posted at: 210 Consulting- Social Media Advisors

I'm a full time Myrtle Beach Real Estate Agent that focuses on homes for sale in Myrtle Beach and Carolina Forest Real Estate.


 Search Myrtle Beach Homes  


Let me help you find your next dream home here in Myrtle Beach.


I am also the Co-Founder of 210 Consulting- Social Media Advisors.  I have traveled the country as a social media speaker.  If you would like more information on any of the topics discussed in this blog, please contact me directly.  We specialize in social media training, online consulting, and the creation of your own custom WordPress site.


Get a Custom WordPress Site


Also, let's connect on these great social networks:

Follow Me on Twitter   Follow Me on Facebook   Lets get Linkedin      Follow my Photo Stream on Flickr   Myrtle Beach Real Estate Videos

Comment balloon 23 commentsJeremy Blanton • January 13 2012 01:19PM


Wow... this is really interesting. I'm sure that many of us don't know this and it will be for great discussion as to what we need to do next. Thanks for the headsup.. I'm going to suggest!

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) about 8 years ago

Ugh, I feel like Google is almost blackmailing me into being active on Google+ now. I'm not prepared to suffer the consequences if I don't play ball.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 8 years ago

Sounds like another site to track what I do. I got off Facebook because they wouldn't let me back after disabling cookies and I bet this site does the same.

Posted by Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS (Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Thanks for the info! I am on google+ but don't do much with it . . . time to make a point to do more with it!


Posted by Michele Sims (Affinity Real Estate, LLC) about 8 years ago

I saw this too on one of my searches for something.  I need to really get cracking on figuring this all out or I am going to miss the boat. -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - about 8 years ago

Thanks Jeremy! I hadn't noticed the change in search results but definitely interesting, to say the least

Posted by Diane McDermott, Charlotte NC Real Estate Market (Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC) about 8 years ago

This change just happened this past week, so it is super important to try & get ahead of the curve.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 8 years ago

Jeremy - I think it is important to stay up on all these changes. Thanks for offering this to the AR crowd.  I'l be listening in if possible.  Hey everyone this is a FREE webinare thanks to Jeremy!


Featured in BananaTude

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 8 years ago

Jeremy - You are probably signed into a social network or Google when you are conducting your search.  To reduce bias, you may want to logout before searching.

Posted by FN LN about 8 years ago

Oh NO!! Now I feel like I have to be active not only on Facebood, Linkedin, twitter, wordpress, but also on Google +

It is too much!!!!


Posted by Tatyana Makarov, Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 8 years ago

thanks for the information. I will be registering for the webinar as I see this is something that warrants attention and time learning.

Posted by Ken Brandon, Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage (Jacksonville, NC)) about 8 years ago

Marc- did you read the post?  The post is about social search and the implementation of Google+ into how people will search now.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 8 years ago

Looksl ike a great class.  I'll try to swing by if I'm able.  People often avoid google, worried they might be trying to take over the world.  I say it's inevitable so jump in with both feet!

Posted by Rich Cederberg, eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque (eXp Realty) about 8 years ago

Jeremy, I would love to attend the class but have a DR. appointment at that time. Shoot, is there a way to watch the webinar later?  Bummed I'll miss it.


Posted by Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate, Broker, Results Real Estate (Results Real Estate 801.580.5624) about 8 years ago

Kim- if you can't make it, make sure to still register.  Hopefully I will be able to get a good recording which will be shared with those who attend the webinar.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 8 years ago

I'm in.  Thank you for posting and for giving me another reason to follow up on my 2012 resolution to become familiar with, and use, Google+.  Like with all things social media, I have learned that I don't regret the effort.  Instead, I usually recognize that I should have started much sooner. 

Thank you again!

Posted by Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County (Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA) about 8 years ago

That's an interesting observation.  I had seen my own social network items up there in search results but never something from my "friends".  Google+ has been picking up more lately.  I'll have to go back and check how and what I have in there to see what people might get from me in their search results.

Posted by Bryan Robertson about 8 years ago

Just signed up - timing should work perfect.  Thanks again Jeremy! Enjoy your weekend!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 8 years ago

Wow!  Very interesting stuff.  Would love to take the class but have other commitments.  I'll keep an eye out for more.  Thakns so much for sharing!

Posted by Chris Hardy, Northern Colorado Real Estate (Elevations Real Estate, LLC about 8 years ago

Jeremy, I am sick that I missed THE Presentation.  I hope you will consider a repeat!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 8 years ago

Jeremy...Looks like someone must have deleted a prior comment, I hesitated to leave comment #22. Thanks as always for the "Tech" - side of blogging .

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) about 8 years ago

Michelle Carr-Crowe for someone with so many points, I'm surprised at your comment. It's against impolite to promote yourself and link off in a comment on some else's post.

Jeremy, great information, thanks for sharing (I mean it!).

Posted by Leslie Ebersole, I help brokers build businesses they love. (Swanepoel T3 Group) about 8 years ago

Ok Lord I am so lost! Can I go back and view this presentation on uTube or some other platform?

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) almost 8 years ago