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What NOT to Share in Google+ Communities

What NOT to Share in Google+ Communities

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I know that some people dislike rules but the reality of life is there are rules and guidelines to make things flow. Google+ communities are one of those places.

When you decide to join or participate in a Google+ community, please review the guidelines prior to posting. Each community has it’s own rules that the moderators follow when deciding to remove a post or a person from a community.

Some common rules

1. No link litter.

What is link litter? (And how to avoid it.)http://bit.ly/VFT3D3

Short version: link litter is dropping just the link or only one sentence.

2. Use the proper category when posting.

3. Be respectful of the community and it’s members.

4. Add value to the group by posting quality content and engaging with other posts.

5. If you don’t follow the community guidelines, your post may be removed and you may be banned from the community.

6. Creating off topic posts. Communities have a focus that you should stick to.

What NOT to share in Google+ CommunitiesThe moderators are friendly, lovely people who are there to engage with community members. They don’t want to spend all their time deleting spam and people. But they will.

Some thoughts from other Google+ moderators that I respect:

Stephan Hovnanian “we are also volunteers that have real jobs, and took on the responsibility to moderate and guide the community because we enjoy it. Be respectful of that.”

Chef Dennis Littley  Bans”plussers that think it’s necessary to post the same thing to every community they belong to whether its relevant or not. I don’t even give requests a second look if I go to their profile and all they do is share to communities, I want good plussers in my community. I think my only other point might be not to whine about your post being taken down, and not to blame the moderator for taking it down.”

John Skeats “Key additions are: off-topic posts, promoting other communities, self-promotion, and creating posts in the wrong category.” John wrote a detailed post about this which has great points.

I hope these tips will help you understand how communities work a little better. They are one of the very best features of Google+. Enjoy them!

Please share this post if it helped you and help other’s be good community members as well.

Need some more tips? +martin shervington has a wonderful Google+ Communities Quickstart Guide http://bit.ly/165wkSC

Photo credit: Big Stock Photos
Article by Peg Fitzpatrick

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About Peg Fitzpatrick

Head of Social Strategy for Canva. Co-author of The Art and Science of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users with Guy Kawasaki.

Social media is my passion. And my job. I'm here sharing my professional experience working day to day in the trenches of social media, marketing, and blogging. I work with global brands and leaders in the social media sphere every day. I've spearheaded successful social-media campaigns for Motorola, Audi, Google, and Virgin as well as having been a brand ambassador for Kimpton Hotels. I work with the best brands and make them even better!

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