How to Create the Perfect Google+ Post

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Written by ME. Stolen text on infographic by My Clever Agency. (I’m not linking to their website since they’ve stolen my content & the infographic has been receiving traffic after being shared by Bit Rebels, Social Media Today, and Google+ Plussers)

This is the text that was taken EXACTLY word for word from my article and I was not given credit for the text nor asked permission.  My article called Five Easy Steps to Bake the Perfect Google+ post was published in November 2012.

google+ postThis is how I create the perfect Google+ post:

1. Pick a fun, interesting or smart topic to post
Use trending topics if you need some help which is located on the home page on the right side of the screen. This is also a great place to find people who are currently on Google+ to start a conversation with them on their posts.
2. Choose a bright, full size photo to run with your post.
Do NOT drop a link and use the tiny photo.
3. Use hashtags so more people can find your content.
It’s a great way to meet people and for other people to find your cool posts as well.
4.  Engage with everyone who comments or shares your material. Communication and engagement can’t and won’t happen if you aren’t there.
5. Tag some friends that you think might be interested in reading your post.
My fifth point is tagging people but she changed the text slightly.
So, My Clever Agency, you have stolen text from my website on your infographic. I’m especially disappointed that you are a social media agency poaching content from my website.

Here’s a little information you might also like from  from their website:


Many people think of plagiarism as copying another’s work or borrowing someone else’s original ideas. But terms like “copying” and “borrowing” can disguise the seriousness of the offense:

• to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
• to use (another’s production) without crediting the source
• to commit literary theft
• to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else’s work and lying about it afterward.
Here’s an article on my blog that you might also be interested in I’m as Mad as Hell and I’m Not Gonna Take This Anymore! A Tale of Copyright Infringement It’s VERY disappointing to me that people continue to steal content from my blog. I freely share tons of my ideas and the ways that I do things on social media to help other people. If they had asked permission, I would have been thrilled to grant it. Even if they update it now, it doesn’t really fix the problem.

Bottom line: I’m a very nice person but if you take my writing, I’ll hunt you down and call you out for being a total JERK.

8/12/13 Note: They have updated the infographic and changed the text from my original text however the original infographic is still on the web. Google granted me the DMCA notice that I filed and they do not get any Google searchability for this post. They’ve requested that I remove the Google block but I don’t feel that’s the right thing to do.
Photo credit: BigStock

Article by Peg Fitzpatrick

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Writer & Social media strategist
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! I'll share tips and tricks, provide positive inspiration and answer social media questions through the content that I create and curate. What sets me apart? I'm an innovative idea girl that follows through and gets the job done. Social media is my career, not just a hobby.

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