20 of the Best Google+ Guides and Tutorials to Get Freelancers Up and Running

google plus for freelancers Early this week, my Twitter and Facebook streams were filled with offers for invites to Google+.

What? Yet another social networking platform to take up my time and attention?

But it’s from Google–therefore, you can’t lightly brush it off as a flash in the pan. In fact, no sooner had I joined Google+ when I started seeing emails from marketers publicizing their Google+ links so I could follow them.

In my attempt to wrap my brain around Google+ and see how I could use it to reach my freelancing goals, I discovered a number of online guides and tutorials–all free.

Here’s a rundown of some of the best ones I’ve found and why each might be useful to you:


My Picks of the Google+ Guides

Here are my picks from among the many Google+ guides that have been published:

  1. The Google+ Project. An overview of Google+ and its main features, straight from the people who are creating it.
  2. How to Get Stated with Google+, Your Complete Guide. A step-by-step guide, including screenshots, of how to join Google+, create your profile, create circles, and manage your settings, among other basics.
  3. Getting Started with Google Plus. Chris Brogan’s quick-start guide, with screencasts on how to set your privacy settings and start connecting on this new platform.
  4. How to Use Google Plus. Another beginner’s guide, complete with screenshots. This goes into more detail about sharing photos and how your Google+ account ties into your Google Profile.
  5. Google’s Latest Social Network: Google Plus. Take a peek at Google+, from one of our favorite social media and tech blogs, Mashable.
  6. A Beginner’s Guide to Google+. Get started with Google+ in five slides.
  7. Google+ Tutorial: How to Make the Most Out of Google Plus. Another detailed guide, with the addition of tips on how to maintain a clean stream, stop annoying notifications (unless you want to get even more emails), connecting your other social media accounts, keyboard shortcuts, and more.
  8. Getting Started with Google+. The techie author shares his first impressions of Google+, including why in some ways it’s better than, gasp, Facebook. Also mentions the Google+ Android app.
  9. 10 Google+ Tips to Help You Get Off to a Good Start. Additional tips for Google+ newbies.
  10. How to Use Google+ Sparks. A video tutorial and brief post on how to use a specific feature of Google+, Sparks.
  11. How to Use Google+ Tutorial (Basics). If video is more your thing, you’ll appreciate this four-minute tutorial.
  12. Google+ Tutorial. A longer, more detailed video tutorial on Google+.
  13. A Walkthrough of Google’s New Social Network, Google+. If you’re still undecided about joining Google+, this slideshow may help you make up your mind.
  14. Google+: A Collaborative Document. Over 100 Google+ users are helping write and develop this Google+ guide. Warning: It’s long. But the hyperlinked table of contents makes it easy to find the information you need.
  15. Google-Plus Playground. If you do decide to join Google+, check out this post about tools to enhance your experience.
  16. Getting Started in Google Plus: A Photographer’s Guide. A guide geared specifically for photographers. Includes a list of “Awesome People to Put in Your Photography Circle!”
  17. Google+ and Freelance Writing. A thoughtful post on how Google+ can potentially change social media marketing for writers.
  18. Google Plus: A Freelancer’s Best Friend. Lists which features of Google+ would be good for freelancers.
  19. Google Plus for Freelancers. A brief post on why Google+ has plenty of potential for freelancers.
  20. What Google+ Could Mean for Freelancers. Encourages freelancers to strike while the iron is hot and create new business for ourselves through this new social network.

If you want to learn what Google+ is all about, how it can benefit you as a freelancer, and how to make the most of its features, the posts and resources above will keep you busy for a couple of hours.

Of course, new resources are being added every day. If your favorite Google+ resource isn’t listed, feel free to link to it in the comments.

Will You Or Not?

Should you join Google+ or not? If you’re the disciplined type who can control the amount of time you spend on social networks, then I’d say go for it.

As with all networking, sometimes the ones who get in early are the ones who benefit the most. I see a similar thing with Google+. If you join now, it’s much easier to get the attention of people who may be potential clients, or who could connect you with potential clients.

Later on, when everybody else is already on board, the noise level will be much like Twitter and Facebook. It will be much more difficult to stand out in the crowd.

That said, don’t feel you’re missing out if you decide not to join yet. Keep focusing on the marketing strategies that are already working for you, and you can’t go wrong. You can always catch up later.

As for me, I’ve set up my profile and have even posted a few notes. I can’t wait to try Sparks. I’m particularly excited about starting a Hang Out. But to tell you the truth, between Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, I just don’t know how I’m going to fit Google+ into my already busy social networking agenda.

How about you? Do you think it presents another huge opportunity for freelancers to find more clients? Or is it yet another dangerous distraction?

I’d love to read your thoughts. Post a comment and let us know what you think.

Comments

  1. says

    Nice guide. My problem is being disciplined enough to actually USE my social networks to my advantage. I’m late to the social networking scene (just got on FB a few weeks ago) and it’s just not a natural thing for me to spend loads of time in virtual space on social networks. Twitter is different for me. I can use it effectively for short periods of time and have landed numerous new clients simply by engaging, not selling, on Twitter. I joined Google+ about 2 days ago and still don’t really know what I think of it. It seems like a slicker, shinier version of FB to me.

  2. says

    It’s amazing how fast this material is produced. I haven’t looked yet, but I’m willing to bet people are already selling “how to make it on +” books. Thanks for the free material, though!

  3. says

    Thanks Lexi for including my post about Google+ ( #18 on your list ). I’m having a blast using the site myself and I’m still finding my way around, like everyone else. Are you using that site? Would love to add you in my circles. -Marissa

  4. says

    I was like you at first….do I REALLY need another social networking site? But I decided to give it a try. I can definitely see how powerful of a tool this will be and am looking forward to the growth of community!

  5. says

    Google + for freelancers? Awesome. I’m a freelance web designer myself and would like to how how this Google app can help me. Thanks for the share!

  6. says

    Great list here. It is amazing to see all the buzz around Google Plus. Lexi, I appreciate your balanced advice here, for many to hang tight and maximize existing networks. Do you thing Google has enough of something here to be a real challenger to Facebook a year or so from now?

  7. says

    @Rajesh – Wow, that really makes Google+ look even more like Facebook!

    @Travis – I think Google has enough clout to make Facebook nervous. All the social networking “experts” are already jumping on Google+.

  8. says

    ..Chris Brogans Facebook avatar announcing he has moved to Google Plus..Chris Brogan in fact ..My first reaction weeks ago to all this Facebook vs. To each their own which implies that some will stay on Facebook while others follow like lemmings to G or perhaps find usefulness for themselves there without jumping on the Geek King and Queen bandwagons..Honestly theres a lot to like about Google .

  9. says

    Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of 20 of the Best Google+ Guides and Tutorials to Get Freelancers Up and Running | FreelanceFolder . Thanks for the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

  10. says

    Hi Lexi,

    I am just starting out with Google+ and finding your article and posts is like finding gold nuggets. There is many hours of discovery here. Thank you many times over. I am now off to the Savvy Freelancer Blog.

    Thank you.

    Regards

    John Cosstick

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