Promoting your portfolio on G+

© Celiaak ( Help)

One of the social media I use to promote my portfolio is Google Plus.

Before starting to promote Dreamstime images there, I followed and built followers. Commented on other's posts, posted here and there, basically had fun while making connections and learning.

- Connect with other's content by commenting or plusing if you like it. Probably they will do the same for you. Criticize honestly when someone asks for critiques.

- Ask to be included in circle shares of your interest.

- Do not re-share everything you see from other's stream, unless it is important to you or you feel you really want to. Daily re-sharing other's content will make your followers uncircle you. It is boring. People want content YOU make. Otherwise, they would be following others.

-Be careful with the amount of daily posts. I post publicly one ore two messages daily, and some days I don't post.

-Share publicly your posts with links to your images on Dreamstime.

-Do not use the notify option. It will scare your followers away if you abuse this option.

It is easy to post your images with a link back to your image in Dreamstime.

© Celiaak ( Help)

-Copy the referral link from your image.

-On the "share news" box, paste it.

-Wait until you see the thumbnail and info retrieved from Dreamstime.

-Delete the link you have just pasted and write there what you want. I like to hash-tag it with a relevant theme for the day. It will increase visibility even for non-followers. It makes your post searchable by tag.

-Make sure it is posted to public (not for some closed circles). That way anyone on the web can see them.

-Hit share and it is posted.

Some more general tips if you really want the link to be noticed:

-The day of the week and the time you post your message will affect views and interaction. Weekends are slower. The time of the day depends on where you are in the world, and the audience you want to target, as the world is round, of course. There are some tool to help you with that, like CircleCount.

-If you have pluses but don't have comments, make it go up again by thanking the pluses (do not abuse this feature).

-If you have comments, wait some minutes to reply. It will make it go up twice in a set space of time, instead of going up once.

© Celiaak ( Help)
If you have a considerable amount of people following you, make a test. Before posting the link, check what is the amount of visits you have on that image, at Dreamstime. Check back an hour after, or even less. You will notice a really good bump on views. I had sometimes 20-30 views in minutes on a non indexed new image ( so I know the visitors came from Google+ ).

I'm not sure how it will impact the position of your images on google search, or even Dreamstime.com positioning, but I think it can do more good than bad.

On a final note, do it with pleasure. If you are doing it by obligation, go take some shoots or draw something instead. Feel good about your work.

Your article must be written in English

Publish
July 26, 2012

Lfmpereira

Yes, i also think that way. That is the goal, to make some extra money. :)

About the photo, thanks. :)


Oh, and congrats for the 300th file on line and for the 80th sale. :)

July 26, 2012

Celiaak

Obrigada, Lmfpereira. How things are going here in our country, better to work a little more to have income from other places.
Just love this photo of yours, combining many elements of Douro river.
 Bridge 

July 25, 2012

Lfmpereira

Well, Celia, Congratulations fot the excelent path you are making. :)

In good Portuguese, Parabéns. :)

June 18, 2012

Afagundes

Celia, I started a thread on the subject Watermark and the size of the thumbs in Google+, I would apreciate if you could share your thoughts on the subject,

Watermarks Thread

May 30, 2012

Laurasinelle

Thanks for sharing

May 29, 2012

Afagundes

Celia, that is intentionally that I am posting only to my circles, they are tuned towards photographers and buyers that interest me, thats precisely the reason why I am liking Google+ that much.

May 29, 2012

Celiaak

Lfmpereira, what is your profile link?

May 29, 2012

Celiaak

Oh mighty Dorian King! Just found you on royal gardens and I'm ready to follow you anywhere on your realms. Six continents and the Moon!

May 28, 2012

Alvera

my account is on my blog, please see my profile and you can add a Dorian King to follow!
I am the ONE who solved the watermark problem on DT :) I am so powerfull and modest too.

May 28, 2012

Lfmpereira

It seems a good a ideia. I started using it this weekend. Thanks. :)

May 27, 2012

Celiaak

@Afagundes - If you see, the larger ones were posted directly on G+. They are mainly refused images or shots I made before contributing to Dreamstime. The most recent ones are all thumbnails from dreamstime, they look like yours in size.
I see you have 3 images posted, but they are not public. If you want all other people you dont have in your circles to be able to see them, you should make them public. Anyone outside will not see your posts.

May 27, 2012

Afagundes

Celia, how did you do for them to show larger, mine looked like a small thumb.

May 27, 2012

Afagundes

Yes, Celia, mother and father, Fagundes de Fagundes

I found you

May 27, 2012

Celiaak

Dgmate, what is your profile link?

May 27, 2012

Dgmate

Done. Thank you

May 27, 2012

Celiaak

Just found you and added you, there is only one Fagundes de Fagundes :)

May 27, 2012

Celiaak

My name there is Celia A. As there are too many, copy and paste my profile link:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/105065317973590246539
Let me know who you are so I can add you back, or let me know yours. There are so many people adding daily I just cant check everyone out anymore.

May 26, 2012

Afagundes

Celia what is your account? There were too many celia ribeiros there.

May 26, 2012

Celiaak

Yes it does, Sally.
If you have your account connected to CircleCount.com, see the dashboard for the graphic on +'es and comments for the days of the week and hours. You will be surprised.

May 26, 2012

Scottysally2

Great blog Celia, I had never thought of the time of day I posted making a difference, thank you for sharing. :)

May 26, 2012

FabioConcetta

Beautiful idea, congrats!

May 25, 2012

Grafvision

Great idea!

May 25, 2012

Homydesign

Great tips! thanks for sharing!

May 25, 2012

Effavale

thank you! I'll try it!

May 25, 2012

Egomezta

Thanks for sharing.....

May 25, 2012

Celiaak

As I said, it is better to use it on your surf fun time. I do not spend a lot of time anymore, but used to spend more when learning about it. It was counted also in my fun time. :)
Let me know if you need any help.

May 25, 2012

Parkinsonsniper

I think I should spend some time for this "promotion" works, but I can't. Maybe this blog will help me...

Related image searches

Portfolio related image searches

Photo credits: Celia Maria Ribeiro Ascenso.