Google+, despite what Facebook might want you to think, is a thriving social network and a good channel to gain followers for your website. Promoting articles as social media definitely helps webmasters gain exposure and popularity. But sharing them on different social networks can be a time consuming task as you have to repeat the same process for each network. To simplify this, there are many services that allow users to automatically post updates on Google+ and other social networks; one of them is HootSuite.
Many people recognize this as a social media dashboard but it’s more than that. One feature of HootSuite is automatic posting on different social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and more. Here’s how you can schedule posts automatically on Google+ and other social networks.
To get started go to HootSuite, make a free account, and connect your Google+ account. After logging in click on your profile icon and select Add Social Network. Do note that in the case of Google+, it only allows users to add pages, not individual accounts.
Select Google+ and click on Connect with Google+ to authenticate the application.
After adding the accounts, click on the Account tab on top and go to Preferences from right sidebar.
Click on RSS/Atom and click on the “+” icon.
In the Add Feed window, paste the feed URL and select the account you want to post on. You can also set the time at which you want the application to check for updates along with the number of posts to update at a time. Click on Save Feed when done.
Note: I showed my Twitter account as I dont have a business page to update on Google+.
Now, the application will automatically post updates to Google+ or any selected social network. Under a free HootSuite plan, you can add up to 5 accounts and it allows you to update RSS feeds automatically to all the popular social networking sites.
Do you have a social media hub that you prefer? Let us know in the comments!