Promoting your portfolio on G+

posted on 25th of may, 2012

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.

-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.

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.

Comments (27)

Posted by Lfmpereira on July 26, 2012
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. :)
Posted by Celiaak on July 26, 2012
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.
Posted by Lfmpereira on July 25, 2012
Well, Celia, Congratulations fot the excelent path you are making. :)

In good Portuguese, Parabéns. :)
Posted by Afagundes on June 18, 2012
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
Posted by Laurasinelle on May 30, 2012
Thanks for sharing
Posted by Afagundes on May 29, 2012
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.
Posted by Celiaak on May 29, 2012
Lfmpereira, what is your profile link?
Posted by Celiaak on May 29, 2012
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!
Posted by Alvera on May 28, 2012
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.
Posted by Lfmpereira on May 28, 2012
It seems a good a ideia. I started using it this weekend. Thanks. :)
Posted by Celiaak on May 27, 2012
@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.
Posted by Afagundes on May 27, 2012
Celia, how did you do for them to show larger, mine looked like a small thumb.
Posted by Afagundes on May 27, 2012
Yes, Celia, mother and father, Fagundes de Fagundes

I found you
Posted by Celiaak on May 27, 2012
Dgmate, what is your profile link?
Posted by Dgmate on May 27, 2012
Done. Thank you
Posted by Celiaak on May 27, 2012
Just found you and added you, there is only one Fagundes de Fagundes :)
Posted by Celiaak on May 27, 2012
My name there is Celia A. As there are too many, copy and paste my profile link:
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.
Posted by Afagundes on May 26, 2012
Celia what is your account? There were too many celia ribeiros there.
Posted by Celiaak on May 26, 2012
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.
Posted by Scottysally2 on May 26, 2012
Great blog Celia, I had never thought of the time of day I posted making a difference, thank you for sharing. :)
Posted by FabioConcetta on May 26, 2012
Beautiful idea, congrats!
Posted by Grafvision on May 25, 2012
Great idea!
Posted by Homydesign on May 25, 2012
Great tips! thanks for sharing!
Posted by Effavale on May 25, 2012
thank you! I'll try it!
Posted by Egomezta on May 25, 2012
Thanks for sharing.....
Posted by Celiaak on May 25, 2012
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.
Posted by Parkinsonsniper on May 25, 2012
I think I should spend some time for this "promotion" works, but I can't. Maybe this blog will help me...

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