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Google Plus - Don't Accept the Default Thumbnail!

A little Google Plus tutorial to help keep you on your toes and help keep your readers interested in the posts you are adding  to Google. Craig Daniels, Technology Manager, teaches real estate agents find the best ways to use technology to help their business be more successful. In this post below, he explains how easy it is to syndicate your blog after you create a new one. 

Enjoy and be prepared to be impressed!!

Once you create a new blog post, what is the next thing you should do? Syndicate! Get the news out there to your feeds such as Facebook and Google Plus (and twitter too if you are there!) I find myself often jumping to blog posts to read that I just would not have found any other way.

Now welcome to Craig's Classroom, let me see if I can teach you something new today!

When you post a link to google plus, it offers a "default thumbnail" graphic as well as a snippet of article text which is approximately a couple of sentences long. Have you noticed however, that the default graphic is NOT the right choice for your post? It shows your avatar in most cases. This is NOT the lead-in graphic that you want for your specific post. The article is not about YOU!!

But don't worry, the solution is extremely easy and was hiding right under your nose!

As you hover over the graphic, notice that there are two arrow buttons that let you scroll through other choices for the thumbnail. It will show you the other graphics from your blog post to choose from. You are using nice graphics in your posts aren't you??

Once you have updated your thumbnail, the next thing you should do is put a little extra bait on your hook (we are fishing for readers!). Write a nice little introductory text to get people to want to click to read more!

Now finally, one last thing as more incentive to you. The google plus app on the smartphones was recently updated to a fantastic new interface. It shows the article thumbnails very large (full screen width) and overlays the intro text on top. Now what do you think this feed looks like if you DO NOT change your thumbanails? Well -- have a look below what I'm seeing now. And it is happening with pretty much ALL MY AR BUDDIES. :) (so you aren't alone)

I'm hoping that after you guys read this, the tide will soon turn!

(PS - Facebook thumbnails for your posts has the same principle to apply - however Facebook and AR aren't playing well together at the moment as far as thumbnails - see my related post "Is Facebook Doing This to Your Posts?" for more information how to work around it)

See you on google plus! I hope you learned something new today.

I'm doing my job if so!

About the
  is a Technology Manager residing in NYC who specializes in applied technologies in the fields of Architecture and Real Estate. Craig focuses on finding the best uses of tech as can be used to help a business be more successful. He is keen on always seeing the perspective and viewpoint of his audience and he tailors his teaching to be easily understood. He teaches by means of this blog, online courses and webinars, as well as one-on-one remote sessions with persons located throughout the country and beyond.

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Comment balloon 7 commentsTerrie Leighton • May 28 2012 11:07AM


So far - I've moved cursor over the graphic and  the arrows have not appeared to change the photo so it is curious how that process works.

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 8 years ago

just a thought for Wallace ... the thumbnail graphic is changeable while you are preparing your google+ post - after you post it, it becomes locked in (hope that makes more sense now) -c-

Posted by Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant (Tech Training for You!) almost 8 years ago

Wallace ~ I hope you got it figured out. Thanks for the help Craig.

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) almost 8 years ago

Thank you for re-posting!  I totally missed this one and I hardly even know how to use Google+

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) almost 8 years ago

Craig ~ I just posted a listing that I created on Realbird here on AR. I shared it with Google Plus and had the same problem as Wallace ~ it would not let me change the picture from my AR profile picture. So maybe it has to do with what I was sharing because I was able to do the hovering thing with your post! just a thought!!

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) almost 8 years ago

Jennifer ~ I think this will help when you are ready to start sharing on Google Plus. Good luck!!

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) almost 8 years ago

Great choice or a re-blog Terrie. Craig really makes it easy to figure out what many might not have even thought to do in the first place.


Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 8 years ago

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