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Google+ communities are a great way to interact and engage with people who belong to the same niche as yours, who share your passion and who are as eager to share information with others.
As members of Google+, you are given the opportunity to create your own community or join in with others.
If you’re one of those who have created a community, remember that you also need to add categories for easy sharing, searching and viewing of posts. The categories you create should basically categorise your posts. Makes sense, right? Then, when your community members visit, they can click on the left hand side category for the topics they wish to view.
You can check out other communities on G+ for ideas on the categories they have that might suit yours. You can also check blogs for categories in your niche.
The discussion category is there by default, but you can remove it if you want to. By way of example, in the Real Estate Australia G+ Community, I’ve set up market trends, selling, buying, property investing, finance and so on.
How to Create a Category
To create a category, you can do it immediately right after creating your community. You can also edit or create new categories at any time.
After you’ve provided the title, tagline, profile photo and description, you can then add your categories.
By default, the Discussion category is already in place although it can be removed. Below that, you can add your specific categories one at a time.
Just type in the name in the box provided (click into the box to type) and hit your Enter key to proceed to adding more categories.
Once you’re done providing all the details for your community, click the red Save button below.
You can then promote your community on your G+ and you can also immediately start posting on the categories to start the interaction with your members.
Have you created a community or do you share on a favourite? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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By Wendy Chamberlain
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