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How to Get at Least 500 More Google+ Followers by Next Week

Google+ is still a very important part of the social media landscape. Even though Google Authorship has disappeared, we still have Google+. Growing your presence on this social media giant is as important as ever.

I want to tell you how you can grow your Google+ following. Unlike Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook, there are no follow penalties or limits on how many people you can follow, or how many people can follow you. This is a recipe for major expansion.

Keep in mind that you don’t just want to grow your numbers. You want engaged followers. In this post, I’ll explain both how you can boost your numbers and increase your engagement.

Follow my instructions, and you’ll have an extra 500 followers or more by next week.

Optimize the heck out of your profile.

I know I’m starting with the boring, but I’ve got to say it. Your profile needs to look good.

There are millions of people on Google+. Your profile must stand out to people who are in your niche.

You don’t want to be yet another bland, faceless entity on Google+. You want to shape your profile into something that looks interesting. Be a person that others want to follow.

When I look at the profile of Guy Kawasaki, he looks like the kind of guy I want to put in my circles. He’s interesting, active, and has a ton of followers).

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So, go fix up your profile. Put some real pictures of your face. Add your story. Invent a tagline, and give people an interesting introduction.

If you don’t start with an optimized profile, every other tip I share with you below is going to be a waste of your time.

Follow as many people as possible.

In order to be followed, you must follow others. It’s the name of the social media game.

In social media, there are certain unwritten rules of etiquette. One such rule is the follow-back etiquette. If someone follows you, you follow them back, as long as they don’t look like some spam account. You get a pass on the follow-back etiquette if you’re a really busy person or a celebrity.

This is where a Google+ following begins. You start adding people to your circles.

Here’s how you do this.

  • Click on the people icon in the upper right.
  • You should see a list of “People to Add.”
  • Go through the list of people with whom you have some association — colleges, college buddies, neighbors, etc.
  • Add them to relevant circles. By the way, I wouldn’t worry about trying to classify everyone just perfectly. I’m all about being organized, but a tedious friend taxonomy will probably just waste your time in the long run. Don’t worry about what you call your circles. Other people can’t see your circles.

Add as many people as you want to. The more you add, the more likely they are to add you back.

If there are people who followed you, then you can follow them back. These are the “People to Add.” The other people you’ll see are “Suggestions.” Add them, too.

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To take your following up to the next level, go to the “See more suggestions page.” This is where you can focus your following, and add a lot of people in a very limited amount of time.

Again, you want an engaged follower list, not just a bunch of numbers. You can use this page to refine your efforts. In addition, you can use the “Add all” button at the top right to add dozens or even hundreds of people at once.

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How many people should you add to your circles? As many people as you think are relevant to your niche and interests.

Here are some general rules.

Of the people you follow…

  • One quarter of the strangers not in your niche will follow you back.
  • One half of the strangers who are in your niche will follow you back.
  • Two thirds of your friends will follow you back.

Do the math, and see how many followers you can get.

Remember what I said about optimizing your profile? If you add someone to your circles, they will get notified. Then, they will go and look at your profile. If you don’t look very interesting, they won’t add you. If you do look interesting, then you’re in, and you’ve gained a follower.

Join communities.

When you add people to your circles, you’re putting your name in front of one person at a time.

That’s okay. But what if you could put your name in front of hundreds or thousands of people?

You can. It’s called communities.

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When you join a community, you are part of a larger group of people who are engaged on a certain topic. This is another way that you can refine your level of engagement on Google+ in order to amass not just a lot of followers, but the right kind of followers.

This community, for example, has nearly 100,000 people. If I join this community, I have a good chance of widening my exposure among people who are interested in Google+ Updates.

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On the communities page, Google+ suggests communities that you can be a part of.

Look for communities to join that have these characteristics:

  • Large. The definition of “large” varies according to your niche, but if it has a few hundred or thousand members, it’s probably a pretty good size.
  • Active. Each image icon tells you how many posts the group has. I’m looking for numbers in the thousands here.
  • Relevant. Only join communities that are relevant to your interests.

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While you’re busy joining communities, don’t forget to allow your community memberships to show on your profile. This could give you an extra leg up to gain more exposure and more followers.

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Post on Google+ every day.

Here’s another general rule of social media. It doesn’t matter what social media platform you’re using, this is always true:

  • The more active you are, the more often you’ll appear in feeds.
  • The more often you appear in feeds, the more like you are to be seen and followed.

In other words, the more active you are, the more people will follow you.

I recommend that you post regularly on Google+. Treat it like your own personal mini blog. Be sure to keep your content style varied.

It’s easy to pop up some text, photos, a link, a video, or even an event with a single click.

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As long as you have an engaging commentary, you’ll continue to pick up a steady stream of followers. By the way, it’s best to keep your posts available to the public in order to gain as wide an exposure as possible.

Interact with what’s hot.

If you want to get right in on the Google+ action, you don’t have to guess around as to what’s popular. Like Twitter’s trending topics, you can find out exactly what’s hot.

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To get in on the action, visit this tab and start interacting.

  • Comment on popular posts.
  • Share popular posts.

Explore hashtags, and use them.

From the “What’s Hot” tab, you can explore hashtagged posts. Type in a topic to explore what other topics are relevant. Use this list to improve your own use of hashtags.

Here’s how you can use the discover feature. Start by typing in whatever it is you’re interested in.

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You can use one of the auto-suggestions, or choose your own.

Based on the hashtag that you enter, Google+ will suggest others.

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These are the hashtags that the Google+ algorithm has selected as hot and popular. In other words, these are the hashtags you need to be using in your Google+ updates.

Hashtags are a powerful way to increase your exposure and follows. Be sure to use them, plenty of them, every time you post.

For more tips on Google+ hashtags, check out Anne Smarty’s article on Social Media Examiner.

Ask for +1s on your posts.

Statistics shows that if you ask for likes, retweets, or +1s, you’ll get them. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.

When you post something, especially something good, ask for +1s. “Something good” might be a blog you’ve recently written or guest posted somewhere.

Watch ripples.

Ripples is one of the underused features of Google+. Most people view it as more of a curiosity than a strategy. Let me tell you how you can use Ripples to grow your followers.

First, locate a post that you think is interesting or engaging.

Then, locate the small down arrow in the upper right of the post. This produces a drop down menu. Click “View Ripples.”

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The Ripple display helps you know who’s sharing what, and how far their reach is. Your goal in viewing the ripples is to find those influencers, and add them to your circles.

If they follow you back, then they have a good chance of resharing content that you have on your feed. This, in turn, gives you more exposure and more follows.

Assuming the post below is on a topic in your niche, then these people may be helpful to have as influencers.

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Pick the best time to post.

The time you choose to post has a big impact on how many people you’ll reach.

Part of finding out the best time to post is trial and error. Your time zone, niche, and audience are all an important part of the consideration.

You can use an app called Timing+ to find out what the best time is for you.

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Mention influential people in your post.

If you want to hobnob with the influencers, get on their radar, and pick up some extra follows, then try this targeted technique: Tag influential people when you post an update.

Obviously, you don’t want to annoy people or spam them. But if you do have something worth saying to the right people, go ahead and say it.

As long as you are following these people, you can tag them in your post.

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Link to your profile whenever and wherever you can.

You’ll pick up extra follows in all the sources where you have your Google+ profile featured. Be generous with mentioning your Google+ account.

The more you spread your Google+ link across the web, the more people will follow you.


Here’s the great thing about gaining Google+ followers. The more you get, the more you’ll get. It’s like a snowball. As you amass more followers, you’ll appear in more feeds, in more circles, in more groups, and in more discussions.

If you can get things going, Google+ will eventually start to take care of itself. You should still be active, of course, but the aggressive circle-building won’t be as necessary.

How do you grow Google+ followers?

About the Author: Neil Patel is the cofounder of Neil Patel Digital.

  1. Hey Neil,

    Thanks for this post, Google+ is my favorite social network and articles like this help everyone get on board!

    A great chrome app for adding people to your circles in Circloscope. You should check it out. It will save you a bunch of time.

    Do Share is another helpful app that allows you to schedule G+ posts, saving you the hassle of always being present.

    Keep up the great posts.

    Will B

  2. Actually, there IS a limit on the number of people you can follow, according to Google:

    Following in the way you are suggesting risks getting marked as a spammer by Google. Here’s what they say about following limits:

    “Google+ limits certain circle actions to protect users and Google+ from abuse. This includes, but isn’t limited to:

    Max number of profiles allowed across all your circles
    There’s a limit of 5,000 for the total number of profiles that can be included across all your circles. This includes +pages.

    Daily limit to circle adds
    If you add a large surge of people or +pages to your circles within a 24 hour period, our system will temporarily stop you from adding additional people even if you’re under the total number of people you can have in your circles.

    You may also hit this limit if you excessively shuffle your existing circle memberships. Repeatedly removing and re-adding people to different circles can push you to this limit. In these cases, just wait a day and you’ll be able to add people again.”

    • Matrix Thompson Nov 21, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      Hmm. I could have sworn that google + limits the number of people you can follow to 5,000 in total. When did they change this rule?

  3. Fantastic Article, Our Google+ account always seems to be lagging behind in terms of follows. Not sureif its our target audience but reading through this I’m sure it will help!

    Emma B

  4. Scott Scowcroft Oct 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I’d be interested to learn the source of your information when you write …

    Of the people you follow…

    One quarter of the strangers not in your niche will follow you back.
    One half of the strangers who are in your niche will follow you back.
    Two thirds of your friends will follow you back.

    • Good point…always cite your sources. I believe most of this is just his personal belief since you really can’t get 500 followers that quick by doing these things. I do believe that you can achieve a mass following by implementing these tips but, not as quickly as he has claimed. I also don’t agree with adding everyone that you come in contact with. I add everyone within my niche but, not at random since that would make you get content that doesn;t even interest you. There are enough people on Google+ that you shouldn’t have to add everyone you see on there. Also, Google+ is not like facebook at all. Google+ is more like a better form of Twitter. There are a lot of people on there but, people don’t get on there very often. I bet you could add 500 people to follow and it would take a very long time before all 500 people saw that you added them.

  5. Thanks for the useful tips! I have Google+ but never get around to actually setting it up or learning to understand it properly. This is really straightforward, useful advice to get going with- better get on it!

  6. Thanks for the tip on ripples. I’ve been doing pretty well at growing my Google+ following, but haven’t been paying attention to ripples – and I should.

  7. Thanks for this article. As the owner/operator of a small (new), home-based business, I’m always looking for ways to get more exposure. This definitely sounds like one of them (if I can find the time). Of course, what I’m most interested in at the end of the day is sales. Are there any related articles that describe how using Google+ in this way will translate into sales?
    Thanks very much,

  8. HOT DAMN! What a great post. I know that Google+ is a force to be reckoned with and now I have a solid strategy, thanks to this post that will allow me to grow an engaged community! Thank you so much.

  9. Johny Santangelo Mar 07, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Thanks Neil. It’s very helpful. I am gonna try this for at least three months, will see the result and will get back to you.

  10. Thanks for the good tips. I’ll try to get some followers for my google+ using the methods you mentioned.

  11. I’m interested to learn more about this article on Google plus followers. I’d be glad if you post some more articles on the following topic. Thank you!

  12. It seems that Ripples are not working anymore, right

  13. Sandeep Likhar Jun 15, 2015 at 4:47 am

    Thanks Neil Patel for sharing this. I will try your trick now. I want to get followers on my google+ page.

  14. You stated in your article: “I want to tell you how you can grow your Google+ following. Unlike Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook, there are no follow penalties or limits on how many people you can follow, or how many people can follow you.”

    I just added roughly 10 people to my circles and then Google+ told me that I have hit my maximum for the day.

  15. Some interesting tips in this article. Re following limit, I have added 50 a day and saw a message that I had reach my limit for the day.

  16. I often find myself disappointed thinking that I have tried all available options on social media for gaining more engaged users, but could not succeed in getting the desired output (followers). But by reading Neil Patel in this article, I have realized that I have not been doing enough, and thus the failure. But I hope I have found at-least 2 new strategies from Patel that I have not tried as yet, and trying them might let me climb up the ladders of desired success. I hope Patel, you would follow me to let me believe what you’ve said; “ask for +1s and you’ll get them”. Thanks for this valuable information.

  17. I use these tactics always and gain 362 followers till now. But “what’s hot” in not available.

  18. This is an excellent article with great tips. I also commend you on having a fast site! I’ve just been reviewing several other sites for G+ tips, and they were so slow that I had to move on.

  19. Nice article, I like Google+ a lot, Sir can you tell me how to do profile for public because some social exchange sites said you have not allowed your profile for public even it has no restricted.
    please help me?

  20. Great help thank you. Even in early 2016 this is mostly very helpful in getting your G+ network going.

    Regarding the bit about, “Link to your profile whenever and wherever you can.” Click on my name above to have a look at my profile – – and add me if you like! I normally follow back unless you’re a weirdo.

  21. HI, thank you for this article! I don’t know why, but my “suggested people” page on my business’ google plus page is completely empty. I don’t know where to start to find anyone! I’ve gone ahead and followed interesting pages and people myself. I only have one follower! My google plus profile looks pretty good, and I’ve been posting. But, alas, I’m pretty much sharing to no one :( Do you have any idea why I don’t have any people in my suggested people page?

    • Brenna,
      I believe google populates it based on your email contacts from your gmail account. If you do not have/use gmail in association with google+, google has little to go by. For example, our personal google+ account has many suggestions for us, but since our business page was not created from a gmail account (because that has to have the name of a real person in the profile), it does not provide any suggestions. My strategy has been to see which of our customers/vendors are on google+ and add them that way. It’s a little slower and more labor intensive, but as I’ve taken the time to do it (which hasn’t been much, yet), our followers have slowly grown. I definitely need to work on this more.

  22. It appears that the last time the author of this article updated his Google Plus page was about 37 weeks ago (at the time of writing this comment). See:

    I find that interesting to say the least!

    • He also did nothing that his articles on Google+ have told us to do. His account is dormant and looks extremely bare. This isn’t a good move for him. I understand writing a post about a product or website and then forgetting about it but, this is kind of embarrassing.

  23. Daan Vreugdenhil, Phd Mar 29, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Updates and new suggestions:
    As stated above Ripples is no longer part of G+
    While having a google account, one may not want to spam recipients with G+ invitations.
    In my sector it is not true that 50% of circle invites will follow back. While I have a high quality professional profile, I was getting no more than 5% following back at best.
    I would invite people up to 499 and then send a combined invitation to both my profile and my quality community on national parks:
    This was a very slow and unrewarding process.
    Until I got an invite from this Follow 4 Follow community:
    All those people are interested in follow back and I invites all members, which resulted in an additional 100 members in a few days.
    The I started looking for other F4F communities, of which there was just one small one, which produced no results.
    I also found Plus 4 Followers, to which I apply the same strategy, albeit, that I am selective to profiles from West Europeans and Americans, as I have no need for lots of followers from the far east, who will never be clients. While not as productive as the first F4F, it produces a standard flow of 20 followers per day.
    On my profile you will also find a share invitation with 10 participants who follow back guaranteed. Share the list while adding your own link will get you all participants following back. Not much but a dozen quality followers is always nice.

    I always ask to G+ on my posts in my National Parks Community, but get very little response. It is nonsense that people always respond positively to requests. But hey, do some of these tricks and I promise you to get more followers, just not 500 in a week as this articles suggests.
    Take care everybody and happy follower hunting!

    Ending with a kind request: In my National Parks Community, Please from my beautiful posts click through to some of my webpage links to G+ me on my pages. A G+ on my Google account does not help me, only on my webpages. My webpages have tons of pictures of nature.

    Daan Vreugdenhil, PhD

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