Circle Shares - Stay away from the mass chains

Google+ Circle Shares, Stay Away From The Chains


Much the same as Twitter users try to use the #FF #FollowFriday hashtag to get more follows, or other techniques like adding #followback to their profile bio. Personally, I won’t follow anyone that uses those techniques.

Google Circle Share Chains

Basically, a circle share is where you share one of your circles with your followers, it’s a great way to find people interested in specific topics to add to your circles. I have used it in the past to add people for interests like “Real Estate”. Typically I look for smaller circles and then create a test circle I can dump them in while I look closer at them. (that’s another article for another time)

It’s become common place to create these chain circle shares.

I like to call them Circle Jerks

Why? Well it’s simple. They create these rules you have to follow to get in on the circle (be added to it for the next share):

1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.
2. Share the post.
3. Plus the post
4. Comment to be added once you have done this!
That is all simple right!

This creates a chain of worthless shares, comments, and plusses. Most times they have 400-500 (500 is the max for sharing) people in these circles, and all most of them had to do is follow those instructions.

What possible value is that? Absolutely none!

Some Circle Share Ideas:

I am currently curating a circle that I manually add everyone that interacts with me on my posts throughout the week. I share this circle on Sundays:

Screen Shot 2013-08-18 at 5.11.27 PM

I will be honest, I totally stole this idea from Dustin Stout and his #muchbettermonday posts.

My SuperstarEngagers circle is all the people that have real conversations with me on my posts. Period. It’s a growing list, that has some top notch people in it. (here is this weeks share) I don’t require any other actions to get in on it. I am basically doing two things here:

Thanking my engagers.

Sharing them with my other followers

Thanking them is the real reason, I notify all of them that are included in it, and want them to know I appreciate the engagement and conversations they have with me. One thing I will note is that I don’t add people that leave one word comments on my post. Only thoughtful commentors.

Sharing them with others, letting them know these people will actually fill your posts with content helps not only the engagers increase their reach, but it helps the people that add them get more conversation and actual engaged followers.

Some other ideas, and circles I am working on include:

Image Engagers

these users engage with me on my image posts, I love to share images I take and edit with my smartphone

Real Estate Engagers

these are people in real estate related industries that are engagers too, I am a builder and like to network, share, and learn with these professionals

Notice the theme of my circles I plan to share? They are all engagers. They aren’t spammers, they aren’t trying to pad numbers to get more followers, they are genuine conversationalists and networkers!


Stay away from the circle jerks and find real engagers. Get out there and interact with people. Be social. Easy right? Don’t make it so complicated….

About Keith Bloemendaal

Keith is a project manager and freelance web geek. Feel free to connect with Keith on .Keith also enjoys web design, community management, and SEO.


  1. Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in your SEO optimization. On-Page SEO means more now than ever since the new Google update: Panda. No longer are backlinks and simply pinging or sending out a RSS feed the key to getting Google PageRank or Alexa Rankings, You now NEED On-Page SEO. So what is good On-Page SEO?First your keyword must appear in the title.Then it must appear in the URL.You have to optimize your keyword and make sure that it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article with relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing). Then you should spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article.Your Keyword should appear in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page. You should have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.There should be one internal link to a page on your blog and you should have one image with an alt tag that has your keyword….wait there’s even more Now what if i told you there was a simple WordPress plugin that does all the On-Page SEO, and automatically for you? That’s right AUTOMATICALLY, just watch this 4minute video for more information at. [link removed for SPAM]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

© Copyright 2014, Keith Bloemendaal All Rights Reserved