Go to Google ~Post 6 in the Pro-Blogger Challenge. #writebravely

This entry is part 9 of the series Build a Better Blog

googleHello again to all you wonderful bloggers!

I am taking part in The Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge. So a special welcome to the other members of my sub-tribe. Hi guys!  This is the 6th post in this challenge.

We’re working through the alphabet as we look at ways to build a better blog. Today we come to

G is for Go to Google

In recent years, the company of Google™ was unhappy when Merriam Webster included its name in its dictionary. They no doubt fear that the world will go like “hoover” which became a generic term for “vacuum” in many countries.

Right now, “to google” actually means to use the Google™ search engine. If the term comes to mean, “I searched the internet for . . . ” the company’s branding will lose its value.

Having cleared that, let’s move on to a list of the pros, cons and other things we need to know when we Go to Google™.

  • Google Images Advanced 

    There is a common misconception that if you want an image you can “Google” it, and if it shows up you’re free to use it. Others will insist it’s okay as a long as you give credit to the photographer or artist.

    Neither of these is correct. 

    There are other sites where you can get pictures, and I will cover them in a later post, but when it comes to Google, there is a way to play it safe. If you go to your Googlesearch bar, and type in e.g. Cape Town, then click on Images – and you will be presented with thousands of amazing views. BUT those are not all free to use. Read and work through the following instructions carefully.

  • Steps to finding your image on Google™

1. Go to Google.com then Images, then click on the small cog or link for Settings.

2. Choose Advanced Search. Into the first block, type in your image – and if necessary add the exact word or phrase into the second block.

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3. Scroll to the end and click on the drop-down arrow on Usage Rights.

4. Select whichever relates to your needs.
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5. Click on Advanced Search – and you will have a selection of images that you are free to use under the terms you have chosen. Note that some still require a form of credit, so do observe those requirements.

6. Note: At the top of your new page of images you will see the statement as follows: Labeled for non-commercial re-use

  • Google Search

 Google™ is a wonderful source for research. Search the Web for ideas on your topic. Look for different books on Amazon that cover your theme. Get ideas, don’t copy. Be selective of the sites where you get your information. Remember that most blogs are done by people just like you and me. Just because facts are published on the web does not make the author an expert. Be sure of facts before you use them.

  • Google Ranking

In a nutshell, the higher your Google ranking, the more “votes” your blog or website receives, and the higher it will appear on Google searches. I’m not going to spend time on this here as much has been written about this topic, and it would take more than one post to cover. Google “Improve Google Ranking on my blog” and read away.  However, the next few points will assist you.

  • Write New and Good Content

Note this: Google™ does not like content copied from other sources. Even if it’s from another site you own, if the content is the same, Google™ doesn’t know it is your site. It only gives credit to the original site, and by copying it over, you may hurt your ranking. This is not as well known as it should be. There are sites which depend on posts copied from other sites. If these posts were written by the same person who copied the content, this may well be legal, but here’s the thing: Google™ doesn’t like it. The second site will drop in ranking.

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  • What About Google+?

This is an area I admit I don’t have much knowledge about, but I intend to rectify this situation. I already have a Google+ account, and I regularly click on the G+ icon at the end of posts I enjoyed. With Google+ you are not limited to your letter count as you are with Twitter. So if I enjoy a post, I add a sentence or two saying why.

Watch this video which gives a quick and easy-to-understand explanation about Google+.  Google+ operates with a system of circles, so you can have different circles for different groups.  It would be good to start a circle for those who enjoy your specific blogs. How would you feel about that? If each of your friends were to start a group of the people who enjoyed your posts, your circles as I understand it would link. In no time you would have a LOT of people all linked together, with similar tastes. Can you see the potential? Each time any of you published a new post, we’d all know about it. I think. That’s how it looks, but I need to study some more.

  • If You Don’t have a Google+ Account

. . . it is probably a good thing to get one now. Here’s where to go to find out more. We’ll look at this in more detail but start straight away by forming a few groups around you. When you read a blog post you enjoy, click on the small icon g+ sign . That’s a start, right? And we are helping one another Build a Better Blog.  You Tube has a stack of explanations and instructions   so if you want to know more, just look  for it on You Tube.

 Do you use Google™+?

What do you enjoy most about Google?

Add a comment below!

“Google everything. I mean everything. Google your dreams,
Google your problems. Don’t ask a question before you Google it.
You’ll either find the answer or you’ll come up with a better question.”
~Austin Kleon (Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative)

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18 comments on “Go to Google ~Post 6 in the Pro-Blogger Challenge. #writebravely

  1. I use Google images many a times.. and I agree that the web content written in most blogs is written by people like us. Very few are actually well researched so we need to find our own sources to enlighten oneself. Great read Shirley

    • That sounds like fun, Amrita. I’ve never done this, I just G+ posts I enjoy, or of course my own posts. I’m looking for you now so I can follow you. Okay, gotcha! 🙂

  2. I have a G+ account that I use regularly – apparently Google likes you sharing through G+ and it’s so easy to do. I also use Google images a LOT – especially the drag and drop feature when I’m trying to source a picture or find out more information about an image.

    • Hi Leanne,
      Yes, I often source a picture with Google images as well. It’ll be one I saved before and I want to reuse it, but I can’t remember where I got it! My filing system needs a lot of help. 🙂

  3. You are right, many people think Google images are free. I use pixabay or Flickr for my images with has the commercial use all week option.
    Google+ is also a good platform. It has many communities as per your interest and niche.

    • Thanks, Alpana. Yes, I so often see images with a “copyright” notice saying “obtained from Google” and I think, O wow. You could be in such trouble! It’s not worth the risk.

  4. I’ve never used Google images in a blog post before; this is good information. I generally use photopin, which hosts mostly free images or Wiki, with photos in the public domain. I’ll give Google images a try after reading your post. Thanks.

  5. This is new information for and it’s so nice that it’s explanatory…. I’ve had a G+ accout for loooong time but I only got to know you can also drop links to your blog there in January…well that’s when I decided to start writing again. I plan to gradually start using G+ as part of my tools as well

    • Hi Phaytea,
      Yes, I’ve also just started to use G+ properly. I think it has a lot of potential, and the great thing is you’re passing on information to people who are interested. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!.

  6. Thanks for this info. It’s timely for me, as I’ve been thinking about posting images of movie posters on my blog. I haven’t done so for worries about the legality of it. I will try this out!

    • Thanks for the visit, Suzanne. I’m glad it came at the right time for you. Be very careful with images of movie posters. Read the comment after yours for further input. All the best with your blog!

  7. I am very careful with Google Images and usually just add “Public Domain” or “Creative Commons” to my search. Most photos on Wikipedia are free to use, but I still click on the image for the details, because… Not always. It does rather limit you in some cases – for example, I’ve never used a film poster in a review, though it should be okay for fair usage since I am, after all, giving them promotion. But it isn’t. There are so many limiting ifs and buts about using even a promotional image, I don’t bother. My recent post on the Beauty And The Beast film is illustrated by a public domain painting by a Victorian era fairy tale artist.

    I teach students to Google carefully, because there are so many hits that are of no use whatsoever that they need to narrow down, say, a search for information about ancient Egyot, to something that they can understand and that has the info they need. A ten page Wikipedia article, for example is of no use to a twelve year old who just wants to know how mummies were made or what the Sphinx is.

    • Well done on being so careful Sue, and also for passing on your information to your students. As with the two examples I gave, it just takes one image wrongly used to cause huge hassles. It’s a nuisance, but as writers we can see it makes sense. Many thanks for the visit and for your contribution.

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