Google Spiders Have a New Boss, The Google Plus Octopus

by Matthew O'Brien on November 7, 2012

What happens when great marketing minds get together to share ideas? Inspiration happens and marketing patterns take shape that could be seen as trends. #SMAZ 6 is the culprit for the inspiration behind my top 5 take-aways from this event:

  1. Facebook is still a powerful marketing beast but for what purpose (especially when the avgerage brand has .5% engagement from their marketing efforts)?
  2. “Eat me!” is arguably the best brand tweet ever (thanks @JasonFalls and #Quiznos).
  3. The word ‘kittens’ converts better in Pay-per-Click than ‘Death Lawyer’ (@MySpy and
  4. You can loose weight from a beer and sausage diet. (+Evo Terra)
  5. Google Plus is not a priority for brands and marketers. (Thanks +Fred von Graf and SMAZ for forcing me to create a new presentation on Google Plus – see below)

Content marketing is the hot topic and focus for most marketers…and it should be. What is odd is how few have a content marketing startegy in place, and those that do are not including Google Plus. At the start of my presentation I polled the room and found about 5% of the audience admitted to having a Google Plus account and only half of them are active with their account. This just shows that people are not paying attention to #gplus.

When you look at the top 5 social networks, only one has the potential to directly influence your rank in Google SERPs. You certainly can argue that all social networks help influence rank but when it comes to getting the most juice from your content marketing, Google Plus is the winner. Is this not enough motivation to say, “maybe our business should shift some resources to Google Plus.” What is the main reason businesses turn their back on Google Plus? Lack of time and believing the hype that no one is on Google Plus or active with their account is my best guess.

We have all heard about search engine spiders. They work hard every second to make sense of what we publish so content can be indexed and easly found in search results. Search engine optimizers work just as hard to influence the spiders as to where their website and content appears in the rankings.

Since Google Plus came around, the Google spiders have taken a back seat to the ‘Google octopus.’ Let’s call him “OctoPlus”. Think of Google+ as the head of an octopus, a very hungry octopus. All things Google are now controlled by OctoPlus; YouTube, Picasa, Google Maps Local, Blogger, etc. OctoPlus feeds on all relevant content; blogs, video, articles, press releases, photos, PowerPoints and status updates. Additionally, all of your other social networks can help increase your influence and visibility in search engines by connecting them with your Google Plus account.

To make OctoPlus work to your advantage in the search results, you first need to claim all of your Google and non-Google properties under your Goolge Plus account. Once you have done this you should consider publishing from your Google Plus account first and update your other social networks secondarily. If you use the Google Chrome browser, add DoShare and Extended Share for Google Plus to schedule and syndicate your marketing content from Google Plus to all the other social networking platforms. Just about every network is represented.

If you are looking to get more lift from your social media and content marketing activity, you can either, lead (with Google Plus), follow (stay focused on the other social networks) or get out of the way (do nothing).

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeremy November 7, 2012 at 8:21 am

This was a great presentation, thanks for sharing the slides.


Matthew O'Brien November 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

Jeremy, thanks for being a part of the presentation and for your blog post on Google Plus (and the kind words).


Becca@Skip Bins Sdyney November 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Your blog posts are so thorough that I always come back to read more. This is an awesome post on Google Plus. You have really layed out your points in great detail. Very easy to follow with good content.


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