How To Auto-Publish Your Blog Posts To Your Google+ Page

July 20, 2012 · 45 comments

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How To Auto-Publish Your Blog Posts To Your Google+ Page

A Quick & Easy Way 
To Publish Your Blog To Google Plus

I’m very picky about my social share automation.

However, since the +1 button on the post will not publish to my Page, I often find that I neglect getting blog posts shared over there. 

Fortunately, now that Hootsuite can publish to Google+ Pages, it’s easy to set up a little automation to take care of this for now. 

It’s simple enough to take advantage of the RSS Feeds tool that is built right into Hootsuite!

screenshot of the RSS feed tool in hootsuite, being used to connect to a Google+ page

Steps To Use Hootsuite To Publish Your Blog’s RSS To Your Google+ Page

1. Open & log in to Hootsuite.com

2. Hover over the left panel and in the pop-out, under Settings, you will find “RSS/Atom” (click it).

3. Near the top of the RSS/Atom settings in Hootsuite, you will see a [+] button. (click it)

4. This opens the “Add RSS/Atom Feed” panel.  

5. Fill in the form:

Feed URL: Your site’s feed URL, by default on WordPress that is http:// yourdomain.com/feed

a. Profile To Send To: Select Your Google+ Page. (Here’s how to connect hootsuite to google+)

b. Check Interval: Select the longest one that is appropriate for your site. I occasionally publish several times per day and at odd hours so I have selected hourly for this blog/account. However, many sites are perfect at 24hrs. 

c. Send Up To: one post at a time

d. Include Text From Post: Uncheck

e. Prepend Text: (optional) I entered  “New Blog Post: ”   (pay attention to use a space at the end if you use this feature)

f. URL Shortener: ow.ly

g. Click “Save Feed” (and you’re done)

It’s as simple as that to get your website’s feed being auto-published to your Google+ Business page!

As noted in the post on connecting Google+ to Hootsuite, Google+ Profile integration does not yet exist. 

I hope it doesn’t need to be stated that repeated sharing of blog posts is actually an easy way to identify you as “not present” on a social site and thus as a spammer. Even though the posts lack an app tag, lack of truly engaging commentary mixed in will make you look bad.  

As always, caveat emptor…. 

Are you regularly sharing your blog contents to your Google+ Page and Profile? 

Be sure to join us for the livestream Hangout in a few weeks when we get together for a roundtable to discuss Twitter tips!

~ Kim ~
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Ankit July 20, 2012 at 3:22 am

always had issues with this used to use dlvr.it which selects wrong thumbnails i’l try this and reply soon thanks btw!

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Kim Castleberry July 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Ankit, I had that trouble with dlvr.it to Facebook until I adjusted a setting they have so that it lets FB pick the thumbnail. In dlvr.it you want to adjust that setting. I prefer RSS Graffiti for publishing to FB though *if* I’m going to autopublish.
Kim

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Ankit July 21, 2012 at 11:52 pm

what were the settings u applied? could help me out ?

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Shazida Khatun November 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Kim @ one thing ,I am still in puzzle that auto share can manage any benefit to our blog posts or traffic generation ! I am using a few number of such services but till nothing noticed by me .

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Kim Castleberry December 3, 2012 at 2:54 am

Simply piping data into an account you’re not actually building up any reputation on isn’t going to help you. It’s little more than spam. If however the account is active, influential and just needs a way to save time, then this can help provide a much needed tool. You can’t expect to get anything out of something you don’t put effort into.
Kim

MisseyerNovaIvo July 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

This is awesome..,just join with me here…dear..,get it now…

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Robert David Strong July 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Hi Kim,

What a great, descriptive post on how to do this. While we do not use HootSuite, we have looked at it as an option to help with our social sharing.

When we get it, we will definitely be coming back here for your easy to follow directions.

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Kim Castleberry July 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Thanks Robert, appreciate it. I highly suggest you have hootsuite.com at least for managing twitter. The free version is all you need to manage twitter itself. There’s no twitter management client that’s better. The pro only comes in if you need to manage a lot more than that. Go ahead and give it a look!
Kim

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Sheryl Loch July 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Hi Kim,
That is a real bummer that G+ will allow auto-posting. I had hoped that they would not do that. Auto publishing from an RSS means that it will no longer be a social site, it will become a link farm.

I like knowing that any post written had to be done by a person logging in and taking the time to do it.

Maybe G+ can have BIG RED text saying Auto Post on anything coming in from an app like HootSuite. That way we know that a real person didn’t take the time to visit the site and add it.

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Kim Castleberry July 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Sheryl, that’s why I kinda like that app-posts on Facebook have an “app stamp” and you can tell right away what was posted from remote. You can’t however tell what was posted from remote but wasn’t fully automated. I agree that I’ve liked how “clean” the platform has been.
Kim

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Rosemary July 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Hi Kim,

Thanks for sharing these details. I use hootesuite and it is great to see we can use it to keep our Google+ pages up to date with our blog posts . You seem to be using Google+ a lot lately and enjoying the hangout feature. take care Rosemary
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Sigrid McNab July 23, 2012 at 4:32 am

Thanks so much Kim for these specific steps to follow when using Hootsuite to publish your blog’s RSS to your google+ page. It makes it much less confusing to me, whereas before I didn’t know where to start!

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Matthew July 23, 2012 at 4:36 am

Thank for Huitsuite. It is really nice to publish directly to Google Plus. This will reduce your burden, save time and you will more productive.

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John July 23, 2012 at 5:02 am

Hi Kim,

Thanks for sharing, I think I’ve used a similar app like Hootsuite.. I’m not sure if it was friendfeed. Anyway, thanks for the guide I just signed up for a Hootsuite account, will authorize accounts now.

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Julian King July 24, 2012 at 7:44 am

This is a great technique to save time. Instead of wasting that time I would rather do something else more productive.

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Dan July 25, 2012 at 8:18 am

Aha! Just what I’ve been looking for….
I’ve been using Socialyzer for a while which allows queued posting to Twitter, FaceBook and LinkedIn but the one thing it lacks is Google+

Thanks Kim and Hootsuite for saving me time :)

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Donna Merrill July 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Thanks Kim for showing us how to use Hootsuite for G+ Lately I have been spending more time on G+ and found it a great way to syndicate and also share my info.
This makes the manual process a breeze! After you have explained this, I’ll get on it. I get picky too about automated stuff.
Thanks again,
Donna
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Lynn Brown July 30, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Kim: I love using HootSuite to automate things. It’s fantastic to be able to schedule tweets, G+, etc. all in one place. I could be in meetings all day, but comfortably know that the content & messages I want to share are done so at the exact time I want them to be! Thanks for sharing such explicit instructions…HootSuite has proven to be a real time-saver for me!

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Kevin Martineau August 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Hi Kim:

Thanks for sharing this helpful information! I have been wondering how to do this.

Kevin

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Brij Taneja August 9, 2012 at 1:53 am

Curiously asking how to apply it in my website?

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sampath kumar August 10, 2012 at 4:03 am

If you blog on blogger platform then you can automatically share your new posts on Google plus via the integrated Google+ tab on the blogger dashboard

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Kim Castleberry August 14, 2012 at 7:12 am

I’m glad to hear that news Sampath! It’s good that Blogger is making this easy!

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mdfirdosh August 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Really heplful article. This article will really help me and all the other new bloggers. Thanks Kim for sharing this article

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Cii Technology Solutions August 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Thanks for the info: this is a great time saver for getting our latest blog posts out to our social media channels.

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Steve September 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Hi…Kim

I was using some other tools to publish blog on Google + like Google toolbar & some other but Now I understand this Hootsuite can publish to Google+ is best way to publish a blog post on blog. As you discussing to Auto Publish blog post on blog. so thanks for this !

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Dmitry Telmanov September 6, 2012 at 12:22 am

Thank you. I’ve never heard about Hootsuite. You’ve been very helpful. It was not so easy but I got it.

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John Edgley September 26, 2012 at 4:30 am

Hi, sorry to bother you, but I have linked an rss feed from my site to my Google+ page as explained, however the feed is new once every 24 hours, and the first item (or 2) get published correctly straight after the feed is published, then no more are published until the next feed is generated 24 hours on.

Is there a way to get hootsuite to take more items from the feed every hour or two (as I can with twitterfeed by selecting “Post new items based on GUID”) or can I make the feed look “new” every hour when it’s not?

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Kim Castleberry October 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Why is your feed only being generated once a day? My WordPress feed updates within seconds of me publishing a post. I’d go into your feed settings and do whatever you have to do to get it to update itself more often.
Kim

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John Edgley October 10, 2012 at 3:32 am

Hi Kim, and thanks for the response.

Although it’s my feed from my site it’s based on a datafeed from a third party which is issued once every 24 hours.

That said, I think I have just solved it by replacing the date field in the underlying MySQL query (previously taken straight from the datafeed) with the current time/date stamp, every time hootsuite checks.

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Kim Castleberry October 10, 2012 at 3:40 am

Yay, John, I’m glad to hear that you got it sorted out. Sorry that there wasn’t something simpler than tinkering with the query but I’m glad you had the skillset to handle that!
Kim

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Anonymous October 9, 2012 at 1:27 am

As a regular blogger, I’m always keen to make my blog accessible to more readers. This post has helped me figure out how I can have my blog published on Google Plus. Thanks for explaining the whole thing in a step by step manner.

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وظائف خالية October 17, 2012 at 3:25 am

its very good site for linking my site to google plus page

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SapoPepe November 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Hello, very good article! Question: if I have an image rss as I can do so that it is you post on Google+ with HootSuite?

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Kim Castleberry November 10, 2012 at 4:09 am

There currently are no free tools that can send an RSS feed to G+ and get it to display images. At this time we can’t get thumbnails at all. Sorry,
Kim

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SapoPepe November 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Ok, thanks for your answer! We will have to wait for a solution later ..
Regards

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frankfan November 12, 2012 at 12:37 am

its great i would like to publish my image article but it failed ,thank you for sharing this with me and help me out ,thanks again

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Brett Matsuura November 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Kim…thanks for posting these instructions…I was dreading having to re-post my blog…this makes is super easy!

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Rohit November 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Thanks for Info.. Now I can automated send my feeds to google+, It will save my time and job.

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Vadim November 28, 2012 at 2:50 am

I’m trying to add our RSS feed (http://www.debka.com/feeds/latest/) as it’s described above, but get error message “Feed must be configured so that posted items report a date/time”.
What should I do?
Thank you.

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Kim Castleberry December 3, 2012 at 2:41 am

If your RSS feed does not have time/date stamps then it can not be used in that manner. The tool/service/feature you are using to produce your feed needs to be adding that.
Kim

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Steve Borgman March 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I would love to be able to auto publish my posts to my Google Plus personal profile. I’ve not yet set up a Google Plus Business Page, mainly because I feel I’m so spread out all over the internet. I also heed your admonition to be present in the places we auto-publish to.

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DARRELL April 24, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Hi Kim,

I followed your instructions to the letter re getting Hootsuite to ppost WP posts automatically to G+: But no luck! Is there soemthing new since this post that I may be missing?

Thanks for your help!

DC

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Kim Castleberry April 29, 2013 at 4:06 am

Darrell, this should still be working. I just realized that I changed my Feed URL and didn’t update hootsuite so mine hasn’t been running. I just did that and we’ll see how it does later this week :)
Kim

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Amanda July 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Hoot suite is not reliable source. IFTTT is much better and user friendly provided they also add some spice like Google Plus in them.

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Kim Castleberry July 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Thanks for the kind words John!
Kim

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