Google Friend Connect is an online service by Google that appears as a box in various sizes and colors on many websites and blogs. It allows users on the internet to connect and interact with other people on different websites throughout the world.

Let’s use my blog’s widget as an example. I haven’t been using the “connect” part very long, but I’m really enjoying many of its features now that I make more of an effort to get to know my readers using this tool..

You see the widget on the left, but I see the widget on the right.

When I click “Options,” a member menu will appear. Let’s click “Manage Members” and take a look at what we can do with this widget.

Another much larger box will appear showing the followers of this blog. The top portion are my followers which I lovingly call my “Rockin’ Readers and Riters” and on the bottom are those people who have befriended me through Google Friend Connect.

Let’s click on one of the followers.

Apparently “The Little Blond Girl” is not yet my friend on Google Friend Connect although she is my blog follower. So if I want to invite her to be my friend, all I have to do is click the little plus sign next to her avatar and another box will appear.

I am given the option to send this follower a message or just invite her without a message. All I have to do is type the message in the box and click “Send.” This will invite my follower to be my friend and give her my personal message at the same time.

After pressing “Send,” you will see the status next to the avatar which will immediately state that “You have invited….to be your friend.”

When the person accepts your invitation, the status will change to “….is your friend” and your avatar will appear at the bottom with the rest of their Google Connect Friends.

At any time you can send a message to your friends and followers by clicking the envelope that states “Send a Message.”

Under “Links” all the person’s sites and blogs will be listed and linked.

This box will also list all the other sites that the person is following. If they have joined many sites, the full list will be visible by clicking “More” to change the page and view more of the follower list.

To go back to the first box with multiple avatars, click “Members.”

Remember in the second step a “Members Menu” popped up? Well, the last choice in that menu is “About Google Friend Connect.” After clicking that link, you will be directed to the following page.

This page is rich in information and more options to expand the use of your Google Friend Connect widget. But I don’t want to overwhelm you, so I’ll give you a little time to get used to this feature and then I will walk you through some of the other nifty things you can do with this widget. If you’re brave, feel free to go ahead and learn more!

The last “Woo Us To Your Blog” post explored Cross Promoting to help your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) action. Do you remember the message?

As always, attached is the weekly Linky to enter either the main URL to your site or add each post you publish throughout the week. You don’t have to do anything special, just drop your link in and get a little extra exposure to your site.

Until next week’s wooing post, have fun cross promoting with links within your blog and I will see you back here next week with another blogging tip.

The Redhead Riter

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Sherry Riter, also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 MusingMom6 October 24, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Have you been watching me for the last 2 days?!?!

Seriously, I've been making changes to my Feedburner and Google Friend Connect this weekend.

I even sent out my very 1st Newsletter. I'm not planning to send one daily or weekly. Some people have a full enough "Inbox". I wanted to be able to share update and interesting info so people that might not see my blog weekly can see what is happening and stop by.

Thanks for doing this series, I enjoy your diagrams and explainations.

Blessings

MusingMom6

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2 Theresa Sheridan Designs October 25, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Hmmm, the widget won't display on my blog, any ideas why?

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3 Theresa Sheridan Designs October 25, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Hmmm, the Google gadget won't show up on my blog, any ideas why?

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4 Carolyn October 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Thanks for the info. I had no idea you could do this. Going to try it right now.

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5 Metro DC Mom October 28, 2010 at 2:03 am

Hmm, I have the gadget on my blog, but I've never played with it. Off to go see what I can do…

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6 Leslie Limon October 30, 2010 at 4:06 am

I always wondered how that worked! :) Thanks for the great explanation.

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7 Dorothy October 31, 2010 at 11:49 pm

I don't have an options option on my widget… :-(

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