I’m going to be honest: I don’t really know how I feel about Google+.
I guess I’m still not really sure what the point of it is, other than self-promotion. It doesn’t seem to have the same heart that other social media networks do (like, say, Tumblr or Instagram). I feel like everyone is on it just because they’ve heard that not being on it is basically committing SEO suicide.
I mean, that’s why I joined it.
Still, it doesn’t hurt to keep an open mind, right? I actually really like the new Google+ design. It’s very clean, modern, and photo-friendly…which leads me to the main topic of this post.
As you can see, Google+ page profiles allow you to have a gigantic cover photo/banner. This is both a plus and a minus. It’s a plus because, when used well, it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s a minus, though, because it’s actually really hard to use well!
While I am definitely not an expert, I wanted to share some tips for creating your own Google+ banner. These are written from the perspective of a complete beginner and are based on my own trial and error–so those of you who know better, please leave your own tips in the comments!