Google Plus is finally starting to prove to us that it isn’t quite the ghost-town we all assumed it would be. Integrating G+ comments into YouTube was a bold move, one that was not particularly favoured by many. However it was a move that helped introduce the networking platform to a large chunk of the internet that they may never have been able to leverage previously.

Coupled with the addition of “views” to profiles and business pages just a few months later, it’s now right there in front of us in black and white. Google Plus has a massive amount of daily users.


It’s not just the industry experts like Matt Cutts and Rand Fishkin that are getting all the views either. Celebrity profiles such as Mark Wahlberg, Hugh Jackman and Russell Brand all boast millions upon millions of views. But while Matt and the rest of those guys rack up massive view counts, the rest of us are displaying rather flaccid figures in comparison.


But did you know that it’s actually not that hard to naturally inflate your own view count, whilst gaining a few relevant followers? Read on to discover how I earnt over half a million views to both my G+ page and my G+ profile in less than a year by simply sharing one post a day – and nothing more.

Understanding Google Plus Views

I was really confused when Google switched +1 count to view count and my G+ profile showed just under half a million views! Don’t get me wrong, it was fantastic to see such a high number, but I was just confused as to how my profile had garnered so many views when I’d only created it as an afterthought to establish Google authorship for my motoring blog. I rarely share anything here, so what’s so special about this profile?


Next I checked the Google Plus page for my blog and the results were similar, if not a little more staggering. I share content frequently via this page so was naturally expecting a larger view count than on my profile.


Upon further investigation I began to realise that the view count displayed is really an aggregate of views to my page and my posts and my photo counts.

I’m now going to let you into a little secret…The secret that helped me understand how to replicate this – They aren’t all technically “views” either, a large chunk of them are impressions.

For the last year I had been following a simple formula which had been naturally increasing my (then hidden) view count by a massive amount.

Increasing Your Google Plus Views

To significantly increase your Google Plus view count you must be doing two things: Sharing images and using communities.

  • Embed a highly shareable image within each post on your blog or website.
  • Post the image to G+ with a link back to your post in the description.
  • Share the posted image in relevant G+ communities with large audiences.

If you sign-up to a G+ community with a large volume of members, the post you share to the community is shared on the feed of community members. The larger the audience, the larger the impression share, the more “views” your page will receive.

An image I shared this morning was “viewed” approx 1400 times in just over half an hour!


Which is a far cry from the currently dominating social network – Facebook.


So were views added to our profiles and pages to demonstrate the reach of your posts compared to those ever decreasing numbers on Facebook? Probably.

Google says “the view count number equals the number of times your content has been seen by other people, including your photos, posts, and profile page.” So the administrator of the page will also get a boost in their own views too.

Let me know in the comments if you have any more tips for increasing Google Plus views!


  1. nice informative article Hayley.Google+ equally important as facebook and twitter to increase their site traffic.. Mainly using community is the best idea, i try this way. It will surely work out.

  2. Thanks for the tip Hayley! We will surely try this out on our case to increase our views on our Google Plus Page.

  3. Just wondering.. everytime i check in to my main google + account (not listed as the email account…) , I notice certian posts go up by a specific number pattern each time i click on them a maximum of twice.. , like adding 3 or adding 4 each time to the number of views on a specific image.

    Is Google + counting my own views.. or are the views not updating according to some realtime… formula?


  4. This ie very helpful for me, given that I have only 400 views.\nI was awestruck when one friend who is a freelancer has 4 million\ng plus page views.\nregards\nvinodhsen

  5. I don’t post a lot of content on my Google+ but i have connected my Google+ to my blogger website. If people view my website, does that count towards my Google+ views?\n\n

    1. Hi Thea, Yes, you can get views from a photo that has been viewed on a Blogger blog as these photos are hosted on your Google+/Picassa account.

  6. Hi Hayley,\n\nThanks so much for this! Question – are you saying to upload the image…and then share the google plus post on the community site?\n\nThanks!

    1. Hi Seng, As you upload an image, you will notice that you can change which circles to share the post with, for instance mine is set to share every post with “public”. It is on this line that you can select which communities to share your post with. You must become a member of each community BEFORE you are allowed to share your images within. Hope this helps!

  7. Nice post. This makes sense I was wondering how my regular profile had almost 40,000 views but I never been on it. Now I know how to increase my views for my ‘Online Stores Hub’ page. Thanks!

    1. Hi Tony,

      I notice that you share many posts from a blogspot blog. If this is your blog, and you log-in via the same Google account, then its likely that the high number of “views” displayed are coming from your blogs impressions/views. I haven’t looked into this specifically in-depth, but i’m confident that blogspot views are counted. Hope this helps!

  8. Thanks for the best information about Google+ Page views. As a beginner this article will so much helpful to do Social Media Optimization. Thank You.

  9. Same here with me when i registered i have only few Views but sudden i posted in some communities now i look at the views

  10. At 1,052,512 views; For several days now has quit counting and I`m pissed off. it was gaining around 13,783 per night. NOW somehow GOOGLE put a stop to it and Has slowed my BUSINESS. Do they want me to create a class Action Suite.

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  11. I have been trying to get this up and running properly for a while now so have even changed what I’m talking about and doing on the forums. First of all it was on film reviews and up and coming. Then fishing about carp techniques help guides videos bait recipes still got no where now I’m doing it on airgun equipment reviews and plinking has well has hunting. I don’t know where I keep going wrong but could really do with the help thx.

    1. I’d recommend choosing a topic you like and focusing on that, you can always branch out. You should also produce lots of worthwhile content that people will be willing to share for months before you see any “spike” in traffic or views on e.g. youtube. Just because you’re getting 10, 20 odd views now doesn’t mean that in 3 months you won’t be getting 10k views! Good luck, and work hard to make the algorithms love your content!

  12. I think they’ve disregarded google plus views now so that only you can see your views. How many views are you personally getting on average? You can view your page views also on twitter, group and youtube etc.