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What Google+ Page Views Mean

May 7
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Recently, Google+ made a small but interesting update to their pages. Every profile page now includes the total number of times the user’s content has been seen by others. This new number is the sum of all of the views of the user’s profile, posts and photos since October 2012.

Here’s how it looks on the profile page, below the profile photo and next to the follower count:


Again, this number is the total of views for every post, photo and profile view. This could be a user seeing it in their feed or actually going to your profile page and scrolling through the posts and/or photos.

Google+ has more than 540 million active users, as opposed to the 1 billion active users on Facebook. Displaying this new metric could be part of an effort to emphasize activity on the network. Google+ isn’t always the first social media item on the menu for most people, however there are many ways it can benefit your business.

Google+ makes your view count visible to everyone by default, but you can change this setting to make it private. You can do that in your profile settings. To start, open Google+ and click the ‘Home’ button in the upper left corner. Then click ‘Settings’ and scroll to ‘Profile.’ (Shown below.)

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Additionally, this update may be a hint that Google could also start including your Google+ numbers in Google Analytics at some point in the future. We’ll have to wait and see!

What do you think about the new Google+ profile views?

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Carina is the Managing Content Editor at Katie Wagner Social Media. Carina’s background is in publishing and print journalism. She is also the editor of KWSM’s monthly e-newsletter.

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7 Comment to “What Google+ Page Views Mean”

  1. Thanks for explaning, how the new Google+ works as I can’t believe I hav over 51.000 views and how, but it’s others on my page including in this:-)

    Jul 5, 2014
  2. I just gave a reply in regards to this my page has over 50.000 views n I realize they come from being on my page other on viewers Thx:-)))

    Jul 5, 2014
  3. Can I ask.
    Every time I take a pic on my mobile, it automatically goes into Google+. Does that mean that the whole world can see every photo I take? And if so, what is the point of having ‘Google circles’?

    Michael Browne
    Sep 19, 2014
  4. The G+ page views seems like good way to show each person’s influence and reach on the web. I like it.

    Sep 28, 2014
  5. This is very interesting because my view count keeps increasing tremendously and I wasn’t sure if it was accurate.

    Nov 13, 2014
  6. I like the view counter. My blog is linked to my Google+ so its nice to know its being viewed.

    Jan 17, 2015
  7. Still trying to figure out where the page view come from. I post a photo in one of the Google+ communities and the number of page view goes up by several thousand. Then 2 days later when the image is much further down the community board, suddenly my page views jumps by 28,000. Has the image been shared somewhere else? Though there were no new alerts to anybody sharing any of my photos. Strange and Interesting.

    Feb 26, 2015

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