TGIF, it’s time for our next Social Fridays post! This weekly series will take you through best practices and tips to help you make the most of Google+ for your site.

As you’ve been posting new content to your +page and perhaps using the Google+ mobile app, you may have noticed that Google+ is quite a visual platform. The Financial Times has found that images and videos have the highest engagement on their +page, and we’ve heard similar comments from other publishers. Today we’ll share a tip on how to make the most of the visual nature of the platform to help increase interaction with your content.

To post a link to an article or page of your site, you may currently be using the ‘Attach link’ option on your +page and pasting in the URL of the article. When you post this way, a small thumbnail of an image from that article will appear next to a text preview, or a relevant icon. You then have the option to post additional comments above the content before you share it.

From time to time, instead of simply attaching the link, try posting the image from the article as the main content on your +page. Then, in the comment field above, enter the description with a shortened link to the full content. This allows users to see a larger version of the image from the article and can draw them in, while the shortened link above the image directs them to the article on your site for the full content.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of how these two approaches would look while drafting a post for your +page:

Link as attachment 

Image as attachment 

Give this technique a try for some of your posts, and see how it can help you build a richer experience on your +page. Have you found success with posting images, or do you have other tips for +pages to share? Leave a comment on our AdSense +page and discuss your experiences with other publishers.

Tune in again next week, when we’ll discuss verifying your +page. In the meantime, feel free to head over to our AdSense +page to share your thoughts about today’s content with other readers.

Posted by Arlene Lee - Inside AdSense Team