Google had announced in December that it would shut down Google+ (Google Plus).
They sent out an email to personal (consumer) account users on February 1st informing them that they would be closing the service on April 2nd because of low usage.
Very low usage!
Facebook claims 2.2 billion users monthly and 1.4 million daily active users. However, Google Plus has only 2 billion users registered. Only 395 million of those users are active monthly.
The email from Google regarding the closure contains the following:
Your Google+ account, as well as any Google+ pages that you have created, will be closed on April 2nd. We will also begin deleting content from Google+ accounts of consumers. Photos and videos taken from Google+ will be deleted from your Album Archive as well as your Google+ pages. Your content can be downloaded and saved, provided you do this before April. You can not delete photos or videos that you have backed up to Google Photos.
Google+ users cannot create pages, communities, or events as of February 4, 2013.
While the process of deleting content can take several months, some content might remain visible during this period.
Google will replace the Google+ sign in button for those who log into sites or apps using the Google+ sign in button.
For more information about the shutdown, see the FAQ.
However, I am glad that I didn’t waste too much time trying to find the service as a free traffic source… I hope you did not!
Google Plus’s closure just shows that you cannot rely on free services to build your audience. You must also have your own blog in order to create an affiliate marketing business.
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