Make sure Jetpack G+ publicize settings work for you.

Just a quick post covering the G+ sharing in Jetpack publicize settings, but it caught me out at the weekend, so I thought I’d share in case anyone else has done the same thing.

When you set up Jetpack publicize you can connect a number of different networks, including Google+. I’d done this for my new photography blog, hosted on (You find this setting under Settings>Sharing there.) And then I noticed that when the posts were being shared, they were marked private, and were going to a limited audience.

It turned out that when I’d set it up, I’d left it at the default G+ setting, which was My circles, instead of opting for Public.

So in this screen:

jetpack publicise settings

I hadn’t gone into the dropdown alongside where it said my circles and changed it. I disconnected, and reconnected, and this time made sure I went for public.

There can be reasons for sharing just to your circles on G+ but when you’re auto sharing, you probably do want it to go as wide as it can. Plus if a post is shared to circles and someone goes to reshare, they will get a warning about limited audiences, which might put them off. Personally, I’m going for sharing as widely as I can on that auto share, if I want to fine tune, I can do that when I share manually.

Hope that’s a helpful tip for you, if it is, please share it on!

4 thoughts on “Make sure Jetpack G+ publicize settings work for you.

  1. Stephan Lechner

    Thank you! I overlooked this during set up, too. To make things worse, it also looks like you can’t change the sharing setting on G+ posts to “public” once you’ve auto-shared privately.

  2. Jo Sandelson

    This is really helpful Jax. Many thanks – wouldn’t have known about it otherwise. In fact I still don’t know my way around more than prob 30-50% of site and Jetpack perpetually broken, but perhaps this is the answer .. 🙂

  3. Mohd Arif

    Jatpack is a great plugin which is a bundle of various wordpress relates services like blog comment, spam protection, site state and other, I also use this great plugin into my own self hosted website..
    Great article ..

    Mohd Arif

    1. Jax Blunt Post author

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, even if it was mainly because you wanted to leave a link to your site. Didn’t work – links in comment body are nofollow and I’ve removed it anyway.

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