Jetpack is a one stop solution for most of the WordPress site owner. It comes with different modules and Publicize is one simple module as part of Jetpack plugin. It helps to share your posts instantly with social media platforms. Publicize shares the post when it is published and the settings can be changed in WordPress post editor instantly.
Though Publicize is very useful the problem is that it shares the posts in private mode (shared only with you) when used with Google Plus. For most of the users privately sharing with their own circles or only sharing with themselves is really not meaningful to get more views.
Change Private to Public Google+ Sharing in Publicize
Here is the solution to change the private to public sharing so that everyone can see your posts.
Login to your Google+ account and navigate to settings. If you have connected Publicize to Google+ profile then go to your profile settings.
If you have connected Publicize to Google+ page then go to your page settings.
Once you are in settings page, click on “Manage apps & +1’s on posts” button (previously “Manage apps & activities” as shown in the above screenshots. You will see the WordPress app connected to your Google+ account with “Visible to” status as “Only you” or “Your circles”. This is the default settings in Google+ and the reason why the posts from Publicize were not visible to public.
Click on the “edit” link and change the visibility status to “Public” and save your settings.
Any WordPress post shared from Publicize henceforth will be publicly shared in Google+ and visible to all.
Reshare Privately Shared Posts to Public
If you have not noticed this issue and shared many posts with “Only you” mode then use the reshare option. This will help to reshare previously shared posts again in “Public” mode.
If you are changing or adding additional connection in Publicize then try disconnecting and connecting again with Google+ . This may help sometime especially when you are connecting to local business page.
While Facebook and Twitter are making the sharing as simple as possible we do not understand why Google makes it more difficult.
Follow Jetpack’s guidance on reconnecting at https://jetpack.com/support/publicize/google/
Thanks for sharing, that should definitely help many.
Is there any way to make all published post public. ?
No simple way other than sharing manually.
Thanks for the link, hope guys at Google soon offer a fix.
This no longer works. Google decided to make it even harder since they probably don’t want people automatically posting from their blog. My guess is it is another control-freak mentality issue on the part of Google (again).
Does not work. All connected apps are displayed when you switch to classic but there’s no option for manipulating who sees your posts. Let us know when you finally get around this hurdle
This is no longer working. please consider updating this POST!!!
Even after switching to the classic G+ look, I still can’t get it to display the connected apps on my G+ page, only on my personal account :( G+ makes things way too complicated.
Nope. Following the links you suggest shows me the Wordpress app but there is nothing there about who can see it. No way to change it and I STILL have to manually repost every single post to public. Stupid system.
Google just made some update on Google Plus and I cannot find the Settings page as guide above.
Anyone can help?
I would also like to know this. Even under classic settings, I see the manage connected apps page, but the “edit” button for visibility is no longer there. No way to edit default privacy that I can see…
Thank you very much! It help me a lot
Finally my search ends here. Thanks a mil, it’s the easiest guide I have found so far on this issue.
Thank you for the tip! I’ve just come back to your article to follow the exact steps, because I noticed that my Google+ posts were not publicly shared, even though I already changed the app settings for WordPress to public once before! It’s a shame they don’t have the option to change the visibility of an original post, but resharing is still an OK way to go. :-)
Ideally it should be shared publicly with an option to change to private. Now it is other way round which most of the people don’t even aware and make the sharing useless. It is even worse in the new interface, hope Google guys have time to change this.
I got stuck at “Manage Apps & Activities” since I have a choice between “Manage Apps & +1’s on Posts” or “Manage Google+ Activity”, and a click on either does not take me to the right place to fix this…
Any additional advice for this tech-muppet would be hugely appreciated!
Thank you!! I figured it was just a switch to flip, that was buried in there somewhere, but didn’t have 3 days to go digging for it! That you very much for supplying the map, and keeping it up to date, as well. Much appreciated!! :)
Thank you for this wonderful tips. I have battled with this all this while. Dunno why google still want us to ho through such stress though
Thanks Dude For this helpful info…:)
THANKS , BUDDY I WAS IN TENSION I DID NOT FIND ANY SOLUTION FOR IT , TODAY I GOT IT,
THANKS AND KEEP IT UP
Hi! Google’s interface has changed and looks nothing like the screenshots above :(
It seems like there is no possibility to edit the privacy settings of my posts any longer. Or maybe I’m missing out on something?
You are using new G+ interface and we do not know where to see the connected “Apps” in new Google+ interface as it only shows activity logs. You can still go back to the old interface using “Back to classic G+” option available under menus (in lower left corner) to see the details like shown in the article.
For Google+ business pages – still the interface works explained above from “Google My Business > Settings” menu.
Hope this helps.
Wasted half a day trying to figure out why Wordpress wasn’t showing in the Apps section. This comment finally worked. G+ is all very confusing. Thanks for saving time for so many people!
You are most welcome….nice to see it helped you.
Thank you for easy to follow and up-to-date instructions.
When i click on Apps & Activities -> 500. That’s an error… :(
How do I fix this? Thank you
Thank you very much.
Thank you very much.My site is back with amazing traffic
Thank you so much for sharing this information! I’ve been searching for this solution for a long time! Awesome and detailed post!
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this had been stumping me for a long time. thanks for the helpful information!
Thank you very much for this information, it helped me greatly.
Thank you very much, this tip really helped me just nw
Thanks. very useful :)
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I searched for the answer several times, and this was the best tutorial (the only one that worked, really).
Thank You for sharing this information its very helpful for me
Thank you SO much! This is the only, easy-to-understand tutorial I could find!
After a lot of research, finally found the solution..!!! Thanks a lot.
Thank you so muuccccchhh :)
Really thanks a lot because the article is very helpful.
Thanks so much. This was a major problem for me. Appreciate your help.
yeah, i was not even noticed it was not shared publicly. Thanks for the tips, it works and now it is shared publicly.
Thank you boss :)
Doesn’t work if you don’t have Google apps. Which you now have to pay for.
We use it on many sites including this site without any Google app as explained in the article. It works perfectly fine.
I am having the same problem when I click to Apps & Activities there is nothing there? How do I fix this so it will post as public?
Was looking how to change this option. Thanks for the info, now its being shared publicly :-)