Google has done it again. Yep, that’s right… Earlier this year they had the Panda update which affected the content farms. Google made a statement that said something to the affect that we “should trust them. That they were just trying to put the good guys on one side and the bad guys on another”. Alrighty then…
Shortly after that took place I heard that they had a lot of other things in store for us this year. Surprise!!! Introducing the Google +1 button.
My first thought was what the heck is this! To me it looked like another social media button that I assumed we were to add to our site. Like we don’t have enough already. Sure you want to give your readers different options so they can share your content on their favorite sites. I get that! But man they sure can junk up a blog can’t they?
That’s when the questions started flying and I wanted to know exactly what this was for and was it in my best interest to add this to my blogs. So you guessed it, I went in search to find these answers.
Everyone’s Got An Opinion
Wow, everyone sure does have their opinions about this and I’m sure you do too. But I’m going to share with you what I have learned about this new button and what everyone ought to know about Google +1.
If you go to their official site, this is what they have to say.
The +1 button is shorthand for “this is pretty cool” or “you should check this out.”
Click +1 to publicly give something your stamp of approval. Your +1’s can help friends, contacts, and others on the web find the best stuff when they search.
So here is some of what I’ve read so far.
Some think it’s really great…
Some think it’s the worst thing they’ve come up with so far and it’s doomed…
Some just don’t care one way or the other…
Some people think they are just trying to copy Facebook’s “like” button.
Some people think that Twitter is still a lot more powerful so this should just be ignored.
Some people believe if you ignore this new feature since is does have to do with Google that you will be in a world of hurt later on.
Where do you fit in? Do you have an opinion yet?
Which Is Of More Value A Tweet Or Google’s +1
I was over at Sire’s blog the other day and he had an interesting post about the Google +1 button. I invite you to head over there once you are finished with this post and check out what he said. But I’m going to sum it up for you the best way I can. And yes, his post is titled, “Which Is Of More Value A Tweet Or Google’s +1“.
Now I love to share content on Twitter. It’s by far my favorite. It’s just really easy to do and you can chat with the people who shared your content and publically recognize them as well. It’s just a fun site. Anyway, there was this debate on whether a tweet was better than the Google +1.
Twitter seems to be more short lived. In others words if you tweet about someone’s post then it’s up on their feed but will quickly disappear among all the other tweets right! Sure, a few people will pay attention and check out the stuff so I’m not saying it isn’t a powerful method for getting traffic.
Where Google +1 comes into play is that it’s an excellent way for you to tell Google that you love a particular site or their content. It’s similar to when you “like” something on Facebook. You see how powerful that has become and how those posts and content that have the most likes are showing up more in their search results.
Why not tell Google how cool you think this content is or site because like backlinking, it’s going to help your site get a lot more attention. I mean we just never know exactly what Google has up their sleeve with this one. What if they intend to actually incorporate these results into their search algorithums. See how powerful that could end up! This could especially work really well for the new guy. We just never really know do we!
I don’t know about you but I’m not ignoring something Google comes out with because they are pretty powerful when it comes to ranking our content. Whether you like them or not, whether you agree with them or not. That’s just the way of the internet, at least for now. All I can tell you is that my mama didn’t raise no fool!
Will those black hat marketers find a way to manipulate this as well? Probably… But the end result will be that Google will eventually catch up with them and shut them down. Nothing will ever be perfect and out of the reach of dishonest people. Bottom line…
How To Add This To Your Site
If you would like to add this to your site, I’m going to make it pretty easy for you.
I’ve checked out a bunch of posts telling you different ways to install this and trust me, I’ve tried four of them before I finally found one that is just too simple. You know me, I definitely am going with the really simple method.
Go to your plug-ins and click on “Add New”. Put “WordPress Google +1 Button” into the search area and install this plug-in. Then go to “Settings” and the “Google +1 Button”. Choose the style and position you want as well as if you want the count to display and if you want it to show on all pages or just posts. That’s all there is to it. You can’t get much simpler then that.
Suck Up Time!
That’s the jest of what I have gotten from the Google +1 button. As you will also notice, I’ve added it to my site as well. I guess from this moment forward I can definitely say that I would REALLY appreciate it if you not only spread my posts around to your friends but hit the heck out of that Google button will ya!!! I’m not bashful, I want people to notice my little place I call home over here. I think we all want the love spread around.
So, I’ll be sure to do the same for each and every one of you when I stop by your place from this day forward so if you have this handy little button installed you can bet I’ll do my best to support you as well.
Your turn! Any thoughts on this subject and have you already installed it on your blog(s)? Have you given this much thought or just haven’t gotten around to it yet? Would really be curious to hear your opinion on this particular topic. Which category do you fall into?
As always, I wish you all well and hope this post helped with your decision in at least some very small way. Always look forward to hearing from you.
Until we talk again,