Add +1 to your pages and help your website stand out – Why Google+ makes the +1 button important
You’ve probably seen these Google +1 buttons around the place. While I knew Google might be onto something, it hadn’t really clicked for me until until now. Today I got an invite and signed up to the new Google + Project. It’s basically Google’s answer to Facebook.
Seeing the below in my profile screen inside Google + has made the little +1 button make a whole lot more sense and seem that much more of an important addition to your website. All your +1’s while not only having an impact on search results*, will show up in the streams and profiles of everyone using Google +.
So, how do I add it to my website?
It’s super simple, visit the +1 Webmaster’s page and follow the simple instructions. Basically you’ll need to add some code (a script tag and another custom tag where you want it displayed) to your websites html.
NB. You’ll need to be able to edit a page’s html source so if you need some help, contact your website developers (or us) for some help.
For more info about the +1 Button – Watch the intro
The Interactive Tour is also quite cool and worth a look.
The +1 button and search results
+1 helps people discover relevant content—a website, a Google search result, or an ad—from the people they already know and trust. Adding the +1 button to your pages lets users recommend your content, knowing that their friends and contacts will see their recommendation when it’s most relevant—in the context of Google search results.
When a signed-in Google user is searching, your Google search result snippet may be annotated with the names of the user’s connections who’ve +1’d your page. If none of a user’s connections has +1’d your page, your snippet may display the aggregate number of +1’s your page has received.
What do you think, do you think Google has come up with a decent answer to Facebook? Will you add the +1 button alongside the Facebook Like & Tweet buttons?
P.S I’m out of invites so sorry, you’ll have to wait or find someone else….
P.P.S – I know, we haven’t even added the +1 button to our own blog yet but it’s coming don’t worry… be sure to +1 our home page though…