When I last talked about Google Plus, I remarked on filling out one’s profile and developing relationships with others. It has a nice platform for conversing, similar to that of Facebook, but the conversations tend to be more business-like in nature. I also find photos look pleasing on Google+ – many photographers have taken to the platform, especially since, unlike Facebook, the terms of service do not want to claim your photos.
Since that time, Google+ has updated its logo to the bright red with the small g+. The platform also added pages for business. Last week brought a new change:
Google Search Plus.
Game Changer – Google Search Plus
Praveen has a review and some great images of how Google Search Plus looks on his site. You can go to Google now and see it in action for your own searches.
I’ve seen some complain about the new Google search – some are threatening to switch to Bing. My feeling, however, is just know that you can turn it on and off. I put the on and off buttons on the right side of this paragraph to show how the on and off buttons appear on my browser.
Get the Google+ Code for Your Own Site
First of all, if you don’t yet have the +1 button on your posts, here’s the code for the +1 button. There are also WordPress plugins for the +1 button. You want to give your readers the opportunity to vote on your posts.
Finally, learn about Google Authorship. Google has a method for verifying whether you actually wrote a post. This is matched up with your Google profile. You can learn a way to set up the code on Steve Hippel’s post. If you want a more detailed method for setting up the code on your author.php, you can check out Yoast’s post on Google Authorship. I used Yoast’s version, because it allowed me to have separate Google profile links on guest post pages. One small detail with Google+ profile links on guest post pages: in order for these to be verified by Google, the guest blogger would need to have a link back to your blog on their Google+ About page. Not likely if they have only written one guest post. There is now a WordPress plugin for Google Authorship. Whatever method you use, you should check that it is working using Google Webmaster Rich Snippets.
Have you taken out the time to set up Google Authorship on your site? With the new search changes, it might bring you even more clicks to your blog posts.