Google +1 Button: How To Add To Your Blog The Simple Way
You probably know by now that last month Google implemented the Google Plus One Button. If you are still not in the know of this, well just take a look at the +1 button just at the beginning of this post. Guess I’m a little late in getting this button up on this blog but I do have a good reason.
The truth is I knew about this since June but was busy with other stuff and kept putting it off but glad I did too. You see originally Google had intended this Google +1 to be used only for their organic search engine results. Now it seems that this has been extended to webmasters like us to allow this same button to appear on our websites or blogs. How cool that is.
Why Use The Google + 1 Button
Well simply because it’s good for SEO. While this may not seem too obvious, but remember this button was first implemented by Google for search engine results. So it should have some influence on your search engine ranking. Although Google does not tell us how so, my guess is that for any 2 sites with similar ranking factors, the site that has Google plus one or received more “+1″ from readers will most probably outrank the other, all things remaining equal.
Another reason why I said Google uses its Google +1 as another one of its hundreds of ranking factors is that Google made improvements when they found out that people were abusing the system by over zealously clicking their buttons for their own gains. Now why would Google go to so much trouble? Well the Google +1 button process is working pretty much smoothly now that Google has made some changes that ensured any additional clicks will reduce the total +1 values for that post. No more monkey business.
How You Can Add Google +1 Button For Your Sites:
Here’s the hard way:
Place the following code shown below in one of two places on your website theme or website:
1. Just above the closing ‘head’ tag; or
2. Just above the closing ‘body’ tag.
Next, place the following code where you want the +1 button to appear on your web pages:
Here’s the Easy Way:
Just install this free WP Plugin:
I chose this easy approach simply because I hate messing around with codes, no matter how easy it may appear to be. I should know. I once hacked my own blog many years ago doing what some claimed to be a simple coding change. Anyway I always try to do things the easy way and it has always been so for all my work from home challenges from day 1.
Well I hope you will use this plugin if you have yet to add the Google +1 on your blog as it’s so simple. Yes and if you liked this post, feel free to give it a +1.