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How to add the +1 button to your WordPress blog

By Mohnish On July 5, 2011 Under Blogging, Guides and Tuts, Social Networking

Google has started rolling out Google Plus to more users as you read this.  Google had announced the +1 button last month and had released the code to add it to your website.

How does +1 affect 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.

Does +1 affect my site’s performance in search?

Content recommended by friends and acquaintances is often more relevant than content from strangers. For example, a movie review from an expert is useful, but a movie review from a friend who shares your tastes can be even better. Because of this, +1’s from friends and contacts can be a useful signal to Google when determining the relevance of your page to a user’s query. This is just one of many signals Google may use to determine a page’s relevance and ranking, and we’re constantly tweaking and improving our algorithm to improve overall search quality. For +1’s, as with any new ranking signal, we’ll be starting carefully and learning how those signals affect search quality.

How to add the +1 button on your WordPress blog

All you need to do is install a plugin on your blog and activate it. You’re done!

Steps:

  1. Install the TF Share Plugin. (Also known as Twitter Facebook Share plugin)
  2. Activate it.

and you’re done! 2 simple steps to add the Google +1 button on your WordPress.

You can also customize the plugin as you like. You can add Facebook, Twitter, Stumble Upon and Google +1 widgets on your blog.

Do let me know how Google +1 is performing for you in the comments below.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Free Ultimate Game Cards
    July 18, 2011
    3:38 pm #comment-1

    I added it to my site and its actually helping me out…. it got me to be ranked i believe 3rd in google for the keywords “Free Ugcs”

  2. Real Estate Agent
    March 17, 2013
    10:45 am #comment-2

    In WordPress you can use various plugins to add the +1 button to your website.

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