Are you ready for Google Plus?
You may have been aware of Google’s strategy to take on Facebook with its own ‘Like’ button called Google plus 1. I have added it below to show you what it might look like. (There are various display options) The blogging community have responded rapidly due to the fact that it appears to get you noticed more on Google search if you have lots of +1’s. (If you look at my post on Google Love this is another way to attract it!)
How do I put it on my blog or website?
At the moment there is a reasonably easy way of getting the Google plus 1 button on your site. That is if you are comfortable adding some script code to your blog. Some themes will provide an easy way to add code to headers and footers via the theme settings. Others may need to be changed via the editor within the WordPress admin dashboard or via FTP. That stands for File Transfer Protocol for those who are interested. You need to be able to use a file transfer program like Fetch for Mac or FileZillar for PC.
The best source of information is from WP Beginner on how to add the +1 button to WordPress which is more detailed than the rest and shows you how to add the button to your theme rather than adding the code to each post or page.
If you feel queasy after reading the last two paragraphs then you might want to try the new Google plus 1 WordPress plugin with the rider that it is new, has only just over 600 downloads so far and is therefore a bit ‘bleeding’ edge. You might want to wait a while to see if it this plugin proves itself useful. Or if you are terrified of technology ask a techie mate to implement the first option above. It only takes about 10 minutes if you know what you are doing.
I know this is a more techie post than usual. Sometimes being a little ahead of the crowd can make a difference to your ranking and get you noticed. In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king!
Update: Google now have a go faster Google + button which loads more quickly.