Recently Google released their own twist of Facebook’s “like”, that is “+1”. You may have noticed the “+1” logo on blog posts and in Google searches, it looks like this:
What is a “+1”?
Clicking the “+1” button on a blog post or search result means that you recommend it, you think it rocks and that you think your friends should check it out. You are basically giving it your approval much like you do when you click the Facebook “like” or retweet someone’s tweet. When your friends, contacts and others see that you have “+1’d” something they see that it has been recommended and approved by others. Knowing that other’s “+1’d” something tells them that it’s popular, worth a read and valuable. Social proof is a big thing lately eh? 🙂
Why you should pay attention to +1’s
When you see +1’s in search results you may find yourself gravitating to the results with the most “+1s” as those have been read and recommended by others in your network (be sure to be logged into your Google account to see all the “+1’s”
Add it to your blogsite!
Use the “Google +1 Button” WordPress Plugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-1/) to add a “+1” button to your blog posts, pages and on your home page so that others can “+1” your site. If you want more control over where the “+1” appears on your site use the “Google +1 Button Advanced” plugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-plus1-button/)
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