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Put the Google +1 Button on your Website

Posted by Alan at 5:08 PM on June 2, 2011

If you have a website then you are almost certainly interested in drumming up visitors and generating interest – what’s usually referred to as SEO.  Many sites use buttons on the home page and on individual posts to prompt readers to “like” the article on Facebook, “tweet” it on Twitter, or share it is some other way such as Digg or Reddit.

Now there’s a new player on the viral sharing block – the Google +1 button.  Google announced this several months ago and webmasters have been waiting for the opportunity to add it to their sites.  Given that Google is THE top player in the SEO game, this one has been very highly anticipated because of the potential traffic that may come along with it.

The wait ended yesterday when Google sent out the following email to everyone who signed up for the notification list.

Hi there,

You asked to be notified when the +1 button code was available, and today’s the day!

The +1 button makes it easy for visitors to recommend your pages to friends and contacts exactly when their advice is most useful — on Google search. As a result, you could get more and better qualified site traffic.

You’ll need to add a small snippet of code on the pages where you want a +1 button to appear. Ready to get started?

***CODE INSERTED HERE***

To stay current on updates to the +1 button large and small, please sign up for the Google Publisher Button Announce Group.

If you have questions when adding the code, check out the Google Webmasters Help Center. Thanks for your interest!

Sincerely,
The Google Webmaster Central & +1 button teams

Already I have seen the button popping up on various websites.  This could be a huge traffic boon for many sites, since clicks on the +1 button seem to lead directly to better Google search rankings.

4 Comments

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  2. From Christopher Ferrone at 10:41 am on June 3, 2011

    Very nice article and right to the point. I don’t know if this is actually the best place to ask but do you people have any ideea where to hire some professional writers? Thank you :)

  3. From Ashish Gupta at 5:02 am on June 5, 2011

    Is it really helpful for the webmasters in promoting their websites ?

  4. From Alan Buckingham at 5:59 pm on June 5, 2011

    That is what I am hearing, but it will probably take a few weeks to get a real feel for it.