Monday, October 1, 2012

How to get a Google+1 button on your blog

The Google+1 button is an important addition to your website and blog. The Google+1 button is like the Facebook “Like” button, except it gets into Google searches. And Google reaches millions. “Asked which search engine they use most often, 83% of search users say Google.  The next most cited search engine is Yahoo, mentioned by just 6% of search users.”  (Pew Internet Research)

Here’s how you can get that important little Google+1 button:

Blogger: Go to “Design” in Blogger and click on “Layout” and then click on the “Edit” in the left hand corner of the “Blog Posts” rectangle. Another menu pops up. Scroll down and you’ll see a box you can check next to “Show Share Buttons.” Click and save. Now every blog post will carry the share buttons including the Google+1 button.

Wordpress or website: There is a code for the Google+1 button you can pick up from the Google Developers site. Choose the size and language and then copy the code it gives you. You can then paste it your HTML code box or in the footer. There are also plug-ins for Wordpress to do this for you. It’s suggested you add one to every page of your blog or website.

Joanne Elliott of Social Sprite Media Services brings this column to NWCU every week. If you're a creative seeking advice on spreading the good news about your work, we're here to help!

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