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Google +1 FAQ, Guides, Installation, Settings, SEO effect & Much more

By sudharsan

June 7, 2011
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Last week, Google unveils most awaited Google +1 button for blogs, though they had launched +1 service a few month back, it cannot be used as a share button like Facebook “like” and twitter “Re tweet” button. Now you can add +1 button in your blog.

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This post is a small contribution from my side to make users to understand the +1 concept better. Before entering into the topic you should have a basic knowledge about Google +1 and social search features of Google. I’ve already written a detailed post about it, read it before reading this post.

1. Google +1 – A Short Intro

2. How to install Google +1 in your Blog

Adding +1 button  in your blog will make user to +1 you article easily, so your post can be visible to their social circles, as a results you can also gain a little SEO boost for your articles. On the whole, integrating +1 button will boost your SERP rankings.

— Select the standard size, languages, web page URL etc.,  from the options given below, now copy the 1st code and place it above the closing </head> tag.

create custom google +1 button

— Copy the second code and place it in appropriate region of single.php file, because placement will  vary according to your WordPress templates. Have a backup before integrating.

> For Blogger blogspot users check this tutor for installation, if you are using thesis theme, check this one.

3. How it will Affect Rankings

It is official now that, Google +1 votes is added to search algorithm but no one knows how much it will affect the rankings.

When a signed Google users is searching in web using Google, he can see Google +1 button in search engine result pages, if he like the article very much he can give a +1 (similar to like or vote up) to the articles. After the vote up, the article may started to show in his social circle and in Google profile +1 tab.

When ever his friends search for the same data they can see the vote up made by his friends, this is very similar to recommending an article, products, places, companies etc., with your friends. As a result, blog that get more vote up will gain more exposure and traffic.

google +1 in search result page

A recent study by seoeffect says, using google +1 has increased the CTR by 20% in Google result page, people love to click those links which has more recommendation (+1) than the results in no.1 position.

Google +1 impact

4. Enable, Hide & Unhide Google +1

All signed in Google users who opt in to Google +1 can see the button but now it is only available in google.com (egnlish version).All the links you +1 will show up in a separate tab of your Google profile, so have a look at this article for safe privacy settings.

5. Some Answered Questions about Google +1

google +1 faq

There are number of questions and rumors revolving around this major update, we are not going to discuss about all those one here, except these two.

1. Whether it will kill Facebook “Like” button ?

First think I have to make you clear is, Google +1 is not a facebook killer, both are different. Having more number of facebook likes will increase your brand exposure in facebook, Google +1 wont help you in getting ROI in facebook. So give your visitors the choice on how they want to share the content with their friends.

2. Whether it will sucks like Google Buzz ?

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I don’t know how it will going to affect search rankings, whether it will boost the rankings or it will increase only the CTR of a blog. I can show you some proof of why Google plus one may sucks.

Following screenshot is take from Mashable, leading Social media blog, which shows very less Google plus one count compared to facebook like and Twitter Rt, even it didn’t touched 10% of shares compared to other social sites. Do you know why ?

mashable google plus one share count

The Reason is, million of people login to social sites daily, it is easy for them to share content with their friends while they surf, as a result, blogs and websites can get much exposure & share from social sites. But how many people will sign in to Google account while searching ? the number will be very less. So chance of using +1 button for a normal users is very much decreased naturally, then how it is possible to get vote up using +1 button for them.

This +1 button may be useful for bloggers and webmasters but not for a normal users, remember 70-80% of world searches depends on those normal users, if Google want to succeed in +1, they really need them to +1 the results. As you all know most of the bloggers will vote up for their blog promotion and how it is possible to get quality results from self votes ?

Considering all those things, I can say you one thing that Google Plus one won’t succeed as it is expected.

Other Google +1 Resources

Google Analytics for +1 Button – Check Yoast blog for more information.

Google Chrome Extension – This extension lets you to +1 any webpage or results easily, all your +1 will be added to your google profile +1 tab.

Google +1 API – Customize the code using its apis.

Google +1 privacy guide.

If you have any doubts, check out their official FAQ page.

Top 10 Weekly Twitter trends & Google Searches in INDIA [Chart]

By sudharsan

June 4, 2011

Due to some problems, I can’t come up with a trend chart for the past two weeks, now I’m back. In this week, people discussing more about Baba Ramdev, a Hindu Guru, hunger strike and Google searches are related to SSLC and HS results in their respected areas.

Hot Twitter Trends in India this Week

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Top Google Searches in India this Week

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Museum Of Me: Turn Your Facebook Life into Awesome Virtual Museum

By sudharsan

June 3, 2011

Few days before I have shared an app called social memories that can make a beautiful album from your facebook profile photos, likes etc., Today I’ve come up with another awesome and cool tool that worth million of likes.

Must checkGoogle Art Project: Take a Virtual walk (tour) on 17 world’s popular Museums.

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Intel.com, leading chip manufacturer, had create an awesome tool called “Museum of Me“, that gathers your photos, likes, status updates of your facebook profiles to create a beautiful virtual museum. Your facebook life is organized into different rooms, it will exibit or showcase your popular photos, likes etc., in different room where digital people checking out your exhibits with a music plays at the background.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUE1Aq3niz8&feature=player_embedded

Current Valuation & Revenue of Popular Social Media Sites

By sudharsan

May 30, 2011

As we are in social media revolution, at least we have one account from any popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter etc., to communicate with our friends and relatives. Do you know how much revenue they are making from those products per year and how much the company is valued at present year 2011.

Below Infographics is create by G+, a community place for active professionals, had made this nice infographics that visualize the current valuation and revenue generated by the companies per year.

social media valuations infographic

WhoWorksAt: View people in your network who work at the site you’re visiting

By sudharsan

May 23, 2011

WhoWorks.at is a professional website or tool that list all of your LinkedIn connections who work at the site or company you’re visiting, in just a click. 1st degree connections are the most important one bubbles up the front end, if you don’t know any one in a company directly (1st degree), the addon will display your 2nd and 3rd level connections.

Do read – How to socialize your blog or business using LinkedIn plugins.

whoworksat addons screenshot

If the company doesn’t exist or there is no one working on the company from your networks it will display a simple “404 not found error” page.  In addition to viewing employees in your network, you can also able to view recent new hires and promotions / title changes of a company or websites you are viewing. At present it is available only for chrome users,it will be extended to all browsers soon.

Social Memories – Create Beautiful Album from your facebook Memories

By sudharsan

May 21, 2011

A new facebook applications that compiles your facebook activity data from June 2009 to present or you can set the timeline, that slice and create a 28 page beautiful album organizing all of your facebook memories (activities) such as your total likes, comments, your activity distribution, popular photos you have uploaded etc., It will be arranged in a beautiful Album to share with your friends circle.

You may also like, 20 Valentine applications to impress your spouse.

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Do read Create infographics from your social media stats.

Pro-version of this app is available for 19 euros along with free shipping to your home, this pro version includes 28 pages of beautiful album of your facebook memories. If you need this, you have to pay money for them, otherwise only a selected 6 pages of your album will be shared with your friends.

DEFICE – Successful formula to Increase YouTube Views Count

By sudharsan

May 20, 2011

Not getting good views count to your Youtube videos ? Seeking for tips to make a high quality and viral videos. Here is the 5 successful formulas by Gideon Shalwick, founder & author of rapidvideoblogging that guides thousands of video bloggers to earn cash from their niche videos.

Do readCreate Unique HD video for your blog.

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At first you have to create videos that contains more values or topics that will be very useful for the readers or at least it should amuse them a little bit. This is one of the basic and initial step to create a viral videos.

DEFICE – Successful formula for effective YouTube marketing for video bloggers.

1. Different

Think different in all aspects like creating videos, themes, topics etc., & be sure the video will give the users a different experience. In recent times, infographics video is very popular as it tells about the data or information in a visual format, similar to infographics.

2. Exciting

Make your videos more exciting for your viewers,try to add some CG work & good music to your videos to make it interactive for your viewers.

3. Funny

Funny means don’t think to make a comedy video, just make it with humor touch. This is the hard part because you can make a video with high quality but its tough to make it in a funny way. Things that expressed in funny way can impress a lot of people and your messages will be reach millions of peoples.

If you don’t have knowledge to create such videos, YouTube helps you to create animated videos for free, all you need is to have a good concept or theme for your video, that’s it.

DEFICE – Explained by Gideon Shalwick.

4. Interesting

People generally like to see videos like how to, guides, D.I.Y videos etc., than reading a lengthy articles. isn’t ? Any science experiments or tutor shared in a video format will generally gain a huge views count. It will be watched by all kinds of people from children to old age peoples.

5. Controversial

Generally controversial topics will always gain huge popularity, no matter whether it is a post or videos, but it will be tough job for a normal video bloggers to create such videos because it needs a lot of analysis in a particular field to create such videos.

6. Excellent

Whether you are excellent or not, make a excellent video on view point of your viewers that induce them to share with their friends on social media sites and their blog.

Do you have anything more ? share with us.

Top 10 Weekly twitter Trends & Google Searches in INDIA [Chart]

By sudharsan

May 15, 2011

Weekly, we discuss here about the trending topics in Google searches & twitter to know whats happening on Indian social circle. This week, topics related to Election and HSC results plays a major part in India.

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Weekly Twitter Trend Chart

twitter trend chart

Weekly Google Searches Chart

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