Are You Getting the Benefit of the Google +1 Button?
Google has been working on the +1 button, and in the last month or so it has changed character. It used to just add a count on your profile, where nobody saw it, but it’s now similar to the Facebook “Like” button, which is what I suspect Google had in mind all along. So what does this mean to you?
The big benefit I see in the +1 button is the ability to share content with specific groups of people, using Google Plus‘s “Circles”. One of the frustrations I have found in Facebook is that this capability, although it exists, is not easy to implement. I have over 4,000 “friends” on Facebook, and clearly not all of them are interested in the same topics.
Let’s suppose I’m working with Google Plus and have three circles: “Friends and Family”, “Colleagues” and “Internet Marketers“. If my dog gets fleas I might choose to tell my friends and family, and perhaps my colleagues, but it’s doubtful if any internet marketing friends would find that very interesting unless they happen to be marketing flea powder. (As it happens, I don’t have a dog, so please don’t inundate me with anti-flea information!)
On the other hand, if I have just found a new web hosting package that I like, most of my friends and family won’t be remotely interested, but my colleagues and internet marketers may be. Do you see how neat this can be for segmenting your market and avoiding spamming family and friends? I really wish this was as easy to do with Facebook.
What is the Benefit of the Google +1 Button?
You guessed it! Google uses the +1 ratings to help rank websites. Of course, it’s not all they use, but it can certainly help your site to get better SEO rankings and hence more traffic.
Here is a video from Google explaining how you can use this new capability:
Try it out now by “+1“ing this article!
PS: If you figure out how to join the preview group, let me know! Google has not released the new capability to the rest of the world yet