The Google +1 Button: What You Need To Know And How To Get It

Google Plus One Button Allow me to re-introduce myself, My name is Google and the +1 button is my *new* attempt to grab a piece of the social pie…

Google finally launched the +1 (Plus One) button everybody has been talking about. But you might be asking yourself if you should care or if you should worry about getting it on your site.

The +1 button is basically Google’s response to the Facebook Like button. A way for people to decide what is relevant online, in this case on Search.

Let’s start by acknowledging that Google’s latest ventures to conquer the social space have been less than fortunate, however, this time it might just work. The reason is that they’re adding a social aspect to what they do best, search. It’s too early and Google hasn’t really discussed much details but this little button is supposed to change how you see search results.

Why is it important to you?

This is a way of personalizing the results of what you search for, you will decide what is relevant just like you do when you give a post a “Like” or a tweet. These recommendations that you make by clicking on the +1 button are visible to your connections online.

Here is the official video from Google:

More importantly, if you have a blog/site, you need to drop that puppy in there so your readers start giving you some +1 love. Even though is very early, there are already a few ways to integrate the button in your blog.

How to install the Button on your site?

First things first, Google has published the “+1 Your Website” page for you to customize your own button and grab the piece of code to use it on your site. This is very simple, you should spend approximately 30 seconds on the site.

Add the google plus one button to your site

Alright, I hear ya! There are other ways to do this if you have no coding experience or don’t know where to drop that little mumbo jumbo. Let’s look at what else is out there:

To integrate into WP Thesis

If you’re a Thesis user, there is an easy way to do this in 3 steps:

  • Add your code to the Thesis Options > Stats Software Scripts section on your WordPress dashboard
  • Copy an additional couple of lines to your custom_functions.php that the good guys at DIY Themes give you here
  • And add another line on your custom.css (you’ll also find it there)

If you’re not a Thesis user, sorry because I know that just sounded alien to you.

Is there something easier to integrate my button?

You bet. If you want to completely forget about touching anything in the back-end of your blog, there are already a couple of WordPress plugins that let you integrate the +1 Button.

I tested 2 or 3 different plugins and the one I like is WordPress plugin – Google +1 Button. The options are very simple, what kind of button and size you want, where do you want to display (if before or after post) and if you want it to float right or left.

Wordpress plugin Google Plus One button

You should get this rocking on your blog in a matter of 5 minutes.

Final Thought

I know I trashed them when they came out with Buzz but this time I really feel like Google has something that will stick in the social web. Search is still very important and combining it with social applications will keep it alive.

I know I always recommend to stay away from using too many tools but this is not one of them, integrate it in your site today and allow your user to “Plus One” your content.

The only thing that doesn’t make sense to me is this, if you say “I’ll Like your post” or “Can you retweet this?”, how are you going to turn “Plus One” into a verb?

You can already see the button here on SocialMouths, it’s down there for now but it will most likely go to the top of the post by the end of the day. Show me some sugar baby!

 

  • Great walk through Francisco. Quick question, do you know if it is also integrated into the algorithm of Google’s search results? Or which weighing the +1 has, if so? 

  • To be honest I think the button is really good looking! 🙂

  • To be honest I think the button is really good looking! 🙂

  • I thought about this today and I think they will probably use it as a big factor. Since they are using Twitter and Facebook more than before I think they will try to take over the social factor of those two to include in rankings. Of course this is just me thinking out loud, but it kinda makes sense why would they do this.

  • Coolio!!!! Added to me blog! And sugar added to yours, Francisco. heehee

  • Thank you Mari, as always it is an honor to have you stop by.

  • This is fab Francisco!  I love how you not only highlight the new stuff, you talk intelligently about its value and show people how to easily do it!  🙂  Great post, sharing this one instead of writing my own 😉

  • Good stuff Francisco. Definitely looking forward to adding this. I do think that you’re right though. After the Google Buzz fiasco they may have hit the nail on the head. Though in some ways you have to think that they are late to the party. 

    Does not matter much when they have the reach that they do though.

  • This will be very interesting to see how Google incorporates this into more personal search results. Will it be used within social circles, so to say “your friend likes this post or page on this topic,” will it be used to signal relevancy, or will it be for both. Knowing Google I’m sure that it will be both.

    Installed that little baby on my Sharebar yesterday. Now we’ll see if anyone uses it. I see yours is getting some love.

  • It’s perfect! this is amazing

  • For those folks running a Joomla blog / website, there’s also a plugin available for you.
    http://www.analyticsforjoomla.com/updates/google-1-button-for-joomla.html

  • I agree.. buzz sucked a bit! I think plus 1 is great! Informative post man, thanks. 

  • I agree Brankica, it does make sense. I think they will keep the real weighting rather to themselves probably. 😉

  • I agree Brankica, it does make sense. I think they will keep the real weighting rather to themselves probably. 😉

  • Esto no anda con google apps. Muy malo, una patada en el trasero estar cambiando a cuentas gmail, para hacer clic en plus one. / Doesnt work for free googla apps users a really pain in the ass changing to gmail accounts to be able to click in the button plus one.

  • its a nice development

  • yeah thats true

  • Sweet!! Thanks Francisco for the always great info and tools. I will add te +1 into my sites right after this..

  • Thanks for all the great info on Google’s +1 Button! I hoped one of you in the know would take the time to let us not-so-talented peops in on the steps and the use.

  • Brad Capone

    I hope your right about Google’s +1 – by the way… I just finished my video posting on this same subject:  Google +1 How To & Why You Should, if you get time check it out for me http://bit.ly/kKOWLg 

  • Thank yoy Brad, I’ll check it out.

  • Juan, no tenes que cambiar nada, yo uso Google Apps. Para poder usar el boton en busquedas de Google o en sitios no necesitas tener nada y para instalarlo en tu propio sitio tampoco.

  • Juan, no tenes que cambiar nada, yo uso Google Apps. Para poder usar el boton en busquedas de Google o en sitios no necesitas tener nada y para instalarlo en tu propio sitio tampoco.

  • Thank you Ryan!

  • Thank you Ryan!

  • Nice post, we can make a verb out of it like say ‘Plusing’ or he ‘plused’ by post 🙂 Not bad. Is it?

  • Do you happen to know if WordPress.com isn’t allowing the Google+1 button because I’ve tried over and over again to add it with the TEXT widget which allows for HTML and half the code is missing when I save the widget????

  • I think this is a great improvement taking a successful idea like pandora and amazon’s rating system to decide what is relevant.  key words and customer behavior are a good way to measure relevance but user opinion and input is great.

  • Sarahlee

    Once again, you have done a great job making the topic clear, concise and easy to initiate for newbies. THANKS so much Fransisco. I truly enjoy reading your material. sarah lee-mycarlady.com

  • I’ve already been seeing this one plenty. 🙂 

  • I won’t be implementing +1, as I see nothing about it that isn’t already offered my a million different services.

  • Great post and Now I clear Idea about what is Google +1.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Di Petersen

    Thank you for sharing.

  • I have to admit that the idea of organising people into groups I find
    very compelling. Right at the moment I don’t share my facebook page with
    business contacts. I suspect many others have the same issues that a
    facebook page is about your social life and you quite possibly don’t
    want to mix that with your business life. I think there may be a
    cultural aspect to this as well. In the US I think there is less of a
    divide between private and business life, here in the UK I think we tend
    to have a firmer divide. Whether that’s a good or bad thing who’s to
    say but it does impact how we view applications like Facebook from a
    business standpoint.

    I’m going to be signing up for a Google+
    account because I think this is a bold experiment from Google and I’m
    fascinated to see how it turns out.

    Best regards,

  • I finally had to give in and implement the +1 button on my webite. At first I was tentative due to the myriad of social networking sites, apps and features already available, but seeing in how +1 has really become popular among seemingly everyone, I eventually had to give in to the pressure and just go with it.

    Thanks for helping provide me with information that was used in reaching my decision.

    Regards,

    Peter Egan Jr

  • There are already a few ways to integrate the button in your blog.

  • The +1 button is basically Google’s response to the Facebook Like
    button. A way for people to decide what is relevant online, in this case
    on Search.
     

  • This is very simple, you should spend approximately 30 seconds on the site.

  • The +1 button is basically Google’s response to the Facebook Like
    button. A way for people to decide what is relevant online, in this case
    on Search.
     

  • Allow me to re-introduce myself, My name is Google and the +1 button is my *new* attempt to grab a piece of the social pie…

  • The +1 button is basically Google’s response to the Facebook Like
    button. A way for people to decide what is relevant online, in this case
    on Search.
     

  • You should worry about getting it on your site

  • Prophetic words Francisco