Few days back, Google released its Google +1 (“plus one”) button to compete with Twitter’s Tweet button and Facebook’s Like button. This is a big step towards adding the social aspects to the search results. If you have not incorporate it into your website, do it as soon as possible. Because, This button can generate a potential traffic and exposure to your web site. All your visitor need to have a Google account to use your Google button.
Why Google created this button? first of all to compete Facebook like button and Twitter’s Tweet button.
Secondly, +1 helps people discover relevant content—a website, a Google search result, or an ad—from the people they already know and trust. Adding the +1 button to your pages lets users recommend your content, knowing that their friends and contacts will see their recommendation when it’s most relevant—in the context of Google search results.
How to Add Google +1 in WordPress
The process is very simple, just visit official page for publishers which offers different sizes with some customization if you want to do it. If still you want to know step by step guide you can visit: How to Add the Google +1 Button to your WordPress. Webmasters who want to quickly get button code to run on their site should use the configurator. Before using +1 Button API Call you can read the policies on Google +1 Button Publisher Policies. One my my friend from DIYthemes for WordPress Thesis themes explaiedn in detail about using +1button API call on his blog How to Add Google +1 (plus one) Share Button to WordPress and Thesis which is a detail tutorial about this excellent +1 button.
WordPress Plugins for Google +1 Button
If you love using WordPress plugin to help you to display sharing button at the end of your post. Than you can use Sharedaddy which already allow you to share your posts with Twitter, Facebook, and a host of other services like Google +1 button. You can configure services to appear as icons, text, or both. Some services have additional options to display smart buttons, such as Twitter, which will update the number of times the post has been shared.
Google +1 for WordPress is the only full blown Google +1 plugin for WordPress. +1 Pro gives you support for both custom WordPress ShortCodes AND Template Tags! Add as many Google +1 buttons to your site as you want, anywhere you want!
Take full advantage of Google’s 500 million plus user base by giving your visitors an alternative to ads that also create value for you. By clicking +1 on your content they share it with everyone and they get to view your content uninterrupted: a great alternative to those who have content they cant charge for but want added value from it. Requiring them to +1 before reading / viewing / downloading etc will add thousands of new visitors and links to your sites! More +1’s = more traffic = more money!
Tap into Google’s 500 million plus users with Google +1 Content Locker and gain immediate search and social traffic boosts. More +1’s = more traffic = more money!
The first plugin of its kind, Google +1 Content Locker allows you to wrap your WordPress post and page content in a “content locker” that will require the user to share your content with Google +1 before they can see it. Build a social media super prescense over night by locking all, or just parts of your posts and pages!
For Joomla bloggers: HOW TO ADD A GOOGLE +1 BUTTON TO YOUR JOOMLA SITE.
Why Google +1 Button is Bad for Search Engine Optimization
I havn’t face any problem with the load time of this button but bhartzer on WordPress.com has written that
It will severely impact your page load time, which will ultimately hurt your website’s usability. Slow page load times will also impact your website’s search engine optimization. Do not implement the Google +1 button at this time.
Never forget to rock the Wparena’s +1 button at the end of this post.