Adding the Google +1 Button to Your Site

Google Launches +1 Button…Kind of

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This week, it was leaked that the Google +1 Button for websites would be made available today. While Google still seems to be sitting on the official announcement for the moment, we did run across a post about it on the company’s Inside AdWords blog in our feeds, which appears to have been removed (presumably it was accidentally posted too early).

Here’s what Google has to say on using the button:

Adding +1 buttons to your pages is a great way to help your ads stand out on Google. By giving your visitors more chances to +1 your pages, your search ads and organic results might appear with +1 annotations more often. This could lead to more–and better qualified–traffic to your site.

To get started, visit the +1 button tool on Google Webmaster Central, where you’ll configure small snippets of JavaScript to add to the pages where you want +1 buttons to appear. You can pick from a few different button sizes and styles, so choose the +1 button that best matches your site’s layout.

When a user clicks +1, that +1 applies to the URL of the page they’re on. There are some easy ways to ensure your +1s apply as often as possible to the pages appearing in Google search results.

There is a Google Publisher Button Announce Group, which webmasters can subscribe to to stay up to date on the latest with the button.

The button is supported in 44 languages, but Google notes that +1 annotations only appear in English search results on Google.com for now.

Google named Best Buy, Add This, Mashable, The Huffington Post, Reuters, Bloomberg, and a few others as launch partners for the button. It will also appear on content in the Android Market, YouTube, Blogger, and Google Product Search. The company says you’ll start seeing the button on these properties in the coming days.

Update: Now Blogger has a post up about adding the button to your Blogger Blog. Software engineer Marcos Almeida writes:

To add the +1 button to your blog, you’ll need to enable Share buttons on Blogger. To do this, go to Design > Page Elements on your Blogger dashboard, find the Blog posts area, click on Edit, and select the “Show Share Buttons” option. If you are already using Share buttons, the +1 button will automatically show up as a new share option.

Update 2: Google has now made the post live on the Inside AdWords blog, and cross-posted it on the Official Google Blog, so you can read it in its entirety.

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  • http://www.bg-gotvach.com DON

    We’ll see what happens with the button

  • http://www.seochemist.com Oli

    The button is out now, implemented it on my article directory however, and clicking it comes up with the ‘error’.

  • http://www.macaccountssoftware.co.uk Mac Accounts Software

    Had the same problem as Oli – followed the instructions but got an error.

    Guessing it’s because we’re a “.co.uk” and not a “.com”?

    • http://www.thisisfreelance.com Oli

      I’m actually in the USA at the moment, using a .com google account!

      Have had a few USA people test the button on the site too, still bringing up the error.

    • http://www.thisisfreelance.com Oli

      (just noticed my article directory url was removed as well, have included it in my author name, it is a .com domain so I am not sure why location would be an issue)

  • http://www.simplyclicks.com Simply Clicks

    I’ve got the button on my Travel blog. http://www.travelthinking.com. Not sure what to do with it though. Could clicking your own +1 button be consider plus spamming?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Since you can only do it once, I don’t imagine that will be too big an issue, unless you’re doing it with a bunch of different accounts.

      • http://www.simplyclicks.com Simply Clicks

        I agree that working for a small SEO firm we only have access to a handful of Google identities. For instance I’ve already used up my own +1 click I use for Blogger. However, I’m sure some of the bigger firms have multiple identities and accounts.

  • http://www.alexfusman.com Alex

    I was able to get it to work on a single page here:

    I think it’s going to be a good rival to Facebook’s Like button but Facebook obviously has a big advantage in that everyone has been using their button for a long time now.

  • http://www.solidamerica.com gino

    The javascript code will make the webpage heavy and with other many other codes installed, the speed is going to be slower, you know what that means. Shopping Online Stores or maybe it will not count for the crawler.

  • http://www.simplyclicks.com Simply Clicks

    I have implemented at several levels within my WordPress based internal blog. See for example the blog home page: http://www.simplyclicks.com/blog/ or alternatively a category: http://www.simplyclicks.com/blog/topic/mobile-search/ . In both case it seems to be working fine. To utilise on WorPress you’ll need a grasp of php as there is no current plugin.
    I can see the value of the button on a blog, a news website or social media page. But not so sure of the role on a “normal” website.

    • http://www.seochemist.com Oli

      Seems to be working fine for you, so I wonder why it is not working for me?

      • http://lastingrose.blogspot.com/ Lasting Rose

        It is working for me here like in Simply clicks

        Have you placed the code before the head section?

      • http://www.simplyclicks.com Simply Clicks


        where have you placed your code. Remember it is in two parts.

  • http://www.TheOkayNetwork.com/apps/plusonespy Adsense Publisher

    I created a way to spy on a url’s +1 Google rating. You can see the top 10 +1’s that were searched for on the site, plus see the last 25 +1 searches performed. http://www.TheOkayNetwork.com/apps/plusonespy

  • http://www.0Mu71nBqSM0Mu71nBqSM.com/0Mu71nBqSM0Mu71nBqSM Donnell Gonzolez

    What a fantastic idea, I cannot wait around to receive my first letter!

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