How Google +1 Will Affect Bloggers

Over a year ago, around March of 2011, Google has added another feature that may seem slight with the sudden appearance of the tiny button called the +1, but may have a significant change in the way bloggers deliver their output. This is the Google’s +1.

Overview of Google +1

Google +1 somewhat functions like a social network in such a way that it allows you to like a result in Google’s search pages. If you are signed in to your Google account and you search for a keyword using Google, you can give recommendation by clicking the +1 button. This way, people can give recommendation to a site without letting it show up in your social network account page.  

Importance of Google +1

Other than letting you express your appreciation to a website, it also a way of helping your contacts, friends, relatives, or other people with whom your opinion matters, find the good websites when they are doing their search through Google.

How Google +1 Will Affect Bloggers

Bloggers are always concerned about search engine optimization or more commonly known as SEO because this is what is responsible in making their blogsite easily searchable by people who are interested in what they are writing about. For this reason, link building and back linking are important because it improves SEO and Google search page ranks. However, SEO experts manipulate this by buying backlinks.

So for Google to determine if a website is indeed an authority, it incorporated a social media function when it comes to ranking websites in their search pages. When a web surfer liked the article in a website, they can simply click the +1 button and relay to Google that they liked what they have read.

As for bloggers, this means that they have to give more quality to their work in order to accumulate +1 votes and subsequently, improve their Google page rank. This also means, the days when writing garbage content and copying others’ articles just to improve their Google page rank will be over in no time.

How Bloggers Can Get Google +1 Votes

Certainly, bloggers would their blogs to get as much Google +1 votes as possible so they can get high rankings in the Google search page. In order to do so, it will help a lot if they will do the following:

  • Give readers what they want. Since Google +1 is about getting votes, be sure to create high quality content that readers will appreciate and give you +1 vote for.
  • Update your blog every now and then. Your readers or followers will take your blogsite more seriously if they know that it is well maintained by its owner.
  • Connect with your readers. Aside from knowing and understanding what the readers want and incorporating it in your article, give reactions to their comments on your blogs.
  • Promote your articles. You can do this in social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter where most people are into these days.

Final Thoughts

Google +1 may not be the same as Facebook or other social media sites but it does a good job in getting likes for websites and making this known to Google. This may be bad news for bloggers who create articles with quantity rather than quality as their guiding principle but it will certainly improve the blogging sector by encouraging writers to create articles with high quality content.

About the Author:

Kristine M. is an active blogger who writes about the new updates of Google and high speed internet. More interesting facts about Google can be read on her next posts. For more information on broadband, you can find cheaper internet service by comparing prices on Broadband Expert website.

Google is getting faster at indexing – Indexes and ranks webpage in just 5 minutes!

I just found out something very interesting to as to how fast can Google index and also rank a webpage. I started writing a blog post on this blog at 2.45 PM (IST) and pressed the publish button at 3.01 PM (IST) and when I was searching for my site’s indexed pages in Google just 5 minutes later I was surprised to see the recently published post appearing there.

So, I again made a search for site:http://iseoforgoogle.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/132/ (the url for that post) and was confirmed that the page was indexed in just 5 minutes. Now, I did a search for the title of the webpage “Link building the generous way” but I couldn’t find it in the top 10 not even in the top 40. Even though the page was way behind for it’s title but still it gives the basic picture of fast Google is at indexing the pages and ranking them.

So, now the question is, is this an effect of the Google’s freshness update? Well it could be, because me myself haven’t seen the pages getting indexed and ranked so fast in the SERPs.

However, I can certainly improve the rankings of the page because as you can see I haven’t included my keywords in the URL of the page, doing so would increase my rankings for the keyword. But I would rather want to see how the page performs after a few days.

P.S. – Now this post has also been indexed, and it hardly took a minute to get indexed after getting published.

    Update:-

3.30 PM – Now this page ranks for the mentioned keyword and now I can’t find that page nowhere even in the top 100. Now this is getting interesting!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Akash Kumar is a SEO professional who has been working in the SEO industry since 6 years. He now blogs at iSEOforGoogle – a blog proividing tips and technqiues on SEO, link building, social media and other Internet marketing aspects. Make sure to follow him on Twitter @iSEOforGoogle to stay updated with his new posts and articles.

Google favoring fresh content

Google has announced that they have updated their algorithm to support more fresh content for their searches. This new update is expected to impact 35% of all the searches all over the world. Search engine land has written a post discussing about the algorithm change and SEOmoz has also mentioned about the its impact in the search market in their Whiteboard Friday.

This announcement hasn’t came as a surprise for most of us, as Google has always been stressing on the freshness of content. However, it would be very interesting to see the impact on the searches where the content is not updated more often. How much weight will Google put on the freshness of content over links and its other ranking signals and whether the sites with daily updated content will get the extra edge over the other sites?

So, is this update going to favor the blogs even more? We will have to wait and see.

Google Plus is here – why is it better than Facebook?

Google has just launched a new service named Google Plus (Google +). When it first started it appeared to be yet another social network but it proved out to be more than a social network.

Google Circles - It allow you to filter content by circles. Think of these circles as a ring or circle where one can simply tune into the acts and people for which they have an interest. The best part is that the user controls who is in or out of the circles.

By default, Google+ has five Circles – Acquaintances, Family, Following, Friends and Work. You can add the same person to more than one circles.

Sparks - Sparks make it easy for people to find interesting information to share with their circles. Sparks also filters information, providing you relevant content about your interests. An example may be an organization or a topic using sparks to find new information on Google Plus and then starting a conversation about how that news affects you.

Hangouts - With hangouts you can hangout with friends on video chat, the best part is that you can have a video chat with a group of friends. You can hangout with upto 10 people at once. Google plus lets you tell specific people about the hangout and invites them to hangout on a particular day.

Huddles - Huddles is the group chat option which shows up as a separate app on your device. Using huddle you can ask people to join group chat and can invite them by finding them via name or email. The best part is that whether you are a creator or just a participant you can always add more people to Huddle. Every Huddle is like a conversation session and it stays there until you leave the conversation. Do note that simply closing the Huddles app doesn’t remove you from conversations. In Huddles, you can see the list of participants on top.

Conclusion - Google Plus thus proves out to be a real plus than Facebook, with time we will have to see how it proves out to be when more and more people get to use it. For now Google plus is just under a test and you can join only if you get invited by someone. So if you get an invitation go for it and let us know your reviews.