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21 Replies Latest reply: Jan 30, 2012 10:07 AM by Hopkism RSS

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Moderator_PaulR Expert
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As some of you may or may not know, Google has started Google plus and the Google +1 button.  The idea behind the +1 button would appear to be similar to Facebook's like system for comments but on a search instead.

 

Do you think that this will be useful to Small businesses to have people +1 your website?

Do you think companies will abuse it, giving themselves fake +1's though false accounts and/or proxies?

What do you think this means as a whole for the websites of companies?

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    Paraday_Comm Novice
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    Good Post Concept PaulR!!! Thanks for getting the wheels turning - here goes my reply...

     

    I recently discovered some interesting facts such as Google actually buys data from Facebook and Twitter.   A powerful indication of how desperate they must be to develop out the power of their own social share button and indirectly their own related data.  Google has a lot riding on + 1.  

     

    I joined the + 1 “experiment” when it was still only several weeks old and Google had it in their proverbial sandbox at the time.  Right now, it’s only available for search users after they’re logged into their Google account.  

     

    I personally feel that Google's Plus 1 is better for end users than FB Like Button. The Plus 1 appends your search results with a +1 button.    The premise is that if you don’t abuse the tool, it will derive better search results for the user over time.  It will eventually integrate your friends’ +1.  For me, this is a huge distinction from Facebook’s Like button.   Google’s +1 actually helps the user improve their search results.   Whereas the FB Like button only notifies your friends that you like something.  There’s no actual benefit for the “Liker” beyond notifying your friends that you appreciate a piece of content, on FB.    

     

    Maybe I’m a bit selfish but I like that I’m getting something in return via the +1 button. Not to mention that I know Google is watching carefully for those that may want to try to 'play' the system, and well I would very heavily caution against doing so. Google knows when someone is tricking them, and they are also known for punishing those that do.

     

    Overall, I appreciate that Google has thrown out something that is more worth while that what FB offers, includes your associates and friends, and at the end of the day, allows great content to be rewarded via better positioning.

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      joshuawilson Apprentice
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      Hi

      Google will eventually integrate its +1 into the search algorithm itself so human votes will have an impact on search ranking. Your +1's can help friends, contacts, and others on the web find the best stuff when they search.

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        CorpCons08 Master
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        joshuawilson,

         

        It actually would be very disappointing if this were to happen. SEO would become much more difficult as results would now be a popularity contest. He with the most friends gets the first spot in search results. I actually am already disappointed that many of my posts on this website or on facebook show up ahead of anything else.

         

        Regards,

         

        Dan

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    Ydeveloper Newbie
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    We can think on both ways, like it has some positive aspect also and some negatives too. As you said, there are the chances that the competitors can misuse this by creating numbers of fake profile and degrading your site.

     

    I just recommend that there will be no impact of Google+ to search engine ranking. It's only used for social networks.

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    seoservicepro Expert
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    One thing we know for sure. It will make google money. Yes, the pluses will be manipulated and then google will discount the value of the pluses to search results if any is given in the first place. Google plus will attract a lot of people who already use facebook, but never all of them, so it isn't a facebook killer by any means, but for once google may have stumbled on a winner after past failures like wave and buzz. Third time is a charm I guess.

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    Moderator_PaulR Expert
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    Another question I can add in.  I've been playing with Google plus for a little bit now and I've noticed it doesn't have nearly as advanced privacy settings as Facebook does.  Do you think this will stop people from using it if they can't hide all of their profile from everyone but their friends?

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      seoservicepro Expert
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      I think it's set up that way to allow you to build a big network faster than at facebook. Google plus will be more friendly to marketers who handle the social networking for clients as we do. So facebook is more geared to personal networks while google plus will be more friendly to business networks IMHO. There will be more marketing going on at google plus I believe.

       

      For instance, facebook is commercially viable for some of my clients like one that gives bahamas tours, another that runs a day spa in Austin, etc. But for my seo business, facebook is pretty much a waste as far as marketing my company is concerned. I also don't use facebook on a large scale for my B2B clients.

       

      Google plus will be better for my company and other B2B businesses is my bet.

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    phanio Master
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    It is actually just another tool or media that you have to manage.  It is out there and could work to your benefit or against you.  You have to be there if your customers are there looking for information and if it affect results, then you definitely have to be there.

    I suggest you join and at least make sure that it is not working against you.

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    George Novice
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    Anyone tried out Google+ business pages? I've heard the buzz about this, but haven't actually created one myself. I know I'm not the only one wondering what SEO value the may carry. Google+ is Google's way of integrating social signals more into it's algorithm - they've seen the power of Facebook's "Like" button. I think it's smartest to build your equity and following with Google+, as it will play an increasing role in SEO.

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    Strilets Newbie
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    if you are going to promote your website in google, then you definetely should think about google+

    sometimes new social networks annoying me.... but we actually have to use G+, I suppose it should influence on website rankings....

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    myDealCompass Apprentice
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    I have not wrapped my head around Google+ completely yet, but I know that it is going to be an exciting and important development. The power for our social networks to impact our search results is huge. For instance, if you searched for "deals website" you might see myDealCompass on the first page if you were in our circle or in the circle of someone else that had +1ed our page. We are still trying to learn all we can, but it is definitely a challange to manage Facebook, Twitter and Google+ let alone running a website and blog...

     

    It is definitely an exciting time and we are always looking for input from others on how best to leverage these new trends!

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      Moderator Jim Master
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      To me, inclusion of Google+ results into Google's search tool at the expense of other results (and more accurate results tied to your searches) is a sign of desperation. Google+ just isn't catching on the way that it "should" have if you believed the initial hype and there's not a whole lot there to offer anyone as of yet. If I get burnt by a link to a google+ page on "I love bananas" for example, rather than the information on bananas that I was looking for, as a consumer, I start to back away from Google and turn my search results to Bing. On the one hand, it's great that Google+ users get the advantage of a higher place in the search results, on the other, consumers like me get fed up by non-related search results when doing specific searches.

       

      Jim

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    CorpCons08 Master
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    With all the responses about Google+ being an integral part of Google's search engine algorithm, I'm sure we will see Microsoft's social networking overlay for Facebook become it's own social networking website soon in order to compete and utilize their Bing search engine. It's sad that we are going to have to have about 30 different pages in order to keep up in the rankings on search engines, but I guess it is the inevitable future.

     

    Regards,

     

    Dan

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    Hopkism Novice
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    I like the idea for Google+ and am considering it over Facebook. Any ideas on the privacy issues?

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      Moderator_JoleK Master
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      What issues are you refering to, Hopkism?  Don't you believe there's a  certain amount of privacy you have to concede to use Social medias?

       

      Joleen

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        Hopkism Novice
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        Absolutely! I do agree! However I have been stung, perhaps in a bias manner by Facebook. I understand that Google is already a publicaly traded company but that their Google+ is not really taking off that well, hence less targeted by hackers and those looking to take personal information.

         

        What I am referring to is the terms and conditions that we sign on to with Facebook that blantantly fork over our personal information, what we post (content, videos, photos, etc) as their property. Does Google+ do that?

         

        I want to keep in touch with family and friends but I really don't want to have to deal with Big Brother, aka Facebook.

         

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