Google +1 Button Now Available

In todays highly competitive photography world having a rocking portfolio is only 1/2 of the battle. We have to all be great marketing experts and be able to drive traffic to our website and blogs. With the web there has been a huge battle of the buttons lately, when Facebook released their ‘Like’ button for the web about a year ago it really started to change the way that people share articles.

There are now lots of ways to let your users share your content and making sure to include these on certain pages, mainly your blog can be very important in getting your website out there. I always post wedding images and slideshows on my blog and really want to make sure that brides and their friends can easily share my blog article with everyone they know. I have a Facebook share plugin at the top of the post and at the bottom of every post a way they can share on Facebook, Twitter or other services.

On Wednesday Google now entered the game with their +1 button that allows users to basically favorite an article or give their stamp of approval. Then when a friend of yours is doing a search in Google they will see a little +1 stamp next to the results with your name. This will help to personalize search in the future and help you to find the results you are really looking for. It’s a good chance if a friend of your likes a article that fits what you are searching for it will be a good fit for you.

What this might also help is how Google ranks your site. Although Google has stated this won’t impact search results yet I bet that this will impact search results in the future. If your blog posts get a ton of +1 votes it might help your site to get indexed better in Google. I am going to be adding these +1 buttons to the bottom of our posts, and will monitor this over the next few weeks to see if it helps the site or not. Since it’s brand new nobody really knows what it might do to help your site, but I always figure its worth trying out.

Adding this is pretty easy, just add a snip of code to your main header file and then another snippet where you want the button to appear. You can get the code from Google here:
http://www.google.com/webmasters/+1/button

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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