May 2012

In case you missed it, Google+ now has a Local section which is replacing Google Places. You can use it to find places from your circles, review businesses, and get your small business more attention in your local area. This move is going to have major ramifications for those of you who care about local SEO as well. Google+ Local is now integrated into Search, Maps, and mobile too. Zagat information will be used to enhance Google+ Local.

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So you have spent a lot of time putting together your Google+ profile and adding content to it? You can always earn more fans by contributing to and staying active in the community. If you have a website that gets a lot of traffic, you should encourage your visitors to join you on Google+. What Would Seth Godin Do is an awesome plugin that lets you do just that in a way that won’t turn your visitors off.

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Google has plenty of awesome services to offer individuals and small businesses. Not everyone knows what Google+ is all about or how search engines work. The Webmaster Academy is a new service by Google to gives those new to the world of search and social media a head start.

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Google+ already has a bunch of buttons and badges you can add to your website to start promoting your G+ presence. But you are going to have to do some coding to display your latest activities in Google+ on your website in a dynamic fashion. WP Google+ Activity Widget is just the plugin for the job. This plugin slides down your live public posts on Google+ and makes your website more dynamic.

The Google+ Activity Widget looks clean and quite elegant. It is compatible with Google+ profiles and brand pages. It uses partial responses of Google+ API to load up faster. The script shows your latest updates and any images you may have attached to them.

The Google+ Activity Widget plugin is simple to install and looks quite dynamic. If you are highly active on Google+, you could use this plugin to show your visitors everything you have been doing on Google+ lately.

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Google did make Android fans wait a bit to update the Google+ app for this platform. But it has already rolled out the updated Google+ app. It has a more polished interface and lets you do more in less time. With the new Google+ app for this platform, you will have an easier time joining Hangouts right from your phone. Vic Gundotra explained the changes in a post on Google+:

To get started, tap “Hangout” in the (new) navigation ribbon, add some friends and tap “Start.” We’ll ring their phones (if you want), and if someone misses the hangout, they can ring you back with a single tap… [click to continue…]

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Google+ has quite a vibrant community adding content to it all the time. There are a number of Google+ experts who have been covering tips and hacks for this social network. You can find hundreds of articles on ways to get the most out of Google+. Thanks to +Shamil Weerakoon, you can access some of those in Google Docs.

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Google+ is a fast growing community. It is estimated to have over 100M members and gaining more every day. Getting more +1s and reshares in that community could help drive more traffic to your site and even improve your site’s rankings. Google Traffic Pop is a cool JavaScript code that makes your website more Google+ friendly. It essentially makes your visitors wait a few seconds before they can access your content. But they can get around that by clicking on the +1 button and sharing your story with their circles.

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Some experts want you to believe that Google+ is a ghost town. In reality, G+ is a very active community and a goldmine of data for those who know how to use it properly. Love it or hate it, Google+ is here to stay. So you should not ignore it. There are many reasons you should be using it though. Integration with other Google services, circles, Hangouts, privacy settings, games, and safe sharing are all reasons to be involved in this community.

Infographics Labs has put together an infographic that shows some of the reasons you should reconsider your decision not to be involved on Google+. This is a super community to be a part of and can be a big difference maker for your business.

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Google has been slowly but surely adding Google+ support to the services that it offers. We covered some of the changes Google has been making to Gmail a few weeks ago. The company has introduced even more “plus” features for Gmail. When you search for an email address now, the search results will show contact details in addition to that person’s profile photo and emails.

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Google+ can be a major traffic driver for your website if you play your cards right. You will have to connect with the right people, add a lot of value to the community, and develop super quality content. Publishing your blog posts to Google+ could help a bit too. WPGPlus is a simple WordPress plugin that lets you send your blog posts to Google+ fast.

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