Our round-up of the best advice on how marketers should respond to the Google Search plus Your World integration
Most are dubbing the latest changes to Google's search engine as some of the largest since its launch. The integration of Google+ with the the new Search plus Your World certainly has the industry buzzing again. As Google's social network grows beyond 90 million users with 60% engaging daily, its influence on personalised search is growing fast and will bring new dimensions to SEO.
Dave Chaffey covered off the initial launch of Google Search plus Your World here if you're looking for an introduction on how it integrates communities, relationships and people into its mainstream search results.
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Since its launch, how companies should respond based on the implications for SEO and PPC have been a hot topic. There's been a lot of great advice, so we thought we'd give a round-up of the "must-read" advice in case you haven't caught some. I discussed this with Dave and these are the ones we think most useful:
Consider the quality of information you have on there, upload engaging photos, videos and invite friends to join to. Really consider the name of your page, early signs are that the name influences rankings of the page a lot.
Promote your Google+ brand page
Place a Google+ badge on your website and in your emails. Ideally have a purpose for it, the first place to find out about offers, see the latest product before anyone else... The place where competitions are hosted... The world is your oyster, but a purpose gives people a reason to join! To track your follower growth or for competitors go to SocialStatistics.com.
Engage with your audience, join discussions around different brands and personalities. Don't just broadcast, but do utilise content you have that can aid conversations by sharing it. Outside of publishing amazing content on Google+ this is arguably the most important task you can be doing.
Set up as a publisher
For larger brands, verification can protect your brand:
"Verification badges helps users to confirm the authenticity of a profile or page. This way when you find a profile or page about a celebrity or popular business, you can be sure that the profile or page actually belongs to them".
With this in mind, you need connect your website to Google and vice versa, this will allow you to take advantage of Google+ Direct Connect as well as appear an approved page;
"Google+ Direct Connect lets you quickly navigate to a Google+ page (and even add that page to your circles) when using Google Search. For example, if you searched for the query '+youtube' or '+pepsi,' you could be immediately taken to the YouTube Google+ page, or the Pepsi Google+ page, and given the option to add the page to your circles".
If you go through the process outlined here, after-which you only need 1,000 people in your circles and your page can be officially approved. You can use the Rich Snippet testing tool to make sure you have tagged your site properly with the publisher tag as per the instructions at the URL above.
One you have tested using the rich snippet tool, have a 1,000 people etc you can the submit your request to have your page verified here.
If your website contains a blog / news area that has the concept of an Author ensure you go through the authorship programme. You can find out more here, but essentially it will display your author information within search results pages which will mean a more eye catching result. It also means users can browse all content form a particular author, even if they contribute to multiple sites.
If you utilise WordPress for your website you can checkout this great guide from the Yoast team for help integrating this tag.
Integrate Google +1 share button to your website
Your website is your hub, central to all your activity online and usually where content is first published. Don't forget about the traffic and customers that visit your website, ensure they can share your amazing content via the Google +1 button just as you would Twitter and Facebook.
Other resources for optimising / learning about Google Plus