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The +1 button and the Google+ project are both about making it easier to connect with the people you trust online. For the +1 button, that means bringing advice from trusted friends and contacts right into Google search, letting the users who love your web content recommend it at the moment of decision.
But when you’re managing a website, it's usually not real until you can measure it. So we’re happy to say we’ve got one more announcement to make -- today we’re releasing reports that show you the value +1 buttons bring to your site.
First, +1 metrics in Google Webmaster Tools can show you how the +1 button affects the traffic coming to your pages:
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limoshawn wrote:Does +1 affect my site’s performance in search?
Content recommended by friends and acquaintances is often more relevant than content from strangers. For example, a movie review from an expert is useful, but a movie review from a friend who shares your tastes can be even better. Because of this, +1’s from friends and contacts can be a useful signal to Google when determining the relevance of your page to a user’s query. This is just one of many signals Google may use to determine a page’s relevance and ranking, and we’re constantly tweaking and improving our algorithm to improve overall search quality. For +1's, as with any new ranking signal, we'll be starting carefully and learning how those signals affect search quality.
Seems like a little more than a hint...
netmeg, educating people! oh come on. What is in it for the normal people to log in and +1 any page? No wonder you see that kind of stats. Given this fact, when I see loads of +1s on the popular news sites, it looks so cheap and sheep to me.
Google may analyze Publishers' use of the +1 Button, including to ensure Publishers’ compliance with these policies and to facilitate Google’s development of the +1 Button. By using the +1 Button, Publishers give Google permission to utilize an automated software program (often called a "web crawler") to retrieve and analyze websites associated with the +1 Button.
allowing people to share and recommend your content is simply good, common sense
nothing to prevent people from sharing and recommending by any means of their choice
The underground mommy blog forums are organizing click groups as we speak so I figured something was up. They were working on google's block domain a few months ago and now it's +1'ing. They own twitter and facebook, now it's google's turn.
If your niche is: recipes, cooking, parenting, coupons, organizing, gardening, crafts, saving money/frugal, diy, fashion, homeschooling, blogging (and moving into seo and social media marketing), heads up cause you're about to be hit with a 2x4.
As for the social tracking plugin in G Analytics, it sucks that we have to implement extra code, to make it work with FB, Tweeter and other (crap) buttons. Professional webmaster will do it, but amateur ones won't waste their time. And will eventually end-up loosing more and more in the SERPS, by consistently missing-out on the new signals that the big G starts to use in its SERPS.
A -1 button for people who don't like your site?