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Does Having A G+ Profile Up Your Organic CTRs?

11:27 pm on Jun 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

I have been holding off on getting a Google plus account because not a single user from niche has an account. I think webpronews had a caption that 90% of G+ users are power users that male age 24-35. I have a site for non-computer literate grandmas.

I was considering going with G+ just to have my little G+ icon pop-up in the results. I figured that would increase the click through rates on my organic listings.

Anyone have any positive results when get a G+ account as far as seeing more traffic without much of a ranking change?
3:20 pm on Jun 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Maybe I'm confused, but wasn't there a thread about this a couple of months ago? If my memory is correct, the OP of that thread said that a photo of his face reduced the CTR, but a product photo increased CTR. Then there was a discussion about whether using a product photo is against the G+ rules.
3:33 pm on Jun 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Yes, they do. Unfortunately. I resent Google for making me do it too.
11:29 pm on Jun 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

In my experience it does help, but I have an eye-catching G+ photograph (it has a lot of color and contrast). If yours is dull or creepy, it probably won't do you any favors.
11:31 pm on Jun 16, 2012 (gmt 0)


I must have missed that thread. The results make sense to me.

Let's see if rusty brick wants to ask them straight out if it violates their guidelines.
11:34 pm on Jun 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

No need to ask Google, it's pretty clear in their authorship guidelines:

"Make sure you have a profile photo with a recognizable headshot."

3:25 pm on Jun 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

Sand well mine is a picture of leamur it's a head shot right :-)