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What is the +1 Button?

Adsense wants me to add it

     
7:18 pm on Jun 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I have a note in my account that is asking me to add a "+1" button to my site. Is this similar to a Facebook "like" button?
7:30 pm on June 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yes, it's similar to the Facebook button.
7:51 pm on June 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It was announced today in the Inside Adsense and Webmaster Central blogs that it is now available to publishers to help make their site stand out in the SERPs.
[adsense.blogspot.com...]
[googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com...]

Google Webmaster Central +1 button FAQ
[google.com...]

I'm waiting to see if there are complaints about it slowing down page load as the Facebook Like button does.
8:39 pm on June 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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All these third party buttons are getting to be a bit much...
8:42 pm on June 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Another button and even more Javascript to slow down our sites...
9:03 pm on June 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I got the message too. I don't know about anyone else but I tried to click on the "get code" button and it leads to a 404 error page.

Someone misspelled the word button in the url and trying to add it gets you redirected to the misspelled 404 page.

Looking it up online leads to a ton of pages on how to use it, how to be logged into your google account... but not much on how to add it to your site.

On page 3 of google search results I found a 3rd party site with a link to the right page. In case anyone else is looking, and until the typo url is fixed, go here [google.com...]

edit: the url is wrong on this page too, where it says "grab a snippet of code". very annoying :P [google.com...]
9:35 pm on June 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I got the message, and put the script only on my home page. I'll see what happens.
10:15 pm on June 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I get an error message when I add the code.
10:25 pm on June 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I put the script just before the end head tag. I think I saw elsewhere in the instructions that you could put it in the body.
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I put the +1 button on my site today.

As a matter of course if the external javascript code is asynchronous (google analaytics / facebook SDK etc.) I would recommend putting it very near the <head> section, or the top of the <body> section (somewhere called on every page of your site) so it is one of the first things to start loading. External asynchronous javascript can be called while your page still continues to load, it does not slow it down either - the user can even begin to scroll down as the content appears.

Non asynchronous javascript code on the other hand needs to load before anything else on the page, (when it is called). Nothing can render on the screen until this code has been called by the browser, which is why if the external server is under strain your page can 'hang', typical of non-asynchronous code from facebook or twitter.

This code therefore should go in your <footer> (somewhere at the end called on every page of your site) or at the very end of your <body> section of page code. This will allow your page content to render before needing to call this type of external javascript.

Google have recommended putting this non-asynchronous code for the +1 button at the start of your page code (at the top) near or in the <head> my recommendation is to do the reverse, put it in the footer or near the end of the code. The button will appear as one of the last things on your page, but importantly it will not interfere with your content loading - which the user is most interested in seeing first.

You may disagree but I found this helps my pages both 'load' and 'appear' to load quicker ... in essence:-

1. asynchronous javascript code high up in the page code <header>

2. non-asynchronous javascript code low down in the page code <footer>

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In this case put this code in your footer:- <script type="text/javascript" src="http://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script>

and this code where you want the button to appear: - <g:plusone size="medium"></g:plusone> note:change the "medium" to "small" or "tall" or delete it, for whatever button you want etc.
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JoePublisher, you are very helpful :o)
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In google's defence I don't think their non-asynchronous javascript will make the page 'hang' like the facebook and twitter code occasionally can - "if you live by the sword, you die by the sword"; i.e. you cannot tell people to have 'fast' loading sites by providing 'slow' loading code ... although adsense is the exception to this rule because of everything that it needs to 'do', it is very 'complicated'.

However, as a matter of 'prudence' I still put all non-asynchronous code in the <footer> even google's.
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If you are using AddThis, their latest update includes the +1
7:03 am on June 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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All these third party buttons are getting to be a bit much...


Especially when they have "booby-trap" J/S pop ups like AddThis.
9:18 am on June 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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All these third party buttons are getting to be a bit much...

Glad I'm not the only old grouch who lives back in the days when sites had "real content" as opposed to manufactured "made for SE content".
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its like a voting button, suppose u search a queries in google and u satisfied with that website u'll give +1 for that website.
11:14 am on June 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Be careful, if you add the code dynamically (jquery/loadscript, async etc.), and the browser is not supported (iPhone, iPad) the plusone code replaces the whole content, and your visitors get a clean white empty page.
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That has not been experience, and I've been testing it.
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@Sgt_Kickaxe, I get the 404 as well.

I'm still grappling with the idea of using it. Yes, I want better positions in the SERPs, but as a result of people clicking the +1 button? Not ideal. Why does search have to become so "social"? I know it's the "future" of the web. It's just sad to see users attentions spans dropping near 0.
5:39 pm on June 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Also discussed over here..
Google Rolls Out +1 Button For Websites
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5:48 pm on June 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Why does search have to become so "social"?


Ditto.
6:14 pm on June 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Can't get the code to work on my site...
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@ElvisFan
All you need is:
- In header(optional), change the example.com to your page url:
<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.example.com" />

- Then add this better in footer to avoid the slowing loading time(can add this in header eighter):
<script type="text/javascript" src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script>



- Then add this code where you want to show your button:
<g:plusone></g:plusone>


Please note, you must upload it on your server and logged in google , to see the button, otherwise it doesn't show.

More info:
[code.google.com...]
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@ElvisFan, It doesn't work for me either, and if @nick28's "fix" works, it's not worth the trouble for me. Google can't just produce a simple button, without making it difficult and muddied-up with back-end "tracking" code. Annoying!
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How come I could load the facebook like button without any trouble but not the +1 button...

I have added all the codes to my page... and my google profile but alas nothing is working...

Just not worth the hassle...
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To all you early adapters - thank you for the great reports.

I believe I'll wait. The bleeding edge does not suit me.
When some POSITIVE reports start rolling in, maybe then.
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Tried it, but buggy in Safari. I'll hold off until it's fixed.
3:26 pm on June 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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ElvisFan

I couldn't get the button to work either. After much trial and error I've discovered that it shows in Firefox and Chrome but remarkably it doesn't appear in most versions of IE (including IE8) - it just leaves an empty space.

I've stopped implementing it until that is fixed since the vast majority of my visitors use IE.

Seems strange to me! Do you suppose it wasn't tested properly?
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Interesting question: If you don't use GMail to which "friends" are you sharing your +1's ?
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What are the effect of adding + 1 to adsense earning?
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