G+ has rolled out a full bleed feature for images. There are specific requirements that trigger this effect. Mike Allton has a super helpful post with the details. Here’s what you need to know as a WordPress site owner to check for those specifics to see if your theme has them or not. Plus, the Google penalties that you could draw if you try to run end around the rules.
Can a G+ post have a life of it’s own? Looks that way. On September 10, 2013 I embedded a Google Drive Deck into a blog post and then posted about it on G+. It went crazy. The volume of shares and comments made it nearly impossible to keep up with where folks were seeing and commenting on it. That’s the purpose of this post. And you are invited to play!
Getting your post to the top of page one on Google search increases site traffic. We all know that. I did it recently with two posts on a hot topic about a month ago. I’m just now catching my breath from all of the new business and followers that brought into my conversion funnel. But, what shocked me even more was to see my analytics have another Mt. Everest peak from a post going viral on G+ alone. See the graph for yourself and why it’s so important for you to participate in a social network on G+.
Google has revolutionized how content will be found, presented, and shared online. I believe the continuing changes to G+ will blur the lines between blogs and social media. To demonstrate, I’ve created a Google Drive Deck and linked to it on my G+ profile. Then, I embedded that post here. This is the beginning of perpetual and evergreen content in a way we’ve never seen before. I can update the Deck at any time and everywhere it is displayed will update immediately. All of the comments and +1s update everywhere too. More importantly, they stay with the post, not as a separate entity.
You can now embed a G+ post on your site. Google has just announced that the Google+ Sing-In is being integrated with Google’s Authorship Program. And they are integrating it with WordPress too. The G+ post integration is just one of the new features. What makes this so exciting is that viewers can +1, comment and follow the author from your site.
Note: This is brand new and I’ll be updating this post periodically as news rolls in.
When Google introduced G+ Comments for Blogger, it caused quite a stir among WordPress users. They felt left out. But it didn’t take developers very long to produce several G+ related plugins for WordPress beyond adding a +1 button to the site. I found five plugins for adding comments, and five plugins for import/export of your blog posts to G+ or G+ activity to your blog, including some that also bring in comments. They all work differently, and some work far better than others. Plus, there are caveats to using any of them because none are officially sanctioned by either WordPress or Google. And, at least one may break Google’s Terms of Service.
G+ Hangouts and Hangouts On Air are the future of social media. But, finding good gear at an affordable price proved to be tougher than I thought. I tried several mics and cameras in different combos as well as listening devices and finally found the perfect mix for me. See my honest review of the mics I tried and the perfect device I found, plus the settings and mix tips I’m using to produce stellar audio on a budget.
Google can track fourteen AuthorRank connections between your verified digital identity and content you publish anywhere online. That includes websites where you author content, as well as your social media sites. And, there are several important loops that Google wants you to close to ensure that the right author is getting credited. And you’ll want to close them too, to ensure that scraper sites are not taking advantage of your good reputation. See why getting AuthorRank setup properly is one of the most critically important tasks you’ll do this year.