Now Add Google+1 or Google+ Share Button?

Now Google has introduced the Google+ share button, which prompts Webmasters to add yet another social sharing button to their blogs and websites to further clutter up their site design.

After all how many social sharing buttons can you add to your site? As more social sharing sites introduce more buttons, it is becoming more and more difficult to choose which buttons to add to your site

Google+ Share Button

Was the Google +1 button not enough? So why should you add a Google plus share button to your site?  Well Facebook first introduced the Like button, which likes a post as well as provides the ability to share with your friends. Now Google plus is copying the same route in a different way.

Actually now Google plus has so many buttons which you can add to your site.

1. Google+1 button – clicking on this will let people +1 your article, and show friends they like it. Google said that more +1’s on articles might in some way influence your SEO rankings. In fact they promoted the buttons so well by sending us Google +1 stickers, Google founders got personalised +1 chocolate bars, and they allowed bloggers to thank people who +1 their posts. There was even a craze to buy Google +1 votes!

2. Google+ badges – which will allow subscribers to follow your Google+ profile posts and add you to circles. You can add them to your blog sidebar to gain more Google+ subscribers and followers. But do you want more +1’s  for your site Google+ page or more Google+ followers? Both I guess. It is confusing.

Google share button3. Google+ share button – which will allow site visitors to share your article on Google+. Now bloggers have to add this button to allow Google plus users to share their articles. So do we still use the Google+1 button?  It’s well known that Google considers social signals and social sharing in their search algorithms. So if your article is being circulated well amongst Google plus members, and might influence your SEO in some way too.

How to add Google plus share button?

So if you already have installed the Google plus script in your blog footer, then you just need to add a simple line of Google+ share code to get started

<div data-action="share"></div>

There are a lot of custom options and advanced options available to configure your Google plus share button. We chose to install the vertical bubble button and it is live on our site right now and you can check it out for yourself.

So which button will you add on your site now – Google +1 on Google share? Both?

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About the Author: P Chandra is editor of QOT, one of India's earliest tech bloggers since 2004. A tech enthusiast with expertise in coding, WordPress, web tools, SEO and DIY hacks.