In the ever-expanding world of social media, there are some important names to know. Most are well aware that Facebook and Twitter have taken over the social Internet world; however, there are other great social tools as well, especially Google+, and its +1 is becoming much better recognized. The biggest problem faced in implementing Google+1 is that many do not really understand it and its value to a website.

What Is It and How Does It Work?

Somewhat similar to Facebook’s ‘like’ button, the Google+1 button is a way to approve of content and let others know this. While clicking this button does not post anything to a user’s Google+ feed as Facebook’s ‘like’ does, anything receiving a click by a particular user can be found under that user’s +1 tab on their profile.

The benefit of this is that when someone has clicked the Google+1 button on an offered link, their name will show up under search results to any Google+ friends who see the same link as a recommendation. In other words, if someone does a Google search and comes across a link that four of their friends have enjoyed and clicked the button, it will be noted below the link that those four people recommended it. Link counts can include friends whose names are only readable to that user and total numbers of those who have clicked the +1 to recommend a page. The higher the click count, the more reputable and relevant a page is considered.

Enhancing SEO Efforts

The purpose of SEO is for sites to be seen as quickly as possible by web crawlers, indexed as quickly as possible, and then potentially seen by as many people as possible. The way that using the Google+1 button can enhance SEO efforts is simple – when people recommend pages, friends are more likely to look themselves. It is a slow process, as is most SEO strategy done correctly; however, over time such views become more relevant +1s, more site back links, higher search rankings, and eventually higher conversion rates. This is not very different from the way Facebook ‘likes’ can help increase page views and the use of Facebook in general can help increase a website’s visibility and the whole business.

It is also thought that +1 recommendations may carry more value than Facebook as Google has gone to lengths to ensure that clicks are genuine before counting toward any totals. Someone who is a regular Google user of all their tools and more is going to be viewed as a valuable source; any other usage is not considered relevant. Basically, Google is trying to be sure that those clicks actually have meaning and are not being placed by those trying to artificially elevate a website’s link status.


A great feature about the +1 button is that once clicked, that click remains with that website. This is especially beneficial to links that lead to high quality content and deserve a positive rating that adds up over time and remains with the link. Facebook ‘likes’ are generally seen when passing through a user’s feed and then the post and all those ‘likes’ disappear. The number of likes remain buried with the post on Facebook or the website which doesn’t help when searching on browsers for information. Remembering one link out of hundreds seen daily is highly unreliable; the +1 button essentially remembers this and will show up every time that link does in search results. This is called efficiency +1.

While there are more and more social media buttons showing at the bottom of every web page or blog post, some are definitely more worthwhile than others. It is being discovered that Google+1 is one of those that should be right next to the Facebook ‘like’ button. It is indeed a great benefit that can help increase visibility – which is after all the whole reason for being online in the first place!