I noticed on my Adsense that Google has suddenly become very unhappy about our not having the +1 button on our hubs.
I know this issue has been addressed before. Looks like it is time to address it again.
Google, themselves, have stated that having this button will have a positive effect on search index rankings. To put it another way, the lack of it will have a negative effect.
So how come we don't have this pesky little critter?
The +1 button will have a positive effect on search index rankings only if a lot of people give you a +1. Just having the button there isn't going to help rankings. It may even hurt if you don't get a huge number of +1's. As it turned out, few people clicked the button anyway in hubs, when it was there. This may be due to the fact that more people are on Facebook than on Google+.
I'm glad it's not there. As it is, my mailbox gets filled up daily with people in my circles promoting their badly written articles which I have no interest in. When I find the time, I am going to have to go on a mass unfriending spree! Google + is a total failure IMO. None of my real-life friends and family use it. They all prefer Facebook.
I know what you mean, Izzy. I tend to ignore all the self-promotional posts in Google+. And, personally, I never post about my own hubs. I know my followers know how to find my new material anyway. And I, in turn, always look to see what's new from the people I follow. So there's no need to post links to new hubs in Google+. However I am finding it to be a very useful source of information. And in addition, there are many worthwhile communities to join in Google+.
It's fairly easy to turn off notifications for stuff posted by folks who you have circled. You can leave notifications 'on' if someone tags you specifically. Cuts down on a lot of emails.
Google+ isn't my first choice either - in fact I find it rather confusing and I can't stand it. That being said, I'd still like the +1 buttons back on hubs because I think it would help with traffic and search engine rankings. I don't know why adding it is such a big deal, it was on there before at one point.
Search me. I am no fan of Google+, but plenty of people are. Keep the option open.
I find the G+ interface much cooler than FB, but use FB more because most people I know are active there.
The +1 button was removed due to page load factors or something on those lines if I remember right.
It shouldn't have a negative effect on rankings.
I seem to remember the issue with the button before was load times.
I'm not as relaxed about the whole thing as Lobobrandon is. Google may start punishing non-complying websites the ways things are going.
They cannot compete with FB but need social media data and are determined to use their muscle to force as many people into their scheme as possible.
So no comments on YouTube or Google Play anymore without G+.
It is all pretty loathsome. Two corporations fight it out and we need to jump through hoops for them.
G+ has many advantages over Facebook. For one, all of the links from posts are followed links and Facebook's links are NoFollow. Most of Facebook can't be crawled by Google because it is behind a sign-in firewall.
Also, Google is using the G+ ID to identify plagiarists and remove them from the Google product system, including AdSense/AdWords. In the past month, Google has received 24,807,422 requests for removal from search results for copyright violations. G+ is part of the Google plan to prevent repeat offences by plagiarists.
You don't have to personally enjoy G+ to realize a benefit by allowing others to easily link your Hubs from their G+ pages. It is a much better link than one from Facebook.
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