Add Google+ Buttons and counts to Hubs

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  1. Paul Maplesden profile image75
    Paul Maplesdenposted 11 years ago

    Hi there,

    I'm not sure if this has been suggested before, but wanted to mention it.

    With the rising popularity of Google+ and the upcoming SEO refocus on social sharing and authorship, are Hub Pages considering adding Google+ +1 buttons and counts to hubs? I'm a big Google+ user and share my hubs there to get readership.

    Additionally, the implementation of the new Google+ communities features is bringing togetehr potentially large readerships that can be directed to compelling hub pages. (One of the communities I moderate has around 5,000 active users and another that I belong to has over 10,000).

    Adding Google+ buttons and counts to hubs would encourage people to +1 (in addition to liking on Facebook, Tweeting and Pinning).

    Thanks for your consideration,


  2. Simone Smith profile image87
    Simone Smithposted 11 years ago

    Hi Paul,
    We used to have a +1 button on Hubs, but decided to remove it due to lack of use. Thanks for the suggestion, though!

    1. That Grrl profile image72
      That Grrlposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I started using Google+ again after ignoring it for ages. Now I use the + but ignore Facebook. I'd add my vote to bringing the Google+ button back.

  3. Paul Maplesden profile image75
    Paul Maplesdenposted 11 years ago

    It might be worth looking at again - With the move to Authorship Verification and Reputation, I think that Google will be placing much more search impetus on individual authors (which seems a very natural fit for hub pages.)

    Also, since the introduction of the new communities feature, there are much better 'forum' like places on G+ where people can share information and spread the word about great hubs.

    1. agvulpes profile image85
      agvulpesposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you Paul and to me it seems odd that we can claim 'authorship' here on HP but there is no Google+ button.

  4. phildazz profile image67
    phildazzposted 11 years ago

    That's such a great suggestion, I hope Google get the ball rolling on this one!

  5. Paul Maplesden profile image75
    Paul Maplesdenposted 11 years ago

    Just to add to this, I read a couple of days ago on ZD Net that Google+ is now the second largest social network, so it's clearly gaining in traction and engagement: … 000010372/

    As a keen user, I'd love to see +1 buttons added.

    1. janderson99 profile image54
      janderson99posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I agree but HP removed it because it was unpopular (?), RSS is being removed for the same reason. Sad!

      1. Paul Maplesden profile image75
        Paul Maplesdenposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        As G+ is clearly becoming more popular, I hope they'll reconsider.

      2. Marisa Wright profile image86
        Marisa Wrightposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        RSS was removed due to abuse, not due to lack of use.

        1. janderson99 profile image54
          janderson99posted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Not according to staff
          “The RSS Capsule has become less popular (and is also less useful than it used to be), we have decided to retire it."
          Some  Hubbers were surveyed about this.
 … s-capsule/
          Elsewhere Simone Stated
          " There's nothing wrong with RSS as a feature/concept. We're just removing an antiquated capsule that very few used."

  6. brakel2 profile image74
    brakel2posted 11 years ago

    What kind of abuse?

  7. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 11 years ago

    IMHO Google plus is a bit of a ghost town compared to other networks.  We can't have buttons for everything....

    1. Paul Maplesden profile image75
      Paul Maplesdenposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Well, it's a 'Ghost Town' where there are 340 million active users and it's the second biggest social network after Facebook; the community I moderate just passed 7,000 members and with Authorship becoming a key ranking factor this year, G+ is going to become more and more important.

      It's six times bigger than Pinterest and bigger than Pinterest and Twitter added together, it's not going anywhere.

      If you scratch underneath the surface, I can guarantee it is anything but a ghost town.

      I agree that we can't have buttons for *everything*, but we *do* need buttons for the important stuff; this is one of those.

      1. janderson99 profile image54
        janderson99posted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I totally agree with this and I use it all the time via an addon. I think the real reason is the time delay and overhead for having it on the page. HP elsewhere recommends using G+  - also it helps ranking for pages and would probably help overall ranking with Google as well.
        Come on HP get up to date, add the G+ button, PLEASE!
        Every worthwhile site has a G+ button - name one that don't
        BIG G will love you for it!

  8. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 11 years ago

    The probably count me as an "active" user and any person who every followed the directions on the Google popup.  In fact they probably count me as at least two different active users, possibly three.

    And yet in any real sense of the word I am not a user at all. I just never bothered to permanently erase the account. It is like HSUS saying anyone they ever sent a newsletter is a "member".

    I don't think that in terms of real engagement it would be in the top 10. Let's see.

    eBiz= 6th … g-websites
    Discovery= Not in top 10 … -sites.htm
    Business Journal = 11th … ge_gallery

    1. Paul Maplesden profile image75
      Paul Maplesdenposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Active users are anyone that has actively used Google+ in the last 30 days. I'm just saying that it's a much busier place than some people think. I have nearly 4,000 followers and get a large quantity of hub traffic from G+. It's not going away and if we have buttons for Twitter and Pinterest, both of which have fewer active users, then why not G+ as well?

  9. LisaMarie724 profile image67
    LisaMarie724posted 11 years ago

    I completely agree.  I think that we should bring it back.  I use Google+ for my blog posts and they do really well.  I still share my hubs on Google+ but it would be nice just to click a button.


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