Google+ rolls out branded pages, expands +1 to image search

November 9, 2011 by SEOP Blog Team




Social media is recognized as a powerful platform that can help boost various components of a site’s SEO campaigns. It empowers brands and sites, with linking and content marketing easily among aspects that can benefit from it. And to be able to successfully attain your campaign’s goals, brand managers, SEO practitioners and Internet marketing specialists need to find harmony in the strategies they’ve lined up and fuse social media with search engine optimization tactics.

While it’s still a relatively new venture, Google’s social media thrust Google+ is slowly becoming a major force in the social Web. And they’re not quite done yet. This week, search engine giant polishes its social focus with a new feature for Google+, and an expansion of their +1 social button.


Google+ Pages for Brands

googleplus logo Google+ rolls out branded pages, expands +1 to image search

Since its unveiling earlier this year, more and more people are signing up, with Google+. Naturally, brands following their demographic have also jumped onboard in their attempts to cement their presence on the social networking site. However, a few months in and the site began removing brand-driven profiles on their site, stating that they are working on features that will directly cater to businesses’ needs.

“So far Google+ has focused on connecting people with other people.” said the announcement on the official Google Blog. “But we want to make sure you can build relationships with all the things you care about—from local businesses to global brands—so today we’re rolling out Google+ Pages worldwide.”

Google+ pages, the long promised feature, rolls out this week with Google+’s array of capabilities for brands to take advantage of to better engage with their followers. Brands and businesses can avail of these features by creating a Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/pages/create.

Google’s core business has always been search, and so Google+ pages has been baked with their search capabilities to make it easier for users to find and follow the brands and businesses they support. Here, the company introduced Direct Connect, a feature that allows you to search for brand pages directly from Google Search.


+1 Buttons Expand to Google Image Search

google1 screenshot Google+ rolls out branded pages, expands +1 to image search

Google’s answer to Facebook’s Like button, the +1, has made the crossover to Image search, according to the announcement posted by software engineer Xiaorui Gan over the InsideSearch blog.

“Let’s say you’re looking to summit Mount Kilimanjaro and want to inspire a few of your climbing buddies to join you.” said Gan. “You search for [mount kilimanjaro summit] and switch to Images mode to find rows and rows of photos testifying that this peak can indeed be conquered. By hovering over one of the images, you can quickly recommend this photo to your friends by clicking the +1 button.

Serving as a recommendation tool, content that have been +1′d by your Google+ contacts will be funneled and made visible to you during searches conducted on Google. For instance, we tested the feature and +1′d an image we found on Image Search. Removing your mouse over the image will make it revert back to its thumbnail size, with the name of the user’s who +1′d it overlaid on top of it. In addition to this, you will also be able to view all images along with the other content and search result links you +1′d on your Google+ profile page’s +1 tab.



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