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Magic Moment: Connecting to Google

Even if you’re still a little worried about connecting to Google, it is not something you should ignore, especially if your blog is a WordPress.com one.

So I’ve done a little bit of delving to bring up an action you should have implemented, if you want your blog to be seen more by the search engines.

First, go to the Dashboard, and look for Settings in the left hand sidebar, and click on the Sharing tab:

Google Plus Button in Settings Sharing

And you will see the big red Google+ sign in button. Click on it to sign into Google, if you’re not already in:

Login to your Google account

Next WordPress will start the process of connecting to Google. Check everything is in order in the menu below:

Connecting WordPress to Google

And if you approve, click the Accept button.

If successful, you will see your avatar from your Google account, and confirmation that you are connected.

WordPress successfully connected to your Google account

The result will show at the bottom of your posts:

Google connection shows at bottom of posts.

Now, to enhance the process of connecting to Google even better, why not go back to Settings > Sharing, and update the Publicize option so your posts are automatically published in your Google+ profile:

Connect Publicize option to Google

Since you’re already logged into your Google account, there are only a few acceptance formalities to go through and it’s done!

Taking your blog and connecting to Google, and also publishing your posts on your profile, will make a big difference to how you are noticed within the search engines.

Likes on Comments

Now, scanning a little further down the Settings > Sharing page, I came across this new feature!

Activate the Comments Like feature

Which I immediately checked to activate it. I definitely want people to be able to approve any comments I get on my posts. This is the result:

Like option on comments

And when clicked on (especially by you) it transforms into this:

Comment shown as liked

And if there are multiple likes, you can even get to see who has been so kind:

Showing multiple comment likes

Courtesy of WordPress.com

Brilliant! This acknowledgement feature may deter people from leaving a proper comment by lazily just clicking ‘like’ for any previous comments, but it might well reduce unintentional spam by those who can’t think of anything decent to say.

(At the time of publishing this post, I could not find an equivalent plugin for WordPress.org, except some that allowed readers to either approve or disapprove a post, page or comment. This shows as a green thumb up or a red thumb down, which is not quite the same thing.)

And all this extra interaction, combined with connecting to Google, may well attract the search engines to your favour, so what have you got to lose?

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Alice Elliott writes the award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She provides simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Visit her new Beginner Bloggers blog to find her latest learning resources.
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