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:
And you will see the big red Google+ sign in button. Click on it to sign into Google, if you’re not already in:
Next WordPress will start the process of connecting to Google. Check everything is in order in the menu below:
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.
The result will show at the bottom of your 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:
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!
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:
And when clicked on (especially by you) it transforms into this:
And if there are multiple likes, you can even get to see who has been so kind:
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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