I know usually I post on sunday but this one is exception for it. WordPress yesterday announce that they have integrated some of the Google features with WordPress.com site (free hosted). Following are new features you’ll see on your wordpress.com site:
- Linking your site with your Google+ Profile
Now you can link your Google+ profile with WordPress.com which creates official connection between your WordPress.com content and your Google+ account. This’ll act as an additional verification layer to confirm your authorship about your content and helps Google to understand who created certain pages, which helps to increase the accuracy of search results.
A Google+ section will be added at the bottom of your posts, which will include a link to your Google+ Profile, a button your visitors can click to follow you on Google+, and your Google profile picture.
- Post comments using your Google+ account
Long awaited feature of commenting using Google+ account is new here. Previously you had option to comment either as a guest, using your WordPress.com account or one of your social accounts. New feature allows you to comment using your Google+ account and it’ll automatically grab your name and email address from Google, as well as your profile picture and URL to associate with your comment.
- Sharing posts on Google+ via Publicize
WordPress.com makes it easy to automatically share your new post on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn and Path via Publicize. New addition to this list is of Google+. That’s right, now you can share your latest stuff on your Google+ profile with this tool. At present it allows to share only on your Google+ profile and not on Google+ page but stay tuned, you’ll be able to Publicize to Google+ Pages as well in a few weeks.
You can find this connection option in Settings > Sharing > Publicize. You’ll be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com site and your Google+ account. You can then select where you’d like your Publicized posts to be shared: to specific people, Circles, or Public.
- A handy sharing button
New feature brings you Google+ sharing button to add at the bottom of your post so that your audience can quickly share your posts with their followers on Google+. This will help to increase chances of your blog getting noticed by large Google+ crowd and can bring you more traffic from Google+.
You’ll see this option in Settings > Sharing as well, under Sharing Buttons. To activate, just drag and drop the Google+ button from Available Services to Enabled Services.
- Embedding Google+ posts on WordPress.com
Recently Google+ brought Embedding feature for Google+ posts and now WordPress.com also allowed it. It acts similar to embed feature by other media such as Twitter and Facebook. Embedding Google+ posts on you wordpress.com site can make it easy to share any stuff from Google+ with simple link. This’ll also help to highlight any stuff from Google+; it can be your own or may be of other Google+ users, in your WordPress.com site without repeated typing.
While creating a new post or page on your WordPress.com blog, just insert Google+ URL of any post that you want to embed is it is. Else, you can use shortcode for Google+, like this:googleplus url=https://plus.google.com/102069093889868325388/posts/RdSyzvFrL79
(enclose this in [ ] square brackets without place at either ends)It’ll look like this:
WordPress, by integrating some important features between wordpress.com and Google+, made it very easy to connect your blog with your Google+ profile. In addition, it’ll also help in Google+ authorship mark since your Google+ account is now directly connected with your WordPress.com site. This’ll definitely increase chances of your post to appear in Google search results, bring your Google+ followers to your blog as well as direct your blog readers to your Google+ profile to connect with you.
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