We are well and truly into the Google Plus fervor now, even more so since the realization that author rank will be playing a far stronger role in search.
Backlink gaming will become a dying art as shareable content and author-rank take hold of the interwebs. Which is how it should be.
I’m certainly not on the bleeding edge of technology, but I do pay attention to those who are and what they’re saying, and it seems that SEO rules will be forever impacted by this new introduction.
Michelle Macphearson wrote a piece giving good clarification on the impact to search results, you should definitely check it out here. Within that post is the link to Joost de Valks tutorial about how to add the rel=”me” link to enable the linking of your Google profile to your website.
I agree that this will become a major factor in getting your stuff seen….and lets face it, if you aint being seen then you may as well pack up your bat and ball and go home.
I personally have made the changes and linked my Google Plus profile to my website. The tutorial in itself (linked to above) was simple enough, but I could not, for the life of me get my account to verify through the rel=”me” link through the rich snippets tool.
I posted a short burst about this over on my google profile if you want to check it out. Lets just say it might pay you to check your plugins.
I haven’t spent oodles of time on Google Plus yet, but you don’t have to be blind freddy to see that there are some definite improvements in features to this social space.
Of course its early days, and nobody is saying abandon facebook, twitter or what ever the hell else is working for you, but you should read up and make up your own mind on the implications from your perspective. I for one will be watching very closely.
If you’re confused or having problems linking up your website, then by all means get in touch and I’ll see if I can help you out.
Oh and if you haven’t yet found your way into the googlesphere, email me and I will send you an invite. Alternatively you can hold off until the rumoured public launch of July 31st.
So I’d like to hear what you have to say about Google Plus?
Post Update: Since writing this post, I am trying the Authorsure WordPress Plugin to establish author linking, check out this post