Google Plus Powered Blog Comments – Should You Jump Onboard?

Posted by | May 06, 2013 | SEO | 15 Comments

On April 18, 2013, Google announced that Google+ Comments were being enabled into their Blogger platform. Almost overnight, blogs that appeared to have little reactions or comment activity became a vibrant community of reactions and shares.

Since I do not use blogger to host any sites, I went to the Google Analytics blog to find an example of how these comments work when implemented. I checked out my post from last year about Google Analytics for Lead Generation and noticed that the article that once had 0 comments suddenly came to life with 44 comments pulled in from Google+!

Google+ Comments in Action

The comments on the post were both aesthetically pleasing and also a great way to view all of the activity that had happened around that post. Where I was once concerned that the post didn’t receive a lot of attention, I can now see that many people found it to be useful.

I want Google Plus Comments on My Site!

Naturally, blogs that weren’t powered by Blogger wanted to show these comments on their websites as well, so the industrious individuals at Cloud Hero worked to make that dream a reality by releasing a Google+ Comments WordPress Plugin.

G+ Comments for WordPress

Now just about any website can use Google+ comments on their site using this plugin. *Note, this plugin is not officially sanctioned by Google, so install at your own risk.

The best part is that the plugin now supports the ability to maintain your current WordPress comment system in addition to Google+ comments. That means that if you use Disqus, Facebook or even the native WordPress comments system, you won’t lose the comments that are already on your site.

5 Implications to be Aware of While Using Google+ and Google+ Comments

As you can see, I am a big fan of Google+ comments, but with any new technology, we need to make sure we understand the implications of what we are getting ourselves into with adopting a new technology. Here are some implications that come to mind when I think about the adoption of Google+ Comments.

1) Be careful when you recommend something publicly on Google+

Now that Google+ comments are available, you should assume that every single item you publicly share on Google+ will ultimately become a comment on that website at some point in time. While that should not be a concern in most cases, you will need to make sure you understand your privacy settings before sharing.

2) Sharing Privately Still Shows Your Comments to Logged In Users

Even if you share an article privately, anyone in your circles who is reading that article will see your private comment when they visit that site! For more information on how this works, check out this fantastic Google+ post from Gideon Rosenblatt on his Observations on G+ Comments.

3) Another Way to Engage With Google+

I hear it all of the time “I don’t have time to use another social network, so I won’t use Google+” – but what if another social network came to you? What if you could interact with Google+ right within an article? I think that for most users they will start to use Google+ more often! Google+ comments allows a greater number of visitors to interact with your site, which should increase your sites credibility with Google.

4) Google+ Continues to Fight (and Win) Strategic Battles

It’s not about how much time is spent on the network, but rather the ability for the network to add value to your every day life. Google is focusing on providing value added features to their Google+ network and these features represent wins in many uncontested battle areas. Enough tactical wins of these nature and Google may just win the war!

5) Google+ and SEO, SEO and Google+

I wrote about it and many others have as well: Google+ Directly impacts search results. With Google+ comments now being implemented directly on a site, the amount of engagement that savvy site owners will see between their site and Google+ will increase exponentially. In other words, Google+ started off as important for SEO and now it’s even MORE important. Get onboard before it’s too late.

Google+ Comments: Coming Soon to the new Three Deep website!

You may notice that we don’t yet have Google+ comments on our website, and that is for good reason. We are currently working on revamping our site to a new design and web host. As part of that update process, we will also be adding Google+ comments to the site at that time. Stay tuned!

  • http://www.eyewebmaster.com Rosendo A. Cuyasen

    Does this Google Plus Blog comments would help a page rank of a website. How about those who don’t want to use G+..

    • http://www.jeffalytics.com/ Jeffsauer

      It can potentially help a website rank by sending a strong signal to Google that a piece of content is popular (especially if the commenter posts to Google+ as well). If someone is interested in using G+ but wants to rank, they should probably think again. As for website owners, they should allow both G+ comments and a system like Disqus.

  • http://twitter.com/MarketStomper Market Stomper

    Thanks for the heads up Jeff, first I’ve heard about this, be interesting to see how people use it.

    Also what comment functionality are you using for your site, it allows you to sign in from via other social channels. Will you be implementing this on your new website when it’s done.

    Cheers

    Danny Howard

    • http://www.jeffalytics.com/ Jeffsauer

      Danny – we will likely offer several comment options on the new site.

  • http://www.bluehandwebdesign.com/ Blue Hand

    its great to see another Google Product on blog comments…. now we have to look into the results if its benefical or not?

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    Wow, this post really got my mind crackin! I just got the way to attract huge traffic.

  • http://charliesaidthat.com/digital/ charliesaidthat

    Gonna have to test this out and see if it makes a big difference to WordPress sites.

    Surprised that you claim there have been so much discussion around blog posts on G+ though.

  • technick78

    tester

  • Diane Brown

    It is a great article. I just have a few questions and I don’t know if you can help me. I have google+ on my site and it works very very well for me. I used blogger before using wordpress and realised how good google+ is in generating responses — so I made sure to use it on wordpress. I then moved to a self hosted site and was able to use google plus there too – and it works just as well. So I highly recommend it. There is just one caution that I would make. One of the people who commented on my posts a lot, stopped used google and cancelled his account. All the comments he had made on my site (via google) disappeared. Every single comment. So people should be aware. Which leads me to my two questions I have. Is there anyway to import the comments into disqus, so that those comments stay on my site. I did this for my wordpress comments and it worked very well. Second, I notice that when I am on my website I am unable to make comments on disqus — can you perhaps explain why this is so and how I can rectify that if it is possible? By way of example when I came to your site here, I am able to make comments on disqus but I cannot do the same on my website.
    Lastly which program did you download for comments (I used comments evolved)

    • http://www.jeffalytics.com/ Jeffsauer

      Hi Diane. I don’t think there is a way to download G+ comments into WordPress like you can with Disqus. I agree that it would be a nice feature to have, and maybe someone could do that to a plugin… but I don’t think it exists now. Not sure about your ability to comment on Disqus. Could be a setting you have enabled as the owner of the site? I haven’t had that problem. As for the plugin being used, it is Comments Evolved. On some sites I made G+ primary tab and Disqus secondary. Tying to figure out if I like this, because G+ comments aren’t really increasing engagement for me so far.

      • Diane Brown

        Thank you very much for the reply, for some reason I did not get a notification of this reply. So i just saw it now. Yes the disqus is now working on my site, thank you very much for that.

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    Analytics blog to find an example of how these comments work when
    implemented.”, thanks for the post…

  • rachellemadrigal

    Glad I found your blog. Pretty post. Keep posting.

    Kesh
    http://www.imarksweb.org