Over the last 6 months or so Googleplus has quietly gone from almost unknown to probably the most essential tool in any online marketers toolkit. Apart from the number of active users putting g+ is second place after Facebook, it is also the network owned by Google and that means a lot.
The most recent stats I read showed g+ with 400 million active users, and Facebook with around 800 million active users. Twitter, Linkedin, and the rest are far behind. Except in China. There everything is different. India and Brazil, however, are following the US and Europe in adopting g+, and that I think means g+ will eventually be the largest social network.
Look at the map from gplusdata, it isn’t easy to see, but the top ten g+ countries are:
When you realise that g+ is not just the English speaking world, and also think about authorship that makes it easier for people to be recognised as authorities in their niche, well, I came to a startling conclusion; Googleplus really is going to be the profile of the future.
I know this is old news, and that everyone knows how bad spam is on blogs, but I thought I’d share a screenshot of what my blog is telling this morning.
What you see is an actual screenshot from this blog, and it says Akismet has protected this site from 108,241 spam comments.
Akismet was only installed about 6 months ago, so you can see how much spammy activity there is online. I even made the decision a few weeks ago to delete all old comments, right back to 2005, because I don’t have the time to sift through all comments and work out which ones were spammy, or check to make sure that previous commenter’s websites were still live.
Considering that WordPress sites are a prime target for spammers, activating the Akismet plugin is absolutely worth it. I also delete all comments that Akismet doesn’t pick up when they have even a hint of spamminess to them. I recommend you do the same.
In addition, I now also have a message in the sidebar requiring a real name for any commenter. Yes, it’s sad, but the Internet is filled with too many people who want to ruin it for us all. So, if you’d like to comment, please do. But be warned, Akismet is watching
With the social media wars seemingly at an end, the choice of which buttons to include at the end of each post is a fairly easy one to make. In this site, I only use GooglePlus and Facebook. In this post I’m going to show you how to add their buttons to your WordPress posts.
You might ask why I only use g+ and FB? They are the only two that I find useful, and that seem to rank highly in search engine results.
The first step to adding your social buttons is to create a new file in your theme folder called social.php
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