Tip for Using Google Plus in 2020
Have you seen this before?
Do you still have links on your website linking to google+ pages that show this content above? I still run across some old websites that I built for friends and old clients that have the social media button in the <follow> sections of their website. You wil notice a lot of pages that have links in the footer or header or maybe sidebar.
I am swicthing the link instead of removing it.
I have been removing or replacing links for the icons in the websites I still control.
On some of the pages, I have started changing the icon link to the review page that google gives you for local businesses. If your page is connected to a Google My Business. Google will give you a link to share for getting reviews. I have done this on a number of sites I manage for local businesses. This only works when you have full control of the entire link in your wordpress dashboard. Some older plugins only asked for <username> or <google plus id> with the rest of the url being control by the plugin or theme code function.
The theme I use has a place for the entire Google Plus URL. In that field, I add the get reviews link that google gives me in local business dashboard.
The Review Link looks like this
The blacked out area is the actual short name given to this business by Google. You get that in the business edit section located on the info tab. Look for "Google Short Name" or @ symbol It is kind of like usernames on facebook or handles on twitter.
What do you think?
I would be interested to know what the WA comunity thinks about this?
Do you think this is a Good idea?
Should we simply remove the social media icon and links altogether?