The Importance of Google Plus
Hey, all! I want to illustrate the importance of Google+ especially for new websites that rank low on authority (such as Getting to know Brazil in Pictures!, my blog about photography and travel tips).
For information purposes, my site is 2 months and 2 weeks old. According to the SiteManager tab I have 20% Site Trust, and according to http://www.seoreviewtools.com/ I rank "0" on Google PageRank URL. That's basically to say that whenever I post new content, the world doesn't come falling to my feet.
I have done a book review for "The Manual of Photography" by John Hedgecoe. This is a very popular book, and one that I knew would be hard to rank for. The keyword I have used is "John Hedgecoe". Please see below the Page 1 results:
"Getting to know Brazil in Pictures!" doesn't actually show up in the first 100 results. However, I have shared the content on my Google+ account, and it is showing up in 7th place, after 3 links by Amazon, Wikipedia and a couple of articles by The Guardian and The Telegraph. I would never, at this point, be able to attain such a high ranking if not for Google+. There have been cases in which I've got two first page results on Google with Google+ shares, one for my personal profile and one for GtkBip!'s.
So... Make sure you don't forget to use it as a tool, especially when your site is gaining traction.