Your Blog, Plus One: Connect and Share on Google+
We’re excited to announce new features that integrate your WordPress.com site with some of the services Google has to offer. New features include:
- Connecting your site to your Google+ Profile.
- Commenting using your Google+ account.
- Sharing posts on Google+ via Publicize and a handy sharing button.
- Embedding Google+ posts on WordPress.com.
Connect to your Google+ Profile
Linking to your Google+ Profile creates an official connection between your WordPress.com content and your Google+ account. The benefit? It adds a layer of verification, confirming you are the author of your posts, and helps Google understand who created certain pages, which helps to increase the accuracy of search results.
In some cases, Google may also use this information to make your posts stand out more in search results by including your Google+ Profile information next to your listing.
- The display name that appears on your posts will use your Google+ Real Name, which is the name you have on your Google+ Profile.
- A Google+ section will be added to the Sharing/Like area at the bottom of your posts, which will include a link to your Google+ Profile, a button your visitors can click to follow you on Google+, and your Google profile picture.
For more details on connecting (and disconnecting) your Google+ Profile, visit the Connect Your Google+ Profile support page.
Post comments using your Google+ account
When you post a comment on a WordPress.com blog, you can either post as a guest (and enter your own details), use your WordPress.com account, or use one of your social accounts. We now support Google+ accounts here, and when you use it we’ll automatically grab your name and email address from Google, as well as your profile picture and URL to associate with your comment.
Share posts on Google+ with Publicize
Publicize makes it a snap to share your new posts on other networks (like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and most recently Path). We’re excited that you can now connect to and share your latest stuff on your Google+ Profiles with this tool. (Got a Google+ Page? Don’t fret! You’ll be able to Publicize to Pages as well in a few weeks.)
To get started, head to Settings → Sharing in your dashboard and, under Publicize, find and click Add new Google+ Connection. You’ll then be asked to approve the connection between your WordPress.com site and your Google+ account. Here you can select where you’d like your Publicized posts to be shared: to specific people, Circles, or broadcast to everyone (Public). To authorize, click Accept.
Once verified, you can check a box to make the connection available to all users of your site, which means that when another user publishes a post, it will also publicize to this Google+ connection.
Share to Google+ button
You can add a Google+ button at the bottom of your posts so readers can quickly share your stuff with others. You’ll see this option in Settings → Sharing as well, under Sharing Buttons (below your Publicize connections).
To activate, just drag and drop the Google+ button from Available Services to Enabled Services.
Embed Google+ posts on WordPress.com
You can also embed a Google+ post on your blog, similar to how you embed other media, such as tweets. When creating a new post or page, just insert a Google+ URL on its own line. Or, you can use the shortcode, like this:
This will display an embedded Google+ post on your blog:
You can take advantage of other services that Google offers to make your online publishing experience even better, from site/domain validation and XML sitemaps to custom email setup (via Google Apps) and embedding content (like Google Docs, Maps, and Calendars).
Jetpack users, sit tight!
Are you a self-hosted WordPress.org user with a Jetpack-powered site? You can start authenticating comments with Google+ now, and most other features will be available to you very soon — stay tuned while we tighten some nuts and bolts.
For more details, check out: