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Monday, August 8, 2011

How-To Add Google +1 Buttons To Your Website Guide

Posted by @ 12:52 am

The buzz about Google + continues with it being the fastest growing social network in history. It reached 25 million users in weeks compared to Facebook which took years.

One of the major components of the Google + network is the Google +1 votes (the Google equivalent of Facebook “Likes”)

Even though Google + is growing at an unprecedented rate, website owners are still very slow to adopt Google +1 buttons on their website – so hopefully this guide will help you get started ASAP.


How to Implement Google +1 button to your website

Implementing the button is quite simple. You just need to insert two line of codes in your HTML or theme.


  • 1. Insert the following javascript code in your <head> tag

<script type=”text/javascript” src=””></script>

  • 2. Insert the following tag on your web page where you want the button to appear.



Believe it or not – that ‘s it.

If you want to customise how the +1 button looks on your website, there’s a few options through Google’s +1 button generator.


You can change the following:

  • Size of the button: The default is “standard“, which is 24px tall. You can choose “small” (15px), “medium” (20px) or “tall” (60px).
  • Include count: The default is set to “true”. You can turn it off if you don’t want the +1′d count to appear.
  • URL (href): By default, the button will grab the URL of the existing page, but you can specify your own URL with the parameter href=”your-url-here”.

See, it’s really very easy, so there’s no excuses for not embracing Google’s new social voting system. And lets face it, as long as it doesn’t get spammed too much, it’ll be only a matter of tiem before it’s a ranking factor (maybe)

For more info, check out the Google +1 button site and the FAQ site



Rene LeMerle Rene is the marketing manager of - a global search engine marketing company. He also leads the marketing for - a web 2.0 style community for online and digital marketers. Rene has been in the industry since 1997 with much of that time spent helping businesses embrace the best of the internet and digital world.

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I wish it was that easy! It really is but not in my Worpdress theme. I’d like the button to sit at the top right side of the header but it sits in the middle, butting up against the logo. Takes more than copy and paste to fix that one.

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Good information, but why doesn’t the Google +1 appear on In fact, many prominent Web sites that profess the benefits of Google +1 don’t have it. Is there a downside to using +1?

By Leon - August 9, 2011

Leon, it’s in the works. The structure of our main website requires a complex build to add such items…so its in the pipeline. You’ll notice its already on the blog.

By Rene - August 9, 2011

I did exactly those two things. I put the first code just after the head tag and the second code where I wanted the button. Nothing happened. Am I just too stupid to do this right? I keep seeing on websites that it’s easy but it’s just not working for me. I don’t have wordpress site or anything. It’s something I made in Dreamweaver.

By Lynn - November 20, 2011

I’m having the exact same problem as Lynn. Pasted the code in the exact same spots, nothing happens. Also using Dreamweaver. I have posted this code as well as the code taken directly from the Google website on how to add the +1 button. Nothing works.

By Jen - December 8, 2011

Hi Lynn and Jen,
Are you putting the first tag in your head tag (not after it)?
If it’s not working for you…I suggest heading over to the Google Plus FAQ area – I’ve included the URL below.

Good luck

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