Google Plus Rolls Out New Badges, Embeddable On Your Website

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New Google badges are now available.  Google has added new profile, page and community badges (examples provided by Google pictured above) that allow you to promote your Google Plus page on your business homepage or your personal blog.

Google designer Chris Messina announced the launch of the improved Google badges feature on his own Google Plus page late last week. (At the same time, the fledgling social network celebrated its second birthday.) The badges should grab some attention on your business website and, in turn, build connections on Google Plus.

Messina writes:

They come in several different form factors and two themes (dark and light) and better yet — are Retina-ready by cleverly relying on SVG for the G+ logo.

Selections include:

  • Profile badges let people find you easily on Google Plus and add you to their circles.
  • Communities badges allow visitors to find your community and preview it before joining.
  • Page badges allow visitors to engage your brand directly by connecting directly to one of the new Google pages.

The new Google badges will allow businesses to direct visitors to their Google Plus page from a blog or other website. Badges feature a snippet of the profile photo, the thumbnail icon you use to represent your Google Plus page, a page name, a tagline, a Google Plus follow button and a +1 button.

A new stand-alone follow button has also been added.

Creating a new Google Plus badge is simple. The steps are similar to adding any other widget to your site. Select the Google badge you wish to create. Customize the badge by adjusting width, color, layout and choosing whether you wish to include cover photo and tag line.

When finished, copy and paste the embed code into your business website or blog.

Image: Google

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Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and the Head of Content Partnerships. A journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional and online media, he is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press, covering his hometown.

14 Reactions
  1. Shawn Hessinger

    Hi Josh,
    Social buttons like this are a pretty big deal for anyone trying to drive traffic to their social sites and build up a viable community. There’s no better source of this community than common interest in your business, brand and website and using social buttons allows you to make your website the hub.

  2. This is great! I wondered when they would release these.

  3. Martin Lindeskog

    Joshua: Thanks for sharing this news. I have to be more active on Google+ because I see the great potential with this new social media place. I have to take some time to figure out how to use Google+ in the days to come.

  4. This is great!Thanks for sharing

  5. I think these badges are a great way to increase your Google plus followers. As long as the button is there and they can follow in just a push of a button, then they will not hesitate. The best part is that you can use this to promote your products and services.

  6. Hi,

    Any one any idea how to get a Google Plus Side Follow Widget which is Vertical in nature and when hover pops a little and then customer can share the site.

    Thanks & regards

  7. Excellent, going to embed a google badge 🙂 thanks for the good article!

  8. Is there a way to showcase my google reviews on my website.
    I couldn’t find a badge to display my reviews for Google the way Yelp does.
    Any help is greatly appreciated.

  9. Is there a google review widget to post on websites?

    I have been looking for hours to make it easier on patients working from their mobile devices but so far have not found one.

No, Thank You