New Google+ Plugins, Site Satisfaction, Yahoo Alerts, MozCast, Speedlink 26:2013

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great and productive week. This week, Google has launched some new interesting stuff, the first being that of the new Google+ plugins.

“Today we’re launching a bunch of new plugins that help visitors to connect with you on Google+, directly from your website. These include …”

A new Follow button – The Google+ Follow button is a standalone plugin that — as you might expect — lets visitors follow you from your site. It’s nice and compact, so it integrates easily with your existing social buttons.



A new badge for Communities – If you created a community on Google+, you can now create badges for your communities and showcase them on your site. These badges are highly configurable, making it easy to match your site design and may be a way of getting more people to join your community.

Google Plus Community Badge

The other interesting launch from Google is the customers satisfaction survey, where you can embed on your site and gather responses from your visitors. Google says that this is free provided you do not need to “customize” the questions. If you do, then a small fee of as little as 1 cent may apply. Anyway, the survey form displays discreetly in the lower right hand corner of your website. Google then, automatically aggregates and analyzes responses, providing the data back to you through a simple online interface.

google free consumer survey

What do think? Is this something you may be interested in using? I’m still thinking 🙂

On a different front, Yahoo announced a complete and new alerts system for those of you who want “to stay in the know”. Not sure I’ll be using this one as I already have GAlerts and TalkWalker. Have you tried it yet?

To help you find hot-off-the-press information on the things that are important to you, like breaking news about a specific topic or the latest images of your favorite celebrity, we’re launching a brand-new Yahoo! Search Alerts experience. All you have do is tell us the topics you want to be alerted about, and we will constantly scour the web for you, emailing you when we find a new hit so that you will always be in-the-know.

Finally, and in case you are interested, MozCast (the Google algorithm weather report) has been showing some real “hot temperatures” lately, breaking record highs on Thursday (note that the average normal temp would be 70ºF). MozCast is a weather report showing turbulence in the Google algorithm over the previous day. The hotter and stormier the weather, the more Google’s rankings changed. Seems the Google Dance is now a work in (permanent) progress. Do you think this will ever stop?

MozCast Algorithm Report

As usual, in no particular order:

SEO & Internet Marketing

Social/Blogging/Small Business Bites

More cool stuff!

Will the Webmaster Tools API be updated to add additional data?

That’s it! Enjoy and have a great weekend!


DiTesco is a Business and Inbound Marketing Consultant, and founder of iBlogzone's main objective is to help startups and small business owners achieve success in their online ventures. | More About Me and my Digital Marketing Services in SP Brazil.

9 thoughts on “New Google+ Plugins, Site Satisfaction, Yahoo Alerts, MozCast, Speedlink 26:2013

  • Hi Francisco,

    I see that Google is very active lately and G+ is a social site that cannot be ignored. Buttons, badges!
    Several articles to read this week repurposing, quicksprout…I’ll eat them slowly 🙂

    Enjoy your weekend!


    • lol Gera.. Lots of articles to digest indeed. Google+ is slowly but surely getting there. I’m speculating that they are far from over.. We’ll see what comes next. Enjoy your weekend too

  • The customers satisfaction survey does sound like a very banal feature but this is nothing lesst than another rating feature. Creating multiple rating system is the smartest thing Google came with to avoid fakers!

  • Google+ is great. In the social media market, it ticks all the boxes. Appealing interface, huge range of features and is connected with the rest of my google life. But the one thing that would stop me regularly using it, or to fully convert from Facebook is the fact that none of my friends are on it! There should be some sought of ‘conversion day’ or something, where everybody just switches their social network.

    • Hi Tom.. “Conversion Day” – that will be the day 🙂

  • Yet again – a great roundup Ditesco (or Franciso – how do I call you?). As Gera says, Google has been very active recently – not just with the webspam updates but also with improving the social!

    • Hi. You can call me either way you want. Francisco is my real name though 🙂

  • Francisco, thank for the information.
    Google + is a social site that we cant not be ignored any more.

  • Google plus is acquiring a great attention from tech geeks. The recent changes made by Google to its UI is a good thing that happened recently. We can say Google is concentrating more on Google Plus to grab more attention from its users

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