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How can I add Google +1 on any webpage with any icon?

Alexis Wilke's picture

Google +1Today I was looking for a way to add a Google +1 button that looked like other buttons. Suppose you have a website where you already added buttons: Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest. You created a very specific look for those 3 buttons to match your website. It looks really nice. Now you want to add a Google +1 button...

The image on the right shows you the default Google +1 look.
If that is not what you want on your site, you'll want to use the following trick.

Considering doing banner advertising for your Snap! Website?

Alexis Wilke's picture

Whenever someone thinks of creating a banner ad for their Snap! Website, they think they need to hire a graphics person to do all the work. Truly, if your banner looks 100% like an ad, it is likely to not be clicked very much (unless you have something that's anyway really hot and always generates clicks...) On the other hand, a banner that looks like text being part of the website where it is shown has a greater chance of success. So? Why not create it yourself?

OpenOffice.org

I use many totally free tools to create and manipulate my graphics. All are available under Linux, Mac OS/X and MS-Windows. The first one is OpenOffice which is now 10 years old. OpenOffice is not only free, it also creates files that are easy to share, contrary to Microsoft Office which has been creating proprietary file formats. By the way, it is owned by Oracle so it ought to be good quality!

OpenOffice is a suite of tools. There is even one to write Math Formulae... But I won't talk about that one today. At this time, what we want is the Drawing feature. This one lets you place graphics on your screen and move them around until they are arranged exactly the way you like it. This makes it one of the best tool to create mostly text based banners.

How can I know who links to my Snap! Website?

Alexis Wilke's picture

Google Webmaster Tools -- Website ListI already mentioned a few things in regard to ways of finding who links to your website1. In order to rank your Snap! Website pages (or really anyone's pages if that matter,) Google Search has a complete list of all the links that can be found on the Internet2. Of course, Google knows where the links point to and if they point to your website, then you have the right to know where those links come from (i.e. on which pages they reside on the World Wide Web.)

You may already know that when people click on a link, the website where the link comes from is called the referrer and that this referrer is given to the destination website. This is a good way to find pages with links pointing toward your website, however, many people turn off that feature in their browser3. In other words, in many cases you do not get that information and it looks like the person coming to your website directly entered the URL in their location bar.

Now, there is a way to get the complete list from Google Search!

  • 1. Note that you can find some of your competitors back-links using Google Search and the link:<website> special search capability.
  • 2. It will be very close to all of the links... Obviously, each time someone posts new links, it will not be known immediately. However, if you have an XML Sitemap, Google Analytics and Ping features—and You do with your Snap! Website—then Google is likely to be informed within about 5 minutes and retrieve your new post between 5 and 10 minutes. This being said, it may not index it for a while.
  • 3. This is in regard to privacy issues... By hiding the referrer in your HTTP requests, I cannot know which website you came from and thus I cannot investigate or track your trail on the Internet.