I’ve said this from the beginning: Google Plus needs the connection with search to succeed. And Bill Slawski already said it: posts and comments will start appearing in the Google Result Pages (SERPS). And they are.
Some posts are now showing up in the SERPS. They are not ‘ranking like crazy’ yet and they are far from perfect and it is not every post, but they are there. Should we start optimizing?
Maybe we should, at least for testing purposes. With Google losing Twitter as part of their realtime results Google+ posts are bound to become very important in Google’s social search efforts. “Shared by” will most probably be mostly filled by Google+ posts.
It is interesting to look at what makes a post appear in the SERPS and after that, what makes it rank.
Keep in mind, this is a personalized result, also because I am logged in to Google, and it is on a very specific search term. But the post can also be found when not logged in, so personalized here means higher rankings. Some of my friends can also see the result. Others don’t so it is not yet clear how this affects other peoples search results. The most important part: it is in there.
From what we can see it seems as if elements from the post could be important, remember this is all speculation:
The content in there is off course very important. Even though this post is not that long it seems obvious that there should be enough content in there to make it rank. And the content should be unique.
How would Google determine which post is important and which one isn’t. My guess (a guess, so not a fact AT ALL) is that comments matter. The more comments, the more engagement and the more attention it gets, the more visible it becomes to Google.
Same goes for shares on Google Plus: the more shares the more people seem to like the post, the more important it will be.
Maybe the number of friends can be a metric, if not at least you have more possible friends to share or comment on your post.
Title doesn’t matter
Something remarkable is that the title doesn’t seem to matter. It just says “Post by Bas van den Beld – Google”. Which is not very “Google-like”. You would think that the title would be a bit nicer. Then again, you are not giving Google a title so what else could Google do? Maybe go with the first sentence, but other than that…
So is this a big deal? Well not yet, but it is a first step. If posts are in there it means that they can rank, sooner or later they will, as long as the content is right.
Share your thoughts!