How To Use YouTube To Increase Your Google Plus Authority

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Google has been merging their products for a while now and promote the "one account for all" log in whenever you visit one of their websites (Gmail or Blogger, for example). However, the most surprising aspect of this One account. All of Google. collaboration is the merging of comments between YouTube and Google Plus.

Google+ and YouTube conversation.
Using an example (see the image) from my own accounts, you can see how this works.

I shared a video from YouTube via their social media buttons direct to my Google+ account.  I wrote a comment about it, added some hashtags and shared to my networks (the #tf hashtag is part of the Friends+Me social sharing app).  The video embedded itself into my Google+ account but also (and this is the important bit) the comments underneath the original YouTube video.

The replies you can see are due to engagement on my Google+ account however the highlighted number 3 is the amount of +1s on Google+ and "likes" that my comment has received on YouTube combined.  This also explains why some of my Google+ shares were receiving +1 notifications many months after I had posted them.  Users are "liking" my comment under the video which transposes into a +1 on Google+.

I shared this new discovery with part of the blogging community.  Here are a couple of questions I received:

"Do you think it's better to comment on the YouTube video (and allow your comment to show on Google+) than it is to share the video to G+" (from +Ruth Arnold)
My initial answer was "no" simply because I believe social sharing invites others to engage and experience. However, after a little bit of experimentation, it appears that the cross-commenting works both ways.  If you comment directly from YouTube you can add hashtags and set your sharing to "Public" or specifically targeted circles and this will share the video, comment and hashags on your Google+ profile.

"This does help with interaction as a comment is basically a share at the same time, however Google+ profiles are still not the norm and so a share on Google+ won't see as much view increase as a share on someone's Facebook page, for example." (from +Sarah Lee)
I agree with some of Sarah's comment here now that I have conducted my comment/share experiment but I believe that the sharing via specific social networks very much depends on your individual activity and interaction on each network when it comes to view increase.

"Does this mean that we should switch to using G+ for comments on blogs?" (from +Steph Curtis)
My very abrupt response to this is "Hell, no!"  The reason being is that not everyone uses their Google account to comment on blogs.  In fact, there are still some people out there that don't (or won't) have a Google account.  The reason for comments on a blog are to interact with the content there.  The choice to socially share should be a separate one.

It is also important to remember that your social sharing to Google+ depends entirely on which YouTube account you are logged into.  Many people will only have one account (personal, in their own name) however bloggers and brands with Google+ pages will have (or be able to activate) a YouTube account connected to that Google+ account.  I shall be picking up on this in a future post.

In conclusion, there are many ways in which to increase your Google+ presence and authority but each "thumbs up" or +1 is another tip of the scales in your favour.  If you want to be found, seen and heard on Google+ then why not use that to your advantage?

I'd love to hear what you think about this in the comments.

Circle me on Google+ - I'm +Nickie O'Hara.

Related post -  Google Authorship : Get It Right

How To Renew Your Blogger Vanity URL

This is a HOT TOPIC in the blogging community at the moment because Google have changed some of their settings so renewal of a domain name purchased from Google isn't straightforward.  This is because the vanity URL was probably bought via a Google App called "Google Wallet" which doesn't use the same log-in details as your regular Google account.

Luckily, Heather from Pret-a-Mummy has battled through the quagmire and written out the instructions for you.

Another solution is to transfer ownership over to a hosting company that you are familiar with (I use and adjust your settings after transfer.  Find the "transfer" section within your domain host account and follow the step-by-step instructions.

Spam straight from the fridge: How smart appliances have been hacked

In the past few years, smart kitchen appliances have become a more common sight in the typical kitchen. Aside from keeping fresh food and drink chilled, smart fridges can also be used for sending emails, drawing up shopping lists and even finding a few recipes if left with just a few ingredients to cook a meal for the whole family. What many people would find hard to believe is that smart appliances can be hacked and used to send out spam emails to unsuspecting people, as a recent story in the news revealed. Over 100,000 devices were compromised as part of this attack, including home web routers, smart TVs, PCs and laptops. Then, the devices sent out around 750,000 spam emails, causing damage when opened.

Ruining Christmas

The botnet, which saw infected devices send out signals to smart fridges and similar appliances, caused havoc between December 23rd and January 6th. A mixture of businesses and private individuals were targeted as part of each wave of spam emails. In total, around one in four spam messages were sent out by devices not seen as conventional computers like laptops, PCs and tablets.

Although the very idea of a fridge sending out spam seems ridiculous, there’s a very real possibility that such a thing could become more commonplace, especially as more devices become internet-capable. As the prevalence of smart fridges, washing machines and even cookers grows, so will the need to make sure that all these appliances are protected from the threats posed by malware.

Keeping the kitchen clean

Again, making sure that kitchen appliances are safe from being infected by malware seems absurd, but in time, it will become as necessary as keeping a typical laptop, desktop PC or mobile device secure. This could come in the form of installing an anti-malware program which covers every device with an internet connection to speak of or perhaps employing different solutions for each appliance.

“It is common for such devices to be compromised as they are becoming more connected. We often find a lot of vulnerabilities that could be exploited on devices such as network printers, IP CCTV systems and other IP enabled devices that often are not part of the general patching policy. Everybody knows about the risks to servers and workstations but other devices also need to be brought into the same patching policies.” warns Andrew Mason from RandomStorm.

As an alternative, it might be worth thinking twice before investing in a smart fridge, but as the way in which technology dictates our lives continues to change, it might become unavoidable to buy such an appliance. Performing daily scans for malware may be the best way to ensure that your appliances, no matter what their primary function is, are free from any kind of malware.

For more details about this post please see my disclosure policy

How To Unlink Your Blogger Profile From Google Plus

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Recently Google has been recommending that its users connect all their product accounts (Gmail, YouTube, Blogger, for example) and use a global login for all.  In many respects, this is a great idea.  You log in to one website and you are automatically signed in to use all Google facilities so you can switch from one to another with ease.

However, Blogger users are finding that once their Blogger profile is connected with their Google account their posts, comments and About section will revert to their real name (or the name they have registered on their Google account).  For many people this isn't a problem and helps enormously with Google Authorship but it has been pointed out that any comments left on other Blogger blogs, the "link" connects your Google account and not your own blog.  Secondly, many bloggers choose to have a pen name or remain anonymous for a variety of reasons.

It is very easy to unlink your Blogger account from your Google account.  In your Blogger dashboard, hit the cog/gear in the top right hand corner and select the "Revert to Blogger profile" option.

Revert to Blogger profile

On the next page you will be reminded that this will disconnect your Google+ account and you will switch to a limited Blogger account.  You will be asked to confirm your settings and you can choose a display name. It is worth noting that once you have completed this step your blog is disconnected from your Google+ account and your posts will not be published automatically to your G+ account (if you had selected this setting).

Let me know if you have unlinked your Blogger account from your Google Plus account.

As an aside, I find that the apostrophe in my surname becomes distorted (reverts to code) in Google comments which looks untidy and it is something that I wish Google would recognise, then fix. 

UPDATE : 16.02.15

This link has appeared on the Blogger dashboard which is more obvious.  

unlink your Blogger profile from Google Plus

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