Google +1 Showing Raw Counts In Search Results

Jun 23, 2011 • 8:47 am | comments (9) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google +1Yesterday, Search Engine Watch noticed Google displaying the Google +1 raw counts in the search results when you were signed out of Google.

Prior, Google only showed the +1 counts in the search results of people within you Google social network. Plus, Google never showed it to those who were logged out.

So we asked Google and Google gave Search Engine Land confirmation that they are "now showing aggregate +1 annotations for signed-out users in search."

Here are some pictures:

Signed In:

Google +1 Count Signed In

Signed Out:

Google +1 Count Signed Out

But the raw count when signed out doesn't show for all sites, only very popular sites.

For example, searching for the very popular tech blog, TechCrunch in Google.

Signed In I get the friends of mine who +1'ed it:

TechCrunch Plus One Signed In

Signed out, it shows nothing:

TechCrunch Signed Out Plus One

I wonder what it takes to get your site to show the raw count of +1 data?

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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Brian Whalley

06/23/2011 01:10 pm

Has anyone seen the logged-out +1 count for a non-Google property yet? I can only find it on Google properties.

Barry Schwartz

06/23/2011 01:11 pm

Try searching for Twitter or Facebook. :)

Gareth Kersey

06/23/2011 01:39 pm

I think you might be able to see those raw count numbers regardless if you are signed in or not; if none of your connections have +1'd the result, then you are shown the raw count.  It'd be interesting to see how many +1s a single domain has received across all search results. For example, I see that the Facebook domain has 1,401 for "" and 1,902 for "facebook". 


06/23/2011 02:56 pm

So  Google got 3800 +1 with 26000 employees and 1 billion visits a month.

Nick Stamoulis

06/23/2011 03:01 pm

I wonder if the +1 affects the search results as much when a user is signed out as it does when they are signed in. Does Google pull pages from farther in the SERP because your friend +1 them, but leave them in obscurity in you aren't signed in?


06/24/2011 06:28 am

or aol, yahoo.......

Essay writing

06/24/2011 07:56 am

There is noticeably a bundle to learn about this. I assume you made sure nice points in features also.!!


06/24/2011 01:02 pm

So Google +1 only showed when we signed in....


07/01/2011 09:24 pm

Yes, that has been my experience so far with my admittedly limited experiments. A "plussed" page that ranks #11 unsigned in ranked #2 when signed in. 

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