What took so long? Now, there are companies selling you plus ones. They will have real people, with verified accounts, plus one your stories for you.
The site selling these plus ones sell it saying that they can "help your site out by showing Google that the content featured on it." Google has said that plus ones can have a positive impact on your rankings. So an SEO company has come in to monetize it.
Here are the packages they offer:
They promise to deliver quality plus ones, saying:
- All +1's come from people with a google account that has been verified by phone (Phone Verified Accounts)
- All +1's come from real people. No bots are being used!
- All +1's are being given by manually going to your website and clicking the +1 button It’s untraceble because the +1′s are being given from different IP’s
- All +1's are given dripped over a couple of days so it looks natural
This is all despite some webmaster removing the plus one button due to site speed issues.
Anyway, I am honestly surprised we haven't seen this sooner. We have text link brokers, content spinners, and now this.
Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.