This Google+ Interactive Posts Plugin offers the opportunity to easily create interactive posts from within the WordPress “Posts” admin page, better enabling engagement for the content you push through the Google+ social platform.
It’s simple. Google+ added Interactive Posts to its social-media arsenal months ago, allowing for all of those interesting and enlightening posts shared through Google+ to now have a formal call to action embedded within each post.
The Google+ Interactive Posts Plugin posts directly from your WordPress blog, with the Google-approved Call to Action (CTA) button of your choice anchoring the post. And the plugin makes it extremely easy to do so.
- Download the WordPress plugin.
- In the WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins->Add New.
- Click upload on the top of the page.
- Browse for the plugin’s zip file that you downloaded locally to your computer.
- Click “install now”.
- Click “Activate”.
Using the Plugin
- Enable the Google+ API and get your “client id”. It is obtainable from: https://code.google.com/apis/console/. Input your API “client ID” in the form located under Settings->Google+ Interactive Posts Plugin. Click “Update”.
- Under the Posts page in your WordPress dashboard, there will be a “Create an Interactive Post on Google+” column. You can then click “Create Google+ Post” next to each post. A page will open up guiding you through the process of creating an interactive Google+ post with the various CTAs (call to actions) available.
- Create your interactive post and send it to your Google+ account!
Using the Shortcode feature:
As of version 1.0.6, you can include an interactive share button in posts and pages using the shortcode [interactivebutton] with the parameters client_id, prefill_text, cta_label, cta_url, and button_text.
[interactivebutton client_id=”#######” prefill_text=”Prefill text can be *written* here.” cta_label=”DOWNLOAD” cta_url=”http://example.com/cta/destination/” button_text=”Share as an Interactive Post on Google+”]
For those of you that are confused, having difficulty getting set-up with the API/plugin, or would like to yield additional benefits from the plugin, I recommend checking out this set of video tutorials made by the great BlueGlass UK:
Part 1 (How To Connect Your Google+ Account to the Google+ API)
Part 2 (How To Post Google+ Interactive Posts To Your WordPress Blog)
Thanks to Mike Arnesen who created the original tool from which this plugin is based.