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Optimizing your target page to fully control the "attachment" to the Google Plus posts about your website

When a user +1's your website and shares it on Google Plus, her/his post will carry an "attachment" with it, which includes:

  • A title
  • A thumbnail of your website
  • A short description

By default, Google will choose by itself, by parsing your target page. If you want to get control, you can include the following lines in the head section of your "target page":

<meta itemprop="name" content="Title of your website">
<meta itemprop="description" content="Short description - keep it shorter than 200 characters">
<meta itemprop="image" content="The URL of an image - optimal size is 180 x 120. If bigger, Google Plus will downsize it. If too small, it won't be displayed">

The image below shows an example of how the three fields "name", "description" and "image" work

Example of how to configure the +1 snippet

You also need to add the "" declaration to your "html" tag:

<html itemscope itemtype="">

MAKE SURE you replace the XXXXXXXXXX with one of the following:

  • Article
  • Blog
  • Book
  • Event
  • LocalBusiness
  • Organization
  • Person
  • Product
  • Review
  • You can also just delete the "XXXXXXXXXX" and leave it empty if your website does not belong to any of the categories in the list

More information about how to customize the +1 snippet are here

You can take a look at the source of the home page of this website as an example.