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Welcome to the UK SEO Community, the discussion and networking group for those working in SEO and Digital Marketing in the UK!

To get started, what does everyone think of the new Google+ Communities? Do you think this will take off, and what impact can you see it having (if any) on SEO?
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I will need to look into this further been in meetings, and then got inundated with requests from groups. Accepted yours first though :). Be interested to see how this takes off.
 
Hey, thanks for that! I saw all of these communities being created, but didn't see anything specific to people in the UK. I decided it was a good opportunity to jump on because I think it would be a useful community to build and I happen to really like Google+. So, we'll see how things go with it!
 
Sweet, I will promote via my community or let you know if another one pops up.
 
First impressions of the new Communities feature are positive, but then I'm a Google+ fan (albeit a tardy one).

Regarding any impact upon SEO, I guess that, as social signals and even 'author rank' grow in influence, that your membership of certain community groups might become a positive signal. Because spammy behaviour within a community would presumably lead to your getting blocked, this social signal would be near impossible to game.

As an example, say you were a yoga practitioner, and have linked your Google+ profile to your website. If you are were a participating member of relevant (and trusted) G+ communities, then I can see how this might have some bearing on the perceived authority and relevance of your website. Drilling down further, this being Google's own platform (pardon the oil-related pun), they could also identify when your input gets +1'd, by how many and how influential the +1ers are, another positive signal.

Interesting times ahead. What do you think?
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