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Social Media Signals for SEO


Social Media Signals for SEO

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									Social Media Signals for SEO
Social media for business is more than just a popularity contest. Of course you want to engage with
your target audience on social networks - because that's where your customers are. But beyond
building a base of "Likes" or followers, be sure to keep in mind the business reasons for being on
social media in the first place. Without a strategic plan and measurement against that plan, you
could find your social media marketing efforts resulting in nothing more than feel-good metrics.

If SEO is your goal, social signals have implications for Google organic search rankings. Signals
include the number of likes, and followers, but more important are the Tweets, shares, reposts and
of course links generated through those shares.

All of these things should lead to traffic to target websites, and that traffic generally sends signals of
its own via longer time spent on site and lower abandon rate given the audience's presumed
interest in the company or topic.
Therefore, the SEO goal of social media is:

    1. Building an audience and relationships with stakeholders, customers, and influencers

    2. Sharing content and links

    3. Driving traffic (and ultimately conversions where applicable)

    4. Boosting the appearance of those social media profiles in search results for reputation

Use social media properties strategically for the best SEO results. Try to increase the number
of followers while posting compelling, sharable content that links to the targeted company

Pinterest, Blogspot/Blogger, YouTube and Google+ links are followed and count toward a
site's backlink profile. Use these sites to generate and share links to targeted company web
properties to boost their rankings in search results.

Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn links are nofollow - meaning they do not directly count
towards Google ranking for a site. However, they do generate good traffic and offer the best sharing
opportunities for audience-building and engagement.

Match the site and the audience through strategic content with links to your target website:

       Facebook - link to stories about people, by people

       Twitter - link to facts and figures, quick info bites of interest that are sharable

       LinkedIn - link to job openings, employment stats, and careers tips

As always, establish your business goals and keep them in mind regarding business use of social
media. These should include not just how many "Likes" you have, but what those likes and shares
are doing for your SEO, which in turn can have a direct impact on your reputation management,
SEO, public perception, and bottom line.

Use social media properties strategically for the best SEO results. Increase followers while posting
sharable content that links to the targeted websites.

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