Social Media Marketing for Business :It is time to open your mind to the importance of social media marketing as it relates to search engine rankings. SEO Inc. has been providing social media marketing services for clients for several years and one thing that is clear is that our clients that are involved and committed the most to social media also have the best search engine rankings. If you don’t believe us, maybe you need to hear what the top experts in the search industry have to say about the importance of social media marketing in SEO and how “social signals” impact your website’s ability to get rankings.
Everyone in the SEO industry knows Matt Cutts, but if you don’t here is a little mini bio: Matt works in the search quality group at Google and is basically the spokesman for them on important topics like Google’s efforts to combat link spam and enforcement of Google’s webmaster guidelines. In this video Matt is basically saying to get involved in social media if you want to stimulate organic link popularity to your website.
What Social Signals Do Google & Bing Really Count?
This article has quotes directly from engineers at Google and Bing that state “social signals” such as Retweets and Facebook shares are factored into their ranking algorithms. It is our opinion that these are taking on more and more prominence and building a robust social presence not only helps but is absolutely necessary to achieve success in search.
Facebook + Twitter’s Influence on Google’s Search Rankings Summary:
This article from SEOMoz shows that through testing, they have been able to determine that social metrics are well correlated with higher rankings. It also has data which indicates that the previously held belief that Twitter’s weight in the algorithms may not be as strong as originally believed and Facebook’s value is stronger than most experts thought.
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This update is to try and target more black hat web spam. The new Penguin 2.0, which is the name Google uses internally for the next gen Penguin, will be much more comprehensive than Penguin 1.0 and it will go deeper and have a larger impact than the original.
Many advertorials (a.k.a., native advertising) violate Google’s quality guidelines. More importantly, they should not flow PageRank.
Google is planning to be a lot stronger on their enforcement of these types of paid links and advertising, disguised as “advertorials”. Cutts did clarify there is nothing wrong with advertorials, simply that they don’t want them to be abused for PageRank and linking reasons. If you use advertorials, Cutts suggested that they should be clearly marked and obvious that it is paid advertising.
Cutts mentioned that this is a problematic search, and there are others like it, so they are tackling it a couple of different ways. For those that play in that space, however, you’re out of luck since Cutts isn’t revealing exactly how they are dealing with it, just that it will be happening.
He said that they are targeting specific areas (another example he included was porn queries) that have traditionally been more spammy.
Again, Cutts isn’t going into details about this, but they are working on making link buying less effective and have a couple ideas for detailed link analysis to tackle this issue.
They want to roll out a next generation of hacked detection, as well as being able to notify webmasters better. They would like to be able to point webmasters to more specific information, such as whether they are dealing with malware or a hacked site, and to hopefully clean it up.
If Google’s algorithms believe you or your site is an authority in a particular area, they want to make sure those sites rank a little bit higher than other sites.
They are looking for some additional signals for sites that are in the “gray area” or “border zone”, and looking for other signals that suggest the site truly is high quality, so it will help those sites who have been previously impacted by Panda.
If you’re doing deep searches in Google, and going back 5, 6 or more results pages deep, you can see the same site popping up with a cluster of results on those deep pages.
Google is looking into a change where once you have seen a cluster of results from the same site, you will be less likely to see more and more from that same site as you go deeper. Cutts mentioned this as being something that came specifically from user feedback.
when it comes to search volume. It’s definitely not something new, but apparently the term is sufficiently self-explanatory at CEO- and manager level to have earned content marketing a place on the product menus of sales-driven SEO and online marketing agencies.there are two types of content marketing. The traditional, century-old form is to publish content in order to acquire customers. More recently, publishing content in order to acquire links has also been labeled as content marketing, but that this is fundamentally different from the original. Sure, it can eventually lead to the same results (more sales), but the initial goals are different. You’re either marketing your product through content, or you’re marketing your content.
Well, everyone can use content to effectively build links in a profitable way, but only with the right strategy. When defining the most suitable approach.
Different situations require different approaches. Try to find out what you need most in your situation, by taking a close look at your competition with tools like CognitiveSEO or MajesticSEO. Not to see what you can copy, but for a SWOT analysis. You know, just like in old school marketing. To identify weaknesses in your link profile that need to be addressed, but also to spot opportunities or threats.
If it turns out that your link profile lacks relevance (you’ve got lots of links, but almost zero from your own industry), you’ll need a different approach than when you simply need volume. And the needs of an established, authoritative website are different from a relatively new site.
Our normal behaviour is to digest content. Read, see, view, move on. But strong emotions can make people act different from their normal behaviour. It can make people take action, in stead of proceeding with their passive, digestive behavior. The stronger the emotion, the more effort someone will take to get the word out (Like vs. Link).
If you target the right emotions, you might be able to (subtly) persuade them to take action, by sharing your content. This might sound manipulative, but this is all what marketing is about: persuading people into taking specific actions.