Social Signals and SEO


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The major search engines have shown that there is value in social media, and what you do on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ factors into ranking algorithms. In this session, we will provide tips for webmasters to make their site more accessible and "social media friendly." From extensions to conversation, we will discuss the integration of social and search and how you can maximize your online presence.

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Social Signals and SEO

  1. 1. Pubcon Austin 2014 Social Signals and SEO
  2. 2. Social Signals and SEO Overview • History of Social Signals • Google Being Vocal about Social • Setting Up Social Media Profiles • Sharing content properly • Social Signals’ SEO research, studies • Social Signals’ Future
  3. 3. Social Signals and SEO • Real-Time Search Launched December 2009 • Google goal: to strive to bring us “the freshest, most comprehensive and relevant search results over an ever expanding universe of content on the multitude of devices” we “use to access it.” • Google, Circa 2009 • July 2011, Twitter Firehose ended.
  4. 4. Social Signals and SEO Matt Cutts at SES San Fran 2012 Keynote: “Google has a 10 year plan for relying on social factors as a part of the algorithm… In the short term, Google is still relying on links as an important ranking factor.” Question: Are social signals a ranking factor? “They have to have access to the data. Some sites are blocked, Facebook, etc.. If they can’t crawl, then they won’t have the data.”
  5. 5. Social Signals and SEO Matt Cutts at SES San Fran 2012 Keynote: Regarding real time search: “Twitter is like a private nightclub. Fundamentally they can suspend anyone if they want. Anyone can compete with Google if they can crawl better. Google announced last week (in 2012) that they crawl 20 billion pages a day. When the Twitter firehose deal ended, they were blocked from crawling. When Twitter went away, Google was leery about relying on that data.” (Was this when they started to change their tune about signals?)
  6. 6. Social Signals and SEO • Set up social profiles • Contribute, update regularly • Share content • Add friends/followers • Be active! Every single day...
  7. 7. Social Signals and SEO • Set up Business Page ( • Google crawls biz pages, not personal accounts • Promote Facebook post, even for $5 • Bing has FB personal account data • Does anyone care about Bing rankings? • Sorry, Duane Forrester!
  8. 8. Social Signals and SEO • Wrote a post yesterday about Pubcon Austin. • Posted on blog, promoted • Only search result with Google Authorship snippet, on page 1 for “Pubcon Austin 2014” within hours • Facebook sponsored post • Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn
  9. 9. Social Signals and SEO • Don’t follow more than following you • Post on your blog? Share the URL, not a short URL. • Tweet of URL helps get URL crawled quickly.
  10. 10. Social Signals and SEO • Full personal profile with good photo/avatar is good. • Share your blog posts, articles, updates. • “Like” contacts’ updates, they get emailed that you liked it.
  11. 11. Social Signals and SEO • Google+ Local biz (page), verify listing, used for Publishership • Google+ Personal Account, used for Authorship • Google Publishership: Important for home page, content pages • Google Authorship: Important for blogs, sites with multiple authors • If employee leaves company, leave authorship in tact.
  12. 12. Social Signals and SEO • Fill Out Entire Profile, Every Field • Summary with Interesting Facts About Yourself • Add relevant keywords • Get local – add location
  13. 13. Social Signals and SEO • Write Great Content, share Great Content • Manage Your Contacts, Put in Circles • Join Niche Specific Communities • Pay Attention to Your Ripples • Create a Visually-Rich Experience • Use Google+ Hangouts • Display Your Google Plus Badge on Your Site
  14. 14. Social Signals and SEO • Watch hot posts, network with influencers based on Ripples
  15. 15. Social Signals and SEO • Search for Circles “Keyword Circle” or “SEO Circle”. • Find others who shared their circles • Add those people all at once, move later to other circle
  16. 16. Social Signals and SEO • Include Social Icons in Key Places • Show actual number of +1s, Tweets, etc. • +1 buttons, Tweet, LinkedIn, Facebook Like Button • WordPress? Social Media Counters Plugin
  17. 17. Social Signals and SEO • Post on site, get ready to promote immediately • Write alternate titles, headlines, summaries • Each social share gets unique title, headline, summary • Network with others to help promote: - bloggers write alternative post, summary post, links to you - promote both summary posts and main post • Promoting posts need to happen quickly: within 2 hours • Building momentum with social shares is key
  18. 18. Social Signals and SEO Matt Cutts says “Facebook and Twitter Pages Are Treated Like Any Other Web Page On the Internet”. Think of social pages, shares, and profiles as pages. • Get links from those pages. • How to get good links? Network socially with influencers. • When you interact with influencers: Their profile links to your profile, could pass PageRank.
  19. 19. Social Signals and SEO • Building up a following counts more • Authority counts, build “Author Rank” • History of sharing good content • History of writing, authoring good content • History of authoring content that gets shared.
  20. 20. Social Signals and SEO • Technically, we know they don’t count. • Does it matter, really? No. Keep sharing! Studies and research: Does Facebook activity impact SEO? Measuring Google Plus Impact on Search Rankings Google SEO: How Google Impacts Search Results
  21. 21. Social Signals and SEO Thank You Bill Hartzer Senior SEO Strategist Globe Runner SEO Email: Mobile: (214) 236-4378 Office: (972) 538-0260 Ext. 7076 Direct: (469) 645-1231 Web: Blog: Twitter: @bhartzer