IS SOCIAL MEDIA REALLY
KILLING MY BELOVED SEO?
 Is Social Media replacing the need for traditional SEO?
 Are Social Signals now a ranking factor?
 How can Google trus...
SOCIAL MEDIA
Google’s definition of social media
What is Social Media
Google’s definition of social networking
Is this it?
What is Social Media
Businesses are
not engaging
properly with
their brand or
product.
Looking Closer
 Are we using social platforms more to get information
from our connections?
 Does having personalised se...
IS SOCIAL REPLACING SEO
How can you replace SEO
 Traditional SEO forms the core of an online marketing
campaign
 Search Marketing covers a wide ...
Social and Ranking
 Social Media companies like to sell their services by
saying it is a ranking factor
It isn’t …
 Hot ...
Google’s definition of social media
What is Social Media
Google’s definition of social networking
2011 Google SERP’s for “...
2013 Google SERP’s for “coffee”
Zippy.co.uk/1
Is there any correlation?
Signal Strength
The Scale of Google’s problem
Twitter
# followers
# tweets to a webpage
# different webpages / news items ...
Signal Strength
The Scale of Google’s problem
Facebook
# likes to a post
# comments on a post
# shares of a post
Can they ...
Signal Strength
The Scale of Google’s problem
Google +
Much easier for Google!
How can Google Trust You?
 Faking social profiles is the easiest thing to do, and to
Google it’s the next form of SPAM
 ...
I DID A LITTLE TEST
@PMiDebs - Before
@PMiDebs – After
HiveLink
Fake Followers & Likes
Starbucks
Are these all real users, or just numbers?
WHAT IS SOCIAL GOOD FOR
Ways Social works
 As part of your SEO strategy
 Great for brand protection – taking up space in the
SERPS
 Cure for re...
INVESTING IN SOCIAL
Social Strategy
 Time and effort pushed into Social – having someone in
the office tweeting all day and sharing funny cat...
What should it entail
 Don’t have social accounts if you can’t run them well
 Only have it as part of your SEO strategy
...
BUT LET’S ROLL BACK
IS MY BELOVED SEO BEING
KILLED?
 Google started directly targeting
 Thin & duplicate content
 High ad to content ratio
 Content farms
 Over optimised...
THIS YEAR SO FAR
 Been a year of clean ups, reinclusions, recoveries and
rebuilds
 A year of unnatural link warnings, WMT’s messages,
man...
 Ongoing Google updates
 Penguin releases May & Oct 2013
 Clean up, cut deep, rebuild
 Social Media doesn’t protect yo...
SHALL WE JUST SAY SEO IS
EVOLVING (AGAIN)
THANKS FOR LISTENING
www.bronco.co.uk
@bronco + @davenaylor
Performance Insights 2013 Is Social Media Killing my Beloved SEO
Performance Insights 2013 Is Social Media Killing my Beloved SEO
Performance Insights 2013 Is Social Media Killing my Beloved SEO
Performance Insights 2013 Is Social Media Killing my Beloved SEO
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Performance Insights 2013 Is Social Media Killing my Beloved SEO

  1. 1. IS SOCIAL MEDIA REALLY KILLING MY BELOVED SEO?
  2. 2.  Is Social Media replacing the need for traditional SEO?  Are Social Signals now a ranking factor?  How can Google trust social accounts and stats?  What is social good for?  Are companies investing too much in social?  If Social isn’t killing SEO – what is?  Is SEO being killed? Breakdown
  3. 3. SOCIAL MEDIA
  4. 4. Google’s definition of social media What is Social Media Google’s definition of social networking
  5. 5. Is this it? What is Social Media Businesses are not engaging properly with their brand or product.
  6. 6. Looking Closer  Are we using social platforms more to get information from our connections?  Does having personalised search give us a better experience?  Are less generic searches happening?  Is social media killing Google?  Is Hummingbird a way that Google is trying to become your friend?
  7. 7. IS SOCIAL REPLACING SEO
  8. 8. How can you replace SEO  Traditional SEO forms the core of an online marketing campaign  Search Marketing covers a wide set of disciplines  Still extremely important to have good site structure  Link profile needs to be clean and good quality Social is small part of SEO campaign But a LARGE part of marketing campaign
  9. 9. Social and Ranking  Social Media companies like to sell their services by saying it is a ranking factor It isn’t …  Hot off the Press from Matt Cutts at PubCon
  10. 10. Google’s definition of social media What is Social Media Google’s definition of social networking 2011 Google SERP’s for “coffee”
  11. 11. 2013 Google SERP’s for “coffee”
  12. 12. Zippy.co.uk/1 Is there any correlation?
  13. 13. Signal Strength The Scale of Google’s problem Twitter # followers # tweets to a webpage # different webpages / news items being tweeted Do they culminate it all for the brand? Need to gauge the authority of each person who RT’s or shares something Cope with url shorteners All in real time!
  14. 14. Signal Strength The Scale of Google’s problem Facebook # likes to a post # comments on a post # shares of a post Can they link the authority of a FB page as a brand signal? Do they count the # likes a web page gets Then do they need to gauge the power of who liked what and their influence?
  15. 15. Signal Strength The Scale of Google’s problem Google + Much easier for Google!
  16. 16. How can Google Trust You?  Faking social profiles is the easiest thing to do, and to Google it’s the next form of SPAM  What is a REAL user?  How can Google tell you are a REAL user?  Can humans identify fake profiles?  Does the amount of friends / followers you have mean you should be more influential?
  17. 17. I DID A LITTLE TEST
  18. 18. @PMiDebs - Before
  19. 19. @PMiDebs – After HiveLink
  20. 20. Fake Followers & Likes
  21. 21. Starbucks Are these all real users, or just numbers?
  22. 22. WHAT IS SOCIAL GOOD FOR
  23. 23. Ways Social works  As part of your SEO strategy  Great for brand protection – taking up space in the SERPS  Cure for reputation management
  24. 24. INVESTING IN SOCIAL
  25. 25. Social Strategy  Time and effort pushed into Social – having someone in the office tweeting all day and sharing funny cat pictures .. How much does that increase revenue by?  Does it cover your social media person’s salary?  Does it directly increase your conversions – does it add value to your business  Can you honestly say that you increased your Facebook like and your rankings increased?
  26. 26. What should it entail  Don’t have social accounts if you can’t run them well  Only have it as part of your SEO strategy  If you publish news, share the news, carefully follow people who would be interesting in your products  All about the interactions  Social profiles used for customer services – make sure you maintain your reputation  Keep your social media personnel under control
  27. 27. BUT LET’S ROLL BACK
  28. 28. IS MY BELOVED SEO BEING KILLED?
  29. 29.  Google started directly targeting  Thin & duplicate content  High ad to content ratio  Content farms  Over optimised link profiles  Poor quality, unnatural links Affiliates were hit the hardest, whether that had a good social account or not February 23rd 2011
  30. 30. THIS YEAR SO FAR
  31. 31.  Been a year of clean ups, reinclusions, recoveries and rebuilds  A year of unnatural link warnings, WMT’s messages, manual penalties and disavow files  Huge amount of sites still penalised and struggling  More and more needing full clean up and strip back My beloved SEO is tougher than ever 2013
  32. 32.  Ongoing Google updates  Penguin releases May & Oct 2013  Clean up, cut deep, rebuild  Social Media doesn’t protect you against this Many have seen this
  33. 33. SHALL WE JUST SAY SEO IS EVOLVING (AGAIN)
  34. 34. THANKS FOR LISTENING www.bronco.co.uk @bronco + @davenaylor
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