Social Media and Links The Love Story (with numbers)Branko RihtmanLinklove London 2012@neyne
How People See Scientists@neyne
The Real Scientists                        The most exciting phrase to hear in science,                        the one tha...
Scientific principles      The official version                                The tl;dr version 1. Define the question   ...
SEO and Social Media What we’ve had so far@neyne
What proof is missing?                                  http://4.bp.blog                                  spot.com/_clW9  ...
pinterest.com/                             pinterest.com/nordstrom/             source/ikea.comRTs                0       ...
Social Media in link buildingSome eyeballs = a link@neyne
Brute force approach Lots of eyeballs = 2 links@neyne
Let’s try and do it a bit smarter  http://4.bp.blog     @user1  spot.com/_clW9       @user2  2NzmFvI/TFRRQ        @user3  ...
Let’s try and do it a bit smarter     http://4.bp.blog               @user1     spot.com/_clW9                 @user2     ...
Let’s try and do it a bit smarter    http://4.bp.blog          @user1    spot.com/_clW9            @user2    2NzmFvI/TFRRQ...
The Minesweeper Effect@neyne
How do we get all that information?         APIs!!!                                 APIs? That is CODING!!!!@neyne
@neyne
Ingredients   APIs:            Topsy            FB graph            Twitter API            G+ API (more complicated)      ...
Targets           2 Awesome articles  http://www.distilled.net/excel-for-seo/   http://nielsbosma.se/projects/seotools/@ne...
Scraping usernames of sharers                =MID(DownloadString("http://otter.topsy.com/trackbacks.json?url="&$B$1&"&perp...
Scraping shared URLs  =IFERROR(MID(DownloadString("http://otter.topsy.  com/linkposts.json?url=http://twitter.com/"&$A$2  ...
Scraping social metrics@neyne
Scraping backlink metrics@neyne
Plotting links vs. tweets/likes/shares/+1s                                                Y = aX + b                      ...
Links as a function of RTs@neyne
Links as a function of FB Likes@neyne
Links as a function of FB Shares@neyne
Links as a function of +1s@neyne
Comparison of graph slopes@neyne
Things to rememberFigures and relative values WILLvary from niche to niche (+1s may not be thebest link-producing social m...
Where did we start and where did we get to?   2 URLs     214 Twitter users          ~ 12K URLs, 3.7K domains              ...
Where did we start and where did we get to?       2 URLs                        214 Twitter users               ~ 12K URLs...
Identifying the power users                      Users that                     have shared                     both artic...
Where did we start and where did we get to?   2 URLs                  214 Twitter users                 ~ 12K URLs, 3.7K d...
What these charts CAN do     Hint towards trends in social media contribution towards links in a     specific niche     Co...
Thank you!                Branko Rihtman                branko@rankabove.com                @neyne                http://i...
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  1. 1. Social Media and Links The Love Story (with numbers)Branko RihtmanLinklove London 2012@neyne
  2. 2. How People See Scientists@neyne
  3. 3. The Real Scientists The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "Thats funny..." ~Isaac Asimov@neyne
  4. 4. Scientific principles The official version The tl;dr version 1. Define the question 1. Don’t BS yourself (or the others) 2. Gather information and resources (observe) 3. Form hypothesis 4. Perform experiment and collect data 2. Truth above profit 5. Analyze data 6. Interpret data and draw conclusions that serve as a 3. Stay curious starting point for new hypothesis 7. Publish results 8. Retest (frequently done by other scientists) 4. Share@neyne
  5. 5. SEO and Social Media What we’ve had so far@neyne
  6. 6. What proof is missing? http://4.bp.blog spot.com/_clW9 Will it rank? 2NzmFvI/TFRRQ brsg6I/AAAAAAA AD8g/Gr91SYY7 D50/s1600/sea- kitten.jpg Links@neyne
  7. 7. pinterest.com/ pinterest.com/nordstrom/ source/ikea.comRTs 0 379FB Shares 1 1FB Likes 0 27+1s 0 1Links 4 849Linking 2 134domains Not in top 1000Rank for [ikea] #2 [nordstrom] #3 for [ikea.com]@neyne
  8. 8. Social Media in link buildingSome eyeballs = a link@neyne
  9. 9. Brute force approach Lots of eyeballs = 2 links@neyne
  10. 10. Let’s try and do it a bit smarter http://4.bp.blog @user1 spot.com/_clW9 @user2 2NzmFvI/TFRRQ @user3 brsg6I/AAAAAAA @user4 AD8g/Gr91SYY7 …. D50/s1600/sea- @user50000 kitten.jpg@neyne
  11. 11. Let’s try and do it a bit smarter http://4.bp.blog @user1 spot.com/_clW9 @user2 2NzmFvI/TFRRQ @user3 brsg6I/AAAAAAA @user4 AD8g/Gr91SYY7 …. D50/s1600/sea- @user50000 kitten.jpgUsers that share more than onepiece of content = more important@neyne
  12. 12. Let’s try and do it a bit smarter http://4.bp.blog @user1 spot.com/_clW9 @user2 2NzmFvI/TFRRQ @user3 brsg6I/AAAAAAA @user4 AD8g/Gr91SYY7 …. D50/s1600/sea- @user50000 kitten.jpgContent shared by more thanone user = more important@neyne
  13. 13. The Minesweeper Effect@neyne
  14. 14. How do we get all that information? APIs!!! APIs? That is CODING!!!!@neyne
  15. 15. @neyne
  16. 16. Ingredients APIs: Topsy FB graph Twitter API G+ API (more complicated) MajesticSEO API And Her Royal Majesty: EXCEL + His Royal Highness Neil Bosma’s SEOTools Excel Add-in@neyne
  17. 17. Targets 2 Awesome articles http://www.distilled.net/excel-for-seo/ http://nielsbosma.se/projects/seotools/@neyne
  18. 18. Scraping usernames of sharers =MID(DownloadString("http://otter.topsy.com/trackbacks.json?url="&$B$1&"&perpage=100"),FIND(" nick",DownloadString("http://otter.topsy.com/trackbacks.json?url="&$B$1&"&perpage=100"),1)+7,FI ND("""",DownloadString("http://otter.topsy.com/trackbacks.json?url="&$B$1&"&perpage=100"),FIN D("nick",DownloadString("http://otter.topsy.com/trackbacks.json?url="&$B$1&"&perpage=100"),1)+ 7)- (FIND("nick",DownloadString("http://otter.topsy.com/trackbacks.json?url="&$B$1&"&perpage=100"), 1)+7))@neyne
  19. 19. Scraping shared URLs =IFERROR(MID(DownloadString("http://otter.topsy. com/linkposts.json?url=http://twitter.com/"&$A$2 &"&perpage=100"),B6+LEN($A$4)+2,C6- (B6+LEN($A$4)+2)),"N/A")@neyne
  20. 20. Scraping social metrics@neyne
  21. 21. Scraping backlink metrics@neyne
  22. 22. Plotting links vs. tweets/likes/shares/+1s Y = aX + b a – slope of the graph, rate at which number of links increases as a function (???) of number of tweets@neyne
  23. 23. Links as a function of RTs@neyne
  24. 24. Links as a function of FB Likes@neyne
  25. 25. Links as a function of FB Shares@neyne
  26. 26. Links as a function of +1s@neyne
  27. 27. Comparison of graph slopes@neyne
  28. 28. Things to rememberFigures and relative values WILLvary from niche to niche (+1s may not be thebest link-producing social media strategy inevery industry)Actual numbers are not precise/important/proportional to number of achievable links.What matters is the feel for differences betweendifferent social media strategies@neyne
  29. 29. Where did we start and where did we get to? 2 URLs 214 Twitter users ~ 12K URLs, 3.7K domains Minesweeper effect ?@neyne
  30. 30. Where did we start and where did we get to? 2 URLs 214 Twitter users ~ 12K URLs, 3.7K domains1. Prune out the“selfish users” 2. Identify power users 3. Identify relevant users (search by keywords)@neyne
  31. 31. Identifying the power users Users that have shared both articles@neyne
  32. 32. Where did we start and where did we get to? 2 URLs 214 Twitter users ~ 12K URLs, 3.7K domains 4. Prune out the irrelevant URLs (logos of 4sq, paper.li, etc.) 5. Assign relevance to domains (Google site 6. Create a pool of 7. Grade domains according to: search + keywords) relevant domains for • Already linking to you future linking outreaches • Not yet linking to you (Google custom SE) • Linking to competitors • Not yet linking to competitors@neyne
  33. 33. What these charts CAN do Hint towards trends in social media contribution towards links in a specific niche Content generation ideas Point out potential social media targets that may possibly perform above average in terms of linking potential Look pretty in reports/presentations What these charts CANNOT do Provide specific numbers and goals for link building campaigns Decide for you whether to prefer one kind of social engagement over another Do the actual link building work for you@neyne
  34. 34. Thank you! Branko Rihtman branko@rankabove.com @neyne http://il.linkedin.com/in/brankorihtman http://www.seo-scientist.com@neyne

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