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Slides from the Raleigh SEO Meetup where we looked at how social media is influencing search

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  • The quick answer is – no, but it is certainly influencing it a great deal.Question: What SNS influences search the most?
  • The biggest social network in the world exerts influence exactly how you would expect.Links that is shared & liked tend to rank higher.Correlation is not causation, but we’ll get more into that later.
  • Google is still where a tremendous amount of web traffic starts from
  • Twitter is known by 93% of the US public, but only used by about 12%That may change – Apple’s next iOS will have Twitter integrated
  • Google says the are looking at over 100 million links shared every day on the social web.
  • ShareThis has some very interesting stats from a recent study.Sharing is accounting for more and more traffic.30 billion – Pieces of content (links, notes, photos, etc.) shared on Facebook per month.After pulling three months worth of our social data and calculating the click-per-share (CPS), it appears that users on Twitter are more likely to share an article rather than read it, whereas users on Facebook click on more articles than they share. According to our social data, Twitter received roughly 0.38 clicks per tweet, whereas Facebook received 3.31 clicks per engagement (the number of times people posted a Mashable link to Facebook through an action on a social plugin or through a Wall post). This would mean that a Facebook action gets roughly 8.7x more clicks than a tweet. - Mashable
  • These are signals. Social signals are part of a much bigger collection of signals used for ranking pages.
  • Still the most powerful signals… links, powerful and plentiful links
  • What the data says…
  • What the experts say…
  • SEO is leaving the technical age and entering the holistic stage
  • Make your website remarkable – worthy of remarking about.
  • Where social is overtaking searchOnly about 20% of people use Google while logged in

Is Social Taking Over Search Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Is Social Media Taking Over Search?
    June 2011
    Phil Buckley
    SEO – What You Need To Know Meetup Group
    Twitter: @1918
  • 2. Active
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  • 5. What is the heart of the social revolution?
    Sharing
  • 6. Sharing is bigger than fans, friends and followers. Sharing generates almost half of the traffic for websites and brands that is created by search — 10 percent of website visits come from sharing. Sharing also accounts for 31 percent of referral traffic.
    Sharing is about scale, not virality. Shared links are, on average, across all sharing channels, clicked on 4.9 times each, so content shared by large groups of people reach a wider audience than content passed along from others.
    Everyone who shares is an influencer if the subject is important to him or her. Instead of one person being universally influential on a wide range of topics, the study found that many people are influential on only one or two topics.
    Sharing is about moments of opportunity and relevance. The study proves that sharing is a viable marketing solution for reaching audiences when they are most receptive to a particular category of advertising, such as CPG, Business & Financial Services, or Consumer Electronics.
    The study focuses on ShareThis’ database of sharing activity for the month of March 2011 and includes a detailed analysis of more than 7 billion sharing signals across all major sharing channels, specifically looking at the sharing patterns of more than 300 million monthly users across the top 1,000 publisher websites of ShareThis.
  • 7. What Social Signals Do Google & Bing Really Count?
     If an article is retweeted or referenced much in Twitter, do you count that as a signal outside of finding any non-nofollowed links that may naturally result from it?
    Do you try to calculate the authority of someone who tweets that might be assigned to their Twitter page. Do you try to “know,” if you will, who they are?
    Do you calculate whether a link should carry more weight depending on the person who tweets it?
    Do you track links shared within Facebook, either through personal walls or fan pages?
    Danny Sullivan runs the Search Engine Land website. He is considered one of the leading voices in the SEO community. His background as a reported has served him well while interviewing the big names in his space.
  • 8. What is a search signal?
  • 9. The number of unique cblocks with a link to a domain.
    The total number of unique IPs linking to the target's domain.
    The number of root domains with any pages linking to the root domain of the url.
    SEOmoz’s 2011 investigation into the search engine ranking factors using 132 industry experts and large scale data analysis.
  • 10. SEOmoz’s 2011 investigation into the search engine ranking factors using 132 industry experts and large scale data analysis.
  • 11. SEOmoz’s 2011 investigation into the search engine ranking factors using 132 industry experts and large scale data analysis.
  • 12. SEOmoz’s 2011 investigation into the search engine ranking factors using 132 industry experts and large scale data analysis.
  • 13.
  • 14. How consumable is your content?
    Good isn’t good enough anymore
    Make an emotional connection
    Become an authority
    Positive beats negative every time
    Usability matters
    Join the club and pay your dues
  • 15. When you’re logged into Google
  • 16. When you’re not logged into Google
    Geraldine has disappeared from the search results
  • 17. It’s not just Twitter & Facebook
  • 18. It’s not just Google
  • 19. So what does all this mean?
    Encourage sharing in as many places as you can
  • 20. Figure out when to share
  • 21. Make your content worth searching for
    Only keep the great stuff, if it’s not great why are you bothering?
  • 22. Expand your network