How Social Networks Use SEO
I have been talking a lot lately with clients about how a social network profile can help your online business.
A few points I focus on include:
- Backlinks on other credible sites
- Direct interaction with your target audience
- Online networking with big players in your field
- Ability to monitor competitor involvement and strategy
- Online reputation management & brand awareness
- Natural SEO & link building if profile pages are allowed to be set up correctly
The last point was one I’ve always known, but it didn’t come to me so clearly until tonight when I was talking to one of the managers of a new political social network. Over the past few days, I’ve been working to help him understand the importance of social media in organic search engine optimization.
One of the goals his company has is to be the “LinkedIn of Politics” or the “Politically Focused Facebook”. Granted, it’s hard to compete with the likes of Facebook, but the point he made to me was that these big websites don’t really do SEO. That statement really made me think, “Is he right?” “Is organic SEO really that important or…?”
I thought about that for the rest of that day and through out the day today. My gut kept saying “Yeah right! SEO is a MUST!”, but he had made some valid points.
Then the light clicked on as I was driving home this evening.
One of the MAIN WAYS big companies like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter do organic SEO is by letting USERS do the SEO for them.
How Social Networks Use SEO
Think about it:
- Social networks let people, some of which are very, very good at SEO, online PR, etc. build unique, SEO friendly profile pages: (http://facebook.com/mollermarketing) 🙂
- These profile pages have lots of dynamic and static content
- The profile pages have tons of quality external links with relevant topics
- These same creators of individual profile pages in-directly, and some times directly, promote their social media profiles (follow me on twitter) 🙂
- Some users build profile pages just to say they have lots of followers.
- Others promote their profile pages for online reputation management.
But the bottom line is, the USERS are doing a lot of the hard core SEO grunt work – the off-site SEO link building, the viral marketing, etc.
By allowing visitors to set up static profile pages with friendly URLs, social networks like Facebook and Twitter are saying, “Sure, we’ll let you have a “free account” but we’ll grow our investment capital over and over again because you’re building yet another indexable page for us and adding your name and info to our “subscriber list…Thanks for stoping by…”
I agree that at some point, Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn my not care (as much) about organic SEO, but maybe they do afterall.
Facebook has been making changes that hint to the fact that SEO is important to them:
- Indexable pages
- Friendly URLs
Organic SEO is here to stay.
Yes, word of mouth marketing plays a crucial role in the heavy growth of websites, especially social networks.
But every online business, big or small, needs to make the time to work on organic SEO strategy: if they don’t, their competitors will.
What are your thoughts on social networks and SEO?
The 5 Minutes Blogging Tutorial for Beginners
Things you should know about blogging when you’re just getting started:
- Used numbered lists: Why? Organization, organization, organization. Reader friendliness! Scanability!
- Use bold text from time to time: scanability, can be good for SEO, reader friendliness
- Quote other blogs in your industry:
The New York Yankees are the best team in baseball and should be blogged about every day! Nate Moller’s Blog Tutorials
More Blogging Tips
- Use bulleted lists
- Use header tags
- Use pictures in every blog post
How to add a pictures on a blog post
- Use Video! Youtube.com is a great place to start!
- Ask for comments – end your blog posts with a question?
- Be confrontational or opinionated or controversial…encourage people to like or dislike your article and pass it on
- Let your friends and family know about your blog ASAP – ask them to comment to get started
- Share your blog posts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks (it’s better if you can get someone else to share them but you have to start somewhere…)
Blogging is not rocket science.
A blog can be a journal of your day to day activities with starting an online business. It can be a daily rant on why you hate your boss (be careful, he might be reading this). It can be a simple collection of family pictures.
For eCommerce purposes, a blog will do 5 main things:
- Build your credibility as a legitimate professional in your industry
- Get you connected to the real clients in your industry
- Allow you to do product reviews
- Help you create links for search engine purposes
- Give you a reason to interview big names in the industry and guest post on other blogs