As social media and search engine optimisation become more and more interlinked, it is vital for users to understand how these two traffic sources can support each other for further traffic and revenue.
While each has their own separate identity, running your social seo strategy as part of a unified campaign provides a tremendous lift to your results.
The problem with using social media according to Cutts is that often Google is not able to access all of the information from social media.
However, he continues to say that “I’m not saying not to use Twitter or Facebook, I love to tweet, there’s a ton of people who get a ton of value from both Facebook and Twitter. I think both of those services represent a fantastic avenue, it’s a way to drive visitors and traffic to your site.”
The benefit of using social media traffic is that you are driving very engaged users to your website. Unlike other sources of traffic that are not focused, usually social media traffic comes from a targeted campaign towards your connections and connections network.
This means the people landing on your site stay longer and visit more pages than your average user. If you have Google Analytics set up on your site, then Google can analyze these results to determine the value of the visitors to your site.
Furthermore, Google can reference your analytics to ensure you provide value to visitors based upon your social media activity. Remember that Google first and foremost, wants to provide their users (searchers) with the most amount of value per search.
If you can prove that your social media traffic does that, then it provides the type of ranking signals Google loves to see.
Some of the highest quality links in the world come from social media. As Search Engine Journal stated, “your social links have an inherent authority, particularly if they stem from trusted social media platforms.”
This means when you are on YouTube, you should include a link in the description of the video. Additionally, putting in profile links can be particularly helpful. It shows Google that you have natural, relevant links from high authority websites.
Even no-follow social links still provide valuable information to Google. As we discuss in the next section, your social links are just one part of the ranking factors Google uses from social media information.
Here are a few things social media can do to improve your domain authority.
Just like social backlinks have more juice than other sites, one influencer sharing your information could mean more than 1,000 smaller retweets. This principle is universal throughout social media.
The one caveat here is relevancy. If you have own a fashion line, then you want Katy Perry tweeting for you. If you run a fish and tackle shop, Google might not consider her influence exactly relevant.
That is because if you create share-worthy content, you drive social authority and traffic to your website. Just as we started out with traffic to your website, we come full circle.
The content you create on your social network must engage users to get them to take action and visit your website. It is a continual loop between social and seo efforts.
You need to focus your online marketing efforts on your social seo strategy. The combination between these two organic traffic methods can provide small business owners some of the best lifts to their traffic and conversions on their website.
If you need some help setting this up, please feel free to contact Shout for a free initial consultation.