These are the core concepts of modern search – ranking factors, signals, graphs, and personalization. This is neither a guide to Google nor Bing. It is a starting point to better understand the landscape of how search engines rank web pages.
Social Media has started to play a role in your search engine results. Your social posts can now increase your visibility on SERP's.
Social Search Optimization (SSO) is a practice in which social media content i.e. tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram photos, etc. are all included within the internet database to be searched.
The purpose of this approach to improve search engine results is multi-faceted. One advantage is it provides a body of records regarding an individual’s past searches and social media actions to the search engine.
Social media has not only created a completely new medium for discovering content, it is also transforming how the traditional information sources aka search engines, are delivering content to us.
Recent research suggests that social sharing has now become the number one driver for SEO rank. In other words, Google and Bing are monitoring the social sharing activity for each site and are assigning substantial weight on that activity to determine the search rank.
Like many things in life, certain SEO tactics will fade into oblivion as Google Penguinmatures. This has left many people who used to practice the art of SEO wondering where to go.
The good news is that while certain SEO tactics may be under the gun and likely to fail in months to come (if they haven't already), other tactics are destined to succeed, impervious to algorithmic changes.
Many people believe that Search Marketing Integration, or SMI, is one of these. Some people have even gone as far as to say publicly that SMI will be required to rank on the first page of Google in the future.
Should SEO or Social Media come first when launching new online initiatives? There's certainly nothing to stop you from doing both, but synchronizing your goals, strategy, and tactics are key to a successful launch.
SEO and Social Media are becoming more intertwined every day. Think about what are you business goals, then decide which option, or both, are right for your company.
"SEO in 2014 is still all about ‘great content’ such as relevant and interesting articles and entertaining and/or educational videos which are likely to create social shares and generate natural links online.
Overall, SEO is moving toward integrated marketing campaigns and away from online-only strategies such as guest posting and embeddable infographics"
Include social buttons on every page of your site, and in all blog posts, press releases, and outbound communication. Focus on the channels your customers use. It’s better to do a thorough job in just one often-visited channel than poorly in three. Keep in mind that Google has made it clear that social signals play a role in its algorithm; Google+ is going to have the biggest role in your ranking.
The power of social lives on beyond its ubiquity, and wields a transformative impact on SEO. Please understand that I’m not going to propagate any myths about how to increase your rankings via social media.
Nor am I going to propose that SEO-is-dead-so-long-live-social. Instead, I’ll attempt to demonstrate how social is infringing upon the traditional realm of SEO as a major factor in how people find information, convert, and interact with the Internet.
An in-depth study by Forrester in 2010 found that a page with a video on it is 53 times more likely to achieve a page one result on Google.
This is considering that the page and video are both used in conjunction with typical SEO methods.
In the world of marketing today, the fastest growing segments are social media and SEO. With these snowballing into the biggest tools used by online companies to market their products, videos are propelling some sites above others.