Drive Social, Spike Traffic: Social Media’s Effect on SEO
Yesterday, Bruce Clay, Inc. hosted the first #SEOchat of 2015 and the topic inspired hot conversation. “Drive Social, Spike Traffic” honed in on the impact of social media on SEO initiatives. Guests, including some well-recognized and respected digital marketers like Andy Crestodina and Lisa Buyer, talked about their 2015 social strategy as it relates to SEO.
Read on to see what SEOs had to say about:
- Social Media in 2015
- SMM Knowledge for the SEO
- Traffic-Driving Tools and Social Tactics
- Social Media + Content Discovery
- Social Media Links
- Paid Social Media
- Social Media Resolutions
- Social Media + Blogging
- Community Management Pet Peeves
- Determining Social Media Value
Social Media in 2015
How do you plan to use social media as a traffic driver in 2015?
@LisaBuyer: Stay newsworthy and current on spreading company and industry news via social media.
@DragonSearch: As Facebook’s organic reach continues to drop, we’re using social ads more than in the past.
@kg7maj: Be active in a variety of networks, engage with the following & produce good content for a blog. Traffic will follow.
@CallMeLouzander: Get targeted. @paulaspeak shared great article describing how teens see various #socialmedia apps: https://medium.com/backchannel/a-teenagers-view-on-social-media-1df945c09ac6
@d50Media: Facebook paid ads and boosted posts have lead to leads and brand awareness for our clients. We can choose pages to drive traffic to.
@KristiKellogg: I plan to use #socialmedia aggressively, that’s how. Practically, that means strategically and consistently & NICHE-TARGETED. In other words, don’t just tweet into the wind. Share/Post/Promote things that people will want to engage with.
SMM Knowledge for the SEO
To what degree should an SEO know social media and contribute to SMM?
@ChelseaBeaAdams: Some social channels can help organic SEO (in a way). For instance, Pinterest boards are indexed for keyword phrases. Also, don’t forget the power of the Google+ social network. Google+ posts definitely rank high in SERPs for phrases: http://www.bruceclay.com/blog/google-plus-strategy-serps/
@d50media: Write quality content (w/SEO keywords in mind) and share/promote on social media. Track everything.
@KevinWaugh: An #SEO should know what social media can do for them. The lines between the two have been blurring.
@DragonSearch: We recently launched a client’s tumblr blog, and to be effective on tumblr, you really have to know social AND #SEO.
@KristiKellogg: In a perfect world, both the #SEO and the #SMM know both backwards and forwards. But that’s a lot — so they can each benefit from the other’s knowledge.
@EricLanderSEO: An SEO has to understand, at a bare minimum, the influence of SMM and link equity into the broader organic algorithm.
Should social media be part of the SEO strategy, and how?
@Crestodina: Social Media –> Research –> Relationships –> Mentions/Links –> Rank
@d50media: Absolutely! Keywords–> Quality content–> Share on #SM –> track–> get feedback from users–> Write new content
@CaitlinBoroden: SEO, social media, and link building should all be looped in together when it comes to strategy in my book.
Traffic-Driving Tools and Social Tactics
How have you used social media & SMM tools to drive traffic to your website?
@Crestodina: I like to use social media to find bloggers to build relationships with. People who create content create links …
@DragonSearch: If content is the Emerald City, then social is the Yellow Brick Road to get people there.
@VirginiaNussey: We use tool CoSchedule to regularly push content to social.
@KristiKellogg: Constantly. CONSTANTLY. Never is there an article at Bruce Clay, Inc. that doesn’t get promoted on EVERY channel.
@ChelseaBeaAdams: Well, social media is undoubtedly a great way to increase EXPOSURE. Someone can only search for your site once they know you exist.
@d50media: TweetDeck to see what people are posting, FB boosted posts, picmonkey to create strong images.
Social Media and Links
Do links from social media (which networks) provide SEO value?
@Crestodina: This is a great question. I think the answer is basically ‘no’ … and that’s a good thing!
@PaulaSpeak: While PageRank doesn’t pass from SM, I’ve been reading a lot about the overall engagement becoming important for ranking.
@CallMeLouzander: If SEO=strictly onpage, then No. But broader definition of SEO includes backlinks, which of course includes social engagement.
@DragonSearch: In the not-so-distant future I suspect we’ll see links in social posts start to provide more equity.
@DavidProHQ: Most links from social networks are nofollow.
@MichaelBurjack: Interesting article about Twitter indexing at https://www.stonetemple.com/how-does-google-index-tweets/ TL; DR: only large accoutns affect the index.
@Siddlal: No social links don’t provide link value as they are behind passwords but they are like friends with benefits.
@EricLanderSEO: Yes, but in many different forms. Don’t overlook discussion networks (hint). Use Moz AHREFs, etc. to research verticals. :)
Social Media + Content Discovery
Do you use social media to get content discovered and indexed in search faster?
@Crestodina: Posting to G+ is the modern way to submit to Google …
@HackingSearch: Well, Googlebot shows up immediately after sharing a link on Google+, so yes.
@CaitlinBoroden: Facebook, Twitter, the usuals. I’ve been really curious about what @Pinterest will be introducing. I want to know more.
@DavidProHQ: I post every article in G+ whether it’s in a community or just to the public. I’ve heard it’s indexed faster that way. I definitely use SM to get content discovered. Half the time is writing content, the other half is promoting it :)
@DirectOM: It helps with getting content discovered, that’s for sure!
@EricLanderSEO: Drive social activity using resources and guides like this from Search Engine Journal: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/beginners-guide-google-suggest-marketers-seo/73269/
Paid Social Media
Are you using paid social media and on which social platforms? What results are you seeing from paid SMM?
@d50media: Paid #SMM, especially on Facebook, is a necessary evil
@KristiKellogg: We see great returns on promoted posts on Facebook. I’ve also started playing around w/ #ads on LinkedIn. Jury is still out. I started experimenting with LinkedIn ads because they give so many free advertising credits. Free is always good.
@DragonSearch: YES YES YES YES YES. On Facebook in particular. Organic reach there has plummeted. It REALLY hurts smaller clients.
@LisaBuyer: If no, then #Fail.
@DragonSearch: We’ve seen the best ROI from Facebook. Twitter seems to have a higher CPC and the verdict is still out on LinkedIn.
Social Media Resolutions
What are your social media resolutions for 2015?
@VirginiaNussey: I want to test the content mix on our blog to see if we can get more comments.
@DragonSearch: I’m constantly toying with ideas about Instagram. Bigger than Twitter. Gets great engagement. Hard to analyze though :)
@PaulaSpeak: Get better at analyzing #SMM results data. Also, promote OTHER people’s content more. :)
@LisaBuyer: Less is more. Better is best. Customer first, brand second. Share is better than Like.
Social Media + Blogging
Does blogging success depend on social media? Neil Patel predicts this for 2015: http://bit.ly/1AnwYhK.
@KristiKellogg: We touched on this earlier — yes, social media drives traffic — but if the content is less than engaging, HELLO bouncing :) Social promotion without good content is useless.
@HackingSearch: Not as much as it depends on regular posting.
@CallMeLouzander: Irregular posting can lead to invisibility, I’m finding.
Community Management Pet Peeves
Do you have any pet peeves in social media marketing? Kristi Kellogg shared her top 10 pet peeves: http://bit.ly/13YrKe8.
@ChelseaBeaAdams: I HATE post-follow auto DMs. Especially ones that are clearly promotional and not focused on relationship building.
@davidprohq: Brands replying when you compliment them, but say nothing when you have a question regarding service.
@LisaBuyer: Highjacking a hashtag is annoying and ruins for the legit and authentic.
@Official_IAA: Totally annoyed that Facebook won’t let us edit the picture of a scheduled post!
@kg7maj: Brands who – only promote – don’t reply – use the same content wording across all platforms.
Determining Social Media Value
How do you determine social media value and does it match client expectations?
@KristiKellogg: Dive into analytics and look for conversions. Everything is trackable.
@VirginiaNussey: Sometimes I get sad when clients have too high expectations on attributing sales to social media efforts.
@kg7maj: Analytics … analytics … analytics. Track and present anything relevant to goals.
@davidprohq: Not by follower count, but by engagement. It somewhat matches client expectations.
@Tommy_Landry: Agree up front on what “demand gen” metrics matter, and monitor those closely. Success is way more than just lead volume.
@MWilton13: Set goals for your social media efforts & track in analytics. Also, don’t forget social as an attribution channel.
@TalentLeopard: How much leads my client get through social media … it is the best way to check value of social media.
@Siddlal: Hard to determine value. Some only value likes, while the learned see beyond to benefits like relationship and links.
@kg7maj: Instagram is the tough one for tracking ROI, but again, all depends on goals & what the organization is looking for.
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