The Importance of Social Media
Google is looking for different things from websites then they used to do in the past. Social media like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube etc have exploded and Google are looking for the usage of these tools and how they tie in with your online presence. If you have been neglecting these mediums, do so at your own risk. Those who are aware of the value of these tools will reap the benefits.
Google have their own social media platform called Google Plus (Google+). To many, this has been a bit of a flop. Most people are now using Facebook and they don't feel bothered using another platform to share things or interact with friends. However, it is now time to embrace Google+ and if you are a business or have an online presence, it is now time to begin using it.
Get Opengraph Working For You
Facebook's opengraph is invaluable in determing your presence online. Each time one of your facebook likes is clicked, your content shared, it can be tracked. Here is more information on Facebook's opengraph. I use the SEO plugin from yoast and this can be automatically integrated into your site. Here is more on the facebook opengraph.
Because Google are now looking at social signals to determine your presence and authority online. Everyone is allowed to have a free Google account. With this account, you can have your:
- Gmail Account
- Youtube Account
- Google Plus Account
- Google Places Account
- Google Panoramio Account
With your account, you can synchronise your facebook, twitter and other social media accounts. What you need to do then, is synchronise your website with these social media sites. There are many tools that can allow you to do this and I use a suite of tools that allow me to do just that. It is a paid service that I also provide to my clients, but it saves so much time. I will post more on that later.
Become The Expert
With the glutton of duplicated content, Google is looking more and more for ways to filter out the junk. If you as a website place your author profile on your content, this shows them you stand by your website and content. If it is unique and valueable, then you will be rewarded with rankings and traffic.
This is the link where you can view your output in the index with the Google Rich Snippets Tool
Make Google The Centre Of Your Online Universe
Social Signals Are Where It's At
Google have openly stated that. They are looking for social signals, or engagement from people with your social media or your website. They are tracking your likes, your Google +1's, your retweets, your likes on your youtube videos. These are the new backlinks if you will. So what you should be doing with all of this?
- If you haven't already, open a Google+ Account. Preferable under the same user as your youtube account, or your gmail account
- Edit your Google+ account to include all of your social media sites
- Link your website to your Google + account
- Place social media sharing buttons on all of your content
- Setup Google Authorship settings on your website to establish yourself as an authority
How To Video
I've put together a video on all of the steps and recommendations I talk about above.