When Google first started out indexing the web they’d make a simple list of all the pages and content and index that against keywords and other things that mattered to them and what they thought their users would benefit from. But how does Facebook work with SEO these days?
The World of search has moved a significant way since the advent of Social Media and the proliferation of “Black Hat” techniques that trey to fool the search engine algorithms into thinking their content is the most relevant and shouldn’t be placed at the topic of the search results.
How does the introduction of Social Media platforms and in particular Facebook affect the way you are to be found in search engines? It’s still possible to rank facebook posts in search engines but you need to be aware that it’s most likely not the best way to try to promote yourself or your business in terms of making it into the top end of the search results.
If you’re a regular Social Media user and post on Facebook or even consume all those Facebook Posts from your “friends”, you will know that although the posts, photos, and videos are stored for ever on the Facebook servers, your view of that content is very transitory in that once it’s passed by in your time line you’ll probably never see it again.
It’s certainly true that content is being indexed by Facebook, Google and the other search engines so it’s inevitable that posts, images, and videos will show up in search results. The point is that you want your content to show up at the top of the google search results for the best and most relevant search terms that relate to your business, your products and services.
How Do I Get To The Top Of Google?
It is a simple fact that, in the big search engines, the results that are shown at the top of the results for a search term are the most likely to be clicked on. The trick to having your content show up within the first 3 or 5 results on the page is to be the most relevant, comprehensive, and well written piece of content for that search request. Once you factor in that thought, you’ll quickly see that it’s pretty hard to fulfil those three criteria in a Facebook Post, even if you include and image or video.
Posting on Facebook can improve your popularity (on Facebook) and lead to a wider following if you get it right and offer value to your intended audience with every post you make. Taking the approach that offers real value in return for someone following you is certainly the way to elevate your online presence to the level of “Niche Expert” or “The Go To Person” for your type of expertise. But what does this all lead to?
Increasing the number of followers and the quality of those followers on Facebook where your audience hang oin every word you say allows you to “direct” your audience to other content on your own website and thus improve the search optimisation of that website simply by virtue of the fact that you have a significant amount of “Link Traffic” coming to your web pages as an dwhen you want it to.
An Ideal Scenario for SEO
Imagine a scenrio where you write an opinion piece blog post on your own website. You have spent time researching facts about your subject for the blog. You have taken time to craft a really relevant, emotive and keyworded tittle for your blog.
You’ve taken the time to sculpt into the main body of content suggestions that you, your business, service, or product has the solution to the problem your blog is delving into.
You publish that blog post and direct your facebook following to click the link to find a solution to the problem.
Your blog post gets a boost in traffic over the next 24 hours and continues to gain traffic for the search term you’ve targeted. You continue to post links to that blog over the next few days, weeks and months in order to reach out to those on Social Media who missed the original post because of time differences or simply due to the mass of other social content they’re bomdarded with.
This scenario is one which Google will reward due to the popularity of your post and the traction it gains from Social Media, add to that the fact that you have crafted the blog post so we’ll that you’ve really focused on the keywords and phrases that real people are using to search for the solution to the problem you are writing about.
You’ve broken up the content with headings and sub-headings (H2 and H3), and added images and even video from your youtube channel. You have even gone as far as adding in links to external content that further clarifies the problem and helps with the solution. These are all the parts of Search Engine Optimisation that Google will reward with height rankings in the results.
Overall SEO Strategy For Social Media
Working your keywords into your social media posts can help you gain more visibility but it’s not really the complete answer to your overall need to be found on the big search engines. That more complete answer is to know what your basic keywords are and to develope a set of “long tail” key phrases that “ask a question” like “how does keyword research work for SEO?”. Notice that the example here is not necessarily a search phrase that lots of people will start with and that’s just fine as it’s the meaning of the search term matched with the meaning of the content in the Google database that actually matters.
When you have those phrases worked out and can create an exceptional piece of content that will add value for the reader in terms of actually answering their burning questions then you can go about advertising that content on Social Media like Facebook usuing the basic keywords and #hashtags to drive the search traffic from within the social platforms. Here are some basic steps to take to get you going on the path to get Facebook and SEO Working for your business.
- Basic brainstorm of some keywords related to your business, services, and products.
- Expand each set of base keywords into related and extensive “key phrase questions”
- set up a list of blog posts that you could write, where each blog post will have a “key phrase question” as the title
- write your blog posts following the basic blog structure guide on this website
- Refine each Blog Title using the Headline Analyser over at http://coschedule.com/Headline-Analyzer
- Assemble a set of images that help illustrate your point and use them in your blog post
- Create a set of related hash tags that you can use on social media that will attract searched. Especially important if you use Pinterest and Instagram
- Set up a social media post schedule for Facebook and Twitter to make sure that you post a link to your new blog
- on the day you publish
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- three months after publication
- repeat this process each week.
There are no shortcuts to good search engine optimisation especially where social media and Facebook are concerned. We all need to put the work in and create the best content we are able to put out there. Using black hat or grey hat shady techniques to try to speed up your journey to the top of the search engines simple will not work with any certainty and will do you no favours at all over the longer term. Some of the dubious techniques will actually cost you a place on page 1 of the search results thus pushing your business website and social media accounts into oblivion.
Set aside a couple of hours a week to write some content and to do some social media scheduling and you will improve your position. If you’re not in a position to write your own content then there are services out there that will write for you but these can be a little expensive as a well written blog of 1000 words or so could cost you a few hundred pounds.
Maybe you are better at describing your point of view rather than writing it? Record your words on a smart phone and send it for transcribing using a service like fivrr.co.
Whichever way you approach Social Media and SEO, just get started and improve along the way. You will get better with practice but you need to start!