SEO Weekly Topic: How to Use Social Media to Increase Your Search Ranking

Use Social Media to Increase Your SEO Source: http://www.smartonlinepros.com/using-social-media-seo-campaign/
As Google tightens it’s reins on search and link building efforts, Digital Marketing Managers and SEO Manager are looking for alternative SEO tactics to increase it’s search ranking, you can let your Social Media do the SEO work for you.

Earlier today, Social Media Examiner published 18 Social Media SEO Resources to Improve Your Search Ranking by Patricia Redsicker.  This article has a lot of great tips on how to use Social Media to assist your SEO efforts that I cancelled my original idea for the Digital Marker’s SEO Weekly Discussion to share this article with you.

As you gear up your social media efforts to help your SEO strategies, just remember to participate in social media networks where your target audience is located. Don’t waste your time with social media networks where your target audience does not participate.

Having a hard time convincing your boss to try social media?

Discuss Stephanie Frasco‘s 6 Reasons Social Media Is Critical To Your SEO at Social Media Today

  • Link building was always about social proofing
  • Social media allows you to crowd source your link building
  • Being social is the fastest way to multiply your presence online
  • Social signals is a real think
  • Social links bring real traffic to your website
  • Google hates link building

Now, that you have convinced your boss to pursue social media to promote your brand, you can focus executing your social media efforts to boost your SEO with some best practices.

Patricia Redsicker Shares 5 Social Media Best Practices to Increase Your Search Ranking

  1. Publish High-Quality Content – As always content is key to drive your SEO and Social Media success. After producing content that meets your target audiences needs, you can post your content in a multiple areas of the web including your website, your social media networks, your newsletters, and your blog.
  2. Make Social Sharing Easy – Produce content that your target audience wants to share.  For example, I saw the 18 Social Media SEO Resources to Improve Your Search Ranking article, and I immediately wanted to share it with you.  As you produce content, you will have alter the content based on platform where the content is posted. Quick example, if you write a blog post, you can’t post the entire blog post on Twitter, but you can type the title of your blog post with a link to your blog.  With this example, you have basically the same content shared on two different platforms with the additional benefits of SEO finding the content.
  3. Boost Your Images and Profiles – We are a visual society, and visuals help us comprehend the written word.  Therefore, we need to use images.  First, save image files using your keywords. Next, when using images for your content, write an Alt Text tag that describes the image using your keywords for search engines.
  4. Don’t Forget Authorship Metadata (Google+) – Post your content to Google+ and indicate you are the author of your content.
  5. Measure Social Media Performance – As with SEO, it is critical to measure the effectiveness of your social media efforts. Develop KPI’s and dashboards to demonstrate how your social media not only increased traffic to your site, but you should create reports showing how your social media helped increase your SEO search rank. Then, you need to develop reports how your social media and SEO efforts increased revenue.

While this blog post shows the importance of using social media to increase your search rank, take your time to read 18 Social Media SEO Resources to Improve Your Search Ranking and devise a plan on how to effectively use your social media to increase your search ranking.

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SEO Monday: Google Pushs Organic Search Results Below the Fold

Welcome to SEO Monday’s. Last week, Google changed their Search Engine Results Page (SERP) pushing your organic search results below the fold in favor of images for Product Listings.

What does this mean for you?

Include images with keyword descriptions in your product listings, and you may want to test the pricing for your PPC bidding. For more information and screen shots of the new results pages, read Search Engine Journal’s “Breaking – Google Changes the SERP – Images are King and PPC Holds the Key to the Kingdom” article.

In other search engine news, Semantic Search is gaining ground. Semantic Search or entity search, uses machine intelligence to determine the intended meaning of the words you enter for your searches to deliver you more relevant search results.

Semantic Search works behind the scenes to deliver the results you need and takes content, context, and intent in to consideration when delivering results for each search. Now, when implementing your search engine optimization strategies, you need to have a deep understanding of how your current content users are finding you.  Also, you want to understand how the target market of your content conduct their searches on search engines. For more information, go to Search Engine Journal’s “The Stealthy Rise of Semantic Search” article.

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When and What Digital Marketing topics can you Expect from the Digital Marketing Manager Blog

Thank you to everyone who is following my blog, and I look forward to bringing you digital marketing news and tips.  Starting next Monday December 1st, a new editorial schedule will start.  Here is what you can come to expect from Cindy Plough’s Digital Markeing Manager Blog:

Weekday Topic
Monday SEO
Tuesday Email Marketing
Wednesday Social Media
Thursday Content Marketing
Friday Potpourri topics will can vary between Mobile Marketing, Digital Advertising, SEM/PPC, Analytics, and Affiliate Marketing

Until next Monday, my blog posts will include additional Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce 13 exhibitor visits. Each day will cover 4 of my visits.

Domo – Develops easy to use dashboards that contains your data in one single view to facilitate decision making. Domo’s business intelligence platform delivers analytics in real time to help marketers become more efficient and track revenue streams.

Pitcher – As Marketers, we prepare many materials to assist our sales departments.  With Pitcher’s application, we can monitor how often Sales Managers use these marketing materials.  If Sales Managers aren’t using our marketing material, we can work with our sales departments to create marketing materials that will help the sales team generate revenue.

Tenrox – As we move forward in Digital Marketing, the ultimate goal for marketers will be to engage our customers. With Tenrox, we can manage digital marking efforts, monitor expenses, and manage resources to ensure our efforts deploy on time and on budget.

ThousandEyes – We work tirelessly to implement our digital marketing efforts.  Each effort consists of an infrastructure that operates behind the scene to bring our digital marketing efforts to life. No matter how often we test the infrastructure before our efforts go live, you never know when something might go wrong. ThousandEyes comes to the rescue.  When our digital marketing efforts go live, ThousandEyes moniors the infrastructure and indicates if and when a component of the infrastructure is broken.

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A Digital Marketing Managers Takeaways from Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce 13

While the last day of Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce 13 wasn’t as busy as the previous days, I still had to forge my way through some crowds to see the exhibitors that I wanted to visit before the conference came to a close. In an effort to reduce the length of my blog post, today’s post will include my takeaways from Dreamforce 13, one exhibitor highlight, and links to additional information about the conference.

Recap of Dreamforce 13
As a Digital Marketing Manager, the main takeaway from Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce 13 is that there are a plethora of tools and data centers that operate in the cloud to interface with CRM systems giving Digital Marketing Managers the ability to manage and analyze digital marketing efforts. While you can hire a multitude of vendors to create, manage, and provide analytics for digital marketing efforts, it is up to the Digital Marketing Manager to develop objectives, strategize on which tactics can achieve those objectives, and manage all vendor activities are achieving your objectives.  In this digital world, an additional role for the Digital Marketing Manager is to continuously look for ways to extend the organizations brand awareness, increase revenue, and create unique experiences for customers.

Dreamforce 13 Exhibitor Highlight: GoodData
GoodData provides business intelligence dashboards for CRM data to help marketing, sales, and customer service departments.  For the marketing department, GoodData builds dashboards for marketers to gain insights into demand, advertising, social media, SEM/PPC, and eCommerce. With GoodData, you can gather all the data you need to see how your individual digital marketing efforts can help you build stronger agile marketing campaigns. Don’t use Salesforce, no worries, GoodData can work with other CRM systems, but the setup timeframe takes longer than it would with Salesforce.

Additional Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce 13 resources:

Starting Monday, each blogpost will include a Dreamforce 13 exhibitor highlight, some digital marketing tips, and a must read article that might help you in your digital marketing efforts.

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