A More Natural Form of Search
According to the Wired.com article which I referenced in Most Popular Social Networking Sites for Business, “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg envisions a more personalized, humanized Web, where our network of friends, colleagues, peers, and family is our primary source of information, just as it is offline.”
In other words, the endorsements of both web pages and their authors by people in our personal networks will influence the outcomes of online searches we perform as much as or more than the current system which analyzes external links to determine a site’s authority and relevance.
New Role of Social Media in SEO
Facebook intends to leverage the vast amount of member data stored in its global network to facilitate this type of search.
Furthermore, all search providers can mine public web data to monitor additional social media buzz about web pages and their authors.
Let’s consider how big this SEO paradigm shift will be.
Social Media Presence
In the new SEO, your online reputation is an integral part of your overall web presence and influences your search results. Social media enables you to nurture the relationships and shape the opinions that underlie your online reputation and social capital.
Webmasters work to build external links to their company’s web pages. Savvy companies are already beginning to dedicate additional staff to build and manage social capital as well.
High Cost of Complacency
Companies that neglect their social media presence will suffer in several ways:
- They’ll have no influence over their online reputation.
- Their customers will view them as backward.
- They won’t receive traffic from social media sites.
- They’ll receive less search engine traffic too.
Build your social media presence right away. Pay special attention to Facebook and Google. I intend to write much more about Facebook and Google in future articles.
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