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Does social media effect rankings?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by JohnyJ, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. JohnyJ

    JohnyJ Junior Member

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    Last noob question for the night, does facebook, twitter and google +1 have any effect on rankings? I'm sure there is going to be mixed opinions on this one. I tried using the search bar but couldn't find what i was looking for, does anyone know of a thread where this has been tested.

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  2. SmileAtmyWins

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    It definitely does.
     
  3. JasonG

    JasonG Regular Member

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    I think they do... If they don't have anything to do with search algorithms, social media is going to help the branding of your site... Once you have a good site/product people start doing your SEO for you by linking to your pages.
     
  4. theorbital

    theorbital Registered Member

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    One method is to get natural looking backlinks to your site and social media does that very nicely for you. If you can get other people talking about you and your product it is natural .
     
  5. thedon23

    thedon23 Elite Member

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    I'm curious now. I have a page for one of my authority style sites. Every time I make a new post, I create a status update on the Facebook Page.

    Does that actually help my sites rankings?
     
  6. JohnyJ

    JohnyJ Junior Member

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    thanks for the replies guys, i'm guessing the aim is to get more likes +1's and re-tweets on your website or social media page than updating your status?
     
  7. lablinks

    lablinks Senior Member

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    In g00gl, I definitely do not see any proof that they help rankings. I haven't seen anything positive from likes & G+s as far as my rankings go and I've tested it on many pages & many sites. G+s MAY possibly increase your CTR. FB Likes in bing may increase the CTR as well.
     
  8. Techxan

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    Generally, anytime you have your site is mentioned on the web, it helps your rankings, Social media will play a larger and larger role as the value of backlinks diminishes.

    This will forever be the way Google does business: They decide what indicates a good web site and lets this information out to the public. Immediately, people come up with ways to game the system. Soon there are so many people gaming the system, they change the system.

    Yesteryear, you could just put keywords in your web page and the search engines would send you traffic related to the keywords. Then people started to game the system, so search engines reduced, then eliminated, the value in these keyword tags.

    Today backlinks are all the rage for increasing your ranking. This is because, in the past, when someone linked to your site, they were essentially saying they like your site and wanted to share it with other people. Backlinks then became the must do SEO essential.

    So what did everyone and his brother do? Started hustling for backlinks. Look at article marketing. At first these links were golden. Then the article directories became spam mills, and Google decided to devalue a ton of these links. In one fell swoop, millions upon millions of man-hours and dollars spent on this low quality content from article spinning and spamming went right out the window. Today these links are of far more value to the average web site for the traffic they bring in than the SEO value.

    The assault on backlink value continues today, and in time something may come along that supplants it. In fact today, at the local SEO level, local web citations is already replacing global backlinks in terms of ranking value.

    Just like article marketing, Social media is going to play a major role for a few years, then it will become spammed to death, and all the value from it will be gone.

    Great content, and lots of people talking about your site trumps everything, and always will.
     
  9. pokmo

    pokmo Newbie

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    People are already gaming FB likes and Google +1s. For example, requiring a user to Like or +1 before seeing a demo or accessing a page.
     
  10. wahidpolin

    wahidpolin Regular Member

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    Social media sites like twitter does have a great impact on your site.
     
  11. markhenry121

    markhenry121 Elite Member

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    Yes, social media really effects site ranking.