In 2010, social media signals are among the important factors that affect a website’s ranking in Google, according to Matt Cutts. This meant that the more likes and followers you earned in your social media account, the more chances you’ll have of rising in the search results. Search engine optimisers, inbound marketers, and other marketing people put more emphasis on gaining a wider following on social media, even buying some followers in the process. However, a significant change happened in January 2014, when Cutts officially announced that Google no longer considers the social signals. This means that you have to change the direction of your SEO promotion too, if you were initially focused on social media.
Cutts said that Twitter and Facebook pages are already considered as regular web pages in the search engine index. They will send bots to crawl it and take the results into consideration to come up with the appropriate search results. However, the constantly changing number of followers and likes on these social media platforms makes it even more challenging for Google and other search engines to keep up with the changes and consider them in the search results ranking. Instead, they just study the on-page elements of the pages that they can crawl.
Now, you don’t have to focus as much on the followers and likes on social media. Instead, you should put all your effort into optimising your website and posting on the sites regularly. These are the social signals that are picked up by the search engine bots. The more crawl-able content you have, the more authoritative that social media page will be and the higher you will rank in the search results. We can help you figure these things out. We can also change your social media profile to include a keyword-rich description or bio and increase your rankings even further.
You’ll know whether the social media aspect of your SEO campaign is working if you type your company name in Google and notice how the search results will also include your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn profiles. If you want to cater to the people who are already curious about your company, improving your online visibility through social media would pay off.