Why You Shouldn’t Be Everywhere on the Web

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The debate between whether SEO or social media is more important in marketing an online service has waged for years, but the case has now been closed by default: very soon, they’ll be one and the same.

With Google increasingly factoring in social media activity into the very heart of its ranking algorithm, a business that refuses to play the social game is pretty much doomed to obsolescence. Even putting the traffic considerations to one side, there are many other benefits to engaging with your audience online – in a nutshell, anyone ignoring social media is doing themselves a disservice.

That said, it’s quite possible to over-do it. Over-extending yourself is just as disastrous as never participating to begin with. Regardless of whether you’re a film student at NYFA trying to get noticed or a marketing guru for a media conglomerate, you have to learn how to balance your message with your resources.

There are a lot of social media sites out there, and new ones are added every day. And while it’s tempting to try and build a presence on every one of them, that strategy simply won’t work. You might have an account on every site, but you won’t have the time to fully engage with your audience – and without reader engagement, you might as well not even try.

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Choosing Your Battles

A media and marketing entrepreneur who everyone should be aware of is Pat Flynn. One of his most popularized concepts is that of ‘being everywhere’ – that is, hit every single channel available for maximum exposure.

At its core, the Be Everywhere idea is sound. But unlike most of his brilliant advice which is easily actionable, this one assumes you have infinite resources to execute it.

Of course, you have a finite amount of time and energy that can be invested in any activity. Within that limited time, you can either pour a lot of effort into maintaining a single account, or you can spread yourself thin over multiple platforms. If you go through multiple platforms, you run the risk of diluting your message or simply not being able to engage fully with your audience. It’s pretty simple: If you can make one post on 10 sites, you won’t engage as many people as if you can make 10 posts on one site.

People don’t like to feel like they’re being advertised to when they’re on social media. They want to feel like the brands they follow are their friends, or at least trusted sources of useful or entertaining information. With that in mind, doesn’t it make more sense to build up a rapport with your readers rather than sending out a shotgun blast of information to anyone who will listen?

How to Build a Smart Web Strategy

Your best bet is to hold down just one or two strongholds on the web. You’ll want a personal blog or website to direct customers toward, and a social media platform to cross-post content on and interact more directly with fans. To decide which social media outlets will best fit your project, consider the following:

– Which Sites Do You Really Enjoy Using?

Social media is supposed to be fun. If posting to a site feels like a chore, your lack of enthusiasm will be obvious. Choose the media platform you like the most and find ways to make the most of it rather than trying to fit in with what you’re “supposed” to be doing on the web.

– What Kind of Content are you Going to be Sharing?

If you want to be able to post long-form text or links to articles, you’ll have different needs than if you’re going to be sharing images. Don’t try to shoe-horn your way into a niche that doesn’t work for your project. If you’re a visual artist, pick a site that will let you showcase the art rather than relying on text to get your message across.

– Where is your Audience?

Although many people have multiple social media accounts, the odds are good that they primarily favor one of them over the others. The population of a site like Reddit is very different from that of Pinterest or Facebook, and if you’re trying to engage the wrong audience, you’ll just end up being frustrated.

– What’s the Call to Action?

Simply engaging with your audience is a perfectly acceptable goal, but you’ll ideally want your time spent on social media to do something more – like encourage viral marketing or increase sales. Depending on what you want your followers to do, your platform will vary.

 

Lastly, but certainly not least…

– Don’t Neglect the Big G

Without wanting to contradict any of the above points, be sure to factor in Google+ while thinking about your action plan. It may be one of the newest platforms out there and the learning curve is famously steep, but it’s quickly gaining in popularity. Perhaps more importantly, however, is that it will be hugely influential on your general search engine rankings. In fact, Moz just released a great article about the correlation between +1s and rankings and since they own the search engine, it makes perfect since.

Social Media Battle

No single strategy will be successful for every social media campaign, but being smart and choosing your battles will help you keep from getting spread too thin. If you still find that you don’t have the time to fully engage with your audience, you can always outsource some of that work. Knowing your audience and platform intimately will make it easy for you to guide your admins and moderators into keeping in line with your brand message.

Why Google Bought Wildfire

Why Google Bought the Wildfire App

 

google-buys-wildfireappGoogle announced the acquisition of Wildfire on the Official  Google blog. Wildfireapp.com is a social media optimization tool/software that allows you to manage all of your social media campaigns from one platform. You can run ads, create and manage pages, conduct mass messaging and track the performance of your social media efforts with analytics and monitoring tools all from one location. The financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed however, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google paid somewhere around $250 million.

Google Still Behind in Social Media

Google throws yet more money at its going social efforts by buying Wildfire but this one might pay off. Google keeps striking out at creating a social media platform that people will actually use but at least they can buy the most powerful social media marketing tool as a way to get their nose under the tents of sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Linkedin. Wildfire also works with Google’s own Plus. Nonetheless, this was a smart move for Google to be able to expand their ad reach while at the same time, gaining deeper access to the data generated from social signals and fresh content created across social media platforms.

Prior to acquiring Wildfire, Google placed made offers to buy BuddyMedia but was outbid by Salesforce.com who ended up paying $700 million. All this is just further evidence of the increasing importance of SMO and social signals in your SEO campaign. Still not sure what Wildfireapp is or how it works? Check out this video below that I snagged from their site

What Exactly is Wildfire?

Wildfire founders Victoria Ransom and partner Alain Chuard

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Google Crawls Facebook Comments

Comments on Facebook are crawled by Google

Google Announces That They Can Now Index Facebook Comments

Surprise, surprise, Google can now crawl JavaScript and AJAX based Facebook comments straight out of a <iFRAME> on your website. This means that finally comments being made using plugins like Disqus and Facebook Comments for WordPress are being crawled and indexed! The implications for this are massive. Not just for the ability to refresh your pages with user generated content, (which, Google loves, by the way.) but also because AJAX, JavaScript and <IFRAMES> have long been considered the dark abyss for Googlebots as it was unable to index the content within. The battle between search engines and SEOs will never be the same!

What Does Google’s Ability to Crawl FB Comments Mean for SEO?

Google inches even closer to running more of a Social Search Engine where SEO techniques should favor freshness, social media, Web2.0 and user generated content. Not only is it time to get more serious about social media integration with your own site but if you haven’t already, it’s high-time to get more aggressive practicing social media optimization techniques. SMO was always considered SEOs little sister but I have a feeling she might pack an increasingly strong punch as our search engines evolve to a hyper-social web. Most of the top optimizers in the industry already agree that social media optimization is a MUST in a post panda world. To sum it up in one sentence, Like is the new link.

The implications go far beyond social search. Being able to index AJAX, JavaScript and <IFRAMES> means that APIs and rich media integration across different websites just became search engine friendly. This could usher in a new era. What will we call it? Web2.1 lol.

SMO Outsourcing

social media optimization outsourcingSocial Media Optimization Outsourcing a.k.a. SMO Outsourcing makes the world of sense. The reason for this is because it’s just not feasible to pay American salaries to have an employee stumble around on his or her Facebook account all day but if the employee is based in Romania, India or the Philippines you can pay pennies on the dollar and actually make a nice return on your investment!

Everyone agrees that social media is where it’s at. You can thank Mark Zuckerburg, the world’s youngest billionaire because the average internet user spends most of their time on social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Friendster, Blackplanet and yes even Myspace, which still brings some good link juice. That being said, it shouldn’t be hard to imagine how this can benefit your company.

Offshore SMO Outsourcing

While Google still gets more unique visitors per day, statistics show that people actually spend more time on Facebook than any other website on the web, overtaking Google for the first time in 2010. Now it’s time to put this into perspective. With social media comes social targeting and it’s just this way of thinking that got VCs to front hundreds of millions of dollars to help develop social media sites worldwide. See with social targeting you can easily identify and deliver content to a highly targeted audience and it even works for ultra specific niches.

Of course, if you are just selling online games then almost everyone is a target and Farmville is proof of that with over $300 million in annual revenues their first year. Another wide open target is muscle building products because you can target any male between the ages of 18 to 45 and see great results but how about something much more specific like b2b selling in an industry like insurance? That should be much harder, right?

WRONG, think again, SMO Outsourcing works for that too!

I have recently put this to the test by searching social media platforms to find professionals associated with the insurance industry. I easily found tens of thousands of professionals and ended up selling them insurance leads. No matter what your product or service is, SMO outsourcing can increase your revenues.

How to Outsource SMO Work

It’s a lot easier than you think. The reason is because in developing countries like India, Philippines, and Romania the younger, college-aged generation tends to be complete internet junkies, trying to reach out to the rest of the world via social media. You can go to any of these countries and it will be hard to find anyone between the ages of 18 to 25 that doesn’t already have a Facebook, Twitter, Friendster, or Hi5 account. This makes recruiting and training an SMO outsourcing team super easy because they are already familiar with the sites so all you have to do is channel their social media activities in the right direction.

I have been assembling and managing SMO outsourcing teams in Romania, India and the Philippines for years now and with great results. Some of my most recent social media campaigns resulted in hundreds of thousands of clicks to my customers’ sites and huge increases in revenues. To find out more about Social Media Marketing services or for a free consultation on SMO outsourcing, contact me directly by visiting my contact page.

Is Buying +1s Good for SEO? Buy Plus Ones

+1-metricsThe Plus One service I utilize is listed here on my SEO software, Tools, and Services page. While waiting for your +1s to be delivered here’s a tried and tested guide on how to buy Plus Ones. The best way to find out the impact of a Plus One campaign is to take a look in the Google Webmaster Tools section called +1 Metrics. There you will find a glimpse of how Google collects +1 data and uses it to aid their search results.

There you will also find Search Impact, Activity and Audience and definitely check out the +1 Metrics FAQs too. Without getting too far into the explanation I can easily sum it up by saying Google’s Plus one algorithms include measuring the value of the +1 by the user’s activity.  In other words, if someone with a weak Google Plus profile pluses a page and then never comes back, it’s a very weak + but if the Google account they are Plus-ing from has many friends, followers, and activity and on top of that they continue to revisit the site, then it will boost your SERPs faster than links.

The best search engine algorithms are always the simplest. The +1 system isn’t 100% spam proof but they have found a simple way to combat it by using data that is hard to replicate or automate. In the beginning, Google floundered in the social search arena but this time they found a way to 1up (no pun intended) Bing’s social search.

Buy +1s From a Trusted Network

This being said, it looks like the best way to buy +1s is to make sure the network of Google accounts are PVA and not only look authentic but also have natural behavior in their Google Plus profile as well as other Google services. Here are a few tips of what a good +1 looks like. Many friends followers and recent posts on Plus and some have even suggested to setup blogger, Youtube, search history even email activity can build power and legitimacy to a Google account. As my colleague Dean put it, I want to get a lot of good followers on Plus that way it will increase my Plus power. I’d be a PR5 in the Plus world.

So is Buying Plus Ones Good or Bad for SEO?

buying goole plus 1sSure buying +1s can be great for SEO but only if they are coming from good Google accounts. If you are buying them from an exchange network, this will be easier to assure but if you are buying them from a company or some dude on a forum somewhere then make sure their network of Google accounts is worth a damn.