How You Can Use Social Media to Move Up in the Search Engines

In this article, we will be tackling our titular question. Before we do so, you must first get an idea that social media will directly influence your search listings out of your head, because it will not, though there are ways that it can be used to benefit your search listings indirectly. Your rankings can be improved by posting unique content on social media and distributing it evenly which will, in turn, give way to organic traffic, brand reputation and recognition, overall visibility, and search engine optimization local to you.

Your social media will not have a massive impact on your search rankings, though the more your content is shared and posted, you will generate what is known among SEO wizards as a social signal, and over time, these signals can massively influence search listings.

Without further ado, here is how you can use social media to move up in the search engines, one listing at a time.

Rankings on Social Media and Mentions

Social media is a very important part of search engine optimization, even if it is not directly influential on search rankings. The factors that are most significant to search engine optimization are found on social media. Social media can create a buzz of organic traffic which can spill over into your blog, content, or website.

When you create content on social media, you can connect directly with your key demographic. When you do manage to forge a connection with your audience, they will, we hope, begin to share your content, which will make them advocates (something we will come to later). As you provide more and more content, they begin to share it, creating a cycle of sharing. You create, they share, then who they share with shares also, and so on.

Advocacy on Social Media

An advocate, as we all know, is someone who speaks on another’s behalf. When used in the context of SEO marketing, an advocate is a person who shares your content with their friends. Advocates are used to creating a cycle, as mentioned previously, of content sharing. If you want to create more advocates for your content, then you should post content of higher quality than your market rivals. You may want to post infographics, create podcasts, stream videos, and blog.

Social Media Content

Once you have created engaging social media content, you can begin to factor SEO into the equation. As you share posts, your advocates share them. This continuous cycle of content sharing increases your social media visibility and will undoubtedly improve traffic to the link that you have got in your bio, or the link that you are sharing, which will create backlinks and organic traffic. All this traffic and activity will create social signals, which will tell Google, who will rank you higher on the search listings.

How to Create Engaging Content

If you want to improve your signals for the search listings, then you need to ensure that the content that you do provide is in-depth information – high-quality information always ranks higher on social media than poorly written drivel. You will also want to post engaging and interactive content that people will want to share. You can improve your brand’s reputation through social media, and you should encourage sharing your social media off of Google, for this will help you with indexation.

Search Engine Indexing

Social media will not directly contribute to your rankings on Google, that much we have explained already, but it is important to clarify this in case you are under the illusion that you will have success with direct search ranking through social media. Unfortunately, you won’t.  However, with meticulous and professional social media management, you will be able to indirectly influence your rankings. The relationship between rankings and social media is very close.

What Is the Relationship?

As you begin to post more engaging content and your content is shared, you will create, as we have already said, social media signals. These signals directly influence your place on the search listings, whether it be through backlinks or organic traffic. The signals often do feed into organic traffic – the people sharing your link are likely to click it, so while social media itself does nothing, the people sharing the link on social media all click the link, thus creating a surge in traffic to your website that is entirely organic, which Google likes, and because of this, Google will rank you higher.

Social media is a very powerful tool, albeit indirectly, for search rankings. This article, we hope, will have explained why that is to you. Thank you for reading and please come back and join us again soon!

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