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Google Social Media Marketing: The Power of Plus

Ask any SEO professional what the most exciting current social platform is and you’ll receive only one answer. The relatively new Google social media site, known as Plus, can be a great way to integrate the search engine optimisation and social media marketing that your business is engaged in. There are a few different ways to approach this.

Hang on – what’s the big deal with Plus anyway?

The key reason why Plus is so important is that it belongs to Google. Google has access to all the information stored on Plus – it can see who’s a member, what they’re talking about, which sites they own, whose content they are sharing, and so on. A great deal of this data is helpful for the company’s algorithms when they are trying to calculate search rankings.

The potential to gather this information from other platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter, is comparatively limited. That’s not to say that those sites aren’t important, or that they have no SEO impact. However, it does mean that if you’re focussing solely on the SEO benefits, and have to pick just one social media site, it should be Plus.

Google Plus Optimisation

Authorship

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An example of the way in which authorship is displayed in search results

Authorship is a simple mechanism which is used by Google to, you guessed it, determine the author of a piece of content. The process of enabling authorship consists of two steps – firstly, special code must be added to the content, and then the author must link back to the site from a particular area of the Plus profile.

Giving authorship credit to a content producer could help in either of two ways. Primarily, it lets Google know that a site is being run by real people. It can also help to build your authority as an author. It’s widely believed that Google is going to start calculating search rankings by looking at the author rather than just the content, so this is a great way to get in ahead of the changes.

+1s

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It’s no secret that social media signals are taken into account by search engines. As touched upon above, it’s likely that signals broadcast via Google’s own platform will be heavily weighted. When real Plus users endorse your content, especially if they are authorities in your niche, you can be pretty sure that your rankings will improve. Additionally, it’s worth pointing out that sharing your content via Plus will mean that more people are exposed to it, driving traffic to your site.

So how can you get +1s for your content? Well, you could go to any one of hundreds of cheap overseas providers who offer to deliver dozens or even hundreds of +1s for the princely sum of $5. However, we know that fake +1s can have a negative effect on your rankings, so it’s probably best to steer clear of the quick fix.

The best way to attract +1s is to make sure that all of your content is easily shareable. Google themselves provide all the code necessary to insert +1 buttons into your pages. If you’re running a WordPress site, there are also numerous plugins that you can easily install to help you achieve the same aim.

Leave it to Us

At I Say! Digital, we always take advantage of Plus when planning social media or SEO strategies. It’s one of many tools in our box and we’re constantly updating our practices as the landscape evolves. Contact us if you’re interested in learning how we would approach your online marketing.

Google Zeitgeist 2011 is here

Google have compiled a list of the most searched for topics around the world and across each continent, and have named the list Zeitgeist – a German phrase thesocial media coaching literally translates to “Spirit of the Times”

The list shows that Rebecca Black is at the top of the list for the fastest rising global searcg query. This, for some, is pretty depressing. Apple get on the list 3 times with the iPhone 5, Steve Jobs and the iPad2. what can we learn from Google Zeitgeist 2011 ?? It doesn’t have to be good to get attention – it just has to be something that everyone is talking about.

For the UK, Ed Sheeran, Adele and the Royal Wedding were amongst the popular searches for the year. Before 2011, did anyone search for Ed Sheeran?

Globally Google+ was the second fastest rising search query, which just goes to show that whether we like to admit it or not, the whole world is obsessed with social media. If you havent yet explored Google+ and want to get in the know, contact us about our social media coaching and management services.

Google + Launches brand pages for businesses

Google + brand pagesUntil this week, Google + was restricted to personal use, being a true “social” network allowing users to share content with their friends on a personal level. As of Monday 7th November 2011, business are able to add their own Brand pages on Google + which will allow users to follow updates from the business much like Facebook fan pages.

Mashable experts claim that these pages will be more effective than facebook, because Google has over 60% share of the search market and no doubt will be paying high regard to it’s own social media service. A Google + brand page is another way to complement your business’s social media footprint, and should be utilised where possible.

To find out how I Say! Digital can help with your social media footprint, take a look at our Social Media Management Services.

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