In my last blog post  I talked about “Social Media Backlinks”  and how important the “Social Vote” can

Social Media Backlinking

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be for your website.

I explained how Google  changed it’s algorithms and now we have a new set of rules for gaining backlinks.

The major search engines have put their seal of approval on social media  backlinking.

The problem is how do you promote your content to  get enough backlinks thus benefitting from social media backlinking?

A good place to start is  understanding  the “Social Vote” and then implementing a strategy for  getting as much of the vote as possible.

Here are a few things to consider for getting your share of the “Social Vote”.

  • Content still rules and can be the driving force for getting your share of the  social vote. 
  • On page optimization is still a good idea and I use SEO Pressor for this. It looks at SEO ranking factors and tells you exactly what your post needs. A little on page SEO goes a long way for optimizing your content.
  • It’s also a good idea to Ping your content as soon as you publish it. Pinging tells Google your content is ready to be crawled and indexed. Otherwise it will take a while before Google sees your page.
  • An important element for social media backlinking is to place social media share buttons conveniently on your site. Make it easy for your readers to give you the vote.
  • Develop a strategy for promoting your content to social media bookmarking sites.

My blog post today will look at a way you can  make your social media backlinking share buttons easy to find and use. I will also list some of the most popular social media sites.

I use  a Word Press plug in called Get Social. Get Social is easy to install and the settings can be adjusted to suite your blog. It’s a floating social media share box that follows along as the reader moves down the page. No more hunting for the share buttons. It follows along as your reader reads your post and is always right there in plain sight.

I made  this  short video to demonstrate the  usability of this plug in.

 Where do you share your content?

Social bookmarking Sites: These are platforms that organize information. They do not store files but simply bookmark the web page or url. From here you can go back at a later time and read the article or you can share it easily with others.
The site users usually can choose specific interests. If your content is good quality and relevant it will be shared  thus rewarding you with backlinks.
Having Social Media share buttons on your blog is one of the keys to getting the Social Vote.

Let’s look at some of the most popular social media backlinking sites. I also included their Alexa traffic rank ( United States).

Facebook  The Social Media Giant is  ranked #2 in the USA and #1 in the world.

Facebook is a dominating force on the internet. Social shares can be a backlinking goldmine since everybody and their bother is constantly using Facebook.

You can also use paid post promotions  for extra umph via your Fan Page. This not only increases your shares but also increases your Edge Rank on Facebook meaning more people will see your content.
Facebook has the most users of any social media sites and it is a good place to start don’t forget to  like, comment and share.

Google+ |  Google is ranked #1 in the USA.

Google + is the social media network owned by Google of course .

Google plus had a birthday May of 2013 it was 2 years old. Since launching in 2011 it has become the second largest social networking site in the world.

Google + surpassed Twitter in January 2013. I will be writing more about Google + in the future.

You Tube is ranked #3

You Tube launched in 2005 and was sold to Google in 2009. It is a video sharing website. You may wonder why I included it here but there is a way to maximize You Tube for content sharing.
How to use it:
You can record a  video  post it on You Tube, then  write content to go with the video. Post the content to your blog and embed the video on your blog. From You Tube link back to your blog and the written content . This will drive traffic from You Tube to your blog.
It is easier to rank your content with a video and Google owns You Tube. There is an advantage sharing your content this way. Google likes blog posts with a You Tube video embedded.

Video is becoming more popular but You Tube is still underutilized. Now is the time to begin learning about social media backlinking using You Tube.

Twitter comes in at #12 rank for traffic.

Twitter is like a microblogging service. The text message can be up to 140 characters and they are known as tweets. It was created in 2006. There are over 500 million users at last count. You can connect and follow people of interest and you can also Re Tweet content you enjoy.Bloggers can use it as a mini-blogging tool.

Twitter was recently beat out by Google + for the #2 Social Network in the world.

Pintrest is ranked at #16

Pintrest is a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. As a user you can browse other pinboards for images, ‘re-pin’ images to their own pinboards, or ‘like’ photos. You can also share your content directly to Pintrest. There is a lot of traffic on Pintrest

StumbleUpon #196

You determine your personal interest and Stumble Upon will feed content into your selected categories. Your content will also fall into other users categories. You can rate ,review and share what you stumble upon. It’s a great way to find cool content and great websites. You can add a Firefox or Google Chrome extension to your toolbar to make bookmarking easier.
Stumble Upon was written up in Forbes  (2011) as a great way to increase traffic to your web site and actually drives more traffic than Facebook even though it has a much smaller user base.

Digg is ranked at #800

All content is submitted by the user community. You simply submit the url for quality content you’d like to share.
Other Digg users can read your content and then digg it if they like it. With enough diggs your content is promoted to the first page where millions of visitors can see it and also give you their social vote.

There are many more social media backlinking sites  (hundreds of sites) such as:

Tumblr
Linkedin
Reddit
Instagram
Delicious
These are all great sites for sharing and getting social votes for your content. There are hundreds of bookmarking and social media sites for sharing your content.
My strategy:

Finding  relevant key words for creating useful content, on page SEO optimization. I also ping my content after publishing. I will share in my next blog post automated social media tools I use to promote my content.

My strategy also includes using Comment Luv for do follow links. I  share to my Facebook Fan Page occasionally I do post promotion  to boost sharing of my content and I participate in a variety of content sharing groups. It’s always a good idea to have a call to action included at the end of your content. A simple CTA is to ask for Like, Comment and Share from your readers.

My social media  favorites are Facebook,  Goolgle +,  Twitter, Pintrest, LinkedIn, Stumble Upon, Digg, .

Over to you. Do you have a social media back linking strategy that you use consistently?

Which social media sharing sites do you post to regularly? What do you feel is the most important thing you do for content promotion?

I’d  hope you enjoyed this blog post and I’d love to hear your feedback on this subject.

Don’t forget to Like, Comment and Share!

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Social Media Backlinks | 4 Keys To Success

                                 googleSocial media backlinks are now more important than ever for the growth of your website/blog.

When I started blogging not long ago I had no clue how to get traffic to my blog, it was a total mystery. I’m still  no expert but I’ve learned a lot recently about the elements needed to have a successful blog.

The #1 problem for websites/blogs is traffic. Unfortunately Google keeps tweaking their search engine algorithms which can affect your traffic . They just rolled out Penguin 2.0 last week.

But first a little history about what has happened in the last 2 years that might be affecting your website/blog and your traffic.

Individual pages on your website/blog get ranked by Google in the search engine from the number of backlinks they receive.  Your main url receives a ranking for the total number of backlinks to your site.

A backlink is like a vote and the more votes your site or pages get the better. More backlinks gives your site authority and shows Google that the content you offer is in demand and relevant to your market.

You’ve no doubt heard of the Panda algorithm. Google implemented Panda in 2011  and it affected 12% to 15% of all websites on the internet. Penguin changes came out last year and  Penguin 2.0    was just launched last week  (May 22, 2013).

Why did  Google take this  action?

It became obvious that some internet marketers took advantage of the system by creating or buying non desirable backlinks for the sole purpose of inflating their rank. Google caught on to this tactic and got fed up with backlink spamming. There were many “Black Hat” marketers using these methods to build quantities of backlinks to inflate their ranking but these backlinks  lacked quality. The website/blog owners were trying to create more traffic to their site.

Google likes quality (relevance) so with the algorithmic changes  they went after the spammy backlinks.

The result was to de-index many website’s backlinks and also in some instances de-index the website itself. Many marketers websites were devastated to say the least. They lost their backlinks and with it the lost their rank and their traffic.

Unfortunately some of the “White Hat” marketers were also caught in the cross fire and they too suffered some loss in backlinks and ranking.

This turn of events has brought us to social media for creating organic backlinks.

Google likes natural organic backlinks.  Enter “The Social Vote.”

Social Media Marketing is where we are today in building our website/blog and online business. To be effective we need to know all we can about how to implement this preferred backlinking strategy.

Social Media Definition:   Here’s a great article on what is Social Media. 

These backlinks are relevant to your site and also your bio because real humans are giving them to you when they come to your blog to read your content. This makes Google very happy! By getting your backlinks in this organic way you do not have to fear Google’s rath by getting  de-indexed.

How do you get “The Social Vote?” Here are 4 Keys to Success

 1.  Know which key words your niche market is looking for. Build your website/blog around those keywords. With Penguin make sure you use different anchor text for your keywords in a blog post.

 2. Write quality content that is relevant (keywords) to your market and readers. Great content still rules!

3. Make it easy for your readers by placing social media buttons in a convenient location. You really want everyone coming to your blog to share your great content.

4.You can also do your part to share your content on the web. Joining groups is one great way to share your content and also posting to your social media sites don’t forget to ask your fans and friends to Like, Comment and Share your blog posts.

What social media sharing sites do you  share on and what is a good way to implement social media management?

I will  be talking more about these top social media sites and social media tools in my next blog post.

I just read a great article by Babanature (thanks Adrienne) where he listed a great many of these social media examples. He also outlined his routine for posting and sharing to these sites. It’s a great read!

There is a site I’d like to share with you. You can go here and see how many backlinks your website/blog has. It will also tell you where these backlinks came from. It has a free version for checking 10 urls a day. It’s called Ahref  click the link.

What are your thoughts on the “Social Vote?” Like it, hate it? It took me a while to understand this subject. We as website owners need to stay aware of things that affect our website such as the newly implemented Penguin 2.0.

Over to you, do you think about SEO and backlinking? Are you doing keyword research to maximize your traffic potential?

What are you doing now for building backlinks to your blog?

 

 

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