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How to Optimize for Social SEO

How to Optimize for Social SEO

Optimizing your website for search engines is no longer a question of filling it full of keywords and exact-match anchor text while madly blog-commenting in other people’s blogs to create relevant back-links.  In fact, following this formula will almost certainly leave you down in the rankings under Google’s Panda and Penguin algorithmic changes – and more are coming.

But you shouldn’t just pay attention to Google:  SEO nowadays involves maintaining an active social media presence and profiles.  Hence the term “Social SEO”.  Social media actions can actually improve your Google rank, if done right.  And you need to pay attention to what people see… and what’s behind the scenes.

Here are ten highly relevant Social SEO practices for today…

1.  Remove or Revamp Your Traditional Meta-tags

Google’s Penguin algorithm filter tends to take meta-keywords and other traditional tags as keyword-stuffing.  It won’t help your site ranking – and it could hurt.

If you use the Thesis theme, check out instructions at Binary Turf on removing the meta description tag correctly.

how to remove meta description

According to SearchEngineWatch, Penguin isn’t actually an algorithm, but a “link quality filter” that “is designed to take out sites that use manipulative techniques to improve search visibility”.

Bottom line: If you have too many repetitions in meta data, your site may be penalized.

2.  Adjust and Correct Your Anchor Text

If your anchor text is an exact match to your keywords and doesn’t make descriptive, readable sense, scrap it and give your anchor text more clickably-appealing, descriptive words.  (That goes for the Alt Tag text for your graphics, too.)

You need to do this because Google’s Penguin filter now targets and de-ranks exact-match domains (e.g. “highproteinfoodsfatlowcarb.com”), after Google clued on to the fact that names like these were evidence of attempts to manipulate.  Anchor text has been affected too.

The less spammy you can make your anchor text and Alt tags, the better.

twin babies

For example if you were displaying the above photo on your blog, you might want to change:

<a href=”page.html”><img src=”graphics/twinmatchinggirlgreen.jpg” alt=”twin matching girl green“/></a>

…to something more descriptive and real, such as:

<a href=”page.html”><img src=”graphics/twins.jpg” alt=”twins in green”/></a>

Again, if you’re trying to manipulate rather than describe when using keywords in anchor text, domain names or Alt tags, Google will penalize you.

3. Familiarize Yourself with Graph Search

Facebook graph search

The old way of searching involved keywords.  Facebook’s new Graph Search combines keywords plus your Friends’ Facebook content.

This way, you can find out what connections you share with them, causes you both support, Pages you “Like”, places you’ve both been connected with, common interests and just about every type of connection you can think of.

 (Graph search results did dip recently, but Facebook assures the “dip” has been corrected.)

4.  Optimize Your Facebook Page “About” Section

This is the one part of your Facebook Page where you can put your best keywords, descriptions and anchor text.  Make the most of it, as artist Steph Dix has done here.

FB about page

She has included in her description:

  • Specific keywords (pencil portraits, free shipping worldwide, guarantee, website)
  • A link to her website
  • Email contact details

In addition, her text is not too long – it doesn’t run off the page, with vital sentences hidden. It’s clear and well-optimized.

5.  Use Facebook Social Plugins

Once you click on artist, Steph Dix’s link, you are taken to her website http://www.stephdix.co.uk/… where those who have “Liked” her page immediately see a widget from the Facebook social plugins, containing their own Profile photo plus a selection of other fan photos.

FB social plugins

Anyone who clicks on hypertext within the widget will be taken to her Facebook Page – and that is a high-quality backlink, as far as Google is concerned.  She is leveraging the power of Facebook very efficiently.

6.  Make the Most of Google+

SEO author Simon Penson predicted recently  that Google+ will play a much more prominent role in validating social links over the coming months, so if you haven’t created a profile there yet, do so.

And if you have signed up, but visit Google+ only sporadically or not at all, start exploring Google+ and spending time interacting and exploring its SEO-powerful platforms, apps and features daily.

One of its most powerful features to explore:  Google+ Hangouts.  If you live-stream them, they will be automatically recorded and posted to your YouTube channel, which is now also automatically linked with Google+.

Google+ hangout

If you haven’t yet bothered with Google Hangouts, learn more about them right now.

7.  Make Sure Your Titles Match Your Content

Again, it’s all about not being carried away, trying to include keywords.  Titles that don’t feel natural and don’t match the post they headline not only will displease Google, but will not get shared via social sites (as well as losing trust).

Here’s an example of a simple but effective title followed by relevant content from Copyblogger.

Write magnetic headlines

Your best bet is always to make sure your blog post or web page title are:

  • Attention-grabbing
  • Easy to read
  • Descriptive
  • Clean

A truly interesting and intriguing title is your best route to making sure your posts and pages are found and shared.

8.  Make it Easy for Visitors and Readers to Share

Make sure you’ve included social media plugins, widgets, share and follow badges, buttons and icons to help people share your content with one click.

Place them above the fold on all your web pages in the upper right-hand side of your page.

social share buttons

For extra effectiveness, include calls to action in or with your social media buttons, such as Daylan Pearce does in the right hand side of his blog, above.

9.  Clean Up Your Guest Blogging Practices

Last year saw Google over-zealously penalize exact-match domains and anchor text, akin to thousands of healthy trees in a forest being chopped down to make sure a dead one in their midst is culled.

Now, just as their Search Evaluation team is reassuring us that they’ve learned from this and will be toning down the axe use, it looks as if Google has a new target:  Guest blogging.

A recent YouTube video from Google’s Matt Cutts warns of what to expect – and what you can do to comply with new guest blogging rules.

on guest posts

To sum up what seems to be in the wind…

  • Make sure guest post writing – to and fro –  is of the highest quality
  • Use guest bloggers who either are terrific, professional-level writers or who have a well-established and validated reputation in your niche
  • Write or accept longer posts – Google now frowns on short guest posts under 400 words, seeing them as excuses to link
  • Don’t accept guest posts that are published elsewhere.  When someone wants to write for you, make sure you ask that the content be original and exclusive to your blog
  • Posts from and to other blogs should be relevant to the blog’s overall mission.  Posts should be eloquent and well-thought-out
  • Make sure your guest posts are from writers who run high-quality blogs.  You may be penalized for spammy back-links in your guest poster’s blog, so check that blog out first, if you’re not familiar with your guest.  (Hint:  See how well she or he ranks in a Google search.)

And from Jeff Foster of WebBizIdeas (in an actual guest post in Problogger, February 2013):

  • Stop using terms like “guest posts” and “guest bloggers” (if you have to spell it out for readers, he suggests calling the writer a “guest author”)
  • Don’t let your guest author put “unnatural links” in their post or author bios
  • A simple link to their website is okay

One last thing to do:  Create a rel=author tag for yourself, allowing Google to validate your own blog (and use guest posters who are also validated this way).

10. Optimize Your Social Media Profiles (and Claim your Pages)

It’s not enough simply to use social media in 2013:  You also need to make sure you optimize your social profiles to the max.  Fill out all Profile sections across all social networks as fully as possible.

Think of doing this as an investment.

For example, if your local business appears in a Google Plus Local search for your city, make sure you claim it and add your photos, your logo, your description and your contact information, the way you want it.

Make sure no sections are left blank.

Google+ Local

Social profiles with missing elements are not ranked as highly as those with complete profiles and validating elements such as business logos and clear descriptions.

It is as important to optimize what people see as much as it is to optimize HTML and meta-tags, just as it is as important to optimize for your social networks as it is to optimize for Google searches.

Creating a well-balanced, SEO optimized web presence for both the search engines and social sites – but most of all for the benefit of your ideal viewer – will have a visibility effect worth more than the sum of its parts.

AD Publishing Schedules Webinar on How to Sell Online Marketing Services to B2B Companies

AD Publishing presents the “Selling Online Marketing Services to B2B Companies” webinar. In this webinar, the founders of AD Publishing will cover proven methods to acquire B2B clients who need Internet marketing services.

San Francisco, CA, USA – April 2nd, 2013 /Press Release Distribution/ – AD Publishing, a digital marketing agency, will hold a webinar that will address the topic of how to provide online marketing services to B2B companies. Few B2B companies today have the time, in-house staff, or deep knowledge to market their products or services consistently on the Internet. Instead, they look to digital marketing agencies or companies to handle the task of generating leads online. These B2B companies realize, after observing their B2C counterparts, that investing in Internet marketing will make them more competitive and reduce their cost per lead.

The “Selling Online Marketing Services to B2B Companies” webinar is designed for Internet marketers who wish to grow their offline marketing business from local marketing to the higher value business of providing consulting to B2B companies.

Business-to-business (B2B) companies look to the marketing department to generate and nurture leads that will eventually be handed over to the sales group to close and generate revenue on a consistent repeatable basis. But the buying behavior in this space has changed along with the lead generation strategies, rendering the advice of the traditional marketing department obsolete. Thus, digital marketers need to implement Internet marketing strategies that are dynamic and will ensure continuous and consistent lead generation with acceptable return on investment (ROI).

Alex Tran, co-founder of AD Publishing, has this to say about the growing demand for Internet marketers in the B2B space: “Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) are under increasing pressure to deliver more leads that will convert into paying customers for their businesses, with a good ROI. They understand that they need to leverage Internet marketing strategies, analytics, and automation. This fact presents a real and rapidly growing demand for Internet marketing consulting.”

The webinar will help Internet marketing consultants see the growing demand for online lead generation and proper positioning so that B2B companies will avail their services: product packages that provide the best value for B2B companies, closing the deal and delivering the promised solution. The webinar will also cover strategies on how to leverage the virtual office and cloud technology to develop a global business.

The webinar is scheduled for April 16, 2013. Interested participants are able to register at http://adpublishing.org/webinar.

About AD Publishing:
ADPublishing.org LLC is a US-based business consultancy that specializes in marketing execution and developing distribution channels in Asia for both start up and established companies. Because of their enterprise and start up experience (HP, Oracle, CA and $100M+ venture funded tech company), organizations engage AD Publishing’s services for sales and business development; public relations management; branding and direct marketing; product launches; staff augmentation; call center support; web and mobile technologies; social media and mobile marketing; and e-Learning. These global clients include business-to-business and business-to-consumer enterprises in the health, high tech, bio/green tech, sports and entertainment, retail and non-profits niche.

For more information about us, please visit http://adpublishing.org/

Contact Info:
Name: Alex Tran
Email: alex@adpublishing.org
Phone: 1-877-886-8766
Organization: ADPublishing.org, LLC

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AD Publishing Releases The Virtual Office Guide on Amazon Kindle

AD Publishing announces the release of an Amazon Kindle Book that provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with critical tools and solutions to make the “virtual office” a success. The book will be available on Amazon Kindle on April 16.

San Francisco, CA, USA – March 30th, 2013 /Press Release Distribution/

AD Publishing LLC, a business consultancy based in California, announced the release of their book “The Virtual Office — Success Tools for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses” on Amazon Kindle.

For entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to take advantage of cloud technology, “The Virtual Office — Success Tools for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses” offers solutions from start ups and Fortune 500 companies who have made use of these technologies.

The Virtual Office — Success Tools for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses” offers strategies to maximize running a business using cloud technology. It is expected to rouse the interest of small business owners, start-ups, sole practitioners and even non-profits who want to leverage technology to bring down the fixed costs of running an enterprise.

Many small and medium-sized businesses look to cloud technology as the most practical solution to running operations. They are built on a virtual office, without having to spend so much capital on infrastructure. The Amazon Kindle book provides a blueprint for upcoming as well as existing businesses that are considering this option. It may well be considered by many as the textbook on cloud technology and virtual offices.

“We experienced firsthand how using cloud-based technologies saved us on monthly fixed costs like rent, phones, and receptionists while allowing us to market to and serve global clients,” said David Chan, co-author of the book and one of the co-founders of AD Publishing. “With a virtual office, businesses can maximize cash-flow by reducing fixed costs. We hope to help entrepreneurs start using virtual office tools right away with the information contained in this Amazon Kindle book.”

David Chan, together with co-authors Alex Tran and Bill Denyer, run AD Publishing from California with the help of a team of professionals spread across countries as far away as the Philippines, Panama, Canada and India. The Amazon Kindle book contains their experiences and shares their tips and tools as well as explains possible pitfalls in running a virtual office.

AD Publishing’s successful venture into the virtual office is captured in an article published on Gigaom.com.

“Not long after starting an online marketing and PR company with his partner, California-based David Chan realized that his growing business demanded more manpower and set about engaging a team of remote workers. Now, five years later, AD Publishing has experimented with workers in several Asian countries and across the U.S., hitting a few road bumps and refining their web work processes along the way,” read the article.

The Virtual Office—Success Tools for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses” will be available on Amazon Kindle starting April 16, 2013.

About AD Publishing LLC:
ADPublishing.org LLC is a US-based business consultancy that specializes in marketing execution and developing distribution channels in Asia for both start up and established companies. Because of their enterprise and start up experience (HP, Oracle, CA and $100M+ venture funded tech company), organizations engage AD Publishing’s services for sales and business development; public relations management; branding and direct marketing; product launches; staff augmentation; call center support; web and mobile technologies; social media and mobile marketing; and e-Learning. These global clients include business-to-business and business-to-consumer enterprises in the health, high tech, bio/green tech, sports and entertainment, retail and non-profits niche.

Visit http://adpublishing.org/virtualoffice for more information.

Contact Info
Name: David Chan
Organization: ADPublishing.org, LLC
Phone: 877-886-8766
Email: david@adpublishing.org
Address: 4847 Hopyard Road, Ste. #4-159, Pleasanton, CA 94588

Source: http://marketersmedia.com/ad-publishing-releases-the-virtual-office-guide-on-amazon-kindle/7984