Get SEO Value From Your Facebook Page

With over 500 million people using Facebook it has become a valuable resource for finding, informing, and keeping clients for your business. It also has the potential to enhance your search engine optimization (SEO) strategy for your main web page if used correctly. However, most businesses seem to be missing the mark as far as getting optimum usage and visibility from the most heavily used social media site in history.

Many businesses today are actively promoting their business on a personal Facebook page. Perhaps they aren’t even aware that there is a difference between a Facebook Business page and a personal page. Facebook’s rules (TOS or terms of service) clearly prohibit the use of a personal page to advertise or promote a business. One needs to have a personal page 1st in order to set up a business page, there are many forums and tutorials that can instruct you as to how this is done. Once you have set up your business page it becomes a great place to showcase your company blog, advertise specials, sales, or discounts, and let the general public know who you are and what your company is about. Most importantly, a personal Facebook page is not visible to Google, but, a Business Facebook page gets crawled by Google’s crawler and can help promote your website in Google rankings.

Once your business page is set up you will want to get people to join or “like” your page. When you reach 25 fans on your page you can change the url of your fan page to a name of your choosing (usually your business name or at least a relevant keyword), which will help Google’s spider to determine whose page it is, and what the page is about more effectively. Getting fans to “like” your page is a good thing, but, to maximize the benefit you get from your page you must go a step further. Facebook has a built in spam filter, if the only thing it sees is your page broadcasting information the filter will prevent what you post from being seen on the news feed. The filter (algorithm) is incapable of actually reading the content on your page and determining how worthwhile it is, instead it recognizes keywords, traffic, and interaction. If the people who “like” your page visit often, comment, share your content, and participate on your page the algorithm interprets this as a sign that your page is relevant, informative, and worth sharing on the news feed. This means that not only will your friends see what you post, but, so will their friends as well!

All Outgoing (Broadcast) With ZERO Incoming (Receiving)= Facebook Considers Your Business Page to Be Spam!

If no one is leaving a comment or asking a question the algorithm will NOT LET YOUR MESSAGES Go Out to your friends or fans News Feed!!!

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Contact Rick Thomas
Social Media Marketing|SEO Consultant
239 896-7020

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Social Media Enthusiasts Mingle And Network At SW Florida Facebook Happy Hour

A diverse array of business men and women, social media and SEO consultants, real estate professionals, political candidates, retail store owners, service industry pros and social media fans from all walks of life gathered at Shula’s Steakhouse at The Hilton in Naples (SWFL) for an evening of networking and establishing personal connections with others interested in Facebook and similar online social sites. Organized by Jody Pugh, this was the 2nd overwhelmingly successful meeting of the SW FL Facebook Friends Social Happy Hour. Shula’s Steakhouse provided appetizers and 2 for 1 drink specials to the crowd of well over 100 attendees. Shula’s, along with a number of other Ft Myers and Naples Businesses, donated a total of over 50 door prizes which were given away over the course of the evening.

Social Media Gathering In Naples Florida

The group meets every 4th Friday, and rotates the location to different locations around SW Florida to give anyone interested is social media an opportunity to attend a get together in their own neighborhood. The next event is scheduled for “Anthony’s On The Boulevard” in Cape Coral on August 27, 2010. If the 1st two meetings are any indication this promises to be yet another fun night with great people! Hope to see you there!