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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SEO Mistakes Can Cause Your Website To Drop In Google Rankings

People are awakening to the fact the search engine optimization (SEO) can rather quickly raise their websites from obscurity to being prominently displayed at the top of Google’s search engine results pages. Done correctly SEO can have a significant impact on who dominates certain industries in a particular geographical area. It is equally important to keep in mind that SEO done incorrectly can have a negative impact on where a company falls in the local search results as well. Many think that Google or other major search engines will devalue or lower a site only for unethical (black hat) practices, however, often times websites can experience a drop in their rankings simply due to minor errors, omissions, needless redundancy, or failure to “cross all the T’s and dot all the I’s”.

Common Mistakes

  • External links to low quality/spam sites
  • Similar or duplicate content to existing content already in the index (plagiarism)
  • Server is often inaccessible to bots
  • Duplicate title/meta tags on multiple pages
  • Keyword stuffing
  • Spamming
  • content quality and relevance

Any of the above mistakes can have a negative impact on your websites visibility ranging from a drop in page rank, a drop in search engine rankings, a Google sandbox penalty, or in the worst case scenario a temporary or permanent de-indexing by Google.  The implementation of an effective SEO strategy requires a thorough working knowledge of where the lines are drawn, and the skill and foresight to aggressively promote your website without crossing them.

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