There is a lot of confusion and debate about how social media and SEO impact one another. Does having a large following on social media help your website? Does using social media help get you to page one of search engine results? The constantly changing rules of the digital world means there’s no simple answers to these questions.
In theory, using social media to share links to your website’s content should positively impact your website ranking by creating links to your website that appear on another site - also known as backlinks. Many interactive gurus also believe that the higher your social signals are, such as number of followers and a high level of interaction, search engines will rank content from your website higher. But the impact of these social signals is one of the biggest misconceptions about the relationship social media has with SEO.
It is too easy to just post links on social media sites and the search engines know this which is why they do not give much weight to these links. So if search engines don’t consider these legitimate backlinks, what is the point of including them? There are three main ways sharing your content on social media can help.
The Effects of Social Media on SEO
SEO’s Effect on Social Media
This all explains how social media can help your SEO but how does it work in the opposite way? We know that SEO is important for search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo but did you know that each social media platform is a search engine as well? People are now using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest to find the content they are interested in. These search engines pull keywords from the About sections of your profiles, your posts, and your images. This means when you are optimizing your website, you need to also optimize your social media accounts and posts.
Search engines may not place weight on the links placed in your social media posts, but they do look at the keywords used throughout the profile. This means that if someone is searching for your business on Google, it is likely that your social media profiles will show up in the results along with your website. This obviously doesn’t help your website ranking itself but it gives your business more real estate in the search results.
When it’s all said and done, having social media profiles won’t automatically increase your website’s ranking. But, building out your profiles with SEO in mind and creating a consistent and well thought out posting plan will certainly aide in helping your website over time.