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Why Search Needs Social (Wappow)


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Rand Fishkin's presentation from the May 26th Wappow social media meetup. on why search engines need social data and how the two are merging together to create exciting opportunities for marketers.

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Why Search Needs Social (Wappow)

  1. Why Search Needs SocialAnd how marketers can gain a competitive advantage in bothDownload:<br />Rand Fishkin, CEO & Co-founder, SEOmoz<br />May 2011<br />
  2. A Little Google Algo History<br />Maps + Local Results<br />WebSpam Team<br />Caffeine<br />(Freshness + Speed)<br />Sandbox<br />2004<br />2001<br />2007<br />2009-10<br />1998<br />2003<br />2005<br />2009<br />2011<br />Vince (Brands)<br />Panda/Farmer<br />PageRank<br />Nofollow<br />Florida Update<br />Google’s had many other big shifts over the years, but I wanted to call out these specifically. See for more.<br />
  3. What is Google Trying to Do?<br />
  4. Make Better Results<br />I’m actually looking for a good grill for this summer. Google’s not very helpful.<br />Unfortunately, none of these are comprehensive or accurate enough to fulfill what I’m looking for (and many use affiliate links, calling into question their motives.)<br />
  5. Why Social?<br />
  6. These results are quite good; mostly because I’m connected to people who share useful, interesting stuff in this niche. I need to find some grilling experts.<br />Social signals – Facebook Likes, Shares, Comments; Twitter tweets; LinkedIn Status Updates; even references from smaller social platforms (Quora, StumbleUpon, Flickr, Blogs, etc.) can help Google gain more relevancy by showing what users really enjoy and share!<br />
  7. Let’s explore how search and social are merging and talk about some cool tactical wins for marketers, too.<br />
  8. Google’s Accounts Deliver Social Integration<br />You can see and connect your own social accounts to your Google profile via<br />
  9. Now When I Search…<br />Geraldine’s blog is awesome, but it would never rank on page #1 for this query without the power of the social connection.<br />You can see and connect your own social accounts to your Google profile via<br />
  10. Bing Does this Too (at least with Facebook)<br />More info on the Bing/Facebook integration:<br />
  11. Wait… Doesn’t that mean?<br />
  12. Bigger Social Network +<br />More Social Sharing<br />=<br />More Search Traffic & Better Rankings<br />
  13. That’s Not All…<br />
  14. Social Signals are Likely to Be Directly Influential, Too<br />Controlling for links, social metrics are well correlated with higher rankings in Google. This strongly suggests a direct influence. More<br />
  15. Let’s Expand Our Network!<br />
  16. Using the query string parameter for profiles, you can find people to connect with across networks who will then see your shares in Google, e.g.<br />
  17. FollowerWonk makes it easy to find and connect with Twitter users in the same fashion:<br />
  18. Using for tracking can help us see when/where we’re effective with shared content and track clicks that Analytics can’t. BTW – You can use + with or to see other people’s shared links, too, e.g. <br />
  19. Analytics on Socially Shared Links Matters<br />By aggregating your metrics from (and twitter/facebook/etc), you can see patterns that can suggest better ways to share content. More here:<br />
  20. Facebook Offers Direct Insights<br />Speaking of analytics, Facebook’s Insights widget can be installed on your site to see data about your visitors who are logged into FB:<br />
  21. Newer Networks Offer Outsized Returns<br />Namesake is an emerging discussion network that looks very promising:<br />
  22. Newer Networks Offer Outsized Returns<br />Answering a few questions on send us several hundred visits a month already<br />
  23. Tools like and can help you discover great content to share + spread, as well as learn what types of content performs well in your niche.<br />
  24. OKCupid has this awesome drop-over box after you finish reading, encouraging you to share.<br />Ian Lurie’s blog uses a subtle, single message that “likes” his whole site’s profile, so that anything he shares in the future appears in your search results.<br />Check out and to see these in action.<br />
  25. The Possibilities for Social + Search Synergies Have Never Been Better.<br />
  26. Download:<br />Rand Fishkin, CEO & Co-Founder, SEOmoz<br /><ul><li> Twitter: @randfish
  27. Blog:
  28. Email:</li></ul>Try SEOmoz PRO free!<br />