When it comes to search engine optimization and its associated strategies, your main website is not the only tool at your disposal. SEO consultants and experts out there know that social media pages can have a positive and substantial impact on search engine rankings.
From Facebook to Twitter to Google+, social media marketing is invaluable to business owners, Facebook in particular. And no matter what type of business or industry you’re in, every business should have a Facebook Business Page and more significantly, it should be optimized for SEO.
Optimize Your Facebook Business Page With Keywords
To optimize your Facebook business page, ensure that you use keywords in your page title and business name. These are indexed by Google, among other things, and can push your Facebook page to the top of rankings.
Of course, this doesn’t mean changing your business name or inserting keywords into it that might be seen as spam, but your business name overall means a better chance of being found by search engines and users. Using keywords in your ‘About’ section and the ‘Info’ section is also useful to position your keywords at the top of your Facebook page.
Customize Your Business Page URL
Facebook also recently added a new feature, allowing users to customize their ‘vanity’ URLs to include their business name. This makes you easily findable to users and also reinforces the strength of your business name.
Boost Traffic With Your Facebook Page
Facebook Business Pages are also notorious for driving large volumes of web traffic back to your main website – which can also increase your search engine rankings. Perhaps more importantly, however, the traffic being directed to your website from your Facebook page is also quality traffic. It consists of users that are directly interested in your business, your products and your services. With this, your conversion rates are also likely to increase and naturally, this means more sales and potentially higher rankings as well.
Create Links To Your Facebook Business
When Google and Bing both announced that Facebook and Twitter both influence SEO, it sent positive waves through the SEO community. Many SEO consultants now recommend creating links from your Facebook page to your website and to other relevant sites as well.
Similarly, the more ‘fans’ you get on your page, the more links you’ll also have from other user pages to your Facebook page, too. Using the ‘Find us on Facebook’ link is also a powerful way of creating backlinks to your page – attach this button to all content that you promote, both on your website and elsewhere on the web.
Using the ‘Like’ Button
Using the Facebook ‘like’ button to enhance your business and promote traffic and awareness is also becoming an ever popular practice these days. ‘Like’ buttons are utilized to gain traction and showcase popularity for your business.
Now, they’re also being used to give away discounts, coupons and freebies and businesses are prompting users to ‘like’ a page on Facebook in order to receive these deals.
Create Engaging Business Pages & Content
While there might be a limit to how much text and content you can please in various areas of your Facebook Business Page, it doesn’t mean that your content has to be low quality. Creating a strong relevant landing page – and keeping this up to date – for your users gives them a better ‘Facebook’ experience. Of course, more content and happier users = better rankings as well. You can create unique landing pages using Facebook’s own HTML code (known as ‘FBML’) and with this, you can produce pages that feature boxes with more engaging content and links.
Of course, as easy as this all sounds, it’s not as easily do-able or maintainable unless you have a dedicated SEO consultant or web team working for you.
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