Since the idea of Google Hummingbird has been introduced, there was no doubt that it would profoundly change organic SEO and search results. Another important aspect to explore is how this algorithm change has affected social media by better analyzing and processing social signals.
As we all know, social media (namely Google+ shares) do not have a direct impact on ranking. But there has been hints that Google is slowly working on a way to better count these social signals as a part of their ranking algorithm. The most difficult aspect of this is that although social votes count as a trust signal, social profiles are hard to index because of their non-static nature.
Google is not heavily pushing the use of Google+ for no reason! According to many experts, being active and relevant on Google+ will be a crucial role in social media, if not already. Regardless of what Google decides to do with these social signals, your participation on Google+ (and other top social networks) can only work to your advantage in building a trustworthy reputation and gaining name/brand recognition.
In a way, Google Hummingbird can be seen as a response to Apple’s Siri. Not only are conversational queries targeted, but content written in that manner has been rewarded. Google has also been experimenting with displaying results based on a user’s location, which will play a strong role on smart phones. Check out our related post: Google Rolls Out Carousel for Local Search Results.
At the end of the day, everything from content creation to what users find will end up being connected and shared through social media. Whether it’s Google Authorship on your website or query friendly posts on your blog, social sharing is the middle man that makes all the difference. This is, and will continue to be, an important method of how your relevant content will be crawled and found.
Social media is important because it introduces the factors of freshness, authority, relevance and interest, all rolled into one With keeping that in mind, it’s no wonder that such emphasis will be placed on social media as Google Hummingbird continues to impact search results.
So, before you dismiss social media as NOT being related to organic optimization (especially for Google Hummingbird), you should be reminding yourself of how important it is!
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