Does Google Rank Using Social Media?

When working with a new customer on their website sometimes they ask why their traffic isn’t all that great. My reply is, “Are you social linking?” So what is a social linking? Social links are normal Facebook Shares, Twitter Tweets, and Google+ shares that create a connection between a social media user’s follower and your content. It’s drawing an audience from your social media status updates to your website via a link directly to your blog. I’m sure your next question is, “Does Google rank using social media?” The answer is an emphatic ‘Yes!’.

WordPress is cool in the way that when you post to your blog there are plugins that create excerpts of your article and auto-magically creates a “read more” link. This link takes them to your blog post of course. It’s pretty amazing to say the least. All of this happens without you having to think about it. Pretty sweet.

I ran across this video last night and thought I would share what Google has to say about it. What better way to determine if Google actually takes into account social links to help get you to the top of the searches? In this video, you will see Matt Cutts with Google answering the question we are asking in this very post. Let me know what you guys think about this in the comments below or on our social connections.

I know this information isn’t breaking since this was posted a few years ago, but I get asked this so often that I thought it would help to confirm here on my blog.

22 Comments
  • colingrillo

    I really need help with increasing my page rank on google. What are the best ways to increase my google ranking? I’m also looking for ways to increase my link popurality. Any ideas??

    June 5, 2013 Reply
  • Taylor2k

    I am in the process of creating a website? how do I create traffic? I heard someone say of meta or beta tags?

    June 22, 2013 Reply
  • Dana G

    Does anyone know of a really easy and quick way to get traffic to a website? My site is 4 months old and is a google one ranking but I need more traffic to help get better ranking.
    Any advice would be great

    June 28, 2013 Reply
  • Harry

    I have a limited marketing budget so I really only want to do one or the other. I’ve heard that social media is a passive marketing medium and SEO is an active marketing medium. Although, I’ve heard it’s hard to control the search results on Google.

    July 9, 2013 Reply
  • Tyler H

    Looking to use SEO (Search engine optimization) for my new website.

    I was just wondering if anyone had any answers to the question above?

    July 9, 2013 Reply
  • Mark

    I’m getting about 1,000 per day, with approx. 300 unique, and 700 return visitors. How do I get that number up to 2000 per day?

    July 9, 2013 Reply
  • Praveen

    We are in the pre-launch phase for a professional business organization targeting the technology driven small business. Members will use a subscription based website to collaborate and educate themselves in a variety of tech based subjects. Real world training conferences will enhance the reasonably priced membership. We need to tie down a solid approach to recruiting a membership base as quickly as possible. Is an online campaign more effective? Real world? A combination? How would you leverage either to get the most bang for your buck?

    July 9, 2013 Reply
  • Kobe

    My job is to advertise my company’s website over the internet.

    I use social newtworking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and I submit to directories/search engines and post Adverts, use Skype and start threads in forums.

    What else could I do or use to advertise it?

    Thanks in advance.

    July 9, 2013 Reply
  • David

    I recently started a blog of my own. I am a big fan of movies so I chose to make the blog about my opinion on films. Maybe down the road I will add in more things such as music or tv shows. Any tips that can help me out?
    Thanks !

    July 9, 2013 Reply
  • JOHN KAISER PHD

    I like to know what are the effective marketing strategies that can be use in promoting a websites without expending to much money.

    July 24, 2013 Reply
  • ericmreitz

    I have just launched a website (www.cleopatraswardrobe.co.uk) and I now need to increase the page ranking and public profile.
    I have been advised against using a link exchange.
    Can someone advise me as to how I should approach other sites to ask for a link?

    July 24, 2013 Reply
  • Harry

    I need help with this because i do not understand it
    and also i need some good links

    July 24, 2013 Reply
  • ScRSC

    An ongoing challenge for new websites is to get traffic … if nobody sees the site, it can’t be effective in getting its message accross. Aside from submitting to search engines, what do you do to get traffic … quickly .. to your site?

    August 3, 2013 Reply
  • Armas

    I know that the number impound to a site are very important when it comes to seo, but I find sites that are called directories and they let you add a link, but I can’t tell if they’re legit or just linkfarms. I’ve heard that linkfarms actually make your rank worse. I’m trying to rank higher than a specific competing site but I’m not sure how. Please help. Thanks.

    August 14, 2013 Reply
  • Bryan J

    I made a website a few months ago and has the qtality content but it has no any google page rank and traffic. I am using all the google services like webmasters,adsense.buss. Center,gmail and so more..
    How to solve this problem? Please tell me.

    August 20, 2013 Reply
  • Kristian

    I’ve just launched a fashion website where visitors can buy clothes and view styles and trends, and my own personal fashion tumblr all in one place. I’ve been posting the link for my site on my twitter and my tumblr, yet I’m still only getting around 20-30 visitors a day. I know it will take time, but how can i get new visitors?

    August 22, 2013 Reply
  • Jairo

    Hello Friends ,please tell me How get the more traffic on the website . I have best Keyword ranking but not get the visitor on the website.

    August 24, 2013 Reply
  • rndmaktn

    Is there anyway to see if a website is about to get a Google pagerank or when its about to change pagerank?

    Is there any way to calculate this?

    I have a site that I have been working hard getting quality backlinks for but it is still 0/10 so I want to know how close I am.

    Thanks

    August 25, 2013 Reply
  • Clayton Cottrell

    I don’t have a lot of free time to write articles.or a lot of money to spend on advertising.

    August 25, 2013 Reply
  • Joey 01

    I just created a website. I am just wondering what are some really effective ways to increase traffic to it?

    August 30, 2013 Reply

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