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Building Authority Through Social Media: What is It All About?

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Building Authority Through Social Media: What is It All About?


Many people who have been following online marketing news for the past few weeks know that Google has stated that social linking will have an effect on how a page ranks in search results. This has of course, generated a lot of interest in the topic of social linking. Those who use social media already are wondering what they could do to integrate their SEO efforts together with social media. Those who don’t are now rushing to create accounts on Google +, Twitter and Facebook for their businesses and websites.

 

Search engines using the social media standing of a website as one of the factors in determining its page rank shouldn’t surprise anyone. Whether you like it or not, social networking sites have become a powerful tool where users share information with each other and this includes the websites that they’ve visited. It’s only normal that search engines look at how popular a site is getting on a social network.

 

Another word that is often used in online marketing circles is “authority”. Being an authority online means being a excellent source of information on a certain niche. An authority site is one that receives a lot of traffic and has shown that it can give users what they want on a consistent basis. This is different from a website that goes viral and gets a few hundred thousand visitors who go to it and look at a funny picture or video and then progressively disappear as the popularity fades away.

 

But how do you combine social media with your overall online marketing strategy and use it to truly become an authority in your niche? If you heard some self proclaimed gurus claim that they have a strategy to become an authority quickly and easily, then you should know they’re not telling the whole truth about the matter. Building an authority site is difficult and involves a lot of work. It also involves a lot of time. Remember, a site can’t be considered to be authoritative in its niche just because it receives a sudden spike in traffic over a few days. This popularity among visitors needs to be consistent. So you should opt for gradual growth.

 

What you want is for your content to be widely shared on social media by the user’s own actions. People have to come to your site, see some of the content and then decide to share it with others, giving an indication that they’ve found it interesting. Self-promotion efforts, such as linking to a blog post that you’ve made on your Facebook fan page, will not lead to your site being authoritative in itself. You can spend all day publishing news stories on your feed and providing links to every page on your site, but if nobody shares it, you’re really out of luck.

 

There’s a whole lot more to it and there are differences between the various social networks. Later, we will take a look at how you can leverage Facebook and Twitter to get your site the respect that it can have in the online world.

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Learn From The Competition

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Learn From The Competition


When running an online business, there are a lot of great resources you can look to for inspiration about improvements you can make to your site. The biggest source of inspiration is often overlooked.  You can actually learn a lot about how to improve your site by looking at what your competitors are doing.

Start by making a list of five to ten competitors in your niche that you feel are doing things the right way. Try to pick sites with better Alexa ranks and Google page ranks than your own. Then sit down and take a good long look at each site. Read some of their articles, browse through their archives, check out their store if they have one, and take notes on the experience. Be sure to jot down both your likes, and dislikes about their sites. Then, take some time, and think about how each like or dislike can be applied to your site. If, for example, you really like the image gallery set up they have, see if you can find a similar script to implement on your site. If they’re implementing an interesting feature that you don’t have in place, think about putting that feature on your site. The ultimate goal here is to make your site stronger by implementing strengths found on other sites. If a particular feature you find on another site won’t work on yours, don’t force it. It’s better to skip a feature rather than to try to implement it poorly, and hurt your site’s usability.

This practice doesn’t just apply to your website either. If your competitors have email lists, sign up for them. See what they’re doing with their list that you aren’t doing. Find out what sort of information they’re sharing with their subscribers, and see if you can find any useful ideas to help you adjust your own strategy.

If they have a membership site, consider signing up for their free trial, if they offer one. That way you can get a look at exactly what they’re charging for, and how it stacks up against your offerings.

There’s no shame in learning what you can from your competition. If they’re implementing interesting features, your users will expect your site to start implementing those features. By paying attention to the competition, you can get a feel for how things are changing in your niche, and what you need to be doing to keep up.

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