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Optimising Your Site for Social Media

Andrew Tonks

by Andrew Tonks on 12th August 2011

The benefits and opportunities of marketing a site via the numerous social media platforms out there are endless, helping to cost effectively open your site up to an often untapped market. Key to getting your content out there and shared is optimising your site for social media, that is ensuring your site is structured in such a way that you encourage people to share your content amongst their various networks.

In light of this, here are some things you might want to consider when optimising your site for social media.

Social Media Buttons

Allowing your users to bookmark, ‘Share’ or ‘Tweet’ is key to disseminating your content and encouraging visits back to your own site. Adding social media buttons for Facebook and Twitter are advised but be sure not discount the value of social bookmarking sites like Digg, StumbleUpon and Reddit.

When thinking about where to incorporate these buttons, remember their aim is to get people to use them to share your content. In light of this, make sure they are prominently displayed – I recommend displaying them close to the heading of the page, like we do here on our own blog.

I would also recommend placing these social media buttons on your home page. Often your homepage will be the most visited page on the site so putting these buttons in front of as many visits as possible will increase your chances of being ‘Shared’ or ‘Tweeted’.

Logins via Social Networks

The advantage of allowing your users to login via Facebook Connect for example is that any activity they carry out, such as a ‘Like’, will be published back to that users social channel and be shared amongst their networks.

User Generated Content (UGC)

UCG can be a highly cost effective way of sourcing unique engaging content. Adding functionality like allowing users to comment on blog posts or giving people the opportunity of becoming a guest blogger might be ideas one could implement fairly quickly at minimal cost.

Finally I would recommend you look to integrate your site’s blog within your main site to show search engines that the site is filled with new content and updated regularly.

Andrew Tonks

Andrew Tonks

Andrew has worked within online marketing for the last four years with a background in domestic tourism, working with some of the country's most popular tourist attractions and destinations.

2 Comments

  • Ryan Murton 12th August 2011

    That was a straight to point and interesting post – thanks.

    Obviously Social Media is a huge ranking factor at the moment however it is slightly over-hyped. You should elaborate more on the post in how to equip your Twitter / Facebook Account up and how to post correclty to help with SEO plus give ideas on how to create a great call to action on your Homepage to entice users to Follow or Like you.

    Thanks.

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  • Andrew Tonks

    Andrew Tonks 12th August 2011

    Hi Ryan, thanks for your comments – I agree with you in that the effect social media can have on rankings is over hyped, I have actually written a post a few months back exploring this – http://www.koozai.com/blog/search-engine-optimisation-seo/how-can-twitter-help-influence-a-sites-rankings-990/

    Regarding the other points, these would be some great areas to explore during our weekly video blog posts – think I might look into doing a video posting to help with SEO & call to action to entice follower – you can view all our videos at http://www.youtube.com/koozai

    Thanks again for the comment, keep them coming!!

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