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These days, you can use social media for just about anything! You can reconnect with old friends, keep up with current events, and even buy and sell through online marketplaces. But, did you know that social media can influence the SEO of your site as well? Yep! As Google has changed, so have the many factors that influence how a site may rank. So, today we are going to cover some of the ways social media can help to boost your site’s SEO!
Social Media Can Help Build Reputation & Trust
Social media offers private practice owners a wonderful place to post news, updates, and other important notifications for people to see. This can go a long way in building familiarity with your brand, what you stand for, and what your practice offers. Having this connection can help show people that you aren’t just another cookie-cutter therapy practice. You are a caring individual that offers real support! Creating an audience over time will serve as an invaluable resource as your practice grows, and more people become familiar with it.
Creating a social media presence can also help your website gain more authority with Google as well. When people share your content, they accomplish more than just “getting the word out” But, we will discuss this a bit more later in the post. So, continue reading on!
Social Media & Marketing
Social media also allows you to make the most out of your blog posts! Developing a presence on different platforms will provide you with many opportunities to spread your content beyond your own site so that more people can see it.
Let’s take Facebook as an example
Say you write an awesome blog post on your site, but you wish more people could see it. One way to do this might be to link that post from your practice’s own Facebook page. By doing this, you’ve accessed a whole new group of viewers. A group that might not have seen the content if it was only living on your site. By nature of being on a social platform, this “audience” is already more likely to share the post with others. So, there is a lot of potential for posts to “blow up” or “go viral” if the right people see it and share it with others.
You can also tailor unique posts based on the platform itself. Does your practice specialize in therapy for teens? Well, creating a TikTok or Instagram post that speaks directly to that audience may be just the thing to help spark interest in the services that your practice offers. However, this can be a bit difficult to do. You will need to have a solid understanding of your ideal client, what content will be most engaging for them, and which social platforms they are likely to be on.
Social Media May Help Keyword Rankings
When people share your post, the keywords associated with the post can also be affected as well. As high-quality content is shared by people on social media, Google will start to recognize your site as an authority on the subject due to the increased number of people viewing it. As the authority of the site grows, the more likely your site will rank better for the keywords that the post is optimized for. Google loves putting trusted, engaging content on the front page. So, social media and SEO can help out when trying to rank for more competitive keywords.
Yet, it is worth noting that social media success will not guarantee ranking success. There are many factors that go into how Google decides the ranking of a site. This might include your location, local competition, and how relevant the content is compared to other posts. So, even though a post might go viral on a certain platform, this does not guarantee that the rankings will skyrocket for that keyword.
Build Links & Authority
We saved one of the most important aspects for last! By publishing high-quality content that people share, the likelihood of others linking to the same post increases. As a result, this means more backlinks for your site! In a way, social media success can result in a snowball effect of sorts. This can be a bit confusing, but I like to think of it like this.
Someone sees your post and shares it. As a result, more people see & share that post. As more see the post, the chance of a site or individual with a higher authority viewing the post increases. Once an authoritative source links back to your post, this creates a high-quality backlink and helps raise the authority of your site. The more authority the site has, the more likely the site is to be ranked higher in the search results, and seen by more people.
In Short, Success Breeds Success!
Keeping up with social media can feel like a chore at times. But understanding how to effectively use it can become a vital part of the synergy SEO marketing for therapists. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can provide fun distractions and interesting ways to connect with others. But, they can also be powerful tools when used correctly.
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About The Author
Sterling Humburg-Cage is a member of the 2020 graduating class from the University of Missouri. He is intent on using his B.A. in Psychology to help provide the best results as an SEO specialist. Sterling prides himself on helping alumni problems solve difficult SEO issues. He’s great at giving clients multiple options about how to approach a situation and responding quickly to client concerns. Since he started, Sterling has met frequently with our alumni and provided them extra problem-solving support, often going the extra mile to do outside research and make sure alumni have everything they need to continue ranking well!