I had the pleasure of talking with Charlene Li from the Altimeter Group last night – and she brought up the point of how search engine optimization is completely changing.
At the risk of paraphrasing, she basically indicated the importance of optimizing web pages is going away. If you consider how referral traffic is migrating from search engines to social networks, I’d say it’s easy to agree.
Of course, what we are seeing is search engines staying relevant by indexing social content. Case and point: I do a quick search on Google for “iPad” – and what do you know: My friend and business partner, James Clark, shows up on the first page of the search results.
Wow, over 48 million results, and his mug comes up on the first page? Yes, because Google is now recognizing and leveraging the relevance of social connections.
And although the optimization of web pages may be bearing less weight, I’m not throwing out the baby with the bath water (ugh, I used that phrase). Keywords, for example, remain foundational to online visibility from both a topical search, and monitoring perspective.
There is a great deal more to the social search discussion recently written by Brian Solis. One of our (Room 214’s) responses has been to create a formal Social Search Optimization program for our customers.
What are you doing to optimize for social search?