Over the next couple of weeks I will be going into more detail about how social media is utilized as an SEO tool for car dealers. We will go over some of the various components that we've been "playing with" over the last couple of years (and ramping up tremendously in the last few months) that have yielded some incredible results. This will be a Driving Sales exclusive.
Google and Bing have both acknowledged their use of social signals in their search algorithms. This is different than the sheer link-building aspect of social media. Social links are viewed very differently than standard website links. Twitter, for example, uses the "nofollow" attribute on their links and shrinks them. Two years ago, this made them relatively-worthless from an SEO perspective. Today, there are ways to use Twitter to push your pages over the threshold and achieve better rankings for individual pages and the entire domain in general.
That's just Twitter, and it's not the most important social site anymore when it comes to search rankings. I'll go much more in-depth here on Driving Sales about how they work and what you can do to improve your search rankings as a result, but in the meantime please check out this infographic by CMO that breaks down how some of the biggest social networks can be used for SEO and other things.
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