Link to the overview of the experiment: Can I Enhance Google Rankings Using Social Media Alone?
I can’t say that anything’s particularly conclusive here. As soon as the webpage started to receive “social attention” it moved up the Google rankings swiftly – from 11th to 3rd within a matter of hours.
Mind you, the competition for this keyword phrase (Does Google PageRank Still Matter) is probably very little indeed (I’ve not checked nor have I checked search volumes).
Really, before I carried out this little bit of experimentation, I had no doubt that a social weighting factor works in terms of achieving Google rankings. Whether I’m even more convinced now, well, perhaps so, yes.
The ranking has dropped a couple of spots since a day or so ago although it’s dancing around just a little – one moment it’s up again, next and it’s dropped back.
I’ve lined up another bout of social buzz which should take place within the next 5 – 6 days.
For anyone who is interested in what I used to get the social buzz in gear. Simple – fiverr gigs! Only one of them so far, and the other still to come, as mentioned. I’ll list the ones I used below. I think the former is much better because it’s an express gig and it’s completed within 24 hours of making the order. Other than that though and they appear to be similar.
There’s no doubt at all that I’ll be using social “factors” a whole lot more in any ranking campaigns I’m involved in. As I said before, even though lots of SEO folks talk about social factors being instrumental in gaining Google rankings, I think we’ve only really started to scratch below the surface. There’s a whole lot more to come from using social media to achieve high level/ top level Google rankings and there’s much experimentation still to be done to find the better combinations for what works well and what works very well.
Fun times ahead! Exciting times ahead?