Sunday, May 15, 2011

SEO vs SMO – An Overview

Few years back no one was able to locate your business on Google if the site was not optimized properly. So the idea of choosing between a search engine optimization (SEO) process, or doing social media optimization (SMO) for a website, was very easy – that was SEO. But the introduction of social media has changed the concept of online marketing and promotion.

Social media evolution is effecting SEO, and this problem is going on for many business strategists. While Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, blogging, flickr and SEO press releases give companies a huge advantage to drive website traffic as well as targeted clients or customers with increased awareness in short time span, then people are thinking twice to optimize (off-page) their websites for the search engines.

Now these days, social media is enhancing SEO scope, and according to the review reports businesses can get free evaluation and derive goal immediately. Due to this advantage, now business owners, chief marketing officers and brand strategists can work with online resources to evaluate what keywords will drive their businesses.

Social Media Optimization

It is important for the business owners to maintain a Twitter account, set up a company Facebook page and a LinkedIn profile. Through respective application, interconnectivity among these sites is very important. If these sites are set up properly and managed well, it will prevent competitors from attempting to hijack a company’s brand.

• To me LinkedIn is outstanding for building a professional network. The site is very much user friendly, and it connects you with a wide range of business professionals, thematic groups, jobs, companies, facilitates recommendations and also assists to increase SEO advantage with brand identity.

• Twitter is also beneficial and very effective medium when you are trying to spread hot topics. There must be connectivity with other social media sites.

• A company should use Facebook for branding. Brand page creation, adding videos, tutorials, graphics, and post news to wall and optimization with a well maintained profile can accelerate the awareness of a business.

• Videos presentation with SEO headlines, tags, descriptions, demonstration and interviews facilitate the company name, brand and conveys message to the targeted audience. YouTube, MetaCafe and other online video sites are very helpful.

Search Engine Optimization

In SEO, On-page optimization has its own strong position to stand a website in the front line of search engine’s results. According to 2011 Google algorithm On-page needs unique content support.

But off-page optimization rather link building trend is towards the optimization of social media. To get above mentioned social media’s advantages in short time, link building process have been incorporated in SMO. Traditional link building process helps to increase back links of a particular site, but it takes time to reach targeted customer. And it has been monitored (Google Analytics) that website traffic is coming from all of the social networking sites, the SEO press releases, videos and podcasts.  So, link building through social media is a better option.