Originally Facebook was completely cut off from Google. All posts by personal profiles were hidden from the search engine, and you couldn’t do searches inside of Facebook that way. It appears that somehow Google has been able to get access, and some searches for Facebook content will display results with direct links to posts from personal profiles. This may have come from people sharing the links through other crawlable sites (such as Twitter). At any rate, some of these posts are now showing up in the Google SERPs.

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Google Search Results Show Some Facebook User Posts Leaking Out Of Walled Garden

Facebook has implemented an algorithm called “EdgeRank” which adjusts the weight of importance of any post based on how popular it is. So how can you improve the EdgeRank of your posts on your business accounts on Facebook? Here’s a few ways:

  1. Scheduling – Pay attention to when your followers are most active on Facebook, when they’re most likely to see new posts. Try experimenting with different times of the day. Facebook allows you to schedule posts, so this is easier to do than you might have expected.
  2. Add tags – Pages that you’ve “liked” will be more readily available so that if you want to add a tag it will be easier to find these. To find any sort of connecting page to get a tag, just type in an “@” sign and start typing. You can discover many tags this way – it’ll help promotion.
  3. Add a location – When you do a status update, there’s a “placemark” icon that looks like an inverted teardrop you can click on. This can come in handy to tag events or to put your business location when people have a reason to come visit.
  4. Target specific locations – You can make your post in a specific place (instead of “Public”). Doing this is good if you are needing only to connect with people that are in that location, for example if you are promoting an event in that area.
  5. Target by language – Use the same customization you use for location (instead of “Public”) to target a language. This way you can do a very personal outreach to members of the public who are more comfortable with a different language.
  6. Add pictures/photos – If you put photos in your posts, it will grab attention much more readily and make it a lot more tempting to share or comment on.
  7. Emphasize a post – You can pick out special posts and draw attention by either “highlighting” it (click the start at the top of the post) to make it go across both columns in your timeline or you can pin your update. Pinning it will make it stay on top of all updates so that something of particular importance will stay at the top until you unpin it. To do this, click the pencil icon and choose “Pin to Top”.

Make your Facebook posts stand out by trying any one of these or a combination. See what works best for your page and keep those practices.

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7 Tips For Crafting Local Business Updates In Facebook

Facebook has started testing Cost-per-click Ads in search results where advertisers pay the publishers when a certain ad is clicked. Users are not able to differentiate sponsored results with that of original results until they look for below the listings for the term “sponsored” (in small print). However one can’t search for each and everything under the sun, advertisers can only choose a specific entity within Facebook, like a brand. This is looked upon as a new money making initiative by Facebook.

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Facebook Tests CPC Based Search Ads – Search Engine Roundtable (blog)

Hubspot puts together a great Facebook business page instruction list. This is a basic “How To” guide for anybody looking to quickly understand and learn Facebook Timeline for businesses. It sums up each key feature nicely all while adding directions for some of the more difficult processes. Overall this infographic is knowledgeable and straight to the point all while helping you better understand the features.

Facebook Business Page Timeline Cheat Sheet

You may have heard about this, but Bing and Facebook have joined forces, and now Bing is going to start displaying results based on Facebook posts.

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