Infographic: How To Rank For Your Name In Google (Hint: Use Social Media Sites)

Want to rank better in Google? If you’re an individual, you could build your own site and hope it does well. But you might have more success by creating a page for yourself on a social media site like LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

Ranking On Google: The SEO Way

For those unfamiliar, the process of trying to rank better on Google and search engines in general is called search engine optimization. We’ve even got a short SEO video that explains it:

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Success with SEO depends on a range of signals that search engines interpret, such as those covered on our Periodic Table Of SEO Ranking Factors. You could build a web site, then hope that site gains enough favorable signals to rise up in Google. But for individuals, tapping into social media sites allows you to rank better on the favorable work those sites have already done or gained with Google.

Ranking On Google: The Social Media Way

A new infographic from the people at BrandYourself explains this more. It covers stats based how over 1oo,000 BrandYourself users rank on Google, showing how social media sites can help:

The infographic starts out with stats that back up facts already well known: lots of people search for other people on Google, and few searchers go past the first page of results that they get. So what shows up on the first page is important.

How Social Media Profiles Rank

The bottom part of the infographic is most interesting. It shows, on average, where personal profiles from various social media sites tend to rank in Google’s results.

For example, Facebook and Twitter are both in the #4 box, which means on average, they tend to rank fourth in Google (obviously, only one will be fourth in any particular search, not both, but we’re talking about the average placement here).

The surprise to me was that LinkedIn gets the highest of rankings. The list looks like this for major social media sites:

  • LinkedIn: #3
  • Facebook, Twitter: #4
  • Google+: #7

Google+ was another surprise. Google’s taken a huge amount of flak that it seems to favor its own social network, Google+. If that’s the case, how come Google+ doesn’t rank higher, on average. It might be that this study didn’t reflect personalized results. It might also reflect that not a lot of people still have Google+ accounts.

Dominating The Page

The middle of the graphic covers the concept of “owning” or “dominating” the first page of search results, where every result is one that you control, something that those who are seeking to have a positive appearance in Google aim for.

This is again where social media profiles come in. The ones from major social media sites listed above are all easy to obtain. Once gained, they might help you rank better for your name and “push down” other results.

Some of the other social media profiles not listed (but on the infographic), those from more niche sites, can also help. Open a WordPress blog, a Tumblr blog, a Vimeo account, a YouTube profile or a Flickr account, and the study suggests there’s an excellent chance these will gain first page rankings, as well.

Remember, however, something really negative that gains widespread attention might stay in Google’s top results, no matter what you try. Just ask Rick Santorum. Getting your own social media profiles make sense for a variety of reasons, including helping your Google “reputation.” But they are no guarantee of making negative listings disappear.

In addition, working in a negative fashion to remove results you don’t like — such as through ill-advised legal threats — might actually help cement those negative results in Google, if they gain much attention.

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  • Michael Streko  ;-) just say’n 

  • Stuart Draper has something pretty cool to offer for this type of thing.

  • Stuart Draper

    LOL. Should have paid closer attention to the last part of the infographic.  Ha. Embarrassing.

  • Rosendo A. Cuyasen

     Infographics is now an easy tool for users to see exactly the point of that particular post or article. There’s a lot of usage but I think I’ve pointed one of them.

    Thank you for the information.

  • pagebreaker

    Thanks for the good information. It’s a point that many user miss.

  • Brain Technosys SEO Team

    i tried all these trends to down a negative point that is related to name  but all fails

  • Renuka Mehta

    Very true I too think that this is a great post.

  • Sanket Patel

    This is very true that social media is best way to rank with our name in Google. If we actively participate in every social media sites then our social presence will increase and now Google gives higher priority to social presences for ranking.

  • David Dino Maiolo

    Is this a sales pitch for Brandyourself?

  • Henry Phillips

    Users in the UK who are not celebrities and SEOs are likely to see the top spots occupied by Facebook, LinkedIn and Of course, I’m mentioning it because I work for, but we track this stuff pretty closely.

  • Authority Buzz

    What works for me for my name is LinkedIn first and then Twitter. I just set up my Google+ page for authorship so I’m sure that will take over soon.

  • Colan Nielsen

    LinkedIn first for me, G+ profile was 2nd…

  • Max Minzer

    “If that’s the case, how come Google+ doesn’t rank higher, on average.” – this was never the case. Google was never biased about it and Google+ never ranked higher than Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook in huge majority of cases. I don’t know who came up with that lie.

  • Rachel Sato-Banks

    What about Pinterest. Where does that rank??

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