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Are hashtags the new SEO? Are hashtags the new SEO?
A friend asked me an interesting question the other day: Are hashtags the new SEO? Is SEO still important? How does social media play... Are hashtags the new SEO?

A friend asked me an interesting question the other day: Are hashtags the new SEO? I remember spending a good chunk of my time optimizing my websites for search engines. I handpicked keywords that I wanted to “score” good on in the search engines, and hand crafted a description that I wanted to apply to my online projects for everyone to see.

But, with Google (and other search engines) becoming smarter in their algorithms over time, a large portion of the contributing factors for your rankings no longer is based as much on what you, as a publisher, decide to put on your website. How visitors interact with a site has become a much larger influence now. Because whether or not a site “deserves” to rank high in the search rankings has more to do with how much value a visitor actually gets from a site, versus what the publisher of the site thinks it does.

So is SEO no longer important? I don’t think so. When I was in college I’ve built a small “do-it-yourself” search engine submission service. That way of SEO management doesn’t have as big of an impact anymore, as search engines are clever enough to (eventually) find you online. Search engine traffic is still one of the major contributors to the visitors to my various online project, albeit no longer the only one.

Building an online following of your own, instead of just praying the Google-gods will rain traffic onto your site, is a must for any self-respecting website owner. In one way or another, your website could (and should) be regarded as a small online business – which deserves to have a following of its own. In my post about starting a blog, I dive further into the topic of why you should build a site of your own, if you haven’t already done so.

One of the ways I’ve managed to build a bit of a following on social media is by using the right hashtags for my posts. For the uninitiated: hashtags are a way to “categorize” your social media updates, for example into interest groups. For example this post is tagged with social media, twitter, web, and I might add some others as well. While not everyone might be following me on Twitter directly, people who are interested in “social media” can keep an eye on popular posts linked to the social media hashtag – and will then hopefully decide to follow me if they like the content I’m sharing.

Selecting the right hashtags for social media updates has therefore become an important part in posting an update. On Instagram I usually get hundreds of “likes” within a few minutes after posting a new image, which is not just because people “like” the photographs I post there or the fact that I have my share of followers, but also because I spent the time to apply the relevant hashtags to my posts which helps people find my updates.

And in the end, that’s what it’s all about. If you’re active on social media, you want to be found by people who are interested in what you have to say. It’s what my social media masterclass is all about – it shares the approach I’ve taken, step-by-step, to become a social media influencer. The two key concepts I’ve used time and time again however, are these:

  1. Post frequently
  2. Apply the right hashtags

The combination of these two principles will make sure that I’m not only active on social media all the time, but it will get me in front of a different audience every time I post something. After all, people aren’t looking at my profile necessarily, but at their timelines and news feeds which contain potentially thousands of updates, all fighting for the few seconds of attention it takes to read a 140 character status update.

 

Wilko van de Kamp Text me: 604-210-8668

Hi, I’m Wilko van de Kamp, creator of Liberty Training Academy and bestselling author of the Freedom Project book series. For more than 15 years, I have helped people and their companies achieve their own results beyond their goals. I work with authors, coaches and experts to build their brand to become a #1 industry influencer and increase their impact on the communities they serve. We focus on every aspect of personal brand building through technology and storytelling, with a relentless focus on accelerating the achievement of their personal, professional and financial goals. And I would love to do the same for you! To get a conversation started, simply text me at (604) 210-8668. You can also preview any of my courses free of charge.