Will The Facebook Graph Search Change Social and Search?

Will the Facebook Graph Search be a Game Changer for Social Media and Search?

Facebook Graph Search


Yesterday Facebook announced their new Facebook graph search now in beta. You must sign up if you want to be one of the first to test it out. You can also watch a video by Mark Zuckerberg explaining how this new Facebook graph search will work.

What Can You Search for on the New Facebook Graph Search?

  1. Find people with similar interests to yours.
  2. Find restaurants, music and more through your friends.
  3. Find photos your friends took.
  4. Find photos you were tagged in.
  5. You can find people, places and things that were shared with you or those that you shared via Facebook.

What Will This New Facebook Graph Search Do?

It will help you to search for things, people, interests, photos and places more easily via Facebook and you would not have to go on to Google to search for these. You will find the “answer” on Facebook and not mere “links” as you would on Google. You could ask which friends like a particular restaurant for a recommendation. If what you are looking for can’t be found it will be sent over to Bing. (Ouch to Google).

What About Your Privacy on the New Facebook Graph Search?

Your own privacy settings determine what is searchable via the new open graph search. Facebook will also be rolling out new privacy features soon. If you come across photos of yourself that you don’t like you can ask the person who posted them to remove them. If you have photos that you shared publicly those could be found. If you only shared with your family, only they would find them via the graph search. You can visit your activity log to change your settings and manage what will show up in the graph search.

What Will This Facebook Graph Search Mean For Businesses?

If a business wants to be found via Facebook graph search they must have a page set up and be sharing information to be found. Businesses may consider advertising on Bing vs. Google as Facebook has 1 billion users that could be doing searches there.


What do you think of the new Facebook graph search features?

Is Doing Pay Per Click By Yourself Effective?


When we first started on online stores we did some pay per click programs. One with Google Adwords of course and another with a smaller reseller. Managing your own pay per click program is a lot of work and has since gotten more complicated and time consuming.

Research takes a lot of time

Sometimes you have to do just have to pay someone to do things for you. You have to consider the time and how much that time is worth to you. I have found a company WP Promote that does just that for pay per click campaigns. Their slogan is:

Paid search, the most targeted and powerful advertising medium in history, is also a hyper-competitive, mature market where only the smartest advertisers succeed. We developed our proprietary SCORE Method to tie together strategy, continuous optimization, testing and research, with the explicit goal to take campaigns to new heights in both efficiency and scope.

Score by WP promote

What do you they have to offer you?

  • 24/7 tracking
  • Competitor Analysis & Industry Research
  • Ad Copy Creation & Testing
  • Extensive Keyword Research & Generation
  • Detailed Human Analysis & Custom Consulting
  • And more!
What is their approach? They look to set up goals for you. Everyone needs a road map to reach a goal. Part of that is knowing what your budget is. How much can you afford to spend on a pay per click campaign? They will need to know your competitive advantage so it may be highlighted in the campaign.  They will need to know if you can offer any discounts and what the seasons changes are to your business. This will help them form the adwords campaign text. But that’s not all.

They will look to see if there are new revenue opportunities for you. They will see if they are new keywords for you to expand your reach and set up tracking to test along the way. Of course they will optimize the keywords and bids for you as well. This will ensure your most value for your dollar spent on Pay Per Click.  This would include frequent search query analysis of the keywords.

They will also Research, Hypothesize & Test. Doesn’t this sound like a lot of time being spent? I sure know it is! I had recently received an offer for $100 worth of FREE Google adwords but since I knew how much time was need to put into setting it up I declined it. That wasn’t easy to pass up either!

WP Promote will also explore if you can Expand Into New Markets & Mediums. Another big chunk of time to do this if you tried it all by yourself.

Have you done your own Pay Per Click and did it take more time than you imagined?

* I am being compensated for this review of WP Promote but my opinion of doing PPC campaigns on your own are my own from experience.

What Will The Google Changes Mean To You?

Google Changes Coming

Goolge Changes – are you ready?  I have been studying the latest news and blogs about the Google changes coming. It looks like the Google Panda is hard at work once again. What else do you have to do to your websites or blogs to keep up with this fast moving Panda?

Google changes

Last week Google announced these changes via an infamous Tweet of their algorithm changes on Google search:


I had been reading about this since March 15 when the Wall St. Journal did an article on the upcoming changes coming to Google and what it might mean for search for both the readers and website owners. Of course I started to check on some of our websites rankings and positions. Nothing had changed yet except we were getting more traffic. I cannot be sure yet if it’s related to the Panda over at Google.

What do these new algorithm Google changes mean?

  • Semantic Search – The process of understanding the actual meaning of words. The search engine is looking to better match search queries with a database containing millions of entities.  Google claims this process may take a full year. Google will blend new semantic-search technology with its current system to better recognize the value of info on websites and figure out which ones to show in search results. They want to provide answers without always giving blue links to other websites thus keeping visitors on Google for a longer time period.
  • Elimination of Link Networks – I see this a very positive thing. Most of them were using “Black Hat” SEO tactics to come up higher in search results.  You can read more on SearchEngineLand on this info.
  • Keep It  Simple – Keep it simple with your website or blog – Use real SEO tactics – no latest craze that tries to offer short cuts. See the Google’s Webmaster Blog for their 5 Common SEO Mistakes.
  • Continue to Keep it Fresh – Keeping your content fresh is a plus! Not only for your readers but for SEO and Google. Continue to update your blog or website – not just to update but with relevant content.
  • Be Careful of Over-Optimization – Do not stuff your content with too many keywords – I have been reading at different places that 3-5% the correct amount of keywords on a page.  Susan at Cirquedumont did a post on over-optimization today – check it out!
Are you concerned about the upcoming Google changes to your website or blog?
*You can read the last Panda updates that I blogged about in February and what the impact is for your website or blog.

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