Google Again Says We Don't Use Social Media For Ranking

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"Not directly used for ranking"

I think that's the important take-away :) While it may not influence ranking directly, there are many indirect benefits to having a strong social media presence. Also the question, "whether Google takes social into account for SEO" is a little too vague and easy to downplay. While there may not be direct ranking from social in a broad sense, there are elements of social that will contribute to improving a site ranking in the SERPs... it's just not as simple as:

[make a post on G+/Twitter/FB/LinkedIn/Whatever] = higher ranking

:)
 
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In my personal case study for my busines I find having a social network account on sites like Facebook, inLinx and Twitter really help because for better ranking, traffic is so important and these are where the traffic are
 

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In my personal case study for my busines I find having a social network account on sites like Facebook, inLinx and Twitter really help because for better ranking, traffic is so important and these are where the traffic are
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So are you saying that social media helps generate traffic? or that it improves ranking?
 

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