ColourOfSpring - 9:07 am on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
I must disagree, as the likes nowaday are sometimes "spammy" as many companies pay ads per clic in facebook saying for exampel, if you like this clic like, I seen competitors with more than 14.000 likes using those ads, while my site has only 180 but they are natural.
Isnt this a new kind of spam? Or should I do the same?
Its good as 14.000 will see what you post, but for google to use those likes as a quality meter, I dont think google should.
Well my emphasis was on "MIGHT" make sense - as in, "I can sort of understand why Google would do that given Google's previous weird decision processes". When I try to understand Google, it's like trying to understand an insane person. You have to get inside their head somewhat, follow THEIR logic (not that it makes sense), and then reason as to why they do what they do.
Anyway, I think a clearly unpopular amateur band's Facebook page (I mean, 20 Likes...come on) ranking for a popular keyphrase that happens to be their band name - when that keyphrase is going to be 99.9999% searched for the actual adjective-widget NOT an obscure band....is clearly one of those early Penguin errors we saw a lot of last year.
Yes I also agree that social signals are pretty easy to game too - and I'm not talking about buying Likes (which tend to get deleted anyway) - it's the whole mechanical marketing process - the like me and I will like you thing - it's just more means-to-an-end mechanical marketing. However, a very low number of Likes is a clear indicator that the page isn't all that popular...
ah well, maybe I'm wrong - with Penguin, it's not even good to be right anyway.... :/