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Any Effect of Likes & Tweets on Google Rankings?

7:57 am on Jan 3, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Is there any impact of Facebook likes or number of tweets for a post/page/site on Google search rankings.
11:38 am on Jan 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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This is simple to test. Launch two new mini-sites for the same keyword. Go after an imaginary keyword that you create so it isn't mentioned on any other website. Then send some Facebook likes and tweets to just one site and see what happens. I expect you will see your question has a more complicated answer when you consider the direct and indirect impacts.
7:15 am on May 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

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If it does, it will imply that changing the permalink structure or page urls will impact your ranking since you'll lose all likes and tweets if the url of the page changes.
7:25 am on May 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

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As far as I'm aware it's like this:

Facebook - NO, no evidence
Twitter - indirectly perhaps, if Tweets with urls are republished on sites that don't use nofollow
Google Plus - YES, otherwise why did Google create it?

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