7 Steps to Prepare Your Facebook Page for Graph Search

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Is your business ready for Facebook Graph Search?

This could be the biggest thing to hit the Internet since Google. Seriously!

For your business, this new search tool represents an exciting new way for you to find customers, followers and for customers to find you.

So what is Graph Search?

Graph Search is Facebook’s latest feature and it’s being rolled out to users in the coming weeks.  Some have it and some are still waiting for it to show up. Graph Search will allow users to search through Facebook’s content. It’s a search engine that searches only within Facebook. Unlike Google, results on Facebook will be more specified for each user and his or her social network.

The results will be based on three factors: Keyword, Category and Connection.

Keyword – Similar to Google, Facebook will scan all of the content on Facebook for words that match the user’s search terms. Unlike Google, the search results will be limited to Facebook content within the searchers network.

Category – In putting together search results, Facebook will scan the Categories that pages use to self-define their business. This is particularly important for Business Facebook Pages.

Connection – This is the key! Facebook will prioritize results based on who the searcher knows and who is in their larger network. (Friends and friends of friends for example.) Because we all prefer to take recommendations from people we know, Facebook will show results based on people within our networks and also relate them to location.

I still don’t get it. How does this work?

Let’s say a user searches for “Web Design” on Facebook’s Graph Search. Facebook will scan for the keywords, “Web Design” placing particular emphasis on looking for businesses that have Web Design listed as their category. Facebook scans profiles and pages for likes, check-ins, posts and comments. It’s important to remember that Facebook will only scan within the searchers network, so results are limited to pages with a connectionto the user. Connection can relate to physical location or shared connections that have liked, commented on or otherwise interacted with a page.

So how can you get your page ready for Facebook’s Graph Search?  Dedicate some time to updating your Facebook Page. Just follow these 7 simple steps – and get ready for customers to start finding you! 

1.       Update Your Category

Take a few minutes to think about how you have categorized your business. Make sure the category describes what you do as accurately as possible. Your page category will hold significant weight in search results. 

2.       Location, Location, Location

Graph Search will look at the location of the searcher in relation to the location of businesses and other users, giving priority to results that are geographically close by. Make sure you have up-to-date address information on your Facebook page.

It’s also important to encourage your fans and friends to Check In to your business. This will help boost your ranking and the strength of your geographical location. 

3.       Write Your About Section with Keywords In Mind

When writing the About Section for your Facebook Page profile (see above graphic), think about what keywords your potential clients will be looking for. Use as many keywords as possible, but make sure the content is coherent and reads well. Use words that not only describe what you do, but also relate to specific search terms that you want to link back to your site.

 

Graph Search 7 Steps to Prepare Your Facebook Page for Graph Search

4.       Keywords are Key – Use them in Tags!

Graph Search will look at Tags when analyzing results. So Tag pictures and write posts using your keywords. Encourage your customers or clients to tag your business as much as possible as well. Whether posting new photos, links, graphs or video clips, tag them profusely. 

5.       Content

Now that your Facebook content will be searchable, producing informative and compelling content on your Facebook page will be much more important. Post as frequently as you can.

Write posts that not only use your keywords, but also will attract likes, comments and interactions. Give people content they can use – whether to make them smile and laugh or to help them in their life in some way.

If Facebook sees that people are interacting with your page, it will get higher priority in Search results. And a larger network of followers on your page will mean you have a better chance of showing up in results. Each new Like or Follow connects you to a whole network of new potential clients

6.       Do Your Research.

Facebook’s Graph Search is new! New developments will be coming out all the time and even the experts are still learning exactly how Graph Search will work and how it can be used to help your business. Keep reading and learning about this new tool to make sure you know how to use it to best help your business. 

7.       Get on Early!

One of the best ways to ensure your business is on board and showing up in searches is to start using the tool as soon as possible. Facebook is releasing Graph Search in Beta version to users slowly. If you want to be one of the first ones to graph search you can sign up here to join the waiting list here: https://www.facebook.com/about/graphsearch

To sum it all up…

Graph Search is a whole new world and while it may seem daunting, it should be pretty simple to learn to use. Keep in mind the three keys – Keywords, Category and Connections – and you will master it in no time.

This new tool has incredible opportunity to help your customers (and their friends – and their friends’ friends) find you!

Most successful businesses know that the best kind of advertising is word of mouth – and Facebook Graph Search allows you to incorporate the power of personalized recommendations with the large scale of social media.

Comments

  1. says

    Hi kim,
    A nice post again, really your explaining method is nice with image.
    Your step by step explanation is good.
    Thanks for sharing it.
    keep blogging…:-)

  2. Sorin says

    Read the article, had the exact question. Is it using keywords in the descriptions of photos? Hashtags on facebook? #graphsearch

  3. says

    Thanks for all the details here Kim.  I hadn't had a chance to check it out at all but definitely see the power it has to reach targeted followers.  Appreciate so much all of your knowledge & wisdom that you share with us here!!

  4. Julia Strauss says

    I didn't know about that we can use the keywords in about section. It will gonna give us some SEO benefit i think.
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  5. says

    Fast forward 1.5 months from this blog and I feel there is some huge disappointment between expectations, those written in this post, with the reality of Facebook Graph Search. Particularly the part about “keyword rich content”, citing the web design example. Graph search thus far has proven not to be as “intuitive” as we have grown accustomed to, say vs a Google Search. It could be a LONG time before Facebook truly integrates search with profile content, in the interim we have to live with the only meta-data being indexed. I temper my disappointment with ENTHUSIASM that at some point the Facebook Graph Search will be an AMAZING search tool, and I strongly feel last Friday’s announcement of the # search feature is in direct response to the beta-testing feedback thus far received. I am still, and will always be, a HUGE advocate for graph search, just hope they improve it sooner rather than later.

    • Kim GarstKim Garst says

      I would have to agree with you, Michael. Especially as it relates to a full-bodied search tool, however, I do think, Graph Search has good bones and they will continue to refine it. Ultimately, I think they have to in order to stay competitive.

      • says

        Yes, good “bones” – Fundamentally, technologically, scientifically and mathematically it is an ENORMOUS achievement. As I understand the architecture, it might be a while before they are able to have index-and-search capability (hashtags will help). For the interim, we will I guess we focus on Page meta-data (i.e. categories) and connections! Agree? Your thoughts?

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