I’ve recently been asked a question in on of the emails if there was any benefit to leverage AddMeFast to generate social shares for the sake of improving your SEO.
So let’s talk about it a little bit.
I filmed a video back in May 2010 where I said that we didn’t use “social” as a signal, and at the time, we did not use that as a signal, but now, we’re taping this in December 2010, and we are using that as a signal.
What is AddMeFast?
Okay, first thing firsts, let’s be familiar with AddMeFast now if you haven’t yet.
AddMeFast is a social media exchanging website, where you engage with peoples on various social medias (like, RT, Favorite, Share, etc.) their content to gain your account’s point to get the same thing, (like, RT, Favorite, Share, etc.) to your blog content too.
But a massive question arrives here:
is it worth spending the time just in repeating this cycle again and again:
- Like, Share, RT other’s content on social media to get points
- use those points to get the same thing (Like, share, RT and so forth.)
The answer is, No.
Why? Let’s find out.
BTW, before we get started, I just want to inform you that there’s nothing wrong with using AddMeFast for the sake of increasing likes or number of shares on your social media post, as long as it’s a simple post (picture, video, or just a post without any URL linked.)
Nonetheless, if a post is shared with a link on any of the social media networking websites and AddMeFast used to generate shares on it to amplify that page’s SEO power, there’s obviously some kind of risk remains at the back.
Let’s dive in to learn more about AddMeFast.
So why the hell using AddMeFast to generate social share is not a good idea?
Now at this stage, you probably familiar with the importance of social shares in SEO. The more social media impression your post gets (RT, shares, +1, likes, favorites, etc.) than your competition, the higher chances are there for you that you’ll rank higher than your competitors.
But there are still many peoples out there who have no social media presence. Hence they use AddMeFast as a source to generate social shares toward their post.
But guess what? Those social shares could harm their Search Engine Ranking in no time, instead of improving it.
Just go to Google and type AddMeFast. Google Search will then show up few related queries after the seed keyword which is AddMeFast. And in the 3rd suggestion, the query AddMeFast Bot pops up:
Now click that query!
Here are some results that you’ll then be given by Google:
For those of you who are not familiar with a Bot, here’s the simple definition of bot/AddMeFast Bot.
What is a bot?
A bot is a tool or software which is designed by the script to compress user’s efforts. A bot is a tool which performs everything itself, such as liking someone’s page, RT someone’s Tweet, +1 someone’s Google+ post and much, much more. And by doing so, your account gets thousands of points.
Cool story bro.
At this point, a huge question arrives:
- Is it a good idea to use AddMeFast Bot to generate Points to your account, and later use those points for your usage, i.e. social shares to improve your website’s SEO power?
Since bot isn’t a real living person, using them to generate points onto your account and then using those toxic points to generate social shares towards your post is risky as F*ck.
Because if you peep into Google Webmaster Guideline about Link Schemes, it says using automated programs or services to create links to your site is not allowed. And so generating social shares from AddMeFast (as in most cases, it’s generated by automated programs, i.e. bot, right?)
Why bots are bad? At least for your Website’s SEO?
Approximately 2 million blog posts are published on the internet daily, and Google knows which to rank on top of Google for a particular keyword.
All Google cares is how their users are treated on a particular website. If they’re treated in a right manner, most of the time, they share that content with their social networks, like on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and so forth. And it tells Google that that blog post is fantastic and valuable for its users which deserve to rank on top.
Now at this stage, I am fairly sure you’ve been familiar that bots are not a real living person, and if your posts are shared by them, there’s a risk left at the back end.
Google Penguin, which is one of the Google algorithms, is smart enough to detect which posts are shared by the bot.
Especially if a post is shared by an AddMeFast bot, or even by a real user of AddMeFast since their accounts look pretty darn spammy.
Because of few reasons:
- Most of the times, those accounts don’t even own a Profile Picture.
- They share 5-6+ blog posts per minute (when they begin gaining the point for their account.) A strong footprint for Google Penguin, right?
- In most cases, AddMeFast users’ account name looks completely suspicious.
- Their profile doesn’t have a description, as almost every real person the have description.
- Fake persona.
And much, much more!
Google, or its algorithm, Google Penguin is smart enough to track how a content was shared on social media. If it tracks that your’s was shared by a bot, or worse, completely spammy account (that almost every users of AddMeFast use,) your website will be de-indexed altogether, or its ranking will be decreased dramatically.
Okay, so what about using AddMeFast just for Social Media, not Social Shares to improve SEO?
There’s obviously nothing wrong with using this program to amplify your social media presence by gaining fake followers or fans onto your page or profile.
Here are some ways AddMeFast could help you in increasing your social media presence:
- generate unlimited likes on your Facebook Page & posts (depending on the points you have.)
- generate the number of shares to your Facebook post (not talking about SEO here.)
- generate countless followers to your Twitter account
- generate RTs and favorites to your Tweet (again, on a simple tweet, not talking about SEO here.)
- and much, much more.
Here are the rest of the things you can generate through AddMeFast to grow your presence on social media:
But again, a very serious question arrives here:
- is it worth using a program to increase engagement on your posts, likes on your page, followers on Twitter, etc.?
For me, it’s not.
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Here’s the another reason explained by Joseph Lane that’ll force you not to use AddMeFast for both – social medias, and social shares for the improvement of SEO.
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So have you ever been with AddMeFast? Have you ever used this program to generate social shares over your blog post and noticed any improvement in your SERP ranking?
Share your experience about this program in the comment below.