Should I use my “update status” button on Facebook to get some backlink action?
Maybe, but you will not get any love from Google in terms of backlinks — unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you see it). Facebook uses the dreaded “nofollow” tag in it’s links. It does make sense, otherwise Facebook would be full of fake profiles that just pump out spam endlessly. So, if you are a user of Facebook, you’ve got to thank them for that.
That is not the end of the story however… You can still get some link love from Facebook, but it will be limited to your friends (and maybe their friends – if someone happens to comment on your post).
This is how you do it:
If you have a ton of friends and you want to share your latest business venture with them (and website) -> go ahead and post it up in your status. Be sure to utilize the “link” feature below the status box. It is hidden down there amongst other attachment options such as “image,” “video,” and so forth.
If your friends see your status and there is a link that is ready to click, you will likely get more traffic.
Here are a few examples (with names blurred to protect the innocent – or guilty)
This is how NOT to do it.
By not utilizing the link button and just embedding the link within your status update, it would require someone to copy and past the link, or perhaps type it into their browser directly. BAD Bad bad….