Some good info here.
Nice post Ray, I'm glad you made the distinction between quality > quantity in regards to the importance of the "social" pillar for SEO. The benefits are much larger than reinforcing SEO efforts – that's just a nice bonus. The real gravy is when we remove the common lens, "I'm networking to meet a quota, to simply dip and dash" and it turns into, "I'm networking because I actually enjoy the topics and these people are actually interesting…and it's fun."
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