changes in the SEO world
The sky isn't falling chicken little, but your
traffic may be in the near future. There is no question that Google
has been a dominating force. There is also no question that Microsoft
has both the financial and the manpower resources to give them some
serious competition and probably eventually get the upper hand again.
As Google has grown to a size comparable to that
of Microsoft, it has lost much of the "little guy trying harder"
appeal that once helped to create a great deal of it's public support.
Many users don't really care which search engine they use as long
as they are getting the results that they're looking for.
In this area, Google is falling seriously behind.
In an attempt to filter out more of the web sites using artificial
means to improve their ranking, they have knocked a large number
of legitimate web sites out of the SERPs and often prevented newer
web sites from appearing to begin with.
While I applaud their effort to combat the web
sites using spam techniques to climb above legitimate web sites,
I can say with out a doubt that unless they find a better way to
do this they will begin loosing market share in a big way. There
are several reasons, some of which are not so obvious:
- People want relevant and timely results. If Google continues
to delay newer web sites and web pages from ranking for applicable
terms, users will go elsewhere to find more up to date results.
- Many web site owners using Google AdSense will begin switching
over to competing services from Yahoo and MSN — which they
are likely getting traffic from. Since the ads are a source of
revenue for these web site owners, they are going to deal with
the search engines that are helping them make more money.
- Many web site owners will remove the Google site-search from
their web sites since they aren't getting traffic from Google.
- Web savvy people are often asked for advice from those who are
not as proficient with computers. It won't take too many bitter
web site owners telling these people to use a competing search
engine before Google starts to see the effects in their bottom
- Microsoft has been developing Windows
Vista, in fact, the beta version has already been released.
Microsoft will put a serious dent in Google's business with this
because they have built a handy little search box right into the
For those of us that are forward thinking enough to prepare for
this shift, the next six to eighteen months should be very rewarding.
For everyone else (especially those relying entirely on traffic
from Google) it will be somewhat like riding off the edge of a cliff
in a Mini Cooper. So, what can be done to prepare?
- Diversify your internet marketing strategy. Search
engine optimization should only be a fragment of your internet
marketing. For starters, you could consider advertising on other
relevant web sites, utilizing a pay-per-click campaign and publishing
articles on other web sites.
- Plan for the adoption of new technology. Blogs are here to stay
and RSS is taking hold. Stay on top of new and innovative ways to
use technology to multiply the effectiveness of your search engine
optimization campaign. You can get a general idea of what technologies
to look at by staying up to date with the advances in operating
systems, browsers and related software and hardware.
- Avoid using spam techniques to improve your ranking, such as
hidden text, keyword stuffing, or link spamming. Most of these questionable
techniques don't work and those that do don't work well —
and you risk having your web site banned.
- Update your web site on a regular basis. A web site that is constantly
growing is viewed by the search engines as more important, a side
benefit is that by generating useful content other web site owners
will have a reason to link to your web site.
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Jeremy Knauff - website: http://www.wildfiremarketinggroup.com