In recent times, so much has been happening in the search engine rankings arena. Some sites that were considered as an authority, are right now struggling to regain their top search engine position. All that occurred when Google Panda update took effect just some few months ago.
The Farmer update or otherwise known as Panda update really did achieve its intended purpose, which was to weed out sites with useless content. Also affected were sites which were rich with keywords but offered no value to readers.
Just before webmasters could recover from the shock caused by Panda, they were hit hard with Google Fresh update. The aim of Google Fresh was to improve user experience by offering internet browsers quality and fresh content.
That is not all; as we speak Google is conducting more tests aimed at changing their algorithm come 2012. The changes will seek to measure the ration between content and adverts appearing on a site. Therefore, to avoid been caught off guard, it is advisable to act now and focus more on content generation that adding advertisements.
Ideally, the debate concerning ad-to-content ration has been there for a long time now. Google looks at it as a positive thing considering it partially included ad-to-content measurement in the Google Panda Updates. One site that was hit by this measurement and in fact dropped in search engine ranking was Ezine Articles.
So as to avoid been a victim of ad-to-content ration, make sure your advertisements do not distract visitors from reading your main content. According to Matt Cutts of PubCon, he advises webmasters to avoid obscuring visitors by placing annoying or distracting ads within their content. Google thinks what matters most is content. But in the process he thinks that other things apart from advertisements will come into the picture, e.g pop ups within a site.
Over the years, webmasters have had an easy time to get top search engine rankings but that is slowly changing. Search engines are seeking to offer their users best quality content in order to generate more traffic and increase their advertisement revenue.
For a search engine like Google, they consider authority and trust of a site as important factors when it comes to top search engine rankings. By the way things are taking shape; it is now going to be even more difficult for a new site to appear on page 1 or 2 for high ranking keywords.
The benefits of the recent google algorithm updates will be enjoyed by internet users than webmasters. As for SEO experts, it is a wakeup call to start generating quality content. Online marketers will now more than ever need to re-evaluate their approach to SEO and only stick to white hat SEO techniques.
Considering that search engine ranking on google will take a considerable amount of period, since webmasters will require time to gain trust from Google, small online home based business will have a tough time. Therefore, it will mean that small online businesses will have to go into their pockets to start generating traffic immediately through Pay Per Click Advertising Campaigns.
Unlike their counterparts, big businesses which already have a strong financial base can result to focus more on paid traffic and fail to concentrate on getting top search engine rankings. In addition, big businesses already have established online brands and are considered as an authority by search engines. Hence, they do not need to do much to keep on generating organic SEO traffic.
The sector that will be greatly affected with the constant algorithm changes are small online home business. As a newbie in blogging, you will have to earn trust which will normally take longer than it did before. Some years back, you could take short cuts and find your site achieving top search engine rankings in a short period of time, but that has now changed.
This article may sound like it is discouraging newbies from trying SEO as way for generating traffic, but that is far from the truth. Achieving top search engine placement should be the ultimate desire of all webmasters. The reason been that with top search engine rankings there are long term benefits and in addition you get to reduce your overall promotional budget.
Online marketers can choose to look are the recent Google algorithm changes in two ways:
Focus on generating Organic Traffic: Now that you know it may take some time to build trust and get high search engine placement, you may decide to be patience and only work with white hats SEO strategies. You may be surprised and get your site or blog ranking high since many marketers are lazy when it comes to generating quality content.
Since search engine want to increase user experience, you can opt to publish top notch content regularly from now on. Yes, it will or may take some time before your site is considered an authority, but the day it gets to the top you will recover a thousand times more.
Concentrate on Paid Advertising:
The other option is going into your pocket for quick results. This is where you pay for organic SEO traffic or Pay Per Click marketing (PPC). In business, time is of essence thus you need to act fast so as to capitalize on an online money making opportunity. Taking the long route my cause you to lose out on financial gains hence the need of having an advertising budget.
There is a common phrase in the business world which says “Time Is Money”. Businesses are there to make money and get their return on investment. If you want to seize an opportunity now then you will have to take action quickly. Note that PPC is no child’s play; the money involved can be quite substantial especially to small online business people.
A close view of the online marketing trends indicates that it time webmasters thought of paid advertising. You may focus on getting top search engines rankings, but by the time you get to the top you will find others have already reaped and moved on.
Work on both Paid and Search Engine Traffic: Seeing that it is becoming harder for small online businesses to generate organic traffic and also raise enough cash for paid advertising, the best thing to do now is work on both strategies.
Working on achieving top search engine rankings will help in the long term while PPC campaigns can be for the short term. Focusing only on search engine optimization is proving to be a tall order for online marketers thus the need to incorporate other marketing campaigns.
Summary: As much as paid advertising will guarantee immediate online traffic and sales which are short lived, it can never help you attain long term goals that come with top search engine rankings. Generally, successful online business is about quality content generation.
Publishing informative content ensures you gain trust and with time build a reputable online brand name. So if you assume SEO is dead you better rethink. Search engines will periodically change their algorithms but the one element that will remain constant in their algorithm equation is CONTENT.
The thing that SEO marketers need to do now is adapt to the changes and adjust quickly. Realize that in order to get top search engine rankings for your targeted keywords; your site needs to be seen as an authority. With that in mind, you can be sure that you will reap the full benefits of SEO in the long run.
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