Is SEO Still Relevant?

If you’re just beginning to investigate the field of SEO, you’ve probably been inundated with conflicting messages. One on hand, you’re likely hearing how important it is to have a website and an online presence that helps you connect with new customers and rank well in search engine results. Conversely you’ve also heard that SEO isn’t effective, is outdated, or is “black hat trickery” which is the realm of spammers. How can you reconcile these opposing viewpoints?

Let us put your concerns to rest: SEO isn’t dead. However, it is evolving rapidly and changing daily.

At one time in the not so distant past, SEO referred primarily to a series of tactical approaches you could use to get your site into one of the top spots on search engines like Google and Bing. SEO gurus offered advice on how to build links, how to structure your website, how to select domain names, and a host of other topics designed to push you to the top of the search engines for specific searches. Competing successfully largely boiled down to mastering and implementing this body of knowledge.

Channels and Your Website

Organic search, or natural traffic from search engines, is one potential source of visitors to your website. There are numerous other potential drivers of traffic to a website. A quick overview of the types of the website traffic should include:

  1. Organic traffic, as a result of search engine results from places like Google and Bing
  2. Referral traffic, based on links from other websites sending through visitors that click
  3. Social media marketing traffic, from participation and links on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn
  4. Paid traffic, which results from advertising like banner ads and Pay-Per-Click advertising on search engines through programs like Google Adwords
  5. Direct traffic, where customers type in your site’s URL directly into their browser

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While SEO typically used to mean organic traffic, it’s now much more commonly used to refer to the universe of potential visitors from all these different channels. Optimizing for search engine traffic is important. But diversified traffic bases help make you immune to the fluctuations of search engines over time, and help you discover what traffic sources will send you your most profitable and engaged customers.

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5 Reasons You will Need to Increase Your SEO Budget

With the recent turmoil with search engines and rankings, many are wondering about how much they should ask for their SEO budget in the coming year. Luckily, even with Google’s changes, SEO continues to yield a great return on investment. This article will give you 5 reasons why it is in your best interests to increase your SEO budget.

  1. Gaming the System with Cheap Backlinks Will Get You Busted

    Google has made it clear that they will not tolerate sites that try to “game the system”. They’ve made great strides over the past couple years to reduce many of the cheap methods that website owners often use to create backlinks. Tactics like article spinning, excessive social bookmarks, paid links, duplicate content, and keyword stuffing are no longer acceptable in Google’s eyes.

  2. Recovering from Google Penguin is Expensive

    Many websites have been able to recover from a drop in the SERPs due to Penguin. However, recovering is expensive. Typically, a full SEO link profile audit is needed to identify the problems and craft a path for recovery. Even if your website has not been hit by an unnatural link warning within Google Webmaster Tools, it’s still a good idea to perform a link profile audit to identify any potential links which could cause future trouble. Preventing the problem is often cheaper than fixing it. The lack of sufficient inbound link diversification (in terms of anchor text, domain diversity, and content type) became a real problem when Google’s Penguin algorithm was launched. Low-quality or manipulative (ie, unnaturally obtained) inbound links also pose a significant risk. A proper link profile audit will tell you if your backlinks are likely to result in a rankings drop.

  3. The Right Kind of Content Marketing Isn’t Cheap

    Not long ago, you could publish a couple 500-word blog posts per week and gain measurable traffic and authority with Google. While short articles do still have value, there’s definitely a trend within Google toward favoring longer content. In the future, I expect that articles will need to be a minimum of 1,000 words in length to rank well in Google, and better yet if they’re over 2,000 words. Google’s new in-depth article section is a good indicator of where things are going. According to Google, “Users often turn to Google to answer a quick question, but research suggests that up to 10% of users’ daily information needs involve learning about a broad topic.” Already, Google is providing a new section within the first page of its search results called “In-depth articles.” Take a look at the screenshot below, for my query on “censorship.”

  4. You Will Need a Content Marketing Strategy

    Content Marketing is the new SEO, according to Neil Patel. And frankly, I agree. Building your brand by publishing awesome, useful content that closely fits the needs of your target audience is what generates real brand signals that will get your content ranked in the search engines. This is one reason why it’s critical for your SEO provider to also provide content marketing services. In 2014, content marketing will play an even more important role in building your brand through generating traffic, leads, and conversions. Without it, your SEO firm is likely to fall back into the low quality content trap where they simply try to make the content “unique” and not care about quality.

  5. Outsource Your Social Media to Scale It Up

    Outsource Your Social Media to Scale It Up We believe that in 2014 social media signals will continue to exert a growing influence on search engine rankings. One thing for certain is that social media is definitely becoming more of a factor for driving traffic and building a successful brand. Social media positively affects the bottom line in many ways. However, is it a good idea for you, the business owner, to spend a lot of your time doing social media? Probably not. Every minute you spend participating across multiple social media platforms means that you’re not focusing on the parts of your business that only you can do. And as the business owner, that’s all you should be doing – otherwise, you’re not maximizing your valuable time. The simplest solution is to outsource social media management. This will allow you to scale it far beyond the time you could spend doing it yourself.

Choosing an SEO Firm

One big factor to consider when selecting an SEO firm is to make sure they have a proper long-term vision of your needs. SEO, when done correctly, incorporates a long-term vision with the proper mix and integration of strong content, social media, and inbound links.

Earning high-quality inbound links is far more important than it used to be, especially since the rollout of the Google Panda and Penguin algorithm updates. This is probably the biggest reason why the cost of search engine optimization is likely to increase, and thus why your budget will need to increase. When you include the cost of properly scaling social media to meet your growing company’s needs, it’s likely to increase even further.

I hope you have a good understanding of why you’ll likely need to increase your SEO budget in 2014. There have been a lot of changes in the past few years, and many companies have suffered as a result. Working with an SEO professional can help clarify your goals and design a plan that will help you achieve those goals.