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Are Keywords Dead? Long Live Content. NEED to know Google changes.

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  1. cburton81

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    Google?s Secure Search changes and what they mean to your website marketing.


    If you have an SEO strategy in place, you probably need to now rethink it. Google has moved to secure search (using HTTPS), the ability to use and predict keywords trends ? playing the game with your online marketing has just been made more complicated.

    The move to secure search means, in simple terms, that you won?t be able to track users by the keywords they?ve inputted into their search, as Google will not be passing their keyword search data to websites anymore. This is a big upheaval to SEO and anyone with an online strategy ? you may have customers finding you through Bing or duckduckgo, but Google is the platform for around 65% of searches.


    How
    does this affect your marketing?


    Up until now, knowing what your customer is searching for, such as ?Plasma TV? means not just knowing what your potential customers are looking for, but also what words and phrases are key to search. You then use these magic words in all your online marketing across all channels ? your website, your blog, your social media, in the hope that repeating it will get you to the front page of Google when this is searched for so that your potential customer has a good chance of finding you. In short ? you?re speaking their language. The problem now, is you won?t know what language that is.

    The time spent tracking and adjusting various phrases and keywords is not really necessary anymore when using Google Analytics. You will still find keywords from other search sites while they?re sharing this data, but you will need to change your strategy as times change. You are still attracting relatively the same people and have the same product offerings, but the patterns and trends in the customer will be more of a mystery than a means to attract them.


    So what now?

    It?s not all bad news. It makes predicting changes in trends difficult, and if you?re creating an SEO strategy without a professional you may experience some trial and error, but there are benefits too. Now the challenge is placed on creating content that is really relevant. Actually really relevant. You can no longer rely just on phrases that have buzzwords, but your content has to be what someone is actually looking for. Writing great content such as full product descriptions, manufacturer codes, business information and testimonials will always be a safe strategy for getting traffic to your website, but they might not always be looking for a specific piece of stock. The changes now force you to embrace a strategy that makes your key business your key content, and will rank it as such. Make sure you always have content for your primary purpose as a place to stay, as this should be the focus of customer?s searches.

    If you have a simplistic strategy in place that focusses on getting to the first page of Google and focussing on search terms, you will need to change, and fast. Everyone in marketing shouts about content being king, and now this is more true than ever. Gone are the days of having a flat, difficult to access website that is simply littered with keywords and tags. Make your content relevant to your service and you will attract customers when it is relevant to their searches. Focus on drawing customers with content of real value and you should attract the right prospects for your business.
     
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    I can't believe they are going to do that!

    What the fuck are they going to show to the advertisers then...

    Unfucking Believable.... Where did you get this information?
     
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    Doesn't bother me. I'll just target hundreds more keywords. Will probably rank better and bring in more longtail traffic, anyway.
     
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    I discovered this while researching Google's new Hummingbird Update.
     
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    Long-Tail Keywords and Conversational Queries
    Hummingbird concentrates on whole queries rather than individual words and this means that it will have obvious implications on pages that utilize and include long-tail keywords.
    Long-tail keywords have always been considered beneficial because they typically have a high conversion rate from highly targeted visitors. However, it has proven difficult to benefit from much traffic as a result of their being found on a page. Hummingbird will be looking at search strings of three, four, five, or more words and rather than breaking these down it will provide results for the whole search string.
    Long-tail keywords, which are normally added to pages during the natural process of writing high quality content, may generate more traffic for a website in the future.