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Is SEO worth the trouble?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by karma05, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. karma05

    karma05 Regular Member

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    I don't want to discourage anyone who is involved with SEO as I know little about it, but I've been able to generate 3x the traffic you'd get from most keywords you can rank for in a single day from social media etc.. So why do people bother with it? It's also risky, because you never know what will happen to your position in the search engines, atleast with social media traffic you don't have to rely on anyone else. Am I right about this?
     
  2. PandaDomo

    PandaDomo Senior Member

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    Each to their own really.

    What works for you may not work for another.
     
  3. SimpleSiteSolutions

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    Because when they find you on google it means they're looking for you (or your niche). When they find you on social media it's usually because you're shoving it in their face.

    Search engine traffic usually converts better than social media.

    It also depends on the niche, search volume and a lot of other factors.

    Believe me, you're not discouraging anyone
     
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    As the above said search engine traffic converts pretty well.

    Plus after you find a working SEO method its just a matter of putting up a new site and waiting 1-2 months to rank and then its money on autopilot.
     
  5. karma05

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    But marketing via social media isn't necessarily shoving it into their face, because people search social media using niche related tags, so they ARE searching for what you are offering.
     
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    I said usually. You can believe what you want. Do what you're comfortable with. The only thing I know for sure is that SEO works and you're not going to change anyone's mind

    Social media is not a bad way to go by any means, but neither is SEO
     
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    Keyword has a lot to do with it too.

    Social media would be great for monetizing "cute dresses" or "healthy dessert ideas"
    SEO would be better for things like "best lawyer in Boston"
     
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  8. karma05

    karma05 Regular Member

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    I'm not trying to change anyones mind.
     
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    I understand you have an opinion of what you like better but this is primarily an SEO forum. What type of answer were you expecting?
     
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    I was just wondering that's all..I just want to know everyone elses opinions on which works better for them. So I can know what I should be using my time on.
     
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    SEO is dead. Nothing to see there anymore.

    Move on folks!
     
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    It really does depend on the niche but I think it's best to do both on most niches. Also, they both rely on someone else. SEO relies on google, yahoo and bing. Social media relies on facebook, twitter and instagram. Your income relies on adsense, clickbank or amazon
     
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    well if social media works for you then keep doing it. either outsource the SEO or make some time to create and optimize content. you just gotta go for it.
     
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    i was wondering the same last time, after penalty for my websites. but i dont want to start over, to testing other methods.
     
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    for myself seo is 100 x better seo traffic converts at 30% when ranked first page where as social for me is a low 7% and way less traffic

    depends on niche
     
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  16. cottonwolf

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    seo should a part of your online business strategy
    but you get more traffic via direct marketing
    with seo, you wait for people to come to you
    seo's good and difficult, but shouldn't be the only resource of traffic
     
  17. thedifference

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    Either Have a TIME OR Have MONEY.... It's all on you... Both SEO and Paid traffic is great... I go for paid traffic first and make it work and once it's profitable then I'd throw money madly... Once the system is quite working I'd go for SEO as well... But SEO would be the last option... It's a personal preference... either you wait for the money to roll in or get the money rollin first and later focus on time taking tasks like SEO, which is under someone's control... I personally do both...
     
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    Social media traffic comes in spikes, and requires constant involvement on your behalf.
    Search engines tend to generate constant traffic with good conversion rates.
     
  19. cottonwolf

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    Sure, John, but how long do you wait for SE gods to bring you traffic?
    I know that one of your case studies with gsa ended well.

     
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    Sometimes you have to wait only for a short period while other times it feels like ages... who can predict Google!