Is SEO a Good Thing for the World?

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  1. gitachud profile image70
    gitachudposted 9 years ago

    If we only produce content that people are searching for, will this lead to better quality content ? Will this lead to the growth of the knowledge base? How will new knowledge enter the mainstream if content is only developed to satisfy current demand?

  2. NateB11 profile image89
    NateB11posted 9 years ago

    Yes. If we only "create" what people are looking for, we'll go nowhere. That's an undeniable fact, and how stagnation occurs. It's pretty much what humanity has already done for a long time. Nothing new. It's unfortunate we've been given this powerful tool called the Internet and that's where it's at.

  3. gitachud profile image70
    gitachudposted 9 years ago

    Agreed. It like we are self-regulating what should or should not be on-line by the reward system that is in place.

    1. NateB11 profile image89
      NateB11posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I couldn't agree more. Absolutely.

  4. Writer Fox profile image35
    Writer Foxposted 9 years ago

    Content is produced every day which people have never searched for before.  Until July 24, 2013, no one ever searched for 'Prince George Alexander Louis.' The content was produced first on news sites, based on a press release, and then people began searching for the information. 

    Conversely, 25% of searches everyday are for searches new to the Google search engine and no one has written "exact match" content for these queries. 

    This is the dynamic between searchers and content providers.

    1. Solaras profile image95
      Solarasposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Is there a place to see what people are searching for that has no exact match?

      1. Writer Fox profile image35
        Writer Foxposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Outside of Googleplex, No.  This is one of the reasons that Google developed the Hummingbird algorithm.  The algorithm more clearly determines the user's intent with a search query so that Google can find appropriate results in its index.

        What you can do is read news websites and check Google Trends:

        These will give you some ideas for writing new content.  I would still suggest doing keyword research on the Keyword Planner and using new terms in combination with the ones which have a track record in the Google index.

        1. Solaras profile image95
          Solarasposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you!!

  5. web-tools profile image39
    web-toolsposted 9 years ago

    SEO is the part of Internet/Digital Marketing. It is one of the technique of marketing. We can say that all those things which raise your business ethically are good.

  6. Martin Heeremans profile image60
    Martin Heeremansposted 9 years ago

    Writer Fox is spot on.

    There are quite literally tonnes of search queries that Google comes up with nothing close as a match.

    It's for those websites that search engine optimization should be implemented.

    SEO is far from bias - I have modified many different clients webpages for a search engine - Shops, Pizza places, Vehicle Hoist Manufacturers (I could go on all day).

    What I'm getting at is, the chances are that there is a website that most likely has all that content that people are searching for. It's most likely not in Googles index.

    For Google to find a website, if it hasn't been submitted and verified with webmaster tools, there has to be some kind of indication that it even exists (e.g a backlink etc..)

    SEO is then used in many aspects of a website.

    The optimization of a websites URL structure and HTML script.

    The head section of the document has important SEO meta-data.

    SEO is incorporated into the body of a document as well. It is used to get there content shown in a users query.

    There are also specific pages/scripts that have been created only for a search engine. These are needed to accurately display a website.

    Without at least one of the 3 fundamentals, a website is very unlikely to be displayed in a search query, regardless of how unique its content is.

  7. Greekgeek profile image79
    Greekgeekposted 9 years ago

    SEO is not writing about what you think people are searching for. That's bad SEO.

    Good SEO is using tools to learn exactly what it is that your core audience --  the ones actually interested in your topics or business -- are seeking when they come to you via particular kinds of searches, and then using your knowledge, experience and skills to give them the best answers to their questions. The key is that you're not picking whatever content you think will attract visitors, but making the content you're intending to write anyway more useful to your visitors.

    Saying SEO is bad is like saying it's bad when a doctor gives patients the proper tests and treatments to help them with their particular conditions. Or when a store or library is well-organized so that customers can easily find what they need. Or when a lawyer creates business cards to hand out to people wanting her contact information.

    Um, no. Those are useful. They are helping customers find them, and  then tailoring their service to suit the needs of their clients.

    1. gitachud profile image70
      gitachudposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      That makes a lot of sense and gives me a new perspective on the whole SEO issue. So, it's all about using SEO to deliver your content to the world and not using SEO to deliver anything that is been searched.
      If I have something new to tell the world, I should use SEO to make sure that it becomes mainstream knowledge. Noted.

    2. ChristinS profile image38
      ChristinSposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Excellent explanation of how it should work. I wish more saw it that way.

  8. ktnptl profile image78
    ktnptlposted 9 years ago

    SEO motivates people to write good stuff online, so it helps internet becomes more useful to people.

  9. Greekgeek profile image79
    Greekgeekposted 9 years ago

    I was thinking a little more about this, and something kept bouncing around in my skull: not all web content is or should be optimized for search traffic.

    Search traffic means people who are looking for something specific: an answer to a question, or an article about some topic or product they're interested in. So the best thing to do for search traffic is to write focused, purposeful pages where you address one topic, problem or question and stick to one subject.

    But people use the web for things besides searching. They read. They browse. They enjoy. That kind of content is important, too. However, its core audience is not users of search engines. When you're writing those kinds of things, SEO and search engines are totally irrelevant; the readers who like what you're writing will not search for your stuff, any more than you'd start with a Google search to decide what magazine article to read next.

    Those kinds of readers tend to come in through word of mouth, social media: Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest. They require you to use a different approach. Good pictures, entertaining writing, fascinating material, or writing a lot on one subject so that you build up a following or become known for a certain niche may help there.

    Either way, it ain't easy.

    I think the main thing about web optimization is to try to remember that the best kind of optimization is that which of benefit to our visitors, not just a trick to fool search engines or people on social networks into coming to pages that don't deliver. The latter is the "Boy Who Cried Wolf" method, and it isn't sustainable. Sooner or later search engines or social media sites will block us as spammers, unless we really are delivering the kind of content people expect and want when they click on links to our pages.

    (And of course, you don't have to write with an audience in mind. But if you don't, then you're saying, "I'm just writing this for its own sake; I don't care how much traffic I get.")

  10. Solaras profile image95
    Solarasposted 9 years ago

    SEO Gurus - please riddle me this:

    I have been doing a little SEO work for a friend and on Bing and Yahoo, his site is coming up on page 2 for two terms optimized for and one page 1 for a third term.  Google on the other hand ignores the site, with average placements around 167.

    Why are Bing and Yahoo responding to my efforts while Google rejects them.  The SEO efforts have been performed over the last 6-8 weeks on a revamped website (several new pages and some old ones were trashed)that had languished for years.

    1. Writer Fox profile image35
      Writer Foxposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      1.  Yahoo search is powered by Bing.  So, effectively, there is no longer a Yahoo search engine.

      2.  Google and Bing operate with different algorithms.

      Not knowing any more about what the site is and what has been done or not done, nobody can really answer your question.  Use the checklist on my SEO Tips Hub to see if you covered all of the bases to succeed on Google.

      1. Solaras profile image95
        Solarasposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks. I was just wondering if there was a fundamental difference or if Google is. Slower to make adjustments that move up a new player into the established player lists. This is as Atlanta hair salon. I will go check your list and get cracking on the next round!

  11. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 9 years ago

    Nothing is good or bad but that our thinking makes it so. - William Shakespeare.


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