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September 28 2012: Google's Recent Algorithm Change: Time To Stop Focusing On Search Engine Traffic
You Don't Need Google
Do not solely rely on search engine traffic anymore. I have written many articles about not focusing on search engine traffic but instead focusing on other sources of traffic. Now it seems that all of the advice I have given over the past year and a half would be useful to people right now. Some of the topics I have covered over the past year and a half include:
- Generating Traffic From Facebook
- Getting Traffic From YouTube
- Get Traffic By Creating Free ADs For Free Classified Websites
- Using User-generated Content Sites (Hubapages and Experts Column)To Get Traffic
- And much more
I Dont' Need Google And Neither Do You
The reason why I am a firm believer in using other methods to get traffic is because it works for me, it always has and I have never felt the impact of losing major traffic when Google makes changes to their algorithm, such as the recent one that they have just done, which took place on September, 28 2012. Many websites have felt the impact of this Google algorithm change. However, none of my blogs or sites have suffered, but the articles on Hubpages and Squidoo took quite a hit, and that is fine because I don't use those sites to make a lot of money.
Google Says High Quality Content Is Key
I am sick and tired of reading that quality content is the key to getting a good ranking in Google. Maybe before, but now a days it is not, in my opinion. Why do I think this? Because if you search for products or information a bunch of content from 'authority sites' pop up. For example if you search for a product, medical question or other types of information then it is a good bet big name corporations will show up first in the results, such as Amazon and other retail stores. that is fine, but not when they hog up the first few pages of Google. These sites are relevant, but they are considered sites with authority, if that makes sense. Simply go and search for something such as a blender and watch how many results come from Amazon and other stores, and you will see what I mean.
What does the above mean? It means good luck with getting to the front page of Google in whatever your niche is.
It's Worth The Effort Spending Time Focusing On Social Media
I can say this, it may have taken me a lot of effort to build a reputation and following on social media sites but it has been worth it because I have never and will never rely on Google for traffic. The point is you do not need Google. People use to tell me I wasted time focusing solely on social networking websites and I never listened to them, and I am glad. At one point I had a MySpace page with over 100K people on it, and just from MySpace alone I generated thousands and thousands of views on a weekly basis. That was from one profile on one site, so what do you think I did next? Exactly!
The point is now is the time to focus on social media and build your contacts, as sooner or later you will need to rely mostly on social media for traffic.