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SEO will
NOT Help You
5 Reasons Why
Presents
A large part of our business
is conducting professional
Search Engine Optimization
services for small and
medium-sized businesses.
So you might be surprised
to learn that we talk
ourselves out of more SEO
projects than not. Or, more
accurately, we talk our
clients out of doing SEO.
Many people see, hear and read about various
SEO success stories from friends, colleagues
and business associates and think, “Hey, sounds
great. How can I use that for MY business?”
The problem with SEO, probably more than any other
Internet marketing tactic, is that it’s often the wrong tool
for the job. No matter how bad you WANT it to be the
answer to your problems and help you increase sales
--- it’s just not going to cut it.
SEO IS NOT ALWAYS THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB
To help you evaluate whether SEO
can be part of your well-rounded
Internet marketing strategy, here’s 5
reasons why SEO will NOT help you:
1. You Have a Made Up Product:
The whole foundation of SEO is to position
your webpages to be the answer to the
question regarding relevant searches. If the
product or service you offer is something so
unique or made up, you can’t leverage SEO
for the simple reason that nobody knows to
search for it.
1. You Have a Made Up Product:
Case in point was a company that came to us to implement an
SEO program for “Dog Wine.” The problem is two-fold: Wine
is actually bad for your dog so nobody would be looking for
those keywords together unless maybe it was for “Dog wine
poisoning.” Secondly, the product wasn’t actually wine at all
but a type of gravy commonly sold to spruce up kibble. So
while the product was real and perfectly OK to feed your dog,
the association between the made up product category (dog
wine) and the actual product (a kibble additive commonly
referred to as “dog gravy”) was beyond the scope of SEO.
1. You Have a Made Up Product:
FOR EXAMPLE:
2. Low Search Volume:
The biggest issue we find is that the
keyword phrases associated with the
company’s products and services are in
low demand.
2. Low Search Volume:
Nobody wants to hear that what they’re selling is not in
demand or the greatest thing since sliced bread. SEO exposes
weaknesses in branding and product positioning. Sometimes
SEO is considered a panacea for a weak product offering or
non-existing branding campaign. SEO can’t perform magic, and
certainly can not create demand where little or non exists. SEO
works best when you have a product or service with
well-articulated BENEFITS to the person doing the search,
since most searches start with “How do I …” or “How to…” Be
the answer to that question assuming it’s even being asked. Our
keyword research will expose those weaknesses right away.
3. No Supporting Efforts:
Search Engine Optimization has
become increasingly complex in that
one-time efforts, while still
important, aren’t enough to sustain
any short term success.
And with the rising importance of social media’s impact on SEO,
businesses will need to invest in ongoing social media efforts to boost
their baseline SEO results since all the major search engines have
gone on record that social media signals going in and out of a website
are a validation of that site’s authority on a particular subject (and set
of keywords). So to invest in SEO is really a baseline step that needs
to be reinforced with social media marketing and content marketing
and blogging on an ongoing basis.
3. No Supporting Efforts:
4. Website Design is Not Set Up
For SEO:
The number one SEO problem
related to website design is when
all products and services are
listed on a single page.
In order to perform proper SEO, each product or service must have
it’s own page since proper onsite SEO requires unique META tags,
title tags, keywords, etc. Another hurdle is when clients have
Flash­heavy websites or resist placing actual text and words on the
site preferring mostly pictures. SEO is about content, mainly text.
4. Website Design is Not Set Up
For SEO:
5. Need Results Immediately:
SEO can take
time to take
effect.
5. Need Results Immediately:
The very nature of GOOD SEO practices
is to try and mimic organic linking and
social media activity in as natural means
as possible. That means slowly, and
gradually. And even then, it can take the
search engines weeks and even months
to index your site and move it up in the
rankings — if at all!
5. Need Results Immediately:
So if you have a special event or you’re
planning a product roll out or other
timely event, SEO isn’t going to be your
ticket to the top. You’ll be better
implementing a Pay Per Click
advertising campaign or maybe an
email marketing campaign combined
with social media to make things
happen on YOUR schedule.
Taking these 5 tips into consideration, SEO can be a very
powerful tool in your Internet marketing arsenal. But it’s
not the end-all be-all.
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