This evening I was working with a client on how to tweak their blog posts for increased search engine traffic. It's amazing how a small adjustment of a title, meta description, heading or the content itself can have. We selected a blog post previously written, made some minor adjustments, and will monitor the results using Authority Labs.
Optimalisaasje fan sykmasjines is gjin legitime foarm fan marketing. It moat net wurde ûndernommen troch minsken mei harsens as sielen. As immen jo foar SEO rekkent, binne jo fereale.
Dwaan. Net. Fertrouwe. Harren.
Ouch. I've been nochal erchtinkend foar SEO-professionals ek ... sels sprekke tsjin it feit dat in protte fan wat in SEO-profesjonele koe dwaan for you is possible to do by yourself. If you lack the knowledge, or you lack the resources, or you're in a competitive search result, the SEO professional will make all the difference.
I should add that Derek's post has some great advice, too:
Make something great. Tell people about it. Do it again. That's it. Make something you believe in. Make it beautiful, confident, and real. Sweat every detail.
Mar dan ferliest hy my wer ...
If it's not getting traffic, maybe it wasn't good enough. Try again.
Miskien. Miskien? Miskien?!
Derek's ideology is going to put his clients at a huge disadvantage. The problem isn't SEO professionals, the problem is the search engines themselves. Trust your SEO professional, don't trust your search engines! Don't blame SEO professionals for Google's weaknesses.
Google's evolution of the search engine beyond keywords did little to help its krektens... it waard gewoan in populariteit motor ... en bliuwt sterk basearre op trefwurden.
Derek is ferkeard en in bytsje roekeleas ... robots.txt, pings, Sitemaps, page hierarchy, keyword usage… none of it is common sense. We help clients to achieve improved search engine ranking because it's hard to work around the limitations of the search engine. A colleague of mine explains it this way:
SEO helpt bedriuwen te rankjen wêr't se moatte rank.
Arguing that SEO is not a legitimate form of marketing is ignorant of the original 4 P's… product, price, promotion and placement, Pleatsing is de stifting fan elke geweldige marketingkampanje! Mear dan 90% fan elke ynternetsession befettet ien dy't in sykopdracht makket ... as jo kliïnt net wurdt fûn op in relevant sykresultaat, you're not doing your job. You can't wish and hope for search engine placement, you need to work and… dare I say… sweat at it.
It bouwen fan in funksjonele webside mei weardefolle ynformaasje en in prachtich ûntwerp en net optimizing it for search is the same as investing in a wonderful restaurant, designing a wonderful menu, and not caring where you open it. That's not just ignorant, it's irresponsible.