Just Say No to Google Algorithm Chasing
By Jill Whalen - 12/8/2003
It's all about credibility. And fake credibility (as in reciprocal linking schemes) is finally a thing of the past. At least until the scammers figure out a new way to scam.
Links are still important, but we're talking about REAL links. As in the kind you get just because people like you and your company. What? You say those aren't given out any more? Oh yes, they most certainly are. I have hundreds of them pointing to my site, and so do tons of other sites. The World Wide Web is still alive and well and linking as much as ever. It's only those of us in the SEO world who think we have to be cheap with our links cuz we know their value. It's all about building relationships and learning about real marketing, real public relations, and real advertising.
Search engine marketing has just grown up.
Things are definitely not all a bed of roses for some sectors. Real estate agent sites have been crucified by this update, and the same is true of many other commercial industries. Information sites that just marginally touch on the topic at hand are showing up first in the results. But this won't last; the general public won't put up with that for long. Google still has some tweaking to do. A major shift in how to rank sites can't be done in a few weeks. There's some pretty comical stuff showing up for some search queries, and if I know Google, they're working to fix that asap.
The good news is that all is not lost for you. Even real estate agent sites are doing fine in the rankings for many keyword phrases, just not for the big money phrases containing the words "real estate." There are plenty of other related phrases where agents' sites still show up. Phrases like "moving to city name" and "city name relocation" still show plenty of agents' sites when those sites have a lot of information on them. Real information as in "written off the top of your head and not copied from somewhere else" information.
Sure, you may have been taken by surprise by this update, but the good news is that many of those spammy sites we were previously complaining about have started to disappear. Not sure why Google still can't seem to get the redirected and/or cloaked sites to disappear for the search query "email marketing consultant," however. They're still stumped by that one, apparently. Oh well. Maybe nobody actually searches on that phrase but me anyway.
Jill Whalen is a leading search engine optimization consultant and speaker, and owner of High Rankings. The popular High Rankings Advisor newsletter has over 10,000 avid readers, and the High Rankings Forum recently welcomed its 2,500th member.
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