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Death of a Keyword Salesman

Lots of people like to talk about how SEO is dead. I don’t think there is any truth in this. As far as I can see SEO is just as important as ever and providing you are prepared to abide by the rules and amend your tactics pretty much constantly you can still very much reap the rewards.  What is dead however, is the traditional method of selling SEO on keyword rankings and importance.

Whilst keywords are still very much a part of any online marketing strategy as they help us to hone in on what it is that matters to that business and what topics must be covered in the copy presented on that website, they are not the be-all and end-all of successful online marketing.

Death of a Keyword Salesman

Google uses Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) to index content on webpages so if you think writing a few paragraphs with the same keyword appearing every few lines is going to get you to the top of SERPS you are very much mistaken. Good relevant content is built around related, synonym and similar keywords – each requiring justification to be on the page.  With the introduction of Hummingbird, created to understand more complex search queries, onsite content must now be written to address the potential long tail questions that searchers may ask – moving focus away from more generic keyword search terms and getting people to look at the value of the content itself.

Whilst Google might like to think that Pay Per Click will kill the keyword salesman I think we can all safely agree that in the world of white hat SEO, selling on keyword performance alone is pretty much dead already.  Yes keywords still have a role in online marketing but this is part of a wider visibility strategy that simply cannot be achieved and sustained through keyword marketing alone.

If you want a straight talking approach to your online marketing why not give SEO it Right a call on 0121 308 0219 where we can explain more about this.

Posted by Frances Berry