Guest Blog post by Terry Boddie, Agency Liaison Director at Marketing Media Management
For those working in online marketing, it is clear to see that Google changes a lot. This has a way of getting on some people’s last nerve. Many small businesses lost big the last time Google dropped them from a position in the top sites in search results. This was all because Google changes its algorithms periodically. This had the effect of making Google appear as if it was the bad guy, but there is more than chance when it comes to rankings.
Google looks at more than 200 different criteria when they are giving a webpage its rank. Those companies that use black-hat SEO practices are ever engaging in a war against a formidable foe. Eventually, they can expect to be found out by Google, and during the next change in algorithms, these particular businesses are sure to lose out to those that use only white-hat SEO methods.
The primary goal of Google is to put a stop to these black-hat SEO practices which artificially inflate a site’s rankings. It also wants to reward credible sites that follow the good SEO rules. Online marketing businesses that learn what these rules are and use them will rank high and continue to stay there no matter what.
One very effective technique for increasing the Google ranking of a site is the use of well-written, properly optimized content. This makes it crucial that one create a site which will provide a good customer experience. Another tactic is to include headline tags, place appropriate keywords within articles, use correct URL structure, and include information about the articles through your social media platforms.
It is essential for building traffic to show up high on Google searches. This provides the sales needed to prosper. However, using incorrect methods of getting there will only cause damage in the long run.