How to Boost Your Web Traffic after Google’s Changes to Search Formulas
It’s no secret that Google recently changed its search formulas.
Google’s intent was to decrease the occurrence of “content farms” in search results, because the farms were clogging the search rankings. Content farms tend to be heavy on ads, post information without much regard for quality, and often use text copied from other sources.
So good for Google! Time to stop rewarding the content farms.
Alas, however, Google’s modifications to its search algorithms also spawned some unintended (and negative) consequences for legitimate companies.
If you own or work at a small business with a web presence, then one or more of the accidental side effects may be giving you a real headache.
Recent articles on CNN Money and in the Wall Street Journal noted that, as a result of Google’s changes, many small businesses have seen dramatic declines in their web traffic and web-generated sales – think drops in sales of as much as 40 percent.
Wouldn’t that make you sit up and take notice? Thought so. As you might imagine, then, those businesses are now taking action.
Which brings us to the “silver lining in the cloud” part.
If you are a freelance writer, pay close attention here, because one tactic favored by those companies is to hire more freelance writers to customize copy.
You see, many of the affected companies sell lots and lots of different products. Formerly, they relied on the manufacturers’ product descriptions, meaning they basically just copied the text. The manufacturers certainly didn’t mind (it’s partly why they created the copy, after all), but that approach seems to have caused their sites to lose their place in Google’s rankings.
So rejoice, freelance writers. As Carol Tice says in her excellent post about this subject: “Google’s change is opening up a world of freelance writing opportunities.”
In addition to writing original product descriptions, companies also need copy for email marketing campaigns, customer Q&A, social media, direct customer communication and much more that will help each company distinguish itself from its competition.
Companies, although you’re going to suffer some short-term pain, in my opinion you have been handed a golden opportunity to make your businesses even more profitable and productive. You and your customers will eventually benefit enormously from what good freelance writers can bring to the table.
Remember, good communication is the heartbeat of a great business. (And better Google rankings.)
Bonus just for you: If you’d like to read more about substantive content and SEO, and why you should care, check out these recent posts:
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- Good Documents Are Smart Business
- 5 Keys to Writing Winning Marketing Copy
- Business Blogs: 9 Tips for Great Results
Now it’s your turn: How do you present your products and services in an original, creative way? What keeps your customers coming back to your website and actually buying stuff? Writers, what do you think about the opportunities presented by Google’s changes? Please share your thoughts and keep the conversation going in the comments – thanks! Elizabeth Lexleigh LexPower The Write ideas