search engine rankings

Are Search Engine Rankings Dead?

The phrases “search engine optimizaton” and “rankings” have gone hand in hand since the start of the search marketing industry. Agencies have gone so far as to use “rankings” as part of their name such as Jill Whalen’s High Rankings, David Wallace’s “Search Rank” and of course, our company “TopRank”.

With the advent of personalization and impending changes with the interface of search results, the notion of ranking seems to be on it’s way out. In the past 3-4 years, most SEO consulting firms have been focusing on traffic and especially the past 2-3 years on conversions. Standard search engine rankings as a proxy to sales will become irrelevant, especially as other channels of search have emerged in popularity.

Content optimization for better search engine rankings

A common problem with many web sites that need improved rankings is a lack of fresh content. If you don’t have a dedicated writer in-house, where can you get good content? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Archive your newsletters
  • Archive and syndicate your own press releases and media coverage
  • Add syndicated news
  • Add press releases content syndicated from other sources
  • Use articles open for re-use from article directories
  • Use Yahoo Creative Commons search to find available content
  • Publish a glossary
  • Publish client testimonials
  • Publish product/service demos
  • Publish a Q & A and/or FAQ

Organize your content according to relevant keyword themes. Include important keywords in the text links between content files, in title tags and on-page headings.