said 1 year, 3 months ago:
Back to my original quandry….
I used to use Market Samurai for keyword research, but something happened and it froze my computer screen every time I used it, so I stopped.
Well, I fixed it a few days ago, or either it fixed itself, lol… and today I went back to review some of the video training MS had to offer.
Lo and behold, I rediscovered the Content Finder and Promotion tools there I had used before when searching for content related to my writing subject. Just as I had remembered, it found content related to keywords, gave helpful rating and ranking info for articles, videos and photos using those keywords, and had a writing space you could use to write the articles, then promote or distribute them to different venues, sites, directories, and forums.
That was my little bit of automation that I had previously found useful, but totally forgot about because of the “freeze” problem.
So glad I started this forum, and glad for the robust, if diametrically opposed discussion. It’s funny how a difference of opinion can trigger your brain to keep thinking about a subject long passed the point of original interest.
But the vigorous opinions expressed here kept my brain coming back to this. Bottom line, I now have my bit of automation I needed to help me speed up my writing tasks, thanks to all your input.
But for the life of me, I still keep reflecting on Adi and Louis’ diametrically opposed views on SEO and automation. I see both viewpoints so well and understand both, from both a writing purist standpoint and that of an internet marketer, as I pursue both sources of income.
I know Google is fast putting an end to the methods of seo that Louis mentioned, but not for the reasons most would suspect. While Google doesn’t like seo, as they see it as gaming their system, they still put out detailed directions on just how to search engine optimize your sites and pages for Google SERP, so they obviously help perpetuate the practice, as it is, indeed, a necessity to survive and thrive in Google SERPs.
But what’s trumping everything, and will do so even more in the future, is the rapidly developing, even overwhelming need to provide relevant information to smart phone mobile users, whose numbers will dwarf desktop and laptop users if they haven’t already.
The need for relevant, timely geo-targeted information by this crowd is trumping everything online, including and especially seo-based practices.
The result is that long, detailed, original, and truly helpful information — the kind that Kristi creates when writing all her articles, many from 6,000 to 10,000 words, on her voluminous unique-content-packed site — are what readers and users want to read and use, so Google is rapidly weeding out the rest, with spun seo articles and thin sites being the first to disappear from search results altogether.
But on some levels, and for certain needs, the thinner one-topic sites are still needed, though you won’t see them around at all in the next few years, no matter what anyone thinks. I’m thinking this may not be completely good for anyone, even if you don’t like the way they’ve been created.
Fact is, I know if I’m looking for info on certain products, especially online downloadable products, I don’t want to read volumes from one writer. I want to read short, pithy information from a bunch of sites, and I don’t want to wade through volumes in a big, fat site to do so. It serves my need.
I’m just sorry that that won’t be available to me in the future. I can forgive all the crappy, spammy junk online, but take away my ability to read a pithy one-pager for my own specific purposes and I truly end up the loser. And I know Google doesn’t want that for me, but it does look like the highly targeted, if not spammy and redundant looking, mega-seo sites will soon disappear, nevertheless.
Anyway, thank you all for your input here. I always love a rousing and robust discussion!