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    Does SEO really work?

    Hi guys.

    I have a couple of sites which include blogs. I've never really 'bothered' much with SEO. I just write, and usually my pieces are quite long and comprehensive - I like to think I know what I'm talking about. I don't post that often either, maybe once or twice a month. It's a time thing. So my hits are fairly low (although I've never compared them to anyone else's).

    Writing is a bit of a passion for me and I think if I had to research which words everyone else is using and include them it might be a bit of a killer. So, what I want to know is if anyone else has REALLY had a lot of success with targeted SEO or PPC and has seen a dramatic increase in numbers?
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    It works really well.
    If you are targeting a local audience you can rank high on Google quite quickly. For an international audience it is a bit more difficult but with the right keywords you will get results. I highly suggest investing in good keyword software.

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    Thanks JoeK. Do you have any software you prefer?
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    Gaynor, I can see that you're not very familiar with SEO, so I'd advise you to not look for some app or software that "does SEO". You will waste your money and time, guarenteed.

    SEO is not something that you can just do quickly with an app. Sure there are some apps to help you along the process, like Keyword Research, Title Optimization, PageSpeed Optimization, Link-building etc, but no one app will "do SEO".

    I see your website is built on Wordpress, you can download a plugin called "Yoast SEO". This will help you optimize your posts for certain keywords to get your on-site SEO a bit better, but 50% of SEO involves off-site SEO. Off-site SEO refers to things you do to improve your rankings on external websites and platfroms.

    Let me know if you need some help setting up Yoast or anything really

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    My layman thoughts, if a million people visit any given site and not a single product is sold, then it doesn't work
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanash Naick View Post
    My layman thoughts, if a million people visit any given site and not a single product is sold, then it doesn't work
    That means your SEO efforts are working at least, it's the product or service that's the problem...

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    I think Google has long killed S.E.O. How do you optimize your site when you are in competition with the search company that is selling paid per click advertising.
    One can pay for S.E.O to try to get to the top of the rankings, or one can pay google adds, who do you think will get you to the top of search?

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    The nature of SEO has changed, but SEO still works.
    One of the old methods was keyword stuffing, but these days search engines don't even look at keywords anymore (that is, the <meta name="keywords" content="all your spammy keywords"> tag).
    It is still important to define your keywords and try to use them in your title tag, first heading and early in your content.
    Keyword density is also a thing of the past. If you try to use it more than seems natural, the search engine algorithms kick in to mark your site as suspect.
    If you have a blog, it's better to post regularly. Search engines don't like stale content.
    Social media also helps, so link your blog to Facebook, Twitter, Diggit, Pinterest or any other such site(s) that you are active on and tweet, comment, pin and or like often, especially on related subjects.
    Just a few ideas, but done properly, SEO works without Google Ads or PPC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GertH View Post
    That means your SEO efforts are working at least, it's the product or service that's the problem...
    More likely , your site sucks.
    People would not have clicked if they did not need the service or product.
    Design is a key factor which will retain interest and your bounce rate will be a lot better if you have something good to look at which has been well presented.
    Relevant content, regularly updated seems to work the best along with your key words in the url and sprinkled around the site.
    I am not sure how Google weighs in with back links and resources these days - they used to have it way up the weightings but seem to be keeping quieter about it now.
    The cost of living hasn't affected its popularity.
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