A few months ago, Google decided to introduce encryption on its search service. Needless to say, the decision created ripples in SEO industry.
It was the WebSiteMagazie that first broke the news. They even went on to claim death of SEO in near future but then retreated a bit to point it out that despite being a big change, this data removal has placed on a slow burn though SEO techniques are slowly adapting.
Without any knowledge of which search keywords bring which visitors to a particular page, search engine optimization will emerge stronger than ever as the professionals in this line will have to be more focused on content and management.
In a nutshell, Google has done a good job to better their service.
Google has also introduced other adjustments in their search algorithm including priority of quality over quantity, long-tail keywords etc which back things up, according to analysis. Some are referring to privacy improvements though many are of the view that Google is making effort to enhance value in the index instead of returning anything and everything closely related to a particular keyword-rich search phrase. What is more, Google Keyword Planner and AdWords are still there.
From SEO perspective, Keyword Planner is described as a catch-up tool. In other words, the SEO professionals who base their keyword suggestions on AdWords are placing faith in what are likely to be perceived as the most popular phrases by the AdWords buyers. It means viability of a keyword phrase though the two-fold danger should not be overlooked. The first and foremost danger is that reliability will be missing while building an SEO strategy around it.
Another danger is with removal of keywords from referring URLs, Google will forcefully drive the traffic achieving companies and entire SEO over to AdWords. This will push up prices and the sponsored results are more likely to have high relevance to the visitors.
Should this happen, it will be an AdWords buyer’s market. It implies those with high affordability will out-perform – if not edge out – those who are not so financially fortunate. Those who had a light budget for SEO purpose could get good results by researching on the keywords that worked and leveraging the same in the free index. In absence of this possibility, power will be back to the AdWords clients.
Google’s move is regarded as a good means to value high quality content. And according to many, this is the real intention behind instead of a drive for more profit especially for a company which once sloganed “Don’t be evil”.