Once upon a time, my life revolved around my high-school boyfriend.
Looking back, I want to hug insecure and super-needy Heather. I was so focused on if my boyfriend liked my hot spiral perm or my tubular neon pants, I didn’t focus on what worked for me.
I unknowingly cut myself off from so many options because I was so laser-focused on grabbing another person’s attention.
I tell this story because the latest Google news is giving me some 1980s-level high-school flashbacks.
Here’s the thing…
I know getting in Google’s good graces is like landing the hot person in high school. It’s tempting to do anything you can to get noticed and “beat out your competition.”
And once you DO have their attention — well, you do everything you can to keep yourself number one.
Often, this means casting aside the real priority (what works for YOUR site and YOUR readers) — and instead focusing on the ever-changing whims of a mercurial partner.
It’s exhausting. And long-term, it doesn’t work. And it cuts you off from other options that could help your site traffic grow.
I’m not saying you can’t have a healthy Google relationship. On the contrary, you can have it all — great Google positions and a well-rounded marketing campaign that includes email, social, and PR.
But that means you can’t exclusively focus on Google’s whims at the expense of your readers.
You don’t need to shove a bunch of keywords in your URLs.
You don’t need to delete older articles because they’ll “hurt your SEO.”
You don’t need to follow a funky Title formula “for Google.”
In fact, Google representatives have stated site owners should create high-quality content that gives readers good information. Not follow some sort of weird formula or “updated hack for 2021.”
If you find yourself racking your brain for the next Google hack, why not try something different that your readers will love (and may even boost your conversions).
Some ideas are:
- You could comb through your existing email nurture series and see how you could make it better. Or, if you don’t have an email nurture series, this is a great time to create one!
- You could review your sales landing pages and see how you could squeeze out a conversion rate boost.
- You could write thought-leadership content that you could repurpose (and yes, get Google rankings.) But more importantly, the content would position your company as a leading resource — and provide tremendous value.
- You could finally go all-in on ONE social platform rather than splitting your efforts and doing a haphazard job.
The point is, there’s always something you can do that has nothing to do with Google — and still has everything to do with your readers (and your bottom-line.)
You just have to remember that there are other marketing tactic fish in the sea.
(And no, I’m not posting a photo of my old-school spiral perm. That photo is locked away in a very special folder, far away from my other images.)
What do you think?
Are you way too into Google? Maybe it’s time for you to see other marketing platforms. Leave a comment and let me know.