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Published on Jul 9, 2017

Digital NRG, Bristol based SEO Company investigate if SEO is black magic or science http://digitalnrg.co.uk/seo-black-mag...

Search Engine Optimisation: Is it Black Magic or Science?

To get a website to the top of Google requires "Search Engine Optimisation" (often shortened to SEO, and always misspelt by Americans as Search Engine Optimization). Getting your website ranking on the first page of search engines, like Google, has very clear benefits for a business. If achieved, potential customers can easily find your services or products and if other business factors are correct, such as availability and price, you will achieve a sale.

This week I was presenting Digital NRG's SEO services to a group of influential business owners. All very successful, well-established businesses, clearly managed and operated by intelligent Managing Directors and Owner Operators. One, who already benefits from using Digital NRG as their SEO Agency, said some very kind words about the results we are achieving for his business. He spoke eloquently and passionately about the increase in revenue his company was enjoying. He also said that he had previously used a number of SEO Companies but none offered the customer service or achieved the results Digital NRG had achieved. During his gushing review of our services, he said something that made me think. To quote, he said "They are brilliant at explaining the science of what they do in a simple way and SEO is a "black magic" that they have mastered". So, in one sentence, SEO was referred to as "science" and "black magic" - it cannot be both. This article reveals the secrets of SEO and, once and for all, identifies if SEO is magic, science or something else.

SEO - Don't Rely on Religion

You build a beautiful website, that is designed to showcase the products and services your business offers, convert website visitors into paying customers and then release it to the world. Many businesses leave it there. They rely on divine intervention to somehow get their website ahead of their competitors and ranking on the first page of Google. Similar to praying to a Higher Being for a lottery win or to land that large client, a miracle caused by a Deity's active involvement in the human world is not the recipe for success. I am not saying it is impossible, however in my many years of experience, working on 100's if not 1000's of websites, I am yet to see one rank on the first page of Google and attribute the success to a "Higher Power".

SEO - Fingers Crossed and Luck

A similarly disappointing result can be achieved if you believe that "luck" will get your website found high in the search results. A quote, often incorrectly attributed to the golfer Gary Player, states "the harder I work, the luckier I get" and that is absolutely the same for SEO as it is for golf. Technique and hard work will get your website ranking, not luck.

SEO - Why is it Considered a Black Magic?

No one knows for sure, but Google has about 200 measures they use to determine where a website should be placed in their search results. These 200 factors are called the "Google Algorithm". Even as recently as 2015, Google didn't recognise SEO as a service or skill. Every website post or video Google released around ranking a website, involved writing engaging content on your website that people will enjoy and share, not the technical aspect of getting a website found. Some might say this was to deter people from using optimisation to rank their website as an alternative to paying Google through Google Adwords - actually, I believe it was because there were too many "SEO companies" selling poor services and conducting bad SEO practices (often referred to as "Black Hat SEO") that it was an industry Google simply could not endorse. If you watch some of the videos produced by Google in the last year or so, it is clear that Google has changed its policy. There is even a video, by Google, on "How to Choose an SEO Agency".

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