Dismantling the SEO Factory: Crappy Content Marketing “for Google”

Click to see the famous video on YouTubeHave you noticed firms that do content marketing with such an SEO focus that it gets in the way of their user experience? Too often firms follow SEO tactics which are really an arbitrage of marginally useful actions that often have no value other than to influence Google.

Here are some good SEO practices that I’ve seen turned in to tulip manias:

  • Crappy content marketing
    (page count and keyword loading)
  • Insincere links (popularity)
  • Exact-matching domain names (hyper relevance)

These efforts are usually based on “proportionate thinking,” which builds an SEO factory to bulk-up metrics to “please” (or more accurately to trick) Google. The problem with this thinking is that Google doesn’t want to be tricked. And just like the stock market, there are corrections when bubbles develop.

Crappy Content Marketing
If you want to know exactly why content always trumps SEO, visit DemandMedia, Suite101, Associated Content, or one of the other content mills and do a query on a random topic. I did this with typewriters – because a friend of mine collects them – and then clicked on the first article each site suggested.

Would you really have any faith or interest in a site that presented you with this kind of crap? Would you ever go back to this site? No and no.

People and companies pay for this stuff! They put it on their sites because … content helps you get traffic, right? And these content mills are very concerned with SEO. They have SEO guidelines for writers in order to provide companies with content that will improve their search engine results. If brands are built based on user experiences, then pulp content turns brand experiences in to static.

Attention K-Mart shoppers: Content is not king. GOOD CONTENT is king.
Content = Currency. Do you want your currency to be the Haitian gourde (currently trading at 0.0248004 to the dollar) or the Euro (1.39509)?

Online, you are what you share.
It comes down to the quality of your site’s insight and its expression in content. So, “If it’s an electric typewriter, turn it on”….and write something an audience cares about.

4 Responses to "Dismantling the SEO Factory: Crappy Content Marketing “for Google”"

  • Andrea

    November 8, 2010

    We couldn’t agree more. Everyone in the Foundry is nodding in agreement. What’s the point of being found via Google if what you have to offer the end user is fluff? Your potential prospect will feel duped because you just wasted their time. Users are searching because they need helpful, relevant information. As a content marketer, that should be your only job.

    The benefits that come from providing good content far outweigh those that will be gained by churning out SEO garbage.

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