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Old 11th January 2007, 09:07 PM   #11
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I think that SEO/SEM is going to have be very creative for starting new sites for small businesses. On a limited budget, it is getting harder and harder to get traction, unless it is a really unique niche. Your regular unique niche is not the passport it was. Start a blog? - you and a gazillion others, nowadays is anybody more likely to find it than your site. PPC? - limited on a typical start-up budget. Links? - good but slow. Great content? - good when somebody actually finds your site. What else?

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SEO will both change and remain the same like it does every year.

I can guarantee that every major search algorithm will be different at year end than it is today, and I can also guarantee that if you take OWG's advice and not worry about chasing that algorithm then those algorihmic changes won't hurt your site.

The biggest changes will be that the search engines will continue to move away from things where chasing the algorithm is profitable and more towards things where it's more profitable to build a good site and practice things more in line with marketing in general.

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The biggest changes will be that the search engines will continue to move away from things where chasing the algorithm is profitable and more towards things where it's more profitable to build a good site and practice things more in line with marketing in general.

Great post one ear, gets my thumbs up anyhow.

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SEO will not change, but peoples understanding of it will get better. SEO has not changed as long as I can remember it really. The search engines still want clean sites, with sensible navigation and folder structures and focused content on the pages with links pointing to and from relevant pages. Same old same old really
All of which remains true, but added to that is that these days Google demands to see provenance rather than accept a site on its face value. You have to get inbounds a lot quicker these days to see sustained ranking.

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On a limited budget, it is getting harder and harder to get traction.... Great content? - good when somebody actually finds your site. What else?
If you have great content then Digg it.

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as stated all ready SEO won't change- small business owners and big business will have a wider grasp of what to do with it tho..

My predictions are: SEO will become more mainstream- larger existing companies (such as yellow pages) and PR firms will offer SEO-type services as well as try to mass market/cookie cutter the process. They will fail.

SEO professionals will be better and offer meatier services. Those who jumped on the bandwagon and thought it was all about reciprocal links... are gone or wised up.

Commercial blogging will go through the roof. It will be an integral part of any commercial website.

Substantial traffic will be gained from commercial blog posts. Blog= content=search terms= targeted traffic.

Adsense and AdWords will start to undergo a major overhaul. All ready Google is banning image alignment next to AdSense ads. Will be better for AdWords customers and AdSense users will have to start to crank it up a notch to continue making money.

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