SEO Update #3 | 24/12/21 | Up Digest
Welcome to the December 24, 2021 update. It’s almost Christmas (today is Christmas Eve), so the last news most people are going to read from SEO land in 2021. Let’s start right away. We begin with the highlighted news.
Link building (survey)
A survey conducted among SEO specialists found that said specialists spend less than 25% of their time on link building. My guess is, if you asked this 10 years ago, the answers would be different. I also think that not everyone likes to admit that they do a lot of link building.
It is still a bit of a taboo among SEO specialists: engaging in link building. This is for two reasons. The first is that it almost always goes against Google’s guidelines. Buying links, swapping links, obtaining home pages; all go against Google’s guidelines (after all, it hardly adds any value to website visitors).
Only a fraction of link builders engage in “real” PR campaigns. And even these PR campaigns do not conform to google’s guidelines.
So what is left?
Writing valuable content and doing groundbreaking research until people naturally link to you? Good luck (if you’re not a foundation, school, government or A-brand, this is going to be a tough job). For a small (commercial) webshop, an almost impossible task. I’m not going to link to small, commercial parties from my website either (why should I).
- Google’s John Mueller indicates that GA4 install has no impact on SEO (logical, but always good to highlight).
- On Reddit a success story: waking up to +€80k traffic. Read the story here.
- A finding of its own: Google no longer shows the number of indexed pages in the SERP. Are they testing with this? Too bad for SEO specialists who still used this to check the number of indexed pages.