Google announced yesterday that in the coming years the company will overhaul its search algorithm and results to incorporate “semantic search,” according to an article from the Wall Street Journal.
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Search… or do you mean SEO? SEM? S.O.S?
Many people instinctually use the words "search" and "search engine optimization" interchangeably. This isn't wrong, necessarily, but it doesn't allow for the wider range of meanings within the ever-expanding world of search.
These days, the race for the #1 spot on Google is tougher than the Tour de France. I've blogged in the past about the dangers of approaching SEO with the expectation of being #1, but that doesn't mean companies aren't any less hungry for a decent ranking.
In short, we may be witnessing the beginning of the end of the printed phone book. At the very least phone books are moving from the realm of the simply unnecessary to being perceived as actually wasteful and damaging. The demise of phone books may not be big news to anyone, but it's an interesting time to think about your business and how well you have been adapting to the times:
On many occasions our clients say, "We want to be #1 in Google."This is a worthy goal, but too general to result in success. It does however, lead to interesting follow-up questions, like "For which search terms do you wish to rank?"