Has Blogging Changed Too Drastically in 2020? (The Explanation Behind Your Weak Results)

By | February 22, 2020

– A lot of people think
blogging has changed over the last year since
they’re not getting good results from their blogging efforts anymore. The truth is, the
underlying rules of success when it comes to blogging
are still the same. But the competitive game has changed a lot over the past years. In this video, I’m going to
break down some of the things that you need to do in order to be able to compete in 2020 and stop getting the lousy results that you’re
getting with your blog. Hey, this is Neil Patel and
today, I’m going to cover has blogging changed
too drastically in 2020? (calm music) Before we get started,
make sure you subscribe to this channel, and if you’re on YouTube, click the alert notification,
that way, when I go live, you’ll get notified. A lot of people think that blogging is a pointless marketing method due to Google’s recent algorithm updates. However, blogging still reigns as one of the best methods
to rank high in the search. So if it’s not algorithm
updates, what is it? More and more people are
struggling with ranking, but it’s not because
Google is making it harder. It’s because the markets are getting more and more saturated. Just think of it this way, there are over 1.5 billion websites on the web, and 380 websites are
created every single minute. There’s roughly a billion
blogs on the Internet. That’s roughly one blog
for every seven people. Now, some websites have
blogs, some of them don’t, that’s why you see the
discrepancy in that number. But you’re probably wondering, hey, with all these websites coming aboard, with WordPress powering more
than 30% of the Internet, how do I compete? And is it even possible to
rank anymore in your market? In short, it’s still possible. It’s going to take some patience. It could take up to three months to start seeing even some
traction in the SERPs. Not amazing traction, not
game-changing traction where you’re getting sales,
but just some traction where you’re starting to
rank higher and higher, maybe get on page five
or page four or page six. That just shows you that
it’s starting to work, but you won’t see the results
until you’re on page one. And that’s if you’re doing
SEO consistently and correctly in the first three months. I often hear people saying,
I’ve tried and it didn’t work. And I didn’t get results instantly. And unless you have a
top brand like Amazon or Nike or even me in
my space or Wikipedia or Moz or SEMrush or one of
these big players, right, you’re going to get results, but
it’s going to take a lot longer. But it is worth it. Here are some sure fire tactics that can help you rank in whatever market that you’re trying to compete in. First, you want to make
sure that your blog is correctly optimized. It’s important to make sure that your blog is going after relevant
keywords and the ones that aren’t too competitive,
especially at the beginning. The average keyword density you can pick, but generally, what we found
by researching keywords, it’s somewhere around 1%. You don’t need to optimize
for 1%, but typically, if you’re going after a keyword,
you’ll naturally include it within your content, your
title tag, your headings, within your introductory paragraph, and maybe even your conclusion. So if you’re not including
the keywords in your content, chances are, you’re not going to rank more because Google doesn’t know that you’re going after that keyword. And as I mentioned, you don’t
want to go after keywords that are too competitive. So using Ubersuggest,
type in whatever keyword that you’re looking to go after, look at the SEO difficulty score. When you’re starting off,
you want to go after keywords that have a difficulty
score of 40 or under. You’re much more likely to get rankings if you go after keywords
that are 40 and under versus going after the ones
that are much more competitive. You also want to optimize your site for mobile and voice search. According to Google, more than 50% of search queries globally have now come from mobile devices. And according to Comscore, over 50% of the searchers on Google
are now voice-based. And that makes sense, when you’re driving, you can just talk into your phone, boom, you can get your answer. So if you want to do well
with mobile and voice, make sure you’re using
structured markup, right. Not only does that help for mobile, but that also helps for voice search and featured snippets as well. You also want to opt in for
the long tail keyword approach when you’re starting off. If you’re just starting
off at the beginning, you want a lot of traffic, remember, on voice and even on
mobile, people are searching for long tail phrases. Yes, they don’t get a
ton of traffic compared to head terms like credit card, but a lot of these long
tail phrases add up, because you can go after
hundreds within a blog post, especially if you’re creating
long authoritative pieces of content that are super in depth. You will also want to use analytics to determine a customer
journey and performance. A lot of times, I see
businesses making the mistake of not using Google Analytics
correctly and accurately to figure out what they should
focus their attention on. Here’s what I mean by
this, installing a piece of Google Analytics code isn’t really going to solve all your
problems and help you figure out how to get the most out of your traffic. You need to look at your Google Analytics, set up conversion tracking,
and figure out what channels, what sources are causing
the most conversions, what pages are causing
the most conversion. That way, you know what to do more of and what not to do more
of, because a lot of times, you get a lot of traffic to
pages that are like, wow, look at all this traffic, but
it’s not driving any sales. And you’re like, it’s the right keywords, I’m just not driving any sales. Well, a lot of that, which
is the next approaches, you can’t be afraid to
monetize your content. So with a blog, you’re
getting some traffic, if you’re not telling
people about your products or services within your blog content, don’t ever expect to generate any sales. But if you do, you’re much more likely to. Last but not least, you need to focus on an omni-channel approach. Focusing on several different channels is going to actually provide
you better SEO results. Yes, SEO is Google, but
think of it this way, from everything that we’ve seen, when you get more social shares, you’re getting more
traffic back to your site, that means more people
are seeing your content, they may link back to it,
they may leave a comment, they may subscribe by email,
they may come back a year later and then buy from you or link back to you. And all those user signals
will continually help with your ranking. The reason the omni-channel
approach is super important, Eric Schmidt once talked about
how brands are the solution to figuring out what sites
should rank on Google. When you take an omni-channel approach, someone’s more likely to see you. And they call it the rule of seven, when someone interacts with
your brand seven times, they’re much more likely
to build that connection with your brand, and that
helps with your brand queries, which then helps with your rankings. If you’re curious to see how
your brand is doing compared to your competitors, you
can go to Google Trends, type in your brand as well
as your competitors’ names, and they’ll show you a graph
of how you’re competing versus all your other competitors, and the key is to be higher than them. And taking that omni-channel approach will help you grow your brand
bigger and bigger over time. If you need help getting
more traffic to you blog, check out my ad agency,
Neil Patel Digital, or if you just have any questions, leave a comment below and I’ll answer it. If you enjoyed the
video, like it, share it, tell the people about it,
thank you for watching.

45 thoughts on “Has Blogging Changed Too Drastically in 2020? (The Explanation Behind Your Weak Results)

  1. Technical Salah Post author

    Hello, Mr Patel ! , I created a new tech website on blogger
    My question is :
    Why page indexing by google is taking forever ?
    Any advice for fast indexing ?
    Have a nice day !

  2. Trap Country Post author

    Good! Keep it up! Would you like to be YouTube friends? 🙂

  3. Passive Income Tom Post author

    What do you think someone should start off with? An affiliate site or a blog?

  4. Harish Nemade Post author

    Neil Sir, How Frequent should I submit sitemap to GSC? After publishing blogs? Or Making changes in Them?
    Exactly, how frequent?

  5. LaptopShopee Post author

    super sir…Love your videos..and Nice Communications voice…👍❤👍

  6. Vinod Trivedi Post author

    Blogging is getting difficult and I AM very scared because I am getting More and more confused because I don't know how to start a blog what is the future , is it worth it?

  7. Vinod Trivedi Post author

    0.6% bloggers make millions of dollars so, what are the steps that they are taking to reach this level.

    How to monetize blog how to make digital products .

  8. SK Logic Post author

    Please help me to build a great website..and what changes I should do

  9. Od. Luis Marcano Post author

    Hi Neil

    I'm a Dentist, and I've doing SEO on my website for a couple of years

    So I'd love you gave us your insights for the health field (Physicians, Dentists, Psychologits, you get what mean)

    Best wishes from Caracas, Venezuela

  10. SKGH TECH Post author

    Superb information it's help me alot thanks 📱☑️bcos I also create my blogger site

  11. irshadkaukab Post author

    As Neil Mentioned. Write the right content. Is the only strategy going to rank your site higher. Word count is not too much important. The main thing is that how you play around the focus keypharse.

  12. Cartoon Army Post author

    neil patel you should put ads on your YouTube vidoes to cover your expenses

  13. bestonlineresults Post author

    Blogs don’t get traffic because most content is uninteresting so it does not get shared or it does not rank in SERPs. What say you Neil?

  14. Lil Manibo Post author

    Hi Sir, is there a difference in optimizing when you're publishing blog posts in Magento instead in WordPress? Thanks

  15. Kato Kambo Post author

    No point of crying now. So let me get the subscription for Ubersuggest. But hey, it shows that free 2month trial for annual membership so do we really get 2 month trial if we go annual pay? And also I only see Credit card option, Where's debit card option?

  16. Sushruth Hegde Post author

    Sir broke people like us are really willing to do so we can't really pay for tools can you please make ubersuggest free again?

  17. naveen reddy Post author

    Hi Neil, your videos are always helpful, thanks for helping me.

  18. Saurav Ram -Little Chicken Start Flying Post author

    is it good to have multi niche blog in one site ..

  19. Satabdi Biswas Post author

    Sir i am very eager & would like to take up an online course on digital marketing but it needs to be an affordable one , i am a professional, so that i can carry on with the course in my flexible hours, plz suggest one ….thanks in anticipation

  20. Cătălina Simona Post author

    Hey Neil. Do you think is wise to use quotation mark for my book review title on my blog? Does Google recognise quotation marks? Thank you.

  21. cdm m Post author

    My dear Neil, all that you said in the video are only for blogging or for everything else like email marketing etc ?

  22. Analytics Online Post author

    Amazing video sir.
    I have been following you from past 6 months.
    Thank you so much.

  23. Sarthak Urs Post author

    How often we have create posts if we have a fitness website.

  24. correct marketer Post author

    hey Neil,
    how to know the most searched words in google in a particular location

  25. Adam Haile Post author

    Of course he was going to make UberSuggest paid. No more free Ubersuggest

  26. Roast Pork Belly Post author

    I’m happy you are charging for Uber Suggest Neil, no way should you be holding the bag for those costs. People will spend $100 a month on McDonald’s yet complain about paying for ubersuggest 🤦🏽‍♂️

  27. Kirti kumar Nayak Post author

    If I republish my posts(not completely, just some of the paragraphs) in medium, will Google decrease my original blog's ranking ?
    Any negative impacts on seo??

  28. Ayush K Post author

    Hey neil sir please answer me 😢Why did you make your Tool paid again?

  29. Ayush K Post author

    Neil sir please make a video on
    2020 seo strategy.
    Is backlinks really helpful in 2020?


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