What Easter Can Teach Us About Search, Social Media and Blogs

A self-made Easter basket with colorful eggs standing on the grass.
Eggs in a basket are at risk!

Yes. I usually enjoy a short break during holidays like Easter

Yet I often can’t resist to think about SEO 2!

It consists of three major parts:

  • search
  • social media
  • blogs

I want to share with you a saying that kept popping up on my mind:

Do not put all your eggs in one basket.

All the eggs may break at the same time.

This is an idiom that is used very often on the Web in the realm of SEO or business in general.

Why? It can be applied on many different levels:

a) Social media participation
Users who have been banned on social media sites for no reason after participating for years can tell you a whole lot about that.

Do not contribute solely to one social media service because you can lose all your authority any day.

A site can even go bankrupt. It can break down, ban you or become otherwise useless.

Thus I am actively participating at 3 sites and occasionally at 3 more. In short it means:

Do not put all your time and effort into just one social medium or UGC site.

Rather use the triangle strategy by combining three but not more than five social media sites. Do not get stuck in one walled garden.

b) Traffic sources
In Germany and beyond most website and worse business owners are often highly dependent on Google traffic.

Many of those have to buy ads to get it at all.

Luckily in the international blogosphere and beyond by now lots of people rely on Facebook etc. as the main source of traffic.

That’s also a gatekeeper but at least your friends still have a say. Nonetheless

I quickly found out how relying on one social media site might backfire.

From then on I focused on providing value for regular visitors or those who subscribed to SEO 2 instead of the fickle Google audience.

When they already know something I won’t write another post about it just to suit the lowest common denominator of the fickle social media audience.

My posts get nevertheless shared on social media sites each and every time but on many days the direct visitors outnumber the casual social media visitors.

A proper blog has at least three or more major traffic sources:

  1. Core audience coming via type in traffic, subscribers from Feedly or mail
  2. Community and niche sites I contribute to like Growth Hackers.
  3. Also I get more and more traffic via blogs and sites that link to me, where I guest posted or even commented. Thus the success of others is also my success.
  4. A social site like Facebook, where your content gets shared by my readers. I rarely self promote – only if I think I have been misrepresented)
  5. Oh, yes, Google long tail search queries but I don’t care for these enough.

In short it means:

Do not rely on one major traffic source, be it Google search or Facebook or anything else.

Diversify your traffic sources and concentrate on a core audience of fans, subscribers and returning visitors.

c) Revenue or income streams
I already mentioned this very important aspect of freelancing or doing business.

You need to have several income sources.

When you are just working for one client you can end up broke very quickly.

I had to learn this the hard way.

Also being dependent on client work itself is a mistake. You need to find ways to earn money while you are asleep via selling products, ads or affiliations.

What happens when you get sick and you can’t work for clients?

The same applies to small businesses and companies. They don’t get sick but they might lose their clients.

When small business owners don’t have profitable side projects that yield substantial revenue they will fail.

In short it means:

Do not depend on one client or client work at all.

Diversify your income. Try to establish your won scalable projects which will run on autopilot if necessary.

Do not let any medium monopolize you.

SEO 2 is about using search, social media and blogs without being enslaved by them.

It’s the declaration of independence online.

Overhauled: September 18th, 2015: replaced StumbleUpon with Facebook. Added text formatting and subheadlines, removed broken, outdated and misleading links, added new ones.