Why You Should Write Content For Google and Not Social Media

Today I'm going to share with you why you should write content for Google and not social media.


So, here's the analytics for my site, neilpatel.com. I'm recording this video on a Saturday, as you can see, I'm getting roughly 997 people right now on my website, which isn't bad for a weekend because I'm in B2B.

Now, if you think about my traffic, all right, I'm getting a lot of traffic real time. Let's look at that numbers and the data, and dive a little bit more in.

You can see still roughly now it's 1,000, and when you look at the traffic, roughly over 500 plus of that keyword, so actually let's dive into traffic sources, but over 500 is coming from organic.

And actually, let's go back to overview. So, organic not provided 506, some in different languages, some from YouTube, but again, going back to traffic sources, what you can see here, organic Google 416, organic Bing one, DuckDuckGo, then there's referral traffic.

So, if I type in digital marketing and Ubersuggest, it'll show you the rough trend for that keyword, how many people are typing in and stuff like that.

But look at their estimated visits from Google on a monthly basis. This one's getting roughly one visitor.

What you're noticing is is as I'm going further and further along, I'm seeing content with less social shares, but amazingly the organic traffic is increasing.

Why is that? Well, it tends to be that the content that a lot of people search for on Google are how to related terms, more educational and informational, yet the content that people are sharing on the social web, like Facebook, Reddit, they don't really care to share the how do stuff, no one cares to share how to tie a tie.

But yet, if I just type in the key word, how to tie a tie with an Ubersuggest, how to tie a tie, 450,000 searches. Now granted, the search volume is lower now, but the search volume is lower now due to things like people staying in doors more often, but you guys get the point in which when you look at this, is no one's really want to share a article on Facebook. You're not going to have an article go viral on how to tie a tie, but the volume is there.

See, a lot of the terms that people are searching for is not the content that people want to share on the social web. And you'll also find that similar things with back links, the content that people want to link to that has a lot of amazing data and stats that people want to share and link to isn't a lot of times the content that people want to type in and search for on Google.

So, what I want you to do is write content that people search for on Google. And that doesn't mean that you should write the content for robots or algorithm. Write it for humans, of course, but at the same time, after you write a lot of the content that people are searching for, and you can just figure that out by just doing keyword research on Ubersuggest, type in any of your main keywords.

You can even then go to the keyword ideas report, and it'll show you other relevant keywords that are related, like how to tie a Windsor knot, how to tie a knot, how to tie a tie easiest, or the easiest way to tie a tie. And then from there, you can write the more advanced in depth content like the meaning of ties or what the color of your tie really means, like red may stand for power.

If you look a lot of the people going for political elections, they pick their tie colors for a reason, or the meaning of different tie styles. There's skinny ties, there's ties that are really fat, there's ties that are medium in width. And that kind of stuff could actually impact how many links and social shares you're getting.

But first go and create the content that people are searching for, and then go and create the content that people want to share on the social web. Because that evergreen content, that evergreen traffic, not really the content, but the evergreen traffic that you consistently get, it's going to be from that evergreen content that people are searching for and not searching for.

Again, look at my Google Analytics real time. You see here, 397 visits coming from organic. And now, let's get back to social. Social, let's see it is a whopping five, right? Not 100 X more this time, but close enough.

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    21 Responses to Why You Should Write Content For Google and Not Social Media

    1. Vinod Trivedi October 1, 2020 at 2:07 pm #

      Sir, how to write about us page when a blogger has just started a blog who doesn’t have any experience in this field?

      • Dimitar Margaritov October 1, 2020 at 2:15 pm #

        This is also one of my struggles lol

    2. Dhananjay Atkale October 1, 2020 at 2:08 pm #

      Sir I submitted my url in search console and search console is showing that url is indexed but whenever I search (site:url) it is not appearing…
      I waited for a day but still it is not appearing so what should I do now?

      • Saravanan M October 1, 2020 at 2:22 pm #

        Many of them complaint this even for me also showing the same when I testing live that time it shows indexed again I click my url and enter it shows nog indexed

    3. Sandra Adewale October 1, 2020 at 2:08 pm #

      Thanks for the video Patel. Is it a good idea to post the same article on my blog and medium at the same time? Would it impact my blog seo?

    4. Vinod Trivedi October 1, 2020 at 2:12 pm #

      Sir, can I start a SaaS startup by blogging by getting a customer and the data. Is there any tool to analyze the trends and suggest emerging topics ?

    5. SEO Tools TV October 1, 2020 at 2:13 pm #

      I write one piece of content for Google, YouTube and LinkedIn. Syndication works not bad if you adapt a little bit to each platform.

    6. Anfield. Times October 1, 2020 at 2:13 pm #

      “IMNA share with you”

    7. Skill F October 1, 2020 at 2:18 pm #

      Hey Neil, I’m curious about that movie bookmark. What’s your favorite movie of 2020?

    8. David LeBlanc October 1, 2020 at 2:37 pm #

      I long ago decided that content on a site gets more traffic than social media.

      I tell my clients, mostly small business people always pressed for time, to forget Facebook, Instagram etc. Put your efforts into content your customers will find useful, solve their problems.

    9. E. B. Ramirez October 1, 2020 at 2:40 pm #

      I am not at this point, yet, but thank you, Neil, for your open sharing of relevant information.

    10. 24SevenMarketing October 1, 2020 at 2:42 pm #

      Wow …. i always thought social media was a waste of time … thanks for showing me why!

      This will be a great video for me to use to explain why my strategy is Google focused and NOT social media focused.

    11. Shivam roy October 1, 2020 at 2:47 pm #

      You’re amazing sir.. Salute.. Thanks for sharing this.

    12. Vladislav Ray - Make Money Online October 1, 2020 at 2:51 pm #

      You are one of the most transparent guy on the internet! Good job for showing us ur analytics!

    13. Haरी official October 1, 2020 at 2:53 pm #

      Finally under 1k love your content most usefull and explained in much less time then any other creator. LOVE FROM INDIA

    14. Kristian B TV - Online Business Tips October 1, 2020 at 3:06 pm #

      I’ve been learning more and more about this. PERFECT timing, Neil! Thank you!

    15. ihath October 1, 2020 at 3:09 pm #

      This is eye opening.

    16. Gourav Bhat October 1, 2020 at 4:28 pm #

      Hey Neil, I used the method said by you in previous videos that is I headed to Ubersuggest, typed in a keyword, looked at the first site, searched the article thoroughly and wrote a better one. But here is the problem, my website is new, no backlinks from any site, neither organic monthly traffic. But I wrote a better article than one of the Top 3 ranking sites. So how much time will it take to rank on first page? Is there any better method to make my website rankings climb faster?

    17. Manoj Agadi October 1, 2020 at 4:52 pm #

      Outstanding Information Sir. Amazing Real Time Data. You are the crown Jewel of the Digital Marketing Sir.

    18. Kaleb Stegall October 1, 2020 at 7:03 pm #

      Great video! I have a question, I have a new site that I’m going to create content for and eventually I want to convert that traffic. Should I focus on how-to’s and informational content starting out or informational and keywords around purchasing intent? I know trying to rank for keywords around buying intent is ideal but there are sites with more authority than my own that rank for it. Thanks Neil!

    19. Insideschool Nigeria October 1, 2020 at 8:51 pm #

      I am going to say this your video o has help me in a whole lot of ways. Now I get good results.

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