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How To Should You Write For GoogleBot or Humans?

Discussion in 'General' started by eVentureBiz, Aug 10, 2008.


Should You Write For GoogleBot or Humans?

  1. Option 1 in thread (explain in a reply)

  2. Option 2 in thread (explain in a reply)

  1. eVentureBiz

    eVentureBiz New Member

    I'm curious. Which do you think when crafting your website you should make of higher importance:

    1. Your website's design and content is crafted for human readability.


    2. Fill your content with SEO tactics GoogleBot will use to index your site well in search engines (i.e. your site's design and content is more difficult for humans to read and follow but your site will be indexed well in the SERPs).

    I understand a good combination of both is good, but which do you lay more emphasis on?
  2. pezboy45

    pezboy45 Mod/Design & Coder [Pro]

    I almost never write my content "googlebot" friendly.

    I always try to make it look better for the eye.
    I mean, really, are the bots the one that could stare at your content for hours on end, or some human (that gets sucked into your awesome website).
    Its the Humans!

    And, plus, I've been on the internet for a good 6-8 years.
    I got my first domain name when I was 10? goobergeek.com (but that rarely shows up).
    Anyways, if you type my name "Andrew Kemp" I'm number 2.
    And if you type "dapezboy" I'm all 744 pages.
  3. ishkey

    ishkey Moderator, Logos, Sports Crests Staff Member Verified Member

    I try for the human factor.
    But, nor do I forget my search engine friends. They all have something to help me move up to the front of the pack. Take Yahoo's New SearchMonkeys Tools which helps with tags. The only problem is to many webs a showing up with so much junk I can't figure out what the site is for.
  4. eVentureBiz

    eVentureBiz New Member

    Agreed. A good combination is key, but I believe more emphasis on the human factor is important. I came across a site where a guy talks about SEO topics on his blog and I think he has it wrong on who to write to. His content is clearly written for Googlebot and not humans.

    I mentioned it once in his comment section and he disagrees with me but I don't want to hound the guy on his site.

    By the way, thanks for creating the poll. I first wrote this post as a poll but it didn't allow me to explain where I was going, just a topic and poll.

    @ Everyone else - please share your thoughts. I'd like to know what you think.
  5. emilypal

    emilypal New Member

    I believe we should write for people because we want people to be interested in our content.
    If i write for Googlebot only I'll rank fine and people will easily find my site. Though, they'll leave it as soon as possible when they see inappropriate content. So I prefer having less people on my site but these people will be satisfied with the design they see, services they can get and articles they can read.
  6. eVentureBiz

    eVentureBiz New Member

    I agree emilypal. Plus if your site is very well laid out and provides great content (for humans), it can also create a buzz, which in itself can be considered SEO.
  7. sunnee

    sunnee New Member

    I think for humans!

  8. John Navara

    John Navara New Member

    Humans and only humans :) according the last news from Google soon they will change their algo and searchbots will get "humans' face". That is why we have to write for the real readers.
  9. eVentureBiz

    eVentureBiz New Member

    @John Navara - which article are you referring to? Have a link you can share?
  10. templateup

    templateup New Member

    Google want you to write for humans, therefore they will reward you for doing so.
  11. djwilson

    djwilson New Member

  12. MarbleHost.com

    MarbleHost.com New Member

    You should always write for humans. Googlebot is here to index your website and send you humans. So humans are the reason why you create the site.

    KAINSMONEY New Member

    I only make my blog so humans can read , after all , a bot wont buy you anything , lol .
  14. laserpointers

    laserpointers New Member

    it is wise to write both for google bot and for human :)
  15. crazzycat

    crazzycat New Member

    For humans off cause, for what for yopu need bots?
  16. pusscat

    pusscat New Member

    I write for humans that is why I have my site,
    I do use keywords etc aswell
    as for googlebot well I allow it but its not my first thought when making pages or building my site
  17. wuala

    wuala New Member

    I think the first one is more important, and at the same time you need to improve SEO,so the human-webpage have more chance to be visited.
  18. wuala

    wuala New Member

    another thing I want to say is if you create a website for business, you have no choice but to do a good job on SEO.
  19. bmcoll3278

    bmcoll3278 New Member

    The only important thing about the bots is that your page needs to be search friendly so that it gets listed in a way to make the humans want to come. so a mix is needed.
    her is a way to see what they see
    The Road
    So I try to make it look good then take the time to be sure search sees it clearly so they know how to list it and the right humans see the listing.
  20. xHero

    xHero New Member

    In my case, my site is based on something I'm passionate about and so I'm not too concerned with Goggle ranking. It's great to have some exposure, but "man cannot rely on google alone."
    heh, kinda like that quote...but I digress. If you are trying to make money on your site, Google-bot yourself crazy, If it is more of a close to heart, hobbyist site focus on humans. Either way the google bots will find some useful information in your Human flavor text.
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