We have to give credit where credit is due and today we're giving it to Greg Faucher, SEO Specialist over at AMP Agency.
Greg wrote a blog post yesterday about search and music. It was clever, informative, and all the things that we enjoy whilst perusing Google Reader. You should read it. Thankfully the good folks at AMP let us cross-post his words of wisdom here. If only all SEO Specialists could put search advice into easy-to-understand Lady Gaga references.
As someone who has spent the majority of my life around music, I recently wondered what it would be like if artists sacrificed their artistic integrity to make their songs more searchable within search engines. Call me a dork, but yes, this thought actually entered my brain and it intrigued me enough to write a blog about it. This idea would be terrible for musical integrity, but it would be great for sales and artist related search traffic.
So I thought about what some of the more popular music related search terms might be, and the first thing that came to mind was “love song.” Maybe it’s because I just got married, maybe it’s because Valentine’s Day just passed, or maybe it’s because I recently sang a karaoke version of “Endless Love” with our office manager Patty. Regardless of the reason, after researching the search volume of the term “love song,” I discovered that there are 2,240,000 monthly searches for that exact term across the world.
When you think of artists who made their living off love, who comes to mind? Luther Vandross? Lionel Ritchie? While I’m sure many of today’s 20-30 year olds were probably conceived to the music of these two men, neither Luther or Lionel were ever smart (or simple) enough to have a hit single called “Love Song.”
So naturally I asked, “who HAS had a single called ‘Love Song’”? The only 3 artists that came to mind were The Cure, Sara Bareilles, and 80’s rockers Tesla. After doing a quick Google search for the term “love song,” videos and lyrics for all 3 of these songs showed up on the first page of Google. That is pretty amazing considering the high search volume, and the number of popular love songs that exist. Tesla also had an album called “Bust a Nut,” but that’s a different search for a different day, on a different computer. Give them some slack…it was the 80’s. Tesla just might have predicted SEO would be huge while they were just learning Prodigy!
Sara Bareilles may have struck SEO gold with “Love Song,” but she sure didn’t gain any SEO points by keeping that last name. How many people do you really think can spell Bareilles? I know I had to look it up!
Note to Sara: There’s probably a reason why Lady Gaga doesn’t go by Stefani Germanotta. How about going by Sara Ellis? Just a thought…