Welcome, everyone, to another exciting episode of the Scaling Edge talk show. I'm your host, Michael Brooks, and today we have a special guest joining us. Dimitri, the founder of AREGX SEO, a marketing agency that has been making waves in the industry for the past eight years, will be sharing his expertise and insights with us.
Dimitri's journey in the world of SEO is truly remarkable. With a career spanning over 16 years, starting from his college days, he has witnessed the evolution of SEO firsthand. His experience and knowledge make him a true veteran in the field, earning him the affectionate title of a 'senior citizen' in the industry.
During our conversation, we delved into the impact of AI and chatgpt on traditional SEO strategies. One intriguing topic we explored was the use of AI to generate content. I questioned whether people still read articles when AI can produce content efficiently. Dimitri, however, provided a thought-provoking perspective. He emphasized that while AI can replace mediocre work, high-quality content that offers a unique perspective cannot be replicated by AI. He stressed the importance of user experience and how valuable and unique content can capture users' attention.
We also discussed how Google differentiates between authentic and low-quality content. Dimitri shed light on Google's focus on user experience metrics to determine the quality of content. He emphasized that producing great content is the key to organic traffic and higher rankings. However, he cautioned against relying solely on AI-generated content, as users can often discern the difference between AI and human-written content.
Our conversation took an interesting turn when Dimitri shared an unconfirmed theory about Microsoft's potential influence on chatgpt. He suggested that Microsoft could tweak the algorithm to favor its own products or services, adding a layer of intrigue to the AI discussion. While unconfirmed, this theory certainly raises questions about the potential biases that could exist within AI systems.
Shifting gears, we explored the role of learning and thought processing in achieving success in bar exams. Dimitri explained that those who excel in bar exams are typically the ones who have thoroughly learned and can accurately recall the material. He highlighted that while AI models like ChatGPT can be proficient at passing bar exams, they lack the deeper understanding required in subjects like physics or mathematics. Nevertheless, Dimitri believes that ChatGPT can still be a great lawyer due to its human-like qualities.
As we turned our attention back to the topic of search engine optimization (SEO), I expressed my observation that SEO seems to have become less prominent in recent times, with many people focusing more on social media and other forms of outreach. Dimitri, however, emphasized that content remains the key in SEO. He explained that a killer content strategy, with valuable and informative content, is crucial for success.
Dimitri highlighted that Google's goal is to provide the best and quickest results for users, which is why they have introduced features like zero position results. He advised businesses to create content that aligns with user intent and serves their needs. This content can take the form of blog articles, which can be placed on the company's website or any other platform that effectively answers users' questions.
Before we concluded our conversation, I expressed my gratitude to Dimitri for joining the show and addressing a topic that is often overlooked in his profession. For those who want to connect with Dimitri, you can find him on Twitter or LinkedIn, where his handle is @digitalspaceman. His space-themed website reflects his interest in NASA exploration and new horizons.
In conclusion, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Dimitri for his valuable contribution to the show. His insights into SEO, AI, and content strategy were enlightening, and I believe many of our listeners will find them beneficial. I look forward to future interactions with Dimitri and wish him continued success in his endeavors.