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Not important. If you build something which people want, they'll tell their friends about it. If the majority of your users are discovering you via Google, you're doing something wrong.



I don't really agree with this logic. If you're building something that people want, your target audience should reach far beyond friends and friends-of-friends. If people want something, they're likely looking for it via a search engine these days. Neglecting search engine ranking is neglecting a large amount of potential customers that you could likely be acquiring for a very low cost.

I could make a counter case to your argument: If the majority of your users aren't discovering you via Google, your product doesn't have a wide enough audience to be viable.


That often works for free web "tools" or sites. In the service industry or selling a product, search engines are important to reach customers that are not as tech savvy.




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