Want to keep your site penalty free and avoid page 10 rankings hell? Well, here are the 7 deadly sins of SEO which should be avoided at all costs!
I’m sure you’ve heard of the 7 deadly sins, but before you read on give yourself a little test – can you name them all? How many did you get?
I could remember 5 off the top of my head, so thanks wikipedia for reminding me of the other two!
So what does this have to do with internet marketing? Well, here are 7 deadly sins of SEO which you’ll need to steer clear of if you want to avoid going to rankings hell.
1. Rankings Lust
You lust after that coveted number 1 position for your top keyword, focusing all your efforts into making that one phrase rank. But when you get there, the traffic isn’t quite what you were expecting and worse still isn’t really converting.
And then 1 month later your website takes a tumble down the rankings as google Penguin’s over optimisation penalty kicks in.
While ranking well for trophy phrases might make you feel good, the real traffic is in the long tail, so focus on creating los of unique, high quality content related to your topic and write naturally, not for the search engines.
2. Link Gluttony
You’ve managed to secure a few high quality links and they have started to kick in and increase your search engine traffic. So, what you need more is load more links and quickly right?
Wrong! Building links too fast will most likely get you penalised, so don’t be greedy. Focus on creating high quality content and perhaps a few guest posts on trusted sites in your niche. With high quality content links will come naturally and at a rate which google trust your site.
3. Copy Greed
Is your sales copy too ‘hard sell’? Well, you are probably turning your visitors off and sending them straight for the back button.
Softly softly catchy monkey, so make sure you are offering true value and not just begging people to give you their cash.
4. Content Sloth
When was the last time you updated your content? If your website is static, then the chances of you succeeding in google these days are pretty slim.
Keep google interested with a constant stream of fresh content and make sure your existing content is kept up to date and relevant.
5. Google Wrath
You’ve been working hard on your SEO, but your website is still not bringing in much traffic or converting. It’s all google’s fault!
Well, no. Perhaps you’ve got your focus wrong. Forget about google and focus on your visitor experience, networking and offering true value. In fact, just to show you that traffic from google is not the be all and end all here are 91 ways to drive traffic to your site without google.
The ironic thing is that by forgetting about old school SEO and focusing on high quality content, building traffic through social media and creating a great experience for your visitors, you will be doing exactly what google wants and your search engine traffic will start to increase!
6. Competitor Envy
Your competitor is outranking you and worse still you know he is doing it by buying links and other spammy methods.
So should you copy his tactics?
No, continue to focus on creating high quality content and promoting it well to attract genuine editorial links. Your competitor might be getting away with it for now, but you’ll have the last laugh the day he gets caught, or there is an algorithm update and he loses all his traffic while you continue to feel the love from google.
7. Traffic Pride
You’ve been working hard, have finally achieved some great rankings and the money is starting to roll in. Think you’ve made it and can sit back and pat yourself on the back?
Stop working at building your content and networking and your rankings can quickly take a tumble. Remember, pride comes before a fall and in this case the fall will be off of page 1.
So, that’s the 7 deadly sins of SEO. Make sure you don’t submit to these vices, work hard, build your network, focus on your visitors and you will see your rankings, visitors and conversions increase!
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