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Common SEO Mistakes You Can Make

EVERGREEN, COLORADO- Recently one of our clients started losing his #1 positions we helped him achieve. Slowly, his ranks dropped to #5, then #7, and so on until he was dropped to the second page. He constantly complained that our team was incompetent and we needed to do more to get his ranks back.

This phenomenon is rare in our company and we couldn’t figure out why this was happening. Finally, the truth was revealed: our client was “helping” with the SEO process by doing what he “read” on the Internet.

What he had read was outdated and now wrong. We quickly identified his SEO missteps and made the necessary to corrections to restore his rankings. However, during the two to three months our client was busy “helping” us, he was missing out on the opportunity to continue his reign at the top position of Google for his keywords.

If you are hands-on with your site’s SEO or want to help your SEO company and make the process faster, you should be aware of what is good for SEO and what is bad. Beware of the following techniques and know that they WILL damage your rankings:

  1. Reciprocal Linking
    Links are the backbone of your site’s SEO success. Everyone knows that without back-links, your site cannot rank well on Google. There are dozens of ways to get links for your site, but you should be aware that reciprocal linking is a practice that has been looked down upon by Google for many years now.
  2. Buying back-links
    This is a big no-no. If you participate in any “scheme” to buy links for your site, including what are called “sponsor listings,” you will sign yourself up to be penalized by Google. Stay away from paying anyone to place a link to your site.
  3. Using your keywords as text-links
    We know that if you want to rank well on Google for a particular keyword, you need to have that keyword as text link from sites that link to yours. But overdoing this WILL PENALIZE your site for that particular keyword.
  4. Over-optimization
    Anything that looks unnatural to the human eye or to Google’s algorithm is bad SEO practice. There are many examples of over-optimization, but here are a few:

    • Keyword stuffing
    • Redundant blog tags
    • Redundant image tags
    • Same header and title tags
  5. Multiple Google profiles
    Having your Google profile is a must, but if you have multiple Google profiles or Google Places accounts, you will certainly damage your rankings on Google.
  6. Plagiarism
    We all learned in school that plagiarizing results in an “F.” But for some reason, we think copying someone else’s text and putting it on our site is OK. This is very true in the case of e-commerce sites. Most have products that use the same description as the manufacturer or another competitor’s site. After the Google Panda update(s), sites that are plagiarizing are no longer ranking well. So, hire a copywriter and re-write your site’s content, even if it has 10,000 different products. That’s the only way your SEO efforts will succeed.
These are the most common mistakes people make when trying their own SEO. But the story doesn’t end here. There are other things people could do wrong and possibly damage their rankings.
Share what you know could hurt a site’s rankings on Google.

 

 

Common SEO Mistakes You Can Make was last modified: September 17th, 2018 by mr_million
  • Thanks for sharing, According to me all the activities discussed above are the only one which can help to boost rankings in SERP.

    softnos uk 9 months ago
  • Believe it or not, I still see SEOs going for keyword stuffing!! Great article.

    sam 2 years ago
  • Great suggestions and tips to avoid such common mistakes.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Khan 5 years ago
  • Hey Ali Husayni! I have been working on Search Engine marketing for two years. I had some error in working time. I came to know the common mistakes after reading your articles. It is very helpful to me. Thanks

    Sarker 6 years ago
  • Thanks a lot for having share. As a newbie like me there are many things are confused me, but your article very helpful for me.

    Yoga 6 years ago
  • Thanks for sharing this, it is easy to avoid such common mistakes.

    John 6 years ago
  • @Raheel Farooq
    Hi, Raheel I agree to you its really the content which gives more value, with out that posting else unrelated gives nothing and readers looses interest . thank you for your post.

    Robert Calvin 6 years ago
  • the reasons you mentioned are very true We think SEO dead in 2013, it time for Social SEO becoming more important

    Salih KURT 6 years ago
  • These are very helpful note you try to point out in your article, love it.
    Thanks for sharing .

    Anonymous 6 years ago
  • SEO is alive and breathing… but Social SEO is becoming more important…

    Ali Husayni 6 years ago
  • @Tanya
    You are Tanya. But Google penalizes sites that have duplicate content even if they are e-commerce websites having products with the same description.

  • such a interesting topic and content…….good clarification about the seo optimization mistakes……..thanks!!!!!!!!!!!………………..

    jacob 6 years ago
  • I should be more active learning, good information 🙁

    Putri Utami 6 years ago
  • great suggestions and tips to avoid such commom mistakes.
    Thanks for sharing with us

    SAK 6 years ago
  • Wow, interesting!
    Over-optimization can be avoided using a keyword density tool.
    But, reciprocal link building is a way complicated matter and most times is misunderstood.
    Thanks for clarifying everything about SEO malpractices.

    Amin 6 years ago
  • The reasons you mentioned are very true that can be the cause of drop in rankings..I dont adopt any of these methods..I always try to get natural links which can help to get good rankings.

    Anonymous 6 years ago
  • Great points there, thanks. But what if my e-commerce website has 500,000 items, and is constantly growing?? This is not feasible to write descriptions even for half of those.. We do have a blog with a lot of unique content, but product descriptions are pretty standard, provided by the manufacturer. There are also many other websites that have very similar or same descriptions, the only difference is that the lines get switched around. Doesn\’t Google have any way of telling that same or similar product descriptions are not really plagiarism? From the consumer point of view it does not matter how the same item specifications are presented, as long as the information they need is there, why should such product descriptions be treated as plagiarism by Google??

    Tanya 6 years ago
  • Thanks for reminding us the most basic lessons of SEO, Ali. I\’d especially second you on the point of plagiarism. Genuine content not only pursauades search engines of your worth, but also makes your readers realize that you respect their quests and queries and try your best to answer them. It may also be beneficial for search engines\’ own credibility if they refer a visitor to your site and you satisfy him.
    Anyways, had a good time reading your discussion. Thank you!

    Raheel Farooq 6 years ago