Busting The Top 15 SEO Myths Of 2014
All the late Google calculation redesigns — Panda, Penguin, Hummingbird — have transformed what were once broadly rehearsed SEO convictions into myths. For example, visitor website presenting utilized on be a mainstream approach to get quality connections, yet Google as of late “stuck a fork” in the practice and declared it “done.”
So what are the most well-known SEO myths and misguided judgments today? We questioned the SEO and internet advertising groups for their top picks and best practices in this post-Panda/Penguin world.
Myth 1: Link Building is Dead
“All the Google punishment publicity and commonness of spammy external link establishment has headed some individuals to discredit the compelling artwork of third party referencing, guaranteeing that pushing to increase connections to enhance your rankings will arrive you in heated water with Google,” says Evan Pryce, head of SEO at SUSO.
“In all actuality, you’re never going to contend in an aggressive industry without some component of third party referencing,” Pryce says. “The dangers have absolutely expanded in the event that you don’t realize what you’re doing, yet shrewd and strategic third party referencing from legitimate sites is still the best method for enhancing your rankings and acquiring more activity and income from natural hunt.”
Pryce says organizations ought to keep on lookking for connection opportunities additionally abstain from anything that is excessively self-evident, for example, mass catalog entries or low-quality visitor posts on immaterial, little time online journals.
“The most secure and most solid third party referencing system is to go out and assemble associations with compelling industry figures. The connections picked up from supported connections will be a portion of the best connections you can get and won’t be simple for your rivals to recreate,” Pryce says.
Building connections is risky nowadays if the expectation is to “control look rankings,” says Nathan Joynt, SEO administrator, Volusion. “This is particularly genuine if the connections picked up are low quality and/or they abuse Google’s Webmaster rules. Brands and Seos will advantage from a substance showcasing procedure focused around giving the best substance conceivable that will win connects commonly.”
“Both the substance on your website and the substance that is joining to your webpage need to be of high caliber,” as per Achalu Narayanan, VP of Internet Marketing, Egnyte. Narayanan recommends “having applicable and assorted sources that connection to pertinent pages. When you put resources into substance, that substance can be utilized for Web pages, blog entries, lead era offers and visitor posts on different locales — all substance sorts that will bring more connections with them about whether.”
Myth 2: Content Marketing Has Replaced SEO
Substance promoting has existed for quite a long time. Previously, some substance was made with the sole objective of positioning admirably in Google looks, paying little heed to the content’s quality, as indicated by Steve Beatty, senior SEO chief, Covario.
“Numerous individuals exploited this, making terrible client encounters for online searchers. Google started to take off forceful algorithmic overhauls to battle it (specifically Panda and Penguin),” Beatty says. “This generally constrained advertisers, PR, SEO, and social groups to change their systems and team up additional to make content that can harvest the profits for all channels.”
In light of the late Google calculation redesigns, some accept substance showcasing is “the new SEO.”
“This makes me totally insane,” says Brendan Cournoyer, executive of substance showcasing, Brainshark. “The thought is that substance and inbound promoting procedures have assumed control for the SEO strategies of old, as though the two are some way or another totally unrelated.”
Cournoyer accepts this myth is conceived “from a cynical perspective of what SEO is. Substance advertising can’t supplant SEO, on the grounds that the two don’t contend with one another. They cooperate. SEO is a piece of an extraordinary substance technique. Simply in light of the fact that Google puts a premium on top notch results doesn’t mean SEO strategies still don’t have esteem.”
The Google calculation redesigns have brought about some substance makers to “produce refuse blog entries focusing on long-tail decisive words advanced in an online journal posting organization,” says Mike Lalonde, computerized promoting expert, Londes Digital Marketing. “Simply creating “great” substance isn’t sufficient. It must be valuable to clients and something worth offering. On the off chance that they aren’t offering it, and on the off chance that it isn’t referenced all through the Web, its not valuable.”
Myth 3: Google Ranking Is All About Links
It’s a typical conviction that Google positioning is centered around connections.
“This is another of those myths that, in spite of the fact that it has a premise in truth, is still normally misjudged,” says Anthony Tuite, head of SEO at Barracuda Digital. “Google utilizes various components to figure out which position a page ought to rank for a pursuit question. It is generally held that backlinks are a key segment of exhibiting impact, which thus decidedly influences a site’s rankings.”
Anyhow not all connections are made equivalent, Tuite says. “The most ideal approach to think about a connection is as somebody giving input about your site. To be considered of worth, the criticism must be bona fide, truthful, enlightening and supportive to the client. So you can overlook join catalogs, press discharges et cetera.”
Myth 4: Social Media Signals Directly Impact Search Rankings
The thought that social networking signs effect hunt positioning is “hotly challenged” inside the SEO group, as indicated by SUSO’s Pryce. “While there is clear proof that having a dynamic and captivated social after can help enhance your promoting exertions and lead to earned connections, there is no immediate effect on inquiry rankings,” he says.
Pryce encourages others to keep on growwing social profiles “on the most suitable systems, however don’t accept that getting more Likes, tweets and Google +1s will straightforwardly help your hunt perceivability.”
Wilfred Hirst, senior strategist and SEO master at Brafton, has an alternate take. “Truly, Google weighs content that has a solid social connection heavier than substance that does not have any social vicinity. The best practice is to dependably post your substance on Google+, as this will have it filed quickly.”
Myth 5: Google Killed SEO Value of Press Releases
“One of the top SEO myths that left Google’s late Panda 4.0 calculation redesign is that Google has executed the press discharge,” says Miranda Tan, CEO of Myprgenie. “At the same time it doesn’t imply that posting your discharge on a press-discharge site has lost its esteem.”
“The times of composing press discharges exclusively for ‘connection juice’ are over,” Tan says. “Now is the ideal time to begin utilizing press discharges the way they were utilized for the initial 125 years of their history: as an issue to enlighten the media regarding your organization, items and administrations. Also, obviously, as an issue to let present or prospective clients stay aware of the news from your business. Rather than basically pressing catchphrases into a press discharge, organizations will now need to procure the consideration that will get a higher inquiry rank.”
Myth 6: It Helps to Optimize All Anchor Text With Keywords
Grapple content is the content inside a hyperlinked expression, for example, “click here” when composed as click here. Previously, upgrading grapple content with imperative watchwords helped support seek rankings. Amid the most recent year or something like that, Google calculation overhauls reduced the force of streamlined grapple content.
“Counting focused on pivotal words in a website’s inward and outer interfacing structure to help look rankings is no more a successful method,” says Michael Morgenstern, VP of web showcasing, The Expert Institute. “Indeed, over- streamlining stay content for focused on magic words can bring about a loss of rankings and/or a manual punishment from web crawlers.”
Myth 7: Google Authorship Helps SEO
The SEO profits of Google Authorship are questionable. (Google Authorship is a character check transform that connections a Google+ profile to the Google+ client’s online substance.)
“There is no solid confirmation demonstrating that indexed lists offering a decently regarded creator rank better than those that don’t,” as per Austin Paley, corporate advertiser, Blue Fountain Media. “While [google Authorship] doesn’t have an immediate impact on everybody’s list items, its amazingly useful to incorporate creator imprint up when material.”
Google used to show thumbnail photographs of checked creators alongside their content’s query output postings, and some accepted the pictures helped support higher navigate rates. In any case, Google as of late began to stop that work on, as indicated by Search Engine Land.
Myth 8: Guest Blogging is Bad for SEO
Google’s head of webspam, Matt Cutts, broadly reviled visitor blogging for SEO purposes in January. Cutts’ blog entry headed numerous to accept that visitor blogging of any sort could put you in Google’s line of sight.
“Visitor website posting got nailed by Google in light of the fact that numerous sites, called spam online journals, were made to control the inquiry rankings,” says Dan Stelter, a free SEO advisor. “They had low-quality substance, and Seos blogged on them with the sole expectation of picking up a connection. Others have done comparative things, so if Google discovers many connections obtained through visitor online journals, they’ll presumably punish you.”
“Today, you ought to blog with the sole goal of building power according to your target market. Also you do that by getting presentation on prominent sites,” Stelter says.
Myth 9: No Follow Links Have No Value
Backlinks stamped as “rel=nofollow” don’t give the same sort of esteem that general “take after” connections do, on the grounds that nofollow joins don’t pass Pagerank. In any case, nofollow connections are “still amazingly imperative for organizations,” as per Blue Fountain Media’s Paley.
“Studies have indicated nofollow connections have some quality in web index calculation rankings, and they go about as a vital piece of what Google sees as an issue” “backlink profile,” Paley says. “Not having any nofollow connects in a backlink profile is certain to raise a warning with Google, as it makes your site look as though it is just effectively building connections rather than commonly getting them also. Besides, simply on the grounds that a connection is stamped nofollow doesn’t mean it won’t create activity and leads for your business.”
Myth 10: Mobile Search is the Same as Desktop Search
Some individuals accept desktop and portable hunt are basically the same thing, however as indicated by Paul Holman-Kursky, executive of substance showcasing, Extole, that is not the situation. “Despite the fact that Google commands program built hunt in light of cell phones, applications are becoming more predominant in the portable scene,” he says.
Applications represent 89 percent of versatile media time, as indicated by Nielsen, and the portable Web represents the staying 11 percent. Furthermore, 50 percent of portable hunts are performed with neighborhood aim, as per MDG Advertising. “This implies that when individuals look on a cell phone, they’re frequently searching for what’s close them in the physical world,” as indicated by Holman-Kursky.
End result: Marketers, particularly ecommerce brand directors, ought to create portable particular methodologies.
Myth 11: Lots of Internal Links are Good
Interior connections, or connections that indicate different pages on your site, were previously a paramount on-page positioning component. Late research from pursuit showcasing organization Moz, on the other hand, demonstrates that the quantity of inside connections on a page is currently close to the base of the rundown of web crawler positioning elements.
“[w]hen it comes to inside connections, toning it down would be best,” as indicated by Dina Akhmetzhanova, hunt and social networking administrator, Diligent Commerce Ltd. “Think about the client experience when connecting your pages on your site. Would they advantage from five separate connections on your landing page joining to precisely the same page? Additionally, various grapple content for the inside connections is truly paramount.
So the key is to keep the quantity of inner connections for every page to the base as characterized by client needs, and use diverse grapple message each time you include a connection.”
Myth 13: You Need to Rank Nationally in Search to Succeed
“We have observed that practically all beneficial hunt is neighborhood, particularly with Google pushing Google+ and Google-Map brings about pursuits now,” says Andrew Anderson, a web advertising specialist. “In all actuality neighborhood pursuit prevails over national list items in very nearly every specialty. This is on account of Google+ and Google Maps appear first as more individuals are utilizing their cell phones for ventures, particularly when they’re looking to buy.”
Anderson recommends overhauling your Google+ pages week by week.
Myth 14: Quantity of Indexed Pages Helps You Rank Higher
Previously, it was a typical way of thinking that a higher number of aggregate recorded pages helped rank a site higher in pursuit.
“This was somewhat genuine not long ago, yet now Google is about quality and significance over amount of pages,” says Hirst. “The last Panda overhaul verified this. Locales that may just have 40 ordered pages are currently appearing above destinations that may have 4,000 recorded pages.”
Myth 15: SEO Alone Drives Business
“This is a standout amongst the most unsafe myths even now existing on the Internet, in light of the fact that a huge number of organizations upgrading their sites for SEO are contributing for returns that will be close difficult to get,” as indicated by Josh Meah, fellow benefactor and COO of Jackmyrep.com.
“The fact of the matter is that most buyers of SEO administrations have the right desire that SEO can help drive business, however the wrong learning in respect to how SEO really helps,” Meah says. “SEO is a driver of web movement, not a driver of business. It’s the distinction in the middle of promoting and deals. Your site or supporting deals staff still needs to close the arrangement through a successful on-page experience, and you require a solid online notoriety by and large to abstain from losing business.
“Your business is getting Googled, and on the off chance that you have terrible surveys or unfavorable press of any sort, it will undercut your SEO exertion. Additionally, if your site is a blemish and fails to offer the essential properties of a dependable site, you will close less business regardless of the possibility that you’re getting movement.”