Number 8, the one not talked about.....
Never do business with anyone on a forum who says he is a SEO guru, SEO expert, etc.
SEO News: The Seven Deadly SEO SinsWhen compared to its offline marketing counterparts (things like PR, promotions and advertising), SEO has a pretty negative reputation. Many consumers hear "SEO" and think to themselves "Oh yes, that's when companies flood my inbox with junk mail and pepper my screen in pop-up ads." Others see SEO as an attempt to game the system and spin the search results.
Even though SEO has been around for long time (pretty much as long as there have been search engines), the industry as a whole still has a bad reputation. This is mainly because of the actions of a few SEO spammers and black hat practitioners. They are the ones who are actively trying to manipulate the search engines and they are the ones that send you e-mails in the middle of the night with subject lines like "A weight loss program that lets you eat cheeseburgers and pizza? It's true!"
As a site owner, you never want to have your brand lumped in with these SEO con men, even if you didn't mean to engage in black hat SEO. That is why it is important to avoid the following SEO sins:
It seems like the number 4 and the number 6 happen to our site often.
What number is happening to your site?
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
Perhaps no. 7 a bit, the others are not at all. I'm not soooo patient
Was going to open a thread on this subject, but maybe adding it here is best.
Who Keeps Spreading
Silly SEO Stupidity, and Why?
Who Keeps Spreading Silly SEO Stupidity, and Why?
Read the article, and check out the various links.
Then think, are you one of these spreaders?
I find that if you're more oriented towards building quality content and a good user experience for the people as opposed to just gaming search engines in some way and obsessing with SEO, you're less likely to fall for stupid SEO. A lot of the times it just wouldn't make sense.
It's logically pretty simple. Before search engines even existed your business only succeeded if it provided a quality service, at the right price, that made people happy with it. Nothing has really changed post-search. The overarching purpose of search engines is to find, link to and rank just such businesses. If you simply kept going with the "quality + user experience" mantra all along, with only a basic adaptation of those strategies to SEO, you would've probably been fine. Good attitude is what counts, and everything else stems from it. Times can change, but if you've got the right fundamentals you're gonna have good chances of success no matter what, and be better equipped of seeing through the BS.
You like more the comment spamming than this post.