Common SEO Mistakes To Avoid

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After doing all the market research, coming up with better keywords, placing a planned SEO strategy, optimizing links and expecting things to happen overnight and all that happens is a slight improvement in your page rank. You might end up in page 3 or 4 of the search engine result page (SERP) and then no further and this even takes months of work achieving.

SEO is a slow cook process and takes a little effort in bringing the desired results. This can be improved if you focus on avoiding some common SEO mistakes.

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Keyword Stuffing and Non-Keyword-Focused Content

Keyword stuffing is the process of inserting too much keyword for the sake of adding keywords. Such policies will be red flagged by the search engines. Too much keyword in the content will also affect the quality of the content to the reader. Keywords are an important aspect in SEO strategies and should be focused and targeted to specific content for better results.

Another mistake with keywords is that, not focusing on any keyword or topic. If your content is not specific and touches too many topics, inserting relevant keywords should be an issue. When you try to optimize for multiple keywords from diverse services it will yield no results and raise red flags.

Broken Links

A broken link is a hyperlink in your content that points to a dead page which is either removed or not points to the intended location. Overtime sites accumulate broken links and these become natural as sites get older. However this is a great nuisance from the visitor perspective. You are clicking on a link with the notion of reading what is on the other end and gets a 404 error. Google downgrades rankings of such websites. Hence regular checks of links are needed to keep the links under the tracker.

Not Using Analytics

Generating traffic is one use of SEO. But generating massive amount of traffic without conversion is of no use. Tools like Google Analytics can be used to monitor which phrases yield better traffic and which phrases yield better conversion rates. Analysing the trends can enable the SEO specialist to target the specific phrases in the website that return better conversion. The highest traffic generating keyword may not be the highest converted one (a generic keyword can yield better traffic with less conversion). Using tools like analytics is helpful in finding that unique phrase which may yield better conversions.

Not Optimized for Local Search and Mobiles

Pages which are not optimized for mobile devices will not reap the benefits of SEO. Recently Google has a policy to check websites for its mobile compatibility. A mobile incompatible website may not be accepted properly by a search engine. In the present scenario most of the searches are starting from a mobile device and hence the website should be mobile compatible.

Similarly local searches should also be optimized for better visibility around target demographic. A local business with global keywords may not yield desired results. Local keywords, phone numbers and address should be optimized. Services like Google My Business should be considered important and the website, address and contact information should be properly updated.

Design and Errors

User experience is one great factor which forces visitors to stick onto a page. An improper design, or grammar & spelling errors, or slow site loading speeds etc. will diminish user experience. A site with low user experience will also go low in Google SERPs. Slow loading images, too much ads, heavy JavaScript and CSS files, improper web format, all these minor factors indirectly affect SEO performance. Hence such simpler things should be corrected before the SEO strategy goes live.

The above are the very basic prerequisites every SEO should take extra care of and along with the tried and tested SEO techniques.

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Changing Trends in SEO

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Recent developments in technology have heavily influenced the way we use search engines. Digital assistant technologies and newer smartphones are changing the user behaviour. With the rise of the smartphone era search engine optimization techniques are inclining to newer pathways and it is important that your SEO strategies are up to date with the changing trends in the industry.

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Rise of Video Content

The trend is here to stay, video content was on the rise over the past few years and it is only going to rise further. Although written content is considered the standard, many of us insist that including different format of content is a good idea. According to a report by Marketing Land, videos make 62% of all Google searches worldwide. Also Google is experimenting with blended search results by including video ads in search results. Studies have shown that videos were over 50 times more likely to appear on the first page of search results as part of these blended results. According to ReelSEO, videos in universal search results have a 41% higher click through rate than their plain text counterparts. Hence B2Cs with regular feeds of videos will surely gain by the changing scenarios.

Mobile Optimization

Along with the growing mobile user base search trends are also shifting towards mobile devices. Google predicts that mobile searches will increase over the coming years and desktop searches will be completely forgotten over the next 5 years. Mobile optimization of websites will be a norm, so it is high time you changed the way you conceptualize and create SEO strategies for mobile searches.

Voice Search

Voice search is another technological innovation that is catching up in the smart era. Modern search engines receive a lot of queries from digital assistants adding complexity to the search. Digital assistants like Siri, Cortana and Google Now use spoken language recognition for searches. Spoken language queries tend to be different from typed queries. SEO strategies have to be modified for more colloquial search terms considering these.

Social Content

In coming days, content from social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn will gain more importance on the SERPs. Google already has deals with Facebook and Twitter. This means that when you search for an item you’ll probably see a tweet or two appear in your search results. According to Impactbnd.com 76% of marketers use Social Media to support and boost SEO. As more and more social media content gets indexed by search engines the differences between web and social media will be minimized.

Content Aggregation Will Get Bigger

According to imediaconnection, content aggregation is a highly proactive and selective approach to finding, collecting, organizing, presenting, sharing, and displaying digital content around predefined sets of criteria and subject matter to appeal to a target audience. Twitter experiment a new feature called Moments, which aggregated posts, images, and videos from live events and unfolding news stories into a single channel for people to see.

If you too are planning to do so, make sure that you collect and curate content from different, high-authority sources and display it at one place for your users to see to build your authority.

Deep Links In Apps

Websites are being replaced by mobile apps and Google is anticipating the day that mobile apps overtake websites in functionality and popularity. Deep links to apps (links that point toward a specific page or section of a specific app) will carry more meaning. Also app optimization and will grow in importance. SEO strategies should definitely be considerate about apps too in the coming days.

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Social Bookmarking and Reasons to Use It

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What is Social Bookmarking?

Social bookmarking is a way which enables users to add, annotate, edit, and share bookmarks of web documents. Internet users save web links of pages they like to share, using a social bookmarking site to store these links. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be viewed by other members of the site where they are stored. There are many advantages for submitting your content in social bookmarking websites and the main being increased brand awareness. Some examples of social bookmarking sites include Del.icio.us and Digg.

Reasons to Use Social Bookmarking Sites

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Drive Targeted Traffic:

There are hundreds of social bookmarking sites on the internet. Adding your site to a social bookmarking site can trigger thousands of quality traffic to your website. Most of them are targeted traffic specific to your topic. Pages saved in social bookmarking sites are organized by applying tags or keywords to it. This implies that any user searching for a specific tag can find bookmarks that are associated with it and see the number of users bookmarked them. Some also allows commenting on the same.

Improves Page Rank:

Social bookmarking sites have great value in the eyes of search engines. The most popular ones among them have page ranks within 10. Search engines will list results from social bookmarking sites. So if your site is bookmarked, this is an extra opportunity to show up in search results. It also improves search engine ranking for the website.

Boost Popularity of Website

Social bookmarking improves the popularity of your website. These are edited by real people who search for these websites, check the content and rank up or down as they like. If people rank well your content/link it can go viral, they may also share it on a different social media or bookmarking platform generating additional traffic. This is the main reason why social bookmarking is so powerful and interesting.

Popular Social Bookmarking Sites

StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is a social bookmarking and discovery engine that finds and recommends web content to its users. Its features allow users to discover and rate Web pages, photos and videos that are personalized to their tastes and interests using peer-sourcing and social-networking principles. Stumbleupon is an excellent source of free traffic to specific website, a page within a site, an image or a video.

Pinterest

Pinterest is a visual discovery, collection, storage tool. Users can upload, save, sort, and manage images (pins) and other media content (e.g., videos) through collections known as pinboards. Pinterest acts as a personalized media platform. Users can browse the content of others in their feed. Users can then save individual pins to one of their own boards using the “Pin It” button, with Pinboards typically organized by a central topic or theme. Users can personalize their experience with Pinterest by pinning items, creating boards, and interacting with other members. The end result is that the “pin feed” of each user displays unique, personalized results.

Delicious

Delicious is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. Delicious uses a non-hierarchical classification system in which users can tag each of their bookmarks with freely chosen index terms. Its collective nature makes it possible to view bookmarks added by other users.

Reddit

Reddit is a source for submitting and accessing new and popular content on the web. Reddit’s registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links. Registered users can then vote submissions up or down to organize the posts and determine their position on the site’s pages. The submissions with the most positive votes appear on the main page or the top of a category. Content entries are organized by areas of interest called “subreddits”. The subreddit topics include news, gaming, movies, music, books, fitness, food, and photosharing, among many others.

Scoop.It

Scoop.it is a content curation service. Scoop.it caters to professionals, business and non-profits, and corporations. The site has over 1 million registered users with free or paid plans, depending on how many topics you want to post about.

Digg

Listing in Digg will help to improve your website’s search ranking listing for certain search term. If your site is featured on the Digg home page, you will get the benefit of a lot of traffic and a lot of new readers, since plenty of bloggers read Digg posts regularly.

Social bookmarking is a great way to publicize a web page. But always remember the social part. Engage bookmarking other user’s pages, voting and commenting, so that you will reach more people and chances are that you will create a lot more traffic than any other marketing methods.

 

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