SEO ( Search Engine Optimization ) Its A well known term for nearly every blogger. Today I would like to discuss some known and Common SEO Myths that aren’t true. Nearly every blog is stuffed with these SEO Myths but keep in mind that everything is not true. So lets have view on these popular SEO Myths.
Top 4 Common SEO Myths
Before starting I think its vital to tell that these myths are tested by me on my blogs and also I have seen a lot of blogs following these myths but not ranking anywhere. So its all about my experience. Your views may be different but I would like to hear them.
1. Keyword Stuffed Content Gives Higher Rankings
This is the phenomena that nearly every new blogger follows and most of the experts admit it. A lot of websites which repeats the keywords again and again which doesn’t makes any sense. This is called “ Keyword Stuffing “ . There was a time when you could get higher rankings with high keyword density but now Google will sue you if you do this.
An Example of Keyword Stuffing : I love WordPress Blog. WordPress blog is good for SEO. You can use many plugins in WordPress Blog. There are a lot of themes available for wordpress blogs. You can start a wordpress blog with free hosting. WordPress blog is different than blogspot blog.
From above example you can see that ” WordPress blog “ is the keyword which is being used again and again. This is just an example but the masters repeats keyword more then shown in example.
From my experience with a keyword stuffed blog I would say that keyword stuffing works ! But just for a while and once Google caught you, there is no chance to get those sweet days back. If you started using keyword stuffing , you will see you website performing well but after some time you won’t find it even on first 5 pages.
I am not saying that you article shouldn’t have keywords . It must have but in a organized way and visitor should not feel guilty for his/her decision to open your page.
Read Also : How To Use Google Adwords Tool For Keyword Research : Step By Step Guide
2. You will get banned because of Duplicate Content
Its the another myth about SEO that no one denies. Everyone says that If you use the duplicate content , you will get the penalty from search engines. But I am one of them who says ” Duplicate content is not harmful anymore If you know the technique to rewrite the content in more easy words ” . Yes you can copy content but make sure to write it in your words.Your paragraph must not be spammy.
Duplicate content is an essential part of Internet and web world is full of it. So mix up the duplicate content with the high quality one and make sure that your article makes a sense. Never repeat the keywords again and again to make it lengthy and to show different from the copied one.
However I am not saying to stop writing on your ideas but when you don’t have an article prepared make use of the ideas by other bloggers. But for his/her hard work you should link back to original author as a credit.
Here are some tips to follow while writing an article on already published topic :-
1. Write article in your words. Make use of “Active-Passive” voice.
2. First 50 Words of your article must be unique. Don’t copy paste in first paragraph of your article otherwise you won’t get high ranking in SERP.
3. If original article consists 700+ Words then it doesn’t means that your article also should have so much words. Having 500+ Words is enough.
4. Last but not least, Copying content is not a good Blogging practice. Work hard but if you still do so then don’t forget to link back to original article.
3. High Page Rank Means Higher Search Engine Rankings/Traffic
Even I was a hardcore believer of that Myth but my doubts were cleared When I faced First Page Rank Update of my blogging career. Search engine uses hundreds of factors to determine Search Engine Rankings. PageRank is also one of them but carries very less impact. PageRank is not so important as many guys believe. Now a days Google is distributing Page Rank blindly.
So we can say that now a days Google has removed Page Rank from their Ranking Criteria. Having High Page Rank doesn’t means that your website will get high position in SERP. From my personal experience I have seen that one of my Page Rank 0 blog performs much good then PR3 blogs in Google.
Instead of PR you must care about Domain Authority ( DA ). Domain Authority is the factor that can give you higher rankings. However its easy to get High PR but getting high domain authority is really a hard job.
During a recent Google Plus Hangout I came to know that Google Page Rank can be faked with some tricks. Even you can easily get High Page Rank for some bucks. So does PR still matters ? Previously there was a reason to love high page rank : Paid Posts. There was a time when you could get much advertisers because of your high page rank but now game is over.
Recently many advertisers rejected my blog due to less Domain Authority while I was having Good Page Rank. Domain authority is the main criteria for us while choosing blogs for Paid posts/Review”. I will recommend to concentrate on your content quality, On Page SEO and high quality backlinks.
Read Also : Top 65+ SEO Tips to Boost Your Website Search Engine Rankings Fast
More Reciprocal Links Means Better Ranking
That’s the common SEO Myth even some big guns make use of it. I have seen a lot of blogs which are nothing but a list of sites. Many guys are using various badges on their blogs but believe me they don’t work to rank high. Such a websites are full of spam because they don’t follow Google’s Webmaster Tool guidelines.
So first reason not to use those directories sites is that they are spammy. They have a lot of outbound links per page. They even link to new blogs which don’t have any quality content and back links. So in short getting backlinks from such a directories is always harmful and a part of negative SEO.
Another big reason is way of backlinks. Most of the Website directories requires to put their badges on your website if you want to get your website listed there. Suppose your blog is about Health but these directories have every type of blog links. When you will link back them , it will be bad SEO practice.
No matter how much backlinks you got from such directories but if those aren’t relevant to your niche then they don’t carry any SEO importance.
Here is another example of irrelevant backlink method that many newbies use :
Suppose you are having two blogs, one about Health Related Topics and another about Technology Niche. In a PR update one of your blog gets high PR and other one remains same. The first task you will do is linking to you low PR blog from High PR blog. That’s the biggest SEO mistake to avoid. Always care about relevancy of backlinks otherwise they won’t work to rank higher.
I am not saying to avoid link exchange. Link exchange is a great way to get natural backlinks but make sure you link back to same website as your. For example if you are having a blog about Exam Results then you can link back to Jobs,Online Education etc. websites. But it doesn’t means to distribute links to a lot of blogs. Be selective and consider the quality of blogs.
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So guys these were some SEO Myths that many guys believe in but I never cared about these. I would like to know which one Myth you are following and which of my view you denies…….