Staying ahead of the game when it comes to the updates and changes to Google’s algorithm can be a tough wave to ride. Not only is Google a little shy when it comes to explaining which SEO practices are still viable and which have fallen, but there is more to worry about.
Today as we embark on a new field of organic, local SEO algorithms, there are still plenty of myths circulating that need to be left in the digital dust.
1) Google’s hostility towards SEO
On Forums and blogs, users like to point out that Google is trying to destroy the good work of white-hat SEO managers, with every update made to the algorithm. But in actual fact, Google’s latest updates have made it easier for the optimisation tactician and much friendlier for the end-user in terms of trustworthy and high-quality results.
2) One-time SEO or “fix it and leave it” is Good Enough
As users have improved their searching techniques, the SEO techniques have as well – there is no one-size fits all approach to search engine optimisation. Google’s search algorithm is an ever-changing system, to which we have to keep adapting.
3) CTR is no longer viable
Click through rates are often overlooked in modern methods of gaining a higher ranking in search results, even though it is great at keeping your site under the top search results. Even if your site is on the first page of the search for your given keywords, if it isn’t receiving enough clicks you might lose ranking. Improving CTR votes can play a factor in keeping you afloat.
4) Social signals are overrated
Social signals play, despite the misconceptions, an important role in your site’s growth. Social signals are a sign of organic growth as your site gains popularity amongst users – which adds votes to your rank as much as backlinks were a tell-tale sign of social popularity before social networks became so huge.
5) Using keyword-optimised anchor text loses you points
This myth makes the round occasionally, but under closer examination, it fails to hold up. Whilst these types of “exact-match” keyword use has been modified somewhat by the latest algorithm; it isn’t the case with anchor text. Users want to find the exact match, and keyword-optimised anchor text combined with high-quality content will get you those extra points.
6) Creating separate pages for each keyword is a winning tactic
Maybe back in the day, this used to be the case, but the workload involved in creating and optimizing a website of that magnitude will be an absolute nightmare.
. This is where good analytics comes in to help guide you to certain areas of interest from customers or clients and help you focus on the main goals of providing concise, specific content of high-quality and high-value to your customers/readers/clients.
7) 2,400 Word content length is key to SEO
Content has been a tricky business over the past few iterations of the Google algorithm. Many SEO specialists had noticed that pages that contained around 2,400 words appeared to shoot up in value in terms of search. Google has even claimed that is not the length that counts; it’s what you do with it. In other terms, variety and concise material that fits with the subject at hand works well too.
8) “Do Follow” is a horrible tactic to implement
Do follow is actually a great tool for your page to get faster indexing within search, allowing readers and customers to get access to your content quicker. This is always a sure-fire way of cementing your page higher up the search ranking, and you will often find that getting in first is a great way of getting people to link to your page first, ensuring trusted content points for your site.
9) I don’t need SEO to rank for my niche
One of the very first myths you might have encountered when starting out a blog or website is that you don’t really need to focus on SEO for your page to rank highly in the search results. Sure, there are many tools available through automated blogging or website creation utilities to give you a helping hand, such as Yost for WordPress, but even using that alone is often not enough.
A dedicated effort to find unique SEO solutions that encompass social, local and organic growth via your page is the only real way of ranking anywhere near where you’d like in search results.
10) You cannever beat a high authority site with good SEO implementation
False. Good SEO implementation is a great way to start your quest to rank highly within your niche. The trick is to keep adding a wider span of tools to awaken interest amongst readers and customers. Google’s algorithm is based on the end-user likeability of your content, and the best way to rank higher is to invest in content and publish on an ever-widening variety of platforms.
Go social, local and hone in on each particular platform you post on, uniquely identifying your audience per platform and you will start to see the benefits.
Search engine optimisation is the only true way to ensure growth and presence online, and one of the very best ways to interact and get feedback from your audience. When your audience recognises that you are catering to them, the likes, shares and votes will ensure you land the top spot you have been working hard to achieve.
Written by Amio Galib Chowdhury Amio Galib Chowdhury is a Content Writer at WebAlive, a web development company from Melbourne. His area of interest includes anything related to the internet and technology. He mostly writes on ecommerce, user experience design and SEO.