10 Dangerous SEO Techniques to Avoid in 2018

SEO Techniques to Avoid in 2018

When running a business online, SEO is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways of generating quality traffic. While you work towards employing the best SEO tactics, there are those that will affect your ranking in Google search results.  You can begin with basic tactics such as good meta tag descriptions, quality content, and HTTPS.

However, you ought to be more careful with dangerous SEO techniques that can be easily detected by the Penguin, Panda, and other Google algorithm s. This article takes a closer look at some of the SEO techniques to avoid in 2018.

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The Latest Google Rebranding Initiative Discussed

New Face of Google

Change at some point in life is essential. Google, on their verge to embrace change for the better, are aiming to introduce major changes. They are intending to do away with AdWords and DoubleClick, which are among their brands where they will rebrand them to make them easy and simple. Despite them being made simple, they will have some added features to make your experience the best.

AdWords has been a good brand for the last 18 years while DoubleClick is 22 years old. Google flagship in charge of advertising is aiming at reorganizing these brands. The main aim is to make sure that brands reflect what they are meant to be and what their purpose is.

For you to rise to this level using Google, you must first understand about the new brands. The Google AdWords shall now acquire the name Google Ads while DoubleClick and other brands will fall under the Google Marketing Platform. Google Ad Manager will as well be a new brand.

These changes are aiming at catering to consumer expectation, which is growing day by day. They will also increase opportunities for advertisers. Google has developed over the years adopting new ad products and formats, which over time have become more complex for advertisers to use.

Due to these changes, advertisers, as well as publishers, have been on crossroads wondering on the best Google product to choose. The new branding characterized by three buckets aims at making things easier giving publishers and advertisers guidelines on the product they need. This will depend on their goals and aims. Below are new Google brands and their solutions.

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Forget Search Engine Optimization – Here’s Why You Need to Focus on Emotional Engine Optimization

Google AdWords is an interesting platform for digital marketers. There is a lot of emphasis placed upon targeting keywords and ‘playing the game’. We’re all looking for ways to rank that little bit higher in the auction and get the CPC (cost-per-click) down, whilst raising the CTR (click-through-rate).

The thing is, whilst it is important to try and win that coveted top spot in the auction, we get so wrapped up in the battle that we forget this important truth: Search engines don’t click, people do.

You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned conversions yet – This is because the actual ads themselves aren’t what drives conversions. I’ve seen many Google AdWords campaigns with a ridiculously high CTR, but no conversions. That’s because there are 2 parts to the campaign:

  • The ad stage (this includes targeted keywords, ad copy, extensions and more), which wins the click and leads you onto…
  • The landing page stage, which is where people end up if your advert has sparked enough curiosity. If your landing page isn’t up to scratch, people won’t convert.

The important part to notice here is that in order to get the conversion, you obviously need to get people to click on your ad and get to that second stage. It all starts with a click.

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How to Make Google Trends a Part of Your SEO Strategy

Google Trends

Google has become an important part of our lives. Being one of the world’s top-notch search engines, it really has become ingrained in the daily lives of people. Google has made it possible to search for almost any kind of data that can be used for research or marketing purposes.

With the appropriate information, businesses can better align marketing tactics. Other than this, it is also important to understand the behavior and interests of targeted audiences which is why you have something called Google Trends.

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How One Person Can Outwork Big SEO Agencies

SEO Agencies

This article is going to break down how one person can outwork the big digital agencies when it comes to SEO and internet marketing.  

But who am I to be giving this kind of advice, right?

Fair enough. My name is Craig Tuttle. I used to work for two of the SEO agencies in my city as a Director of SEO, then the Director of Marketing. I decided to go out on my own over 5 years ago when I found out we were having our first child. I didn’t want to miss out on time with her because I was working for someone else. I now outrank my former employers (who outsource their SEO client work to me) as well as the other bigger agencies in my city. This article is how I was able to do that not just once, but I repeated it again in multiple cities.  

There’s an old adage that the best results come from the big companies with an army for a workforce, but that’s simply not true. Especially when it comes to digital marketing and actually generating results. You simply have to have the right knowledge and leverage your time, and you can outwork any big marketing agency that you go up against.

It Starts With Knowledge.

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6 Search Engine Optimization Techniques Pro SEO Experts Use to Rank Websites

Search Engine Optimization Techniques

There is no denying the fact that it has become incredibly difficult to rank websites these days. Competition is fierce with hundreds of businesses competing for the same keywords. Not to mention the specifics of Google’s core search engine algorithm which has always been a closely guarded secret.

Still, there are some best practices in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) that we can all look into that have been proven to help websites obtain first-page rankings. 

The amount of time this could take depends on your starting point, but if you continuously work on improvements, you will get you to that coveted first-page spot. So, here are some of the search engine optimization techniques which pro SEO experts use to boost website rankings. 

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An Advanced Guide to Link Building – 7 Must-Have Strategies

Guide to Link Building

During a March Q&A Session with WebPromo Expert, Andrey Lipattsev—a Search Quality Senior Strategist at Google—revealed Google’s top three ranking factors: links, content, and RankBrain. Marketers have since begun to improve their link building efforts and backlink strategies.

Some websites, as expected, went the way of the black hat. They scored higher rankings by manipulating the number of links leading to their page. A later update—codenamed Google Penguin—managed to successfully weed out those employing link schemes and similar black-hat SEO tactics and de-rank them.

With those issues addressed, the focus shifted entirely to link quality, not quantity.

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[Infographic] 8 Common SEO Myths Debunked

Having SEO in your skill set is something that’s beneficial now and even in the long run. SEO is an investment which pays you frequent dividends and bonuses. It’s an ever-changing industry where Google likes to keep you on your toes.

It’s all about experimenting and finding out what works for you and what doesn’t. You don’t need to join a college to learn SEO as there are numerous sites online which can teach you the basics as well as the advanced stuff.

Although the right information is available online, there’s a lot of misinformation and myths spread by many bloggers and “expert SEOs” which they themselves aren’t sure about.

We already have Google playing with our blogs by sending all kinds of animals from its zoo. We certainly can’t afford to follow any bad information or myths and end up messing with our rankings.

Keeping that in mind, I have designed this infographic to make an attempt to debunk eight SEO myths (the most common ones and the ones that can cause significant damage to your sites)

You’ll get to know why I have branded them as myths along with evidence supporting my claims.

Please feel free to share this infographic with fellow bloggers and your friends. You are most welcome to leave a comment below if you have some other SEO myths to share or have a counterargument.

I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Common SEO Myths

Colour Psychology 101 – How to Design Your Website

Colours are used everywhere, and there’s a good reason for it. Colour, believe it or not, can affect the way we perceive things, the way we feel, and even our mood. Whilst colours are subjective to personal preference, research shows that consumers make a decision whether or not to buy a product in just 90 seconds, of which up to 90% of their decision is based on a particular colour.

How to Design Your Website

Understandably, the content on your website is important, but have you ever thought about how the colour of your pages, text, CTA buttons etc. could affect your users? The way in which you design your website could be far more effective than you might think; designing it to your own personal preferences may seem like the logical option and undoubtedly is hard to avoid, however, this may not be the right way.

We’re going to dig right down to the core of what colours mean to your website users, how to design your website to include the right elements, and investigate how colours can affect your website conversions.

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SEO for SaaS – How to Drive Organic Traffic to Your Website

Organic traffic is more than 90% of all clicks in the search. 10% or even less – are clicks on contextual advertising. Companies all over the world pay at least $40 billion a year for Google AdWords alone.

Organic traffic has a competitive advantage. Organics – this is a lower cost of attracting clients, a greater chance of catching them on the site, a higher conversion. Very, very attractive traffic.

SEO for Saas

Forever living SEO is vital for SaaS companies, because whatever fantastic your product is, there is always a risk of being deprived of the users’ attention.

In today’s article, we’ll tell you which modern-day (and old one) methods of attracting organic traffic every SaaS-entrepreneur should pay attention to. Roll up your sleeves!

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