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Google’s New Crusade Against Overly Optimized Websites

Google’s mission has always been to archive the internet and provide the highest quality results on their search pages. One thing that’s gotten in their way in the past is the SEO profession.

 

A lot of people who study the art of SEO are able to get their pages to the top of Google, even if their site isn’t actually the best site for that search phrase. Better content gets lost because of SEO, rather than because of content.

 

Google is aiming to change all of that. In the near future, they’ll be bringing out an algorithm change that’s designed to penalize websites that have “too much SEO.”

 

What exact does that mean? How can you avoid getting penalized?

 

In short, your site should appear as natural as possible – As if your site was just on the web to put out content. More specifically, here are some of the things you should pay attention to.

 

Don’t: Cause All Your Backlinks

 

If you’re the only person who’s causing backlinks to your site, you can bet Google can tell. If you’re doing things like blog commenting, profile submissions, Web 2.0 links and so on, Google knows those are all links that you can personally cause. It looks unnatural.

 

Don’t: Overly Optimize Anchor Text

 

The anchor text from links linking to you should look natural. That means some links will say things like “I love this site” or “click here to learn more” rather than having your keyword.

 

One big mistake a lot of marketers make is paying other people to link to them with specific anchor texts. This can actually hurt you. Let people link to you with whatever anchors they want. You should only have specific keyword anchors 20% to 30% of the time.

 

Don’t: Pay Attention to Keyword Density

 

If you go out of your way to use specific words a specific number of times in your text, you’re probably doing something wrong. Having a “6% keyword density” is not going to help you rank.

 

In fact, what it’ll really do is make your content sound weird while potentially hurting your rankings. Write your content for real people. That’s what Google wants. Keyword density hasn’t mattered for years now.

 

Don’t: Use Complex Linking Schemes

 

Are you using link wheels, link magnets, private link networks or other similar complex linking strategies?

 

The problem with many of these strategies is that they look similar and leave footprints. Google literally has a team of several hundred PhD’s with astronomical IQs creating algorithms to combat these kinds of link strategies.

 

If you’re thinking of using a complex link strategy, you’re probably better off just leaving it at the door. Especially with Google’s new anti-SEO slant.

 

Don’t: Use Too Much Aggregate Content

 

Are you using content scrapers like Caffeinated Content or scraping RSS feeds and using that as a source of content on your website? If so, you could probably kiss your rankings goodbye.

 

Google doesn’t want to rank websites that just re-wash other people’s content and post it up as their own. They want fresh, original content. Even if you can do SEO better than the original content creators, chances are you’re going to get penalized for it.

 

Don’t: Cloak or Keyword Stuff

 

If you’re using techniques like cloaking (showing search engines one page and people another page) or techniques like keyword stuffing, you can pretty much expect to get penalized.

 

Again, the rule of thumb is real high quality content. Anything that you do to deliberately try and fool the search engines is more likely than not going to backfire.

 

Don’t: Write Similar Content for Similar Keywords

 

A lot of people who create websites for search engines try to create a separate exact match title page for every keyword they’re targeting. For example, you might have these two keywords as two different pages:

 

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When in reality, both pages really contain the same content.

 

Don’t do this. Combine both pages and have one high quality page, rather than try to get an exact match title for every page you’re targeting.

 

These are some of the things that Google is looking out for in websites that are “too optimized.”

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July 18th, 2012 by admin

If Your Social Media Marketing Isn’t Working, Here’s Why

 

For many companies that “try out social media,” it ends up being a bust. In other words, it’s common for companies to invest a lot of man hours only to see little return for their time and money. On the other hand, businesses that know how to work their social media platforms often see extremely high returns, sometimes propelling their businesses to completely different levels. Why is that?

Here are some of the main reasons why social media doesn’t work for a lot of companies and how you can avoid these pitfalls.

 

Poor Link Between Site & Social

Do your visitors know you have a social media presence? Just placing a “tweet” button at the bottom of your articles isn’t enough.

Your #1 promotion avenue for your social media is your own website. Many businesses make the mistake of not properly advertising their social media platforms on their main site.

Place a Facebook widget that shows up many followers you have on your main site. Or come up with some sort of promotion that ties in to getting “Liked.” Find ways to directly advertise your social media to your visitors, rather than just promote it as a second thought.

 

Not Cultivating Raving Fans 

The most powerful thing you could have going for your social media marketing is a bunch of raving fans who regularly share your materials and get their friends to like and share your materials as well.

Are you paying attention to your most loyal fans? When they @reply or @mention you, do you respond to them directly? Do you contact them first before you launch products? Do you have personal relationships with them?

Your big fans are what will make or break your social media efforts. With them, you’ll be able to launch just about any kind of initiative and succeed. Without them, you’ll be pushing a ball uphill.

 

Not Getting Adequate Web Traffic

Starting up a Facebook fan page won’t do you any good if you can’t drive web traffic to that page. If you’re not getting enough traffic, that’s a big area of your business you need to focus on before you can expect real results from social media marketing.

Do some Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to try and get your website to the top of the search engines. Do joint projects with other businesses that have email lists to expose their audience to you materials. Spend some money on Pay Per Click traffic to give your brand a boost.

If you’re not building an email list yet, start building an email list. An email list allows you to get people who come to your website to come back time and again. It can also be a big source of traffic for your social media outlets.

Get more traffic first, then direct that traffic towards your social media.

 

Poor Monetization Strategy

So, you have 100,000 followers. But what does that actually mean in terms of bottom line?

One of the biggest mistakes and pitfalls social media marketers make is not having a clear monetization strategy. If you can’t monetize your fans and followers, then naturally you’re not going to so a return on investment.

Do you have clear call to actions in your posts and your tweets? A call to action is when you tell someone what to do – “Click this link,” “Watch this video,” “Buy this product” and so on.

One of the most effective ways to promote through social media is to use lead generation landing pages. Instead of trying to get people to buy a product right then and there, ask for people who’re interested. Then call them, mail them or email them.

Come up with some sort of sales funnel that’s geared specifically towards social media. This will help you turn your traction into real money.

These are the most common pitfalls companies make in social media. If you’re making any of these mistakes, it’s only natural that you won’t see the kind of return you’d hope for in a business initiative. Begin by funneling enough people into your funnel, then make sure you have a solid system for collecting leads and monetizing them. Once you do that, your ROI will quickly skyrocket.

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July 5th, 2012 by admin