We understand that most businesses find it tough to see the importance of SEO. There is a lot of information and misinformation about optimizing search engines and it can make this decision a real problem. The online exposure and the profits of a company may well improve considerably. Although an operational SEO strategy will take many weeks for a business to produce a good outcome, and these tactics may not make sense for people who have never done SEO before.
Many businesses are worried about doing things they don’t know about, but let’s face it, almost any strategic decision will take some chance. Many can be avoided and others can result in unexpected and extreme development.
If you have started doing SEO, you may be asking yourself, what should I and what should I don’t? Let’s discuss this in detail.
What should you do?
Here are the things that you should do for search engine optimization.
1. Update your website
Websites should be revised and overhauled every once and a while. Redesigning the platform can be time-consuming, dangerous, and expensive. However, your website may eventually require a new facelift. Perhaps it appears really outdated. Then again, search engines can be optimized, but it’s hard for human users to navigate. There may be a variety of reasons to update your website and perhaps even consider developing it from scratch if it’s that bad in terms of structure. Such changes, of course, risk your rankings as Google reassesses your site, like changing the URL structure. In this respect, it involves the risk of distancing clients, who are just as get familiar with your website.
But, usually, Google knows that a website is updated after some time, and the scores will usually bounce back. You’ve only got to be patient. Eventually, most of the customers will still know about the changes. More importantly, updating your website will bring more new customers.
2. Acquire and provide high-quality links
Backlinks are a proven feature of SEO, that’s why most businesses want as many as possible. They contribute to the ranking and authority of your website. It’s not just that the one with the most links will rank higher, but you need to offer a bit of return occasionally. You might lose some visitors by linking to other high-quality websites, while also showing Google that you use reliable websites and reference them to established authorities.
Avoid backlinking from low authority sites
Bearing this in mind, you are at risk of getting penalized by Google if you are using backlinks that are the sites having high spam score or low DA. So, don’t just go for backlinks in bulk, but strive for quality over quantity. Before getting a backlink from any site you should check the DA and spam score of that site.
3. Renew your domain timely
For whatever reason, some website owners do not renew their domains. Purchasing and redirecting domains to your site can be a simple and fast way to increase the number of useful backlinks adding some juice to your web.
However, you should only do that if you know exactly what you are doing. There are some serious risks with this technique. The domain must be connected to your company. It should be reliable and valid because if the domain already gets rankings and visits, these users will be diverted to your site and people will be able to get to a site that is completely not relevant to their search.
In addition, expired domains occupied with spammy links and content will also be transmitted to your website, which may lead Google penalizing it or your site dropping in the ranking. However, this tactic is economical and can lead to serious traffic to your site if the best practice is followed.
4. Optimize the URL of your site
Optimize the URL of your website. Especially, the URL of the main page of your site should not be too long. Keep it simple, easy to remember, and short. However, URLs of other pages and posts in your site should include keywords and can be customized. The risk here is that any such change can influence your rankings. You can see some traffic dips and rankings by redirecting traffic to new ones and changing old URLs. Yet you can end up with a simpler framework that appeals to all internet users and search engines if you do it correctly.
5. Test SEO elements
The main aim of SEO is to get visitors to the website and eventually convert them into leads. This does not happen if no one clicks on your website. So, what if your site ranks well for certain keywords, but nobody clicks on your link?
There might be a few reasons why this does not happen as well as expected, and it may take a while to get to the final one. But, we can know the reason by testing the SEO elements. You should take one item at a time to test.
The correct wording and layout combination which will result in maximum website traffic and transactions will most likely require some time and testing. You may find a combination during this period that doesn’t work well and reduces the traffic you have – for a while at the very least. However, the risks are worth it, as you can focus on one aspect, start to drive more traffic, and boost returns until you get the best results.
What you should not do?
Here are some things that you should not do for search engine optimization of your website.
1. Removing useless backlinks
You’re looking for good but not bad links to your website. There is a type of backlinks that doesn’t hurt the ranking of your site but do not help either. Those links are called neutral backlinks. These neutral backlinks may not improve the SEO you need on your website, but they will also not place any overly unfair penalties on your platform.
In reality, certain fines for poor retrospective links are ignored by Google with Google’s Penguin update because websites can’t control who can link to your site. Only if you have learned that Google is manually taking action on your site, you will be able to tell if the backlinks on your blog are low quality, negative, or spammy.
If Google does not take action against your website, the backlinks to your website are good enough to improve the search ranking of your website. Such ties may be disavowed but caution must be taken. Don’t risk blocking all neutral links which might downgrade your ranking.
2. Using precise keywords in the anchor text
It seems obvious that the anchor text of a link to your website includes your intended keyword. After all, for this keyword or sentence, you want your site to rank. For SEO experts who had the same logic in the past, this practice was popular. Unfortunately, professionals who used a disproportionate quantity of matching keyword in anchor texts to connect to their websites have been exploited by this method and the connections were not specifically rendered by the most reputable sources.
Since then, Google has strongly opposed this practice and is punishing websites that overdo it. So, seek natural ways to connect to your site and develop a wider range of backlinks.
So many “tiny” SEO site changes.
Often, changing the contents of your website is a smart idea. Google actively supports new and improved content. But your website visitors or Google will never lose sight of your updates in content and the feel of your site, even if you are doing it solely for search engine optimization. So many updates or improvements to your website will alert Google, which would probably find your website questionable and will definitely penalize you. Over time, visitors to your website also notice the changes even if you have done it for rankings. Some visitors might even begin to suspect your website and may find it difficult to navigate through your site.
3. Deleting an entire web page
Deleting a page from your website may not sound like much, particularly if it is about a product or service that has stopped your business. You will lose all ranked keywords if you delete an entire page. The same thing happens with the page URL, where the page’s keywords are also included. At least maintain the web page even though you are not selling a specific product, rather than facing a loss of these rankings. Only leave a note on the page that redirects them with a related product or service to a specific website.
Be sure you have 301 redirects on the previous URLs if you combine two pages in one to ensure that the traffic and backlinks are not gone.
4. Doorway pages
Doorway pages are simple and easy to create for specific keywords and keyword groups in batches. Confident SEO experts usually ignore doorway pages because Google penalizes sites that use them and really don’t like this technique. The only way Google will allow doorway pages to use is to provide the user with special, transparent, and useful content and knowledge, that is to say, only if the material on the website is the same. But, you should not go for it.
All in all
For any company to thrive, SEO is really important. SEO faces multiple challenges but they can yield desirable outcomes for a website which makes these challenges worth taking it. Additional risks could affect and obstruct the presence of an organization and an online marketing strategy.
There are also many risks in social media marketing that users should avoid but risks in SEO are greater because they hurt the rankings immediately. So, take only those risks that are worth taking and avoid those that are not worth it as mentioned above.