SEO is a must do thing for each and every serious blogger, without it you can't compete in web 2.0 era. It is important to perform SEO, but to do it the right way, you must follow the latest trends and changes otherwise you will end with nothing in hand. What I want to say is "little or partial knowledge is very dangerous", its better to leave it if you don't know about its Do's and Don't.
There are many misconceptions about SEO, and specially among newbies. Doing it in right manner requires knowledge, practical experience and patience. If your basics aren't clear, how can to make perform it? It is more important to be aware of Don't, as they can cause your blog or site an unrepairable harm.
|Top SEO Myths Busted|
SEO is changing every day, year 2012 saw some of the biggest changes in the world of SEO. With changing time, the past time Do's are becoming Don't of the present and the future. If you still keeps on practicing the Do's of past, Google Panda or Penguin may harm your blog's search engine ranking worse then ever, that's why I want to bust some of the most dangerous misconceptions.
Here are 8 Most Common Misconceptions in SEO
#1 Keyword stuffing
It is one of the most common misconception, specially among amateur bloggers. I have seen people loading their article with tons of keywords (some times word count of keywords is more then that of article).
It was a major SEO practice before the arrival of Panda algorithm update, and to be true I was also a huge fan of it :p. But as things started changing I decided to move on and quiet keyword stuffing.
#2 Using link farms to gain back-links
Another popular "to do" practice until Google Penguin update was introduced. After penguin links farms vanished from the web, but there are some still prevailing. Many amateur and newbie bloggers use link farms to gain instant page rank and traffic, but ends up with no result or some times even negative results.
#3 Buying paid links
Buying links for your blog or site is a good idea to get some instant traffic but from SEO point of view it is of no use. Posting links on sidebar doesn't work now a days as Google does not pay attention to these links.
#4 Using a same keyword again and again in anchor text
A few time back we used to use same keyword as anchor text every time, for both internal as well as external back link building, as it was a good way to get ranked for a that particular keyword easily. But things changed with the release of Penguin. Now sites and blog are being penalized for practicing such things.
#5 Submitting URL to blog directories
Directory submission was one of the best way to get some quick backlinks and get instant indexing by search engine. I was fond of submitting my blog to blog directories, and placing their logo on my blog's sidebar :p. At that time almost each and every blog had those directories logo on their blog's sidebar or footer. But things are different now, directory submission doesn't help now a days. Even Matt Cuts himself said that directory submission is a waste of time.
#6 Posting Spinned content on your blog
A few years back, Google was not that much smart. It was difficult for it to distinguish between spinned and unique content. But with time Google has become smarter and now it can detect spinned content within no time.
#7 Link Exchange
I think, I already covered this point indirectly in above points. Link exchange is usually a practice of placing other blog's back link in your sidebar or footer in exchange of your blog's link on their blog. As I earlier mentioned sidebar and footer links are of no value now a days, so link exhange has nothing to do with SEO in present days.
#8 Spam commenting in forums and blog for backlinks
As I said that Google has evolved with time, now it can distinguish between a readers useful comment and a spam comment posted for getting a back link. Usually bloggers who practice spam commenting use same keyword in as anchor text all the time, which really sucks.
I think these are the most dangerous SEO myths that are still popular among newbies. If you think I have missed something feel free to discuss it in the comments.