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3 Common SEO Mistakes to Avoid

This is guest post by Deborah Dera, who works for online degrees, You can also write for TechMaish. Read Guest Blogging.

The quest for an SEO-friendly blog or website is one every webmaster wishes he could conquer. The truth, however, is that in our initial quest to learn all we can about SEO, many of us make mistakes. We think we’re helping ourselves when we are, in reality, not helping Google to find or love our websites. Here are a few mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

seo mistakes to avoid

Bad Keyword Choices

One of the biggest mistakes new marketers make is choosing their keywords based on what they think people are using to search for related topics. They think they’re being descriptive but they haven’t done any real keyword research and have no idea what terms to target. Not doing good keyword research upfront is like committing SEO-suicide and its one step you simply can’t skip.

Forgetting Keyword Diversity

When attempting to rank your page you should have a series of keywords and phrases to target – not just one. Having only one link looks unnatural and makes it difficult to build a wide variety of backlinks from other sites. You need to diversify your linking strategy by choosing a wide variety of keywords and phrases so that you can boost your search engine rankings from several angles.

Hiding Backlinks

Let’s be frank. Hiding backlinks may seem like a grey-hat (questionable but not sinful) technique but it is something you should simply avoid. Google hates it when you hide things on pages. Hiding keywords and backlinks makes it look like you want to stuff your page without people realizing it. The worst part is that while the average person browsing the web can’t see things you’ve made invisible, Google bots can. Hiding backlinks can seriously hurt your rankings and is something you should avoid completely.

Search engine optimization is crucial to the success of your website but will only work if you handle it properly. Avoid these common mistakes and your website will be well on its way to higher rankings.

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  • Dana

    November 15, 2010, 7:33 am

    Not doing the real keyword research is the common mistake for newbie — and it surely leads to doom soon or later since our site cannot compete on the search engine.

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  • Thiru@webappdirectory

    November 15, 2010, 7:41 am

    Yeah. Nice mentions and it is the very common mistakes which all newbies supposed to do. Thanks for mentioning.

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  • technology review

    November 15, 2010, 9:59 am

    Quite useful tips in dealing with seo for a site.It has been quite useful for me Thanks for posting

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  • Kartik@DailyTechPost

    November 15, 2010, 2:40 pm

    Nice mentions…I think most of the newbies stuck at #1…when they gain a bit of experience of #1 they stuck at #2… Its only after a lot of experience they stop committing those mistakes… 🙂

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  • Rajan Balana

    November 17, 2010, 4:40 am

    Nice post , really knowledgeable 🙂

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  • Paul @ Social Icon Studio

    November 19, 2010, 3:15 pm

    Very Good suggestions thanks.

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  • Jimmy

    November 20, 2010, 8:07 am

    nice read. Thanks Deborah for sharing this

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  • raybak

    November 26, 2010, 7:04 am

    well I may have made the first mistake few times but for sure i will never make the 3rd mistake

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  • eGrove systems

    December 29, 2010, 9:03 am

    yes, i accept you that this is common one to make mistake in the way of choosing keywords for a newbie. this is time to think and remove the mistake to a website master. nice niche .

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