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Competitive SEONegative Signals And Your Competitive SEO


We always keep a close eye on what are considered to be the major competitive SEO signals because they are an advantage for our clients and also because they are forever changing. At the same time, it’s important to determine those signals that have the largest negative impact?

While the battle among competitive business marketers carries on every day, it must start with the content. We recommend a laser-like focus on creating the most current useful content possible. Avoid schemes or tricks because Google is rarely ever behind the curve! Here’s a look at 5 signals that will damage page rank position in the search engine result pages.


5 Negative Signals Influencing Your Competitive SEO

 

  1. Non-Mobile Friendly Content
    • Simply put, “How did you miss this one?” It was public knowledge starting in April 2015 that Google would begin to penalize nonmobile-friendly content in its indexes. Since then it’s only gotten worse for nonmobile friendly offenders. 
  2. Static Content
    • Google only wants to show relevant timely and user-friendly content in its index. Depending on industry news for what is likely happening day to day, Google crawls every single day for the most timely information in posts and or pages. Get into to keeping your content current with new information, keywords and timely publish dates!
  3. Machine Written Or Duplicate Content
    • Popular amongst some short-sighted SEOs, there is software that spits out rewritten versions of an already published article. It’s almost a given that machine written posts are going to be boring or even uninteresting to humans. If so, assume it is also going to be uninteresting to search engine algorithms.
    • Google has never wanted duplicate pages in its index. In one instance over 4,100 real estate blogs released the exact same post because their owners purchased the same content from the exact same source. Guess what blog was indexed for that content? Only the guy selling the content. Google is not looking to police plagiarism, but it certainly sees duplication. When your pages are neglected the negative effects may include 1) wasting the keyword indexing a spider crawl brings, 2) the resulting loss of qualified visibility and 3) the loss of back-links, shares, and/or likes favorable to your search engine positions. It’s also believed by some that duplicate pages are, in fact, a ‘bad behavior red flag’ that does bring a penalty.
  4. Links Out To Bad Sites
    • Who you link to matters and it always has. Sometimes we get those email, “Hi, We’d like to exchange a link with you” OR EVEN “we’ll pay you for a link to our site”… and you must ignore them! You control it, so careful about the links.
  5. Keyword Stuffing
    • In 2006 Google may not have noticed that you put the words “Malibu CA Builder” on your page 25 times. In fact back then the more the better, but do it today and your site’s page will disappear from the index. Underestimating a search algorithm’s ability to detect poor content is a mistake, but this practice is the oldest trick in the book and the easiest for a search engine to identify.

And that’s just 5 of the worst and also most obvious things you can do to ruin your SEO? Search isn’t a static environment; the rules are proprietary to Google and the other engines AND they are always changing. The best bet is and has always been based on what Google wants and needs, which is good content. They want information on every subject so they can offer the best answers & solutions possible. Simple logic is to give the people what they need and Google will like it.

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