Search Engine Optimization (SEO): The Tricks & Scams that Make Google Mad

Cloaking

It’s annoying to search for something on the Web and be directed to a website that has nothing to do with what you searched for. A website involved in cloaking is generally the culprit. This involves setting your website up in a way that causes search engines to see one thing, while human visitors see something completely different. This is the worst offense on Google’s list and should be avoided at all costs. Use the title, keyword and description meta-tags as well as the visible content on your site to describe the products or services that you provide.

Shady Links

Google’s page ranking system factors in the number of links that are pointing to a page (inbound links) when it evaluates that page’s relevance. The pages with the most inbound links are generally awarded a higher page rank. Due to this fact, many have resorted to what is known as “link farming,” or paying for and acquiring links from brokers, sellers or exchangers. This is a very common issue that Google is quick to crack down on. It used to work well in the short term, but is not a viable SEO option. Google always notices and the accused website will either be dropped from the rankings or completely removed from Google’s directory.

Duplicate Content

The content on each page of your website should be unique. Search engines simply don’t like websites that contain content that is deliberately duplicated within the same site or on other domains. This is often an attempt to manipulate search rankings and gain more traffic. As a result, the ranking of the site will usually take a serious hit, or the site might be removed entirely from the Google index, in which case it will no longer appear in search results.

Keyword Stuffing

The keywords used on a webpage are a major factor in determining that page’s rank. Using too many of the keywords that you’re hoping to optimize for, as well as packing keywords in hidden text, using different-color fonts (white background with white text on top) and tiny text is not a smart move in Google’s eyes. Determine the keywords that are relevant to your site and use them as naturally as possible throughout the context of the website.

If you’re concerned that your SEO provider is utilizing any of these “black-hat” SEO techniques, contact us at Kite Media & we will be happy to give you a free SEO analysis. We can also help you move away from relying on these techniques to improve your online rankings with our quality search engine optimization services.

By , Owner – Kite Media

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