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5 Hidden SEO Problems Costing You Traffic Right Now
I love writing about SEO as it is one of the biggest reasons for my success and yours. I believe that great content and SEO go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other as they are quite useless on their own. Think about it?
If you are having SEO problems then just go through the following list and make any necessary changes.
SEO Problems #1—Weak Titles
I can always tell when a SEO writer focuses too much on keywords by looking at the headlines he or she produces. Missing are the titles that suck you in; gone are the titles that entice people into clicking.
It doesn’t matter how great your SEO is if people don’t click the links in the search engine results. People open the pages that sound most interesting, whether they appear first in the results or fifth.
A good headline can drive more traffic to your site than any other SEO technique by itself.
For most sites, the best headlines make a solid promise. The headline for this article promises to tell you about 5 SEO problems. Other titles promise to tell you “how to” do something, the “top 10” things, or how to get something for “free.”
A strong headline can pull in several times as much traffic as a weak headline, all other things being equal, so it pays handsomely to check the titles of all your content.
The titles are also extremely important when you are using Comentluv links on other blogs for SEO purposes. Of course a better title attracts the clicks. I am realizing this when I examine the Commentluv premium results for clicks I am receiving. The great titles are really getting the clicks!
SEO Problems #2—Duplicated Content
Back when I started blogging, it was common for blog software to create “pages of pages.” The blog software would combine all of the posts in a single category into a single page for easy reading.
Some blog software still does this. If yours does, see if there’s a setting to turn it off, or use
robots.txt to block Google from visiting that part of your site.
These combination pages count against you as duplicate content. Google doesn’t want to send people to giant pages full of mostly irrelevant information—it wants to help searchers answer their questions with specific results.
Try not to duplicate any content on your site longer than a paragraph to maximize your ranking.
Also watch out for sites that steal your content. Google reduces your page rank when you host duplicate content—even if it was original content when you first published it.
Many sites will take down copyrighted content if you ask. More will take it down if you threaten legal action. The rest can usually be forced out of business if you contact their hosting company. (But be careful attacking hackers—they might attack back.)
You can also take advantage of copyright thieves: include links to your own sites in your content so stolen content at least gives you a backlink.
SEO Problems #3—Duplicate Domain Names
Google also knows that some people use the two variations to do things that fool users. Some people use the two versions to do split testing, others use it to create scam versions of legitimate sites.
For that reason, Google considers the non-www version of a site separate from the www version. That means your site could appear in the Google index twice—making Google think every single page on your site is a duplicate.
To convince Google the www form of your site isn’t a duplicate, you need only log in to you Google Webmaster Tools account and set your preferred domain name. Google will give you all the instructions you need to verify you own both the regular and www versions of your site.
I suggest you take a look at your site the same way Google sees it. Go into your Web browser settings and turn off all of the following:
- Plugins (like Flash)
Furthermore, when you load your site, look in the menu options for something that says No Stylesheet. Now you’re looking at your website exactly the way Google sees it.
Do you see what you expect? Is your content at the top of your page where Google will see it first, or do you have endless rows of navigation features and advertisements?
Of all the SEO problems on this list, this could be the most hidden. It hides in plain sight on the pages you look at every day.
SEO Problems #5—Spamming
Spamming is by far the Internet’s top problem. You hate spammers. I hate spammers. And Google hates spammers—so you’re in big trouble if Google thinks you might be a spammer.
If you focus too much on writing for search engines, and pay no attention to writing for people, you’re likely to run afoul of one of Google’s spam identification algorithms.
We don’t know exactly how Google detects spammers, but we do know that they’re very good at it. One day the spammer ranks first in the search results—the next day they don’t appear in the search results at all.
There are a couple ways your site could be labeled as spam. The first happens when you host actual spam on your site. This most commonly happens when your don’t police your comments, wiki, or forum.
But the most significant way to get labeled by Google as a spammer is by overdoing your SEO techniques. Put too many keywords into an article, over use words like “free,” or create dummy sites that link to your main site and Google might decide that you aren’t legitimate.
Please do not mention that “content is king” in the comment section..Hello!! I am so sick of people being one eyed about what is needed in this business..There is more than just content needed to rank well and create a successful pumping website.
SEO is also an important factor for a websites success and therefore you need to stay ahead of the game! Checking your website for these five hidden SEO problems shouldn’t take more than five minutes and can significantly improve your ranking.
About mitzMy name is Milica Pantic but everyone calls me Mitz. I am addicted to internet marketing and making money online. Who wouldn't want to live that life? I started out with one website as a hobby and now have over 20. Building websites and making money online is not that hard. You have to actually take action to make money...that is the biggest hurdle! :)
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