If you do search engine optimization (SEO) for your business, then you’ve probably discovered that it’s constantly changing. It can be hard to keep up with what’s going on and there are a lot of companies out there claiming they’ve got the shortcut strategies (aka blackhat techniques) that can help you rank well. Today we’d like to debunk the most common SEO myths to bring you some clarity and help you properly optimize your site.
Myth #1: More web pages will help rank better.
At Sperling Interactive, we always encourage our clients to blog. Blogging does, after all, give you more web pages and chances to rank for relevant keywords. But it’s important to note that your blog posts these days need to be of rich content and not thin content. Google is the most used search engine in the world and, as such, it wants to show its users the most relevant and rich content possible. Check out our blog post on how to optimize your blog posts.
Myth #2: Link building doesn’t matter.
Link building has changed a lot since SEO was invented. It used to be that you could get backlinks by putting your business’s information into business directories. Today, Google and other search engines value those links a lot less. To create effective links these days, you want to reach out to other industry publications and ask if you can be linked on their site. A good way to go about this is to ask them to a link a blog post you wrote to a similar blog post they have up on their site.
Myth #3: Having a mobile-friendly site isn’t that important.
If you don’t have a mobile-friendly website already, you should really hop on that now. In March, Google rolled out mobile-first indexing. This means it now prioritizes indexing the mobile version of a website over the desktop version. Google has started doing this due to the large spike in mobile search queries over the last few years.
Myth #4: Having a secure website isn’t an essential.
The newest component that Google takes into account when listing out results on search queries is security. Last month, Google began labeling sites that are not HTTPS as “not secure.”
At Sperling Interactive, we offer SEO audits. Contact us today to learn more about what you can do to better optimize your website.