Optimizing your blog for search engine is must to do task for every blogger/webmaster if he/she wants to drive organic traffic to blog. Without an organic traffic, it is very difficult to be successful hence you should optimize your blog. Now in this article I will be going to share some of the most common mistakes many newbie bloggers make while “optimizing blog”.
Blogging is not rocket science, it’s about being yourself, and putting what you have into it.
Here is the list of top 5 common SEO mistakes to avoid :
- Plagiarized Content:
This is the most common and the biggest mistake which every blogger should avoid. Plagiarized content can be used in any form. Forms of plagiarism are nothing but image plagiarism, video plagiarism or text plagiarism and this will never give you good results. Many bloggers especially newbies follow content plagiarism just to fulfill the need of consistent content to increase readership of their blog. Using copied content or spammed content will harm your blog. Penalties for plagiarism are very dangerous and it will never ever help you to have good search engine rankings for your blog. Plagiarized content will make Google and other search engines to consider your blog as a spam site. You can avoid plagiarism or check for plagiarism with the help of Copyscape plagiarism checker before publishing any post on your blog.
- Targeting Wrong keywords:
Keyword research is an important part of an on page search engine optimization. Many newbies do the mistake of targeting wrong keywords or using inappropriate keywords in their blog. You should write content around your targeted keyword so that search engines can know the importance of your content for those keywords. Targeting long tail keywords with low competition and high search engines volume are always suggested to target. You can use Google’s keyword tool to research keyword for your blog. But stuffing with keywords or keyword stuffing on your blog post is not at all supported and encouraged by any search engines.
- Keyword Stuffing:
Keyword stuffing may be harmful to your blog even it may make your blog penalized by Google. Many blogger use their content and Meta tag to rank higher in the search result but overuse of your keywords in your blog can make your site hit by Panda and penguin which will eventually decrease your blog’s credibility and traffic too. You should avoid keyword stuffing and should use your keywords in such a way that it looks normal.
- Appropriate title and ALT tag for images:
You can’t ignore the fact that image searches can give you enough traffic. Many bloggers especially newbies don’t follow title tag optimization and alt tag optimization which in return effect their blog’s traffic. You should use appropriate title and alt tags so that you can drive traffic to your blog via image searches. You can read my article regarding how images can drive traffic or attract traffic on your blog.
- Avoid Link Farms:
Submitting your blog everywhere to have a link to your blog can be harmful. Sites those are created for SEO purposes are called “link farms” or SEO link farms having huge number of links from these link farms are unhealthy for your blog. Link farm sites normally links to hundred of categories, and after penguin updates links from link farms are of no use even these may make you penalize by Google. You should submit your blog to the directories that are relevant to your blog niche.
These were some top and dangerous SEO mistakes that you should avoid to get better result after optimizing your blog for search engines.
Tim Wilson works as content manager for HostPapa, a website hosting company serving over 100,000 customers around the world. Since launching in 2006, HostPapa has offered reliable, budget-friendly, easy-to-use web hosting solutions for small to medium-sized businesses.