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SEO Myths Busted IV

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  • 1. Theo van der Zee (@theovdzee) CEO & Co-founder, FinishJoomla (@finishjoomla) Joomla!Day Germany, September 2011 SEO Myths Busted
  • 2. Theo van der Zee Follow me on Twitter: @theovdzee and @finishjoomla
  • 3.  
  • 4. PageRank Myths Linking out Up-to-date Meta keywords Suffix Reciprocal links
  • 5.  
  • 6. Source: http://www.slingshotseo.com/resources/white-papers/google-ctr-study/
  • 7. Source: http://gs.statcounter.com/
  • 8. “ PageRank is a highly important metric” Myth I:
  • 9. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PageRank-hi-res.png Myth I: “PageRank is a highly important metric”
  • 10. Myth I: “PageRank is a highly important metric”
  • 11. Correlation PageRank to Position 0 0.5 1 No correlation Perfect correlation PageRank 0.18 Source: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/the-science-of-ranking-correlations Myth I: “PageRank is a highly important metric”
  • 12. Google Toolbar PageRank Updates Source: http://www.thenewsinn.com/next-google-page-rank-update-2011-history.html
    • January 2011
    • April 2010
    • December 2009
    • October 2009
    • May 2009
    • April 2009
    • December 2008
    • September 2008
    • July 2008
    • April 2008
    • January 2008
    • October 2007
    Myth I: “PageRank is a highly important metric”
  • 13. An imprecise metric 4 5 PR 4 PR 4 Myth I: “PageRank is a highly important metric”
  • 14. “ Our PageRank has dropped in the last PageRank update!Now what?” “ I don’t know, sue Google in court?” Myth I: “PageRank is a highly important metric”
  • 15. Better metrics than PageRank Myth I: “PageRank is a highly important metric” Source: http://www.elated.com/articles/website-conversion-rates-for-beginners/
  • 16. Better metrics than PageRank Myth I: “PageRank is a highly important metric” Source: http://www.majesticseo.com/
  • 17. PageRank is not important “ […] many site owners seem to think [PageRank] is the most important metric for them to track, which is simply not true.” -- Google Employee Susan Moskwa Source: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=6a1d6250e26e9e48 Myth I: “PageRank is a highly important metric”
  • 18. “ PageRank is a highly important metric” Myth I: Busted?
  • 19. “ Linking out to other websites is bad” Myth II:
  • 20. What does Google say? “ In the same way that Google trusts sites less when they link to spammy sites or bad neighborhoods, parts of our system encourage links to good sites”. -- Head of Google’s Webspam team Matt Cutts Source: http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/pagerank-sculpting/ Myth II: “Linking out to other websites is bad”
  • 21. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1_rio_de_janeiro_slum_2010.JPG Myth II: “Linking out to other websites is bad”
  • 22. Source: http://seogadget.co.uk/google-page-penalty-for-comment-spam-rankings-and-traffic-drop/ Spammy comments Myth II: “Linking out to other websites is bad”
  • 23. Rel=“nofollow” <a rel=“nofollow” href=“http://www.joomla.org”>No link value passed</a> Myth II: “Linking out to other websites is bad” The rel=“nofollow” standard is adopted by all major search engines.
  • 24. “ Linking out to other websites is bad” Myth II: Busted?
  • 25. “ Trading links will increase rankings” Myth III:
  • 26. Source: http://www.blog.organicapex.com/reciprocal-link/ Reciprocal links Myth III: “Trading links will increase rankings”
  • 27. 3-way reciprocal link A B C Myth III: “Trading links will increase rankings”
  • 28. Important aspects of a link <a href=“http://www.joomla.org”> This is the anchor text </a> Myth III: “Trading links will increase rankings” The anchor text is one of the most important aspects of a link.
  • 29. Source: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/10-illustrations-on-search-engines-valuation-of-links Links in content > Links outside content Myth III: “Trading links will increase rankings”
  • 30. “ Trading links will increase rankings” Myth III: Busted?
  • 31. “ Using a suffix will make your pages rank better” Myth IV:
  • 32. .html http://www.example.org/index .html .php .exe .cgi .asp Myth IV: “Using a suffix will make your pages rank better”
  • 33. What the big boys are doing Myth IV: “Using a suffix will make your pages rank better”
  • 34. “ Using a suffix will make your pages rank better” Myth IV: Busted?
  • 35. “ A regularly updated webpage ranks higher” Myth V:
  • 36. The long tail Source: http://www.elliance.com/aha/infographics/long-tail-seo.aspx Myth V: “A regularly updated webpage ranks higher”
  • 37. What about you? Myth V: “A regularly updated webpage ranks higher”
  • 38. “ A regularly updated webpage ranks higher” Myth V: Busted?
  • 39. “ Meta keywords tag boosts your rankings” Myth VI:
  • 40. There he is again... “ [...] Google does not use the keywords meta tag in our web search” -- Head of Google’s Webspam team Matt Cutts Source: http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/keywords-meta-tag-in-web-search/ “ I hope this clarifies that the keywords meta tag is not something that you need to worry about, or at least not in Google.” Myth VI: “Meta keywords tag boosts your rankings”
  • 41. Entering the keywords Joomla! Administrator -> Global Configuration -> Site Myth VI: “Meta keywords tag boosts your rankings”
  • 42. Meta description as shown in Google Meta title Meta description Myth VI: “Meta keywords tag boosts your rankings”
  • 43. Extract meta keywords from page source Myth VI: “Meta keywords tag boosts your rankings”
  • 44. “ Meta keywords tag boosts your rankings” Myth VI: Busted?
  • 45. What did we learn?
    • Stop obsessing over PageRank
    • Link out to quality websites, don't link to bad neighborhoods
    • Use rel=&quot;nofollow&quot; to stop the link juice
    • Handle reciprocal links with care
    • Don't use a suffix in your URL
    • Add new quality content on a regular basis
    • Stop entering meta keywords, start using them as a research tool
  • 46. Questions?
  • 47. @theovdzee Theo van der Zee [email_address] @finishjoomla