Stanley asks, “How a website that is trying to become an authority site can overcome the pitfalls occurred from poor advice in the SEO realm?”
Overcoming bad past SEO advice is a straightforward, if lengthy process. First, stop doing anything that’s expressly forbidden, like keyword stuffing. Then, follow the three steps in this video.
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In today’s video, Stanley asks
how a website that is trying to become an authority site can overcome the pitfalls from poor advice in the SEO realm.
Overcoming bad past
SEO advice is a it’s a straightforward process. It’s a lengthy process to allocate anywhere from three to 12 months, depending on
just how bad things went.
And there’s really a four step process was the first step is
immediately stop doing anything
that’s expressly forbidden by search engines like keyword stuffing, for example, or using spammy link generators or spamming people blog comments immediately stopped doing bad things first, that’s most important. And to the extent you can roll back anything
that you’ve done that you shouldn’t have done.
a important first consideration, then you need to go on to what’s essentially a three step program, which is, first you need to do a technical audit on site and your technical audit has to be aligned with what are considered
today’s best practices for
making stuff on a website that is
that search engines will find.
So that means
for becoming an authority that means building on site indicators or reputation using things like the data highlighter in in Search Console, or a schema.org markup, or any of these things that will indicate to a site to a search engine. What is this page about?
Your technical audit also should go through and catalog pages that are not working pages? Are they aligned properly with keywords? Are they robust enough pages with enough text on that? Are they relevant? are they related? Is there a good internal linking strategies, any internal linking strategy? So all those things
are part of your technical audit. And like I said, it’s alignment with today’s algorithms. A lot
has changed in search engine marketing, and
a good chunk of bad advice in the SEO realm. As Stanley alluded to in his
it’s stuff that’s outdated, outdated advice, stuff that no longer applies. So in a recent search engine, watch article or Search Engine Journal, like I can never keep all these search engine websites straight. They were talking about
algorithms today are looking for authority signals, essentially, what was what is quality score for organic terms, just the way in the same way that search engines like Google, for example, uses quality score for AdWords, that means having things like an updated Contact Us page and a proper addresses, phone numbers, all the things that indicate
that you’re a legitimate business are stuff that should be on your site.
other indicators, other technical indicators as well, again, like I said, the markup thing,
using the correct markup on your pages using JSON LD where it’s appropriate, because that’s sort of the preferred method, having
correct analytics implemented if you if you think that Google can’t see doesn’t know that a site using Google Analytics that sorry, let’s let’s be real,
making sure your site’s registered in all of the webmaster console, like Bing, Webmaster Tools, Google Search Console, all these things,
a lot of technical stuff that goes into that first phase of repairing sites reputation.
The second thing is a competitive audit or landscape audit, which is to look at
in the field that you’re trying to be an authority and what are the indicators from an SEO perspective,
from a content perspective, from a link perspective, from
a keyword perspective, what are the indicators that competitors are beating you out on. And
this is where really good SEO Software helps
I recommend either
sem, rush or refs
or models, or any of the big packages are all
with proper training,
quite good at detecting, helping you detect to understand what competitors are up to, and letting you do apples to apples comparisons. For those of you who read my newsletter, the most recent issue as of the time of this recording, had a video on how to do a
two way keyword analysis which you can go back and watch that it’s on my YouTube channel.
And then the third thing and the probably the hardest part of overcoming poor advice for
SEO is generating new high quality credible inbound links. So that means one of two things one of two things and you have to do both. Number one, you’ve got to have terrific content produced at an extremely
fast pace. So not just great content, but great
content all the time. That
requires investment that requires a people
hours that may require a budget
depending on what what tech staff you have,
and you have to produce it again, in alignment with Google’s algorithms about content as recent content that is diverse in format meaning text audio video
basically using any of Google’s properties and then Texas that is
relevant that is important that is that is topically targeted,
just keyword targeted, but topically targeted
is what Google is after these days.
So that’s part one of them. Part two is
pitching the living daylights out of it.
finding opportunities to earn links to your site by creating content and media that people would want to link to. So the venerable infographic still alive and kickin still relevant if it’s good, if it’s a well produced video video is a huge pitching opportunity, if you have the opportunity to create video that people want to link to
anything you can do that will get someone else who’s got a a relevant high quality site link to yours, and, and leave that link there leave it as a credible link. So a lot of
bad advice in the SEO and I was like, let’s go get a bunch of links, you know, it doesn’t matter where they come from, will get them as fast as possible. And then the links vanish. And like five days,
that doesn’t help you because
the search algorithms can see, okay, clearly the site may not be as authoritative as as possible if the link doesn’t stick
if it doesn’t stay there. Whereas somebody who’s got a link that, hey, that they’ve been linking to your site for local law firms for like
now, you clearly are the authority because the age of the link on the fact that stuck around the people who left it in place is itself an indicator of authority.
over three stage for stage process stopped doing bad things,
do your technical audit,
do your competitive landscape audit, and then go out and get those links despite what has been written in in some recent articles, links are still the highest correlate to search rankings.
So keep going out and getting those links. And
remember that at the end of the day,
one of the best pieces of overall SEO advice is, is operate as though there were no search engines, which means going out and getting links in relevant places to attract traffic directly to your site from other sites.
So that if there was no Google, if there was no Bing, then
you would still be getting traffic from somewhere to your website. So operate and that means you have to have great content name, you have to have high quality stuff that people want
to share, and people want to read that people want to engage with and participate with. So
that’s the long answer to that question. What’s a really good question because a lot of people are looking for shortcuts that will try and speed up the recovery process. And that’s exactly the wrong thing to do. Look for long cuts,
authoritative thing you can do to build that reputation over the years and expect it’s going to take a minimum
minimum of three months that’s just to recover from bad things you’ve done and then a year,
two years, five years, 10 years be playing for the
play the long game for
play the play to to be ranking for things for years to come. And you’ll do well as always, please subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter I’ll talk to you soon want help solving your
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