6 Common SEO Myths Debunked
- 93% of online experiences begin with a search engine with Google currently holding 80.5% of search market share.
- 57% B2B marketers stated that SEO generates more leads than any other marketing initiative.
- 81% of people perform some type of online research before making a purchase.
- 72% of online marketers describe content creation as their most effective SEO tactic.
- 75% of people never scroll past the first page of search engines.
Why are we telling you all this? Simple, because statistics help us turn data into information, allowing us to make informed and rational decisions. We’re huge fans of search engine marketing, but not everyone believes in its potential for growing a business, either through Search Engine Optimisation or Paid Search Marketing. In this article, we’ll debunk some common SEO myths that’ll get you thinking…Oh! SEO is actually that powerful, eh?
Myth: Paying for AdWords helps organic search
Busted: We’ve heard time and again that if you pay for Adwords, Google will boost your website’s organic search. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and we can’t believe people still consider this factual. There has never been a correlation between paying for an Adwords campaign and a boost in search engine optimization. If there was, organizations would stop spending money on SEO and go for the sure thing, Adwords campaigns. Search engines do not operate under the notion that if you pay for a campaign, they will help out your SEO.
Myth: Its best to the same keyword in multiple places
Busted: Let’s face it; search engines do not care about your website. That might be a little harsh and overly dramatic, but Google, Bing and Yahoo are mainly interested in the user’s experience. Google hates it when a website is stuffed, or forced, with the same keyword over and over again. Visitors find it very suspicious as well. Search engines detest it when you over optimize the site to grab their attention because they think you don’t care about the user.
The best rule of thumb is to meet the expectations of the search engine user. Create a responsive website that contains natural sounding and grammatically correct content, while telling users why your product or service is the best. Keep your keywords in the headlines and natural sounding throughout the copy. The rest will fall into place.
Myth: Too much or too little content is bad
Busted: Many companies are concerned about having too much or too little content on their pages. Stop worrying about the amount of content your page contains, and keep your attention focused on the user’s experience. Do they understand what you have to say? Is the content engaging? Did you get your point across quickly? Is there a strong call to action?
Make sure visitors leave your website feeling informed and satisfied. Make sure you are creating content that solves your visitor’s problems, and test your pages to see how people respond to their content.
Myth: SEO is only for search engines
Busted: The evolution of search engine optimization has moved from a search engine focus on a user’s experience. Optimizing your website for the user should be thought of first, before optimizing for a search engine. Making sure your pages are informative and easy to navigate and contain strong and clear call-to-action.
If you are new to the SEO process, a great way to find out if people are engaged is to analyze the number of pages someone views in a site visit and the amount of time they stay on your site. If you find they are only staying for a few seconds, then you know you have some work to do.
Myth: SEO can be automated
Busted: There are certain digital marketing tasks that can be automated, but SEO isn’t one of them. In order to optimize your site for higher search rankings, you’ll need to manually perform on-site and off-site work. Attempting to automate these tasks will only hurt your SEO efforts.