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5 Common SEO Mistakes according to Google

Author's avatar By Chris Soames 30 Mar, 2012
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Google Shares 5 Common SEO Mistakes

This video was recently published on the Google Webmaster Tools blog. It's a great insight for small businesses or those new to SEO about some of the common strategic mistakes made by website owners.

The video concludes with 6 tips which I find most useful since they highlight Google's thinking behind their latest ranking approaches. The 6 tips are:

  1. Do something cool
  2. Include relevant keywords in copy
  3. Be smart about site architecture
  4. Sign up for email forwarding in webmaster tools
  5. Attract buzz and natural links, +1s, follows
  6. Stay fresh and relevant (social media sites, accessible on new devices)

Points 2, 3 & 4 are generally the easy part these days, they are well document across the web (including on SmartInsights) so easy to learn / follow and most popular content management systems will aid you in this area. Points 1, 5 & 6 however are not so easy and while processes exist, it is down to you to think of a "cool" idea, publish enough relevant and "cool" content to attract "buzz" and help you stay relevant. Two recent blog posts from Danyl Bosomworth explore further the points above, though from a marketing viewpoint, not just SEO.

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By Chris Soames

Chris Soames is a Smart Insights blogger and consultant, he has worked in digital marketing for over 6 years with the last few years managing international web strategies for a leading travel brand. Now the Commercial Director at First 10, an Integrated marketing agency, he helps clients get clarity on their marketing strategy and create campaigns engineered to engage with their consumers to help drive sell-through. Most of all, Chris enjoys working with talented people who want to create great (& commercial) things not just tick boxes.

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