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Try asking a Facebook group about SEO and you’ll find it’s easy to get advice from the well-meaning SEO enthusiasts, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get correct or the most up-to-date suggestions.
Avoid these 5 common SEO mistakes so you can focus on the right optimization tasks for your website.
You should take the time to write alt text for your images, particularly on your main pages. But for posts with a ton of images (I’m looking at your wedding photographers!) add alt text to 10-15 images and then move on to more important SEO tasks.
One of the most shared tips by new SEO experts is to prioritize optimizing heading tags, often awkwardly worded to include a very specific keyword phrase. They also might insist that only one H1 exists per page.
While heading tags should be used to improve readability and tell visitors what to expect in the following content, they do not have a direct effect on your rankings. And it will not hurt your SEO if there’s more than one H1 on a page.
Optimizing heading tags used to be an effective practice in the early 2000s, but was debunked by Google’s John Mueller when asked about the best setup for heading tags.
So don’t overthink your heading tags for Google’s sake and don’t pay anyone to optimize heading tags. Format content in a way that can be easily understood by the average person.
An outdated SEO tactic encouraged the use of the same keyword phrase all over a page for “higher density.” That trick hasn’t worked in so many years that anyone who uses it probably still has myspace. It looks spammy and can actually hurt your rankings if it’s excessive.
Choose a keyword phrase to focus on that makes sense to your reader and then make sure the content clearly supports that topic in an easy-to-read format.
Not sure how to write your page titles & descriptions? Read my tips for writing and optimizing page titles & meta descriptions!
Google (and potential clients) use your offsite profiles to get more information about your business and determine how reputable your business is.
When you name your Google Business Listing something like “Eleventy7 Wedding Photography – San Francisco Wedding Photographer” not only does it not help your SEO, but it also just comes across as spammy.
You might hear that content should have a minimum of 300/500/1000 words if you want it to rank. There’s no magic number for the minimum words needed to improve the rankings of a page or post.
Instead, focus on satisfying the intent of the search query by publishing “complete content.”
Satisfy Google and your visitor with high-quality content that provides easy-to-understand explanations, answers to frequently asked questions, internal or external links to relevant content, and a well-organized content layout for readability.
July 26, 2020
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