Everyone tells lies at some point, whether it is a white lie to get you out of trouble, or a big whopper like “I am not a crook”. SEO companies have got a bad reputation for telling some untruths, or for stretching the truth. So we thought we would give you the top 10 lies of SEO companies.
10. Links are SEO.
This is the plainest of white lies from SEO Companies. It usually comes from being mis-informed. Links are a part of a small area in SEO, and really they are something that should happen naturally with a well structured and designed website.
9. All websites are equal
Firstly not all technology is equal. Some old methods of web development, using Flash or tables for instance, have been shown to slow the development of the SEO side of a website. Second, a website that has not used the correct tags, or is light on content, is going to struggle with rank.
8. Article Spinning is a worthwhile strategy
Article marketing is a questionable practice at the best of times, especially in the light of the Google Panda update. Article spinning is the practice of taking an existing article, and rewording that article to try to create new(ish) content. Google has some pretty strict rules on this, and most good article submission sites don’t allow it. Now with the Google Panda update, any content that is slightly duplicated carries a penalty.
7. We can give you a rank without looking at your site
Every industry is different. To rank for insurance keywords, you are going to have to work hard, and be very clever. You can’t give a blanket statement about working with any website in any industry.
6. We don’t need to build content for your website
The core of good SEO is good content. If you want to rank for long tail keywords, you need to build lots of interesting quality content.
5. We can guarantee a rank
Google changes its algorithm, and methods for serving ads constantly. No one can guarantee a rank because one week they may place Google places at the top, the next they may change the algorithm to favour one-page websites.
4. We know everything there is to know about SEO
SEO is constantly changing, as is the methods for marketing. There is no way anyone can know it all. There are website out there that trawl through Google patents just to see what they are up to, and to try to guess their next move. If anyone things they know it all, they are deluded.
3. You will need to link to our site.
This is a cracker! If you ever have to put a link to an SEO company on your site be very careful. They could be using your site to sell links to other sites, or they could be setting up some bizarre link triangle. If they do ask you to link to their site, there should be some clear reasoning.
2. Pagerank matters
The truth is that the content of the website matters more now. Pagerank is not a bad indicator of Google’s trust in a website, but it is not the beginning and the end.
1. You have to pay for the number of links we build.
This one makes my blood boil. The typical line is “we will build 10000 links for .01c per link”. If that mattered, everyone would have 10,000 links to their site. The number of links you have is almost irrelevant. The quality of those links, and Google’s interpretation of that is what counts. You also want links that are hard to copy. You want to have an seo consultant that will build assets that you can maintain.