Search engine optimization can be done in many ways, but some of these are considered unethical. If used, this may result in a ban on your website or can even invite several other penalties from the search engine authorities. More than helping you to raise the rank for your website in search engines, some such strategies can spell plain disaster instead. So it is important to know what to avoid while optimizing your website for search engine rankings. |
Text in graphics
Text inside images and graphics cannot be tracked by search engines. So even if you use significant keywords and relevant texts within the graphics, it fails to contribute to search engine positioning in any way. Information, words and texts should be placed in a way such that the search engines can easily identify them and thereby give your website a better rank for those search results. More the text in graphics in a webpage, lesser its chances of being noticed and getting good rank in search engines. Failing to identify graphic texts, the search engines often deduce these as blank web-pages. Homepages are classic examples of this, they being graphic intensive and incorporating texts in images.
Moving a page having a PR
Moving a webpage means making it lose its Page Rank (PR) until Google indexes it next. So if you are to shift the page, redirect its original URL to the new page, mentioning whether the translocation is temporary or for good.
Every webpage must have a link exit, a way out of that page. No webpage should be a closed road.
Artificially increase a page's keyword density
Stuffing a webpage with unnecessary words in order to heighten its keyword density is a major unethical attempt, which leads to severe penalizations at times. When ALT tags are stuffed with keywords, users do not get to view it and that is precisely what is held as a wrong strategy towards search engine optimization. So fend it off.
Using hidden text or links
Hiding texts and links from the users’ view is yet another significant red-flag point for search engine optimizers. Only those texts and links that are clearly viewable should be used.
Links from link farms and non-relevant sites
When you are using other related links in your webpage, it is best to ensure that they are of relevant sites and not of FFA sites or link farms. One simple way is to use links from pages that do not have many other links, from websites having the same theme and content as yours or from those that complement yours.
Natural links always have an edge over unnatural links when it comes to positions in search engines, because the latter prefer linking to be ‘natural’—to appear spontaneous, as if they are natural results of a business deal. To do away with unnatural linking, avoid too many links at a time, avoid links all coming from link pages, avoid all reciprocal links and all links having a high PR 95 or above). This way you can save throwing an impression that you bought the links.
Using the same text in all incoming links
If every website that links back to you bears the same text on the link description, it is considered unnatural. More natural is to allow some percent of the site’s name in the text and the rest a wide range of description. This link text description plays a crucial role in determining the site/page rank. So it is surely advisable to carry this in mind while you fix your preferred link text description in your website.
Let’s be objective. Why have you spent your precious time and money putting up a website? Obviously so as to benefit from the sort of publicity the net has potential to provide you with. The main reason you have a website is so that others can see it and know about you or your business. If you aren’t being seen then the primary point of putting up a website is lost completely.
Being advertised on a search engine is one of the most basic ways of inviting visitors into your site. But advertising yourself is not enough you also have to ensure that you have the right amount of visibility which will get you noticed; a high ranking therefore is an absolute must. Search engine optimization is that missing link between a good and a great business, it earns you customers, keeps your website well visited and makes your investment on the site a success.
While nobody dare deny the kind of benefits you are likely to reap from being ranked high on a search engine, a certain amount of decorum needs to be maintained even here. A number of unethical practices have recently become prevalent amongst those desperate to boost their rankings. While on first glance these might seem completely harmless to you it is important that you recognize them for what they really are. The first step towards doing that is spotting what YOU might be doing wrong. Following is a list to help you through your discovery:
Inappropriate use of keywords
Sooner or later you are bound to find out that between you and the search engine, you are the one with the brain cells. But don’t go overboard with your discovery. Yes, you can fool the search engine with long strings of text into which you discreetly bury a gallon of keywords which have no relevance whatsoever with your site, but in the end you won’t be fooling the customers who will be finally using the links. Let’s face it, if the user is searching for “fish” or “fishing” he/she is most likely to not click on a site with a text like “boating fishing exotic animals site seeing great locations cruising Kuala Lumpur”. The irony is that if someone is really searching for a subject related to your site’s material even then he/she is probably going to skip clicking on your link because the description betrays no clue as to what really the site is about.
Inappropriate use of Meta tags
First things first, if you are wondering what META tags are then they are the html code that your website designer has used to create your webpage. They are also used to inform search engines as to what the keywords on the site are. So as is obvious by now certain ways of tampering with your META tags, certain ‘tricks’, let’s call them, might help you fool the search engine in ways very similar to that described above. However, your brainwave won’t get you too far unfortunately because stupid though it is, even a search engine knows not to go by appearance alone when it comes to websites, so instead of depending on the META tags alone it usually also checks up the content!
As a user you have probably come across a dozen sites which seem to have long strings of text which have nothing to do with the site as a whole and probably make no sense individually either. These are what are called ‘False content’; they are put up on a site only to use a few keywords which might get detected by a search engine. Needless to say such content is a complete obstacle in a good read and even if the overall look and feel of your site is A1 every visitor will get put off by these.
While no one is taking away the fact that a good ranking is important it is probably also of some importance to gain it the right way. And tricking the visitor or disrupting their read is certainly not the way I would call right. Stick to making your website useful and make sure it has the right kind of ‘real’ content, once that is done no one will be able to stop you from getting a high ranking with the search engines.
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