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Many SEO Misconceptions cleared

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by vin42, Jan 7, 2017.

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  1. vin42

    vin42 Junior Member

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    Just came across this huge list of SEO myths which helped me clear many doubts. There are many myths which we follow and waste our time and resources. This will definitely be useful for individuals like me with limited resources and tools.
    https://fortunelords.com/seo-myths/
     
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    great list.
     
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    if you think like you owned google as your business, then you know what google want.
     
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    Which one do you think is the most popular?
     
  5. vin42

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    Well I believed in these -

    Starting a website on an expired domain is better - Many times I purchased an old domain and found it was banned in GWT :( Two of my sites didnt do well even though the domains were 8 to 10 yrs old.

    Using 301 redirects for SEO still works - I thought they still work.

    Hosting Location is important

    Schema Markup is a Ranking Factor

    H1 tags are a crucial element for SEO

    Meta tags will boost your rankings

    An XML Sitemap Will Boost Your Rankings

    Linking out (such as to Google.com) helps rankings - I believe linkin to authority sites helps

    You should update your content X times a month

    Link location in content doesn't matter

    Infographics are gone - didnt know about Guestographics

    Bolded keywords affect rankings:

    Social Media Signals Impact Directly Search Rakings

    Social Signals Create Backlinks

    New sites do not rank well because of the “Google sandbox”

    The higher your bounce rate, the lower your rankings:

    Cloaking still works

    Disavow Tool doesn't Work

    Paying For Google AdWords = Higher Organic Rankings

    Google spies on webmasters using Google Analytics
     
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    This is a very nice list. But IMO, not all of these might exactly be myths and we would want to do our own testing ...

    >>26. Linking out (such as to Google.com) helps rankings: This doesn't help at all. It is the other way around, you need to get quality backlinks.

    The only way we can find out is by running tests ourselves.
     
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    Nice read. Very interesting
     
  8. Nargil

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    THIS!

    I really hope people will start asking about 301 redirects from now on.
     
  9. OutOfContext

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    Not sure, do you mean to say that 301 redirects do work or that they don't work?
     
  10. Nargil

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    Christ, I misread it. So I am taking my previous comment back and call a partial bullcrap that 301s still work.
     
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    concisely and to the point :)
     
  12. vin42

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    I think linking out to authority sites in your niche does help and looks natural.
     
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    I know this site, I 2 years ago was a BIG fan of this site, the site changed its name after 2015 seemed? It called vope.net before! And I love that site much more than current one, R.I.P
     
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    Don't they? I mean, if you 301 a site in the same exact niche which had highly relevant and similar content...I can't see why it shouldn't work..
     
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    Well then do it and let me know how it didn't work.
     
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    301 still work.
     
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    Nice effort OP. Not all of them are technically correct as far as myths are concerned, but I'd say most of them look okay by me.
     
  18. vin42

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    After researching a bit more I think it depends on many factors. Previously it was thought that for 301 redirects there is a loss of 15% page rank. Now Google says that there is 0% loss of PR for all 3xx redirects. But there is a catch. If a page redirects to a completely non relevant page then there is a 100% loss of PR. But also note - Google's made announcements like this before that later showed to work differently in the real world. Read this article for more details - https://moz.com/blog/301-redirection-rules-for-seo