If the last decade has thought businesses anything, it’s that they can no longer ignore the power search engines possess. And their website is just a small pearl in a vast ocean. But whether or not that pearl washes ashore or stays hidden in the depths of the ocean depends entirely on you.
It is hard to imagine going about your daily routine without a mobile phone today. From calls to messages, mails to entertainment and a lot more, smartphones, in particular have become the norm among people all over the world. A large percent of shopping searches and purchases are carried out on smartphones as well. This is one of the main reasons that more and more businesses are looking to cater to the smartphone using population.
So here's a list of top 3 SEO activities that seriously need to be stopped asap.
1. Forceful Social Bookmarking – Social Bookmarking is, according to me, the most widely exploited off-page SEO technique in the history of online marketing so far. No kidding. There are agencies which build you over a 1000 links every day on poor old stumbleupon.com or tumblr.com or any other “Top 20 Social Bookmarking sites” as they like to popularly call it. Just stop. For the love of God and every soul which once loved Stumble Upon or Tumblr or whatever, but today, finds them irrevocably polluted. Brotha, you’ve gotta stop. These links hardly get you any traffic and as far as “SBM helps crawl pages faster”, I’d say – “Are you living in the 90s?” Okay, 20 years is a big deal in online stratum and you know it.
Well, traditional-off page-gray hat-build 1000 links-SEO is dead, for sure. Having said that, on page SEO is still the boss. Obviously, because it involves implementing quality content on your website, seeding relevant keywords (seeding, not stuffing), properly interlinking your website for a smooth user experience and taking care of the hygiene HTML (geeky stuff).
Any new change in Google’s search algorithm and the SEO community goes on an over drive with endless debates on what the change could mean, and its impact on rankings and strategies. The Hummingbird change was however, different. Google implemented the change a month before the announcement catching the community off guard, and especially so as there didn’t seem to be any perceptible difference in ranks till now.