7 SEO Mistakes That Businesses Make (And Later Regret)

7 SEO Mistakes That Businesses Make (And Later Regret)

SEO best practices evolve as Google continually modifies its algorithm in the name of creating a more meaningful experience for users. But the more some things change, the more others stay the same — such as businesses making avoidable SEO mishaps. While small businesses without adequate resources to devote to search engine optimization make mistakes, larger businesses aren’t immune to blunders, either.

Might any of the following SEO faux pas be hurting your corporate website’s ability to draw customers and drive revenue?

1. Treating your website as a digital brochure.

John Jantsch and Phil Singleton, in their book SEO for Growth, share that the vast majority of design-driven websites fail in getting organic search engine visibility because they make SEO an afterthought. “Without SEO to glue the code, design and content all together, a new website is destined for the search engine abyss.”

Takeaway: As you’re creating your website, treat SEO as part of the foundation upon which to build it — not as an element you’ll retrofit later.

2. Messing up mobile.

Despite the advents of “Mobilegeddon” in April 2015 and mobile-first indexing in 2016, not all businesses have caught up with the times. Regularly, I happen upon businesses both small and large with websites that function atrociously on my smartphone. It’s 2017 — without a mobile-friendly website that displays and works well across all Internet-connected devices, your business is at a disadvantage.

Takeaway: As you make SEO a key consideration when building your website, also factor its mobile compatibility into the equation

3. Focusing too heavily on SERP rankings instead of conversions.

Having your website rank on the first page of Google has no benefit if no one subscribes to your blog, emails you, buys a product, or completes and submits your online contact form. Visibility in the SERP means nothing if your website doesn’t impel site visitors to take the next step.

Takeaway: Focus SEO efforts on keywords and phrases that maximize conversions, not traffic volume. This requires regularly analyzing results, and assessing effectiveness.

4. Ignoring your snail-paced page loading speeds.

Page loading speed influences a website’s ranking on Google and its conversion rates. In the instant gratification era in which we live, slow pages drive users away. Not sure how well your pages are performing? Google’s free PageSpeed Insights Tool will help you analyze them and offer suggestions on how to improve them.

Takeaway: In his book SEO 2017 Learn Search Engine Optimization With Smart Internet Marketing Strategies, Google certified professional Adam Clarke shares, extensive industry reports have shown for each second shaved off a site, there is an average increase of 7% to the site conversion rate.” That’s good reason to research what it will take to improve your page loading speeds.

5. Disregarding the potential impact of social media.

Even though the value Google places on social signals hasn’t been clearly identified, there seems to be some connection between social media and SEO. Companies that don’t regularly create content and nurture relationships on social media miss out on something else, too — the increased brand visibility that social media shares, likes and mentions provide.

Takeaway: Don’t dismiss the word-of-mouth rewards of having an active and engaging social media presence. Produce high-quality blog content, and share it on social media to attract readers and build a reputation of authority within your industry.

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6. Thinking you can handle it on your own.

SEO has a dizzying amount of moving parts, including strategic development of campaigns, keyword research and analysis, content writing, outreach and link building, and website design and development. Yep, it takes a village. Unless your business has the budget to support the salaries and benefits of an in-house SEO staff with expertise and experience in all of the above, DIY could spell disaster. Not only might it not help your marketing and sales results, but it also might hurt them instead.

Takeaway: Put pride aside and consider enlisting the help of a respected Internet marketing company. Outsourcing SEO to an experienced partner that knows how to develop and apply SEO strategies can put you on a solid trajectory toward meeting your overall business goals.

7. Having unrealistic expectations.

An SEO strategy doesn’t yield results overnight; it requires time and patience. Generally, SEO efforts require up to six months before they begin to move the needle, and a year or more before they gain serious traction. If you pull the plug too soon, you’ll have wasted your money and missed out on the long-term benefits.

Takeaway: Talk with your Internet marketing company about clear objectives and timelines for your SEO campaigns. Understand that SEO is an ongoing process that builds momentum over time.

No Regrets!

SEO constantly evolves, so realize the learning curve you face will be ongoing. To make your corporate website the most productive sales-generating asset it can be, avoid — and learn from — others’ mistakes. And don’t be a hero. If you need assistance in developing, executing and evaluating SEO efforts, enlist the help of an Internet marketing company with a track record of success.

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About the author

Dawn Mentzer

Dawn Mentzer is a contributing writer for Straight North, one of the leading Internet marketing firms in Chicago that provides SEO, PPC and web design services. As a solopreneur and freelance writer, she specializes in marketing content, and collaborates with clients nationally and globally.

9 thoughts on “7 SEO Mistakes That Businesses Make (And Later Regret)”

  1. As a small business SEO service provider, I have seen that my clients don’t want to engage in social media. But, as SEO service provider I gain their trust and leverage from social media. Never underestimate the power of social media, even when it comes to local SEO rankings. Google actually uses the activity on your social media platforms to help rank your business.

    1. Hello Alvaro,

      thank you for your comment and for pointing out the impact social media can actually have on SEO rankings.
      That’s exactly what we’ve experienced. Sharing your blog posts, products or events across your social channels and actively engaging with your audience can really make a difference.
      If your followers actively discuss your content or recommend it by liking or sharing it, more people will eventually end up on your site. In combination with high-quality content, social media is just the ingredient you need to drive clicks and page traffic and prolong sessions. All aspects, Google loves.

      Best regards,
      Vera from Blog2Social

      1. Hello,

        thank you so much for sharing your opinion on Social Media and its benefit for SEO. I couldn’t agree more!

        Vera from Blog2Social

    1. Hello Rahul,

      thank you for your comment, you are very welcome! We are happy that you find these tips useful for your business.

      Best regards,
      Vera from Blog2Social

  2. Thanks for the great tips! I’m new to online marketing, and this is really helpful! Since getting started, I’ve been bombarded by “spin writers” and such to create a TON of content quickly, but you seem to say that these search engines have become sophisticated enough to determine when your content is crap. Am I understanding that right?

    1. Hi Shivam,

      You’re absolutely right. The more content is produced on a particular topic, the greater is the competition to certain keywords and the struggle for the same readership or target group.

      In order for Google to continue to show the most relevant posts at the top of the search results, the rating criteria must inevitably change. A total of more than 200 interacting factors play an important role in this, e. g: Number of returning visitors, average length of stay, bounce rate, and so on.

      Therefore, your content should always be oriented towards the interests of your potential readers and, for example, provide a concrete solution to a specific problem. What makes your website unique and different from other sites, even if they deal with the same topics, is your personal touch, knowledge, experience and style that is reflected in every single post of yours.

      So, along with a lot of other methods and criteria that play into it, quality and personal content is one important component to reach the key metrics and above all your target group. Therefore, we always recommend quality and personality instead of quantity 🙂

      Best regards,

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