What are some myths about SEO?


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What are some of the biggest SEO Myths you see still being repeated (either at conferences, or in blogs, etc) Ryan, Michigan Have a question? Ask it in our …

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  1. Mayor mat
    Mayor mat says:

    dear Matt i want to have my business posted at the first page of google search engine since i have the only type of this business in my country please advise me what to do thanks

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  2. Michael Berger
    Michael Berger says:

    Great video, love watching Matt and listening to his plain and simple speaking style.

    On the Google ads stuff my question(comment is that a site that gets visibility through ads gets a good starting point for the first few clicks.

    If the content is good, Google will recognize this right away through visitors actions. So in a way, Google ads will get you a head start, and if your content is good, people will stay on your site, share it and create more traffic this way.

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  3. Priyal Koradiya
    Priyal Koradiya says:

    in google webmaster there are display 7000 link index but when i saw in google (site: url) there are only 500 url indexed? how can get proper result of indexed url. i want all that 7000 url in google (site:) which display in webmaster tool.

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  4. 180 Theory
    180 Theory says:

    I've heard those conspiracy theories. Then, pointed out to people that there is a whole opposite camp. It's like arguing politics or religion with people: pure ideology, 0% facts. 🙂

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  5. Dmitry Radchenko
    Dmitry Radchenko says:

    Hello Matt. Here is the main myth about SEO: "Your position depends only on moon phase". And there is my rationale… look at the top of "buy viagra" request. What will we see? The bulk of sites which violated all rules you described everywhere. A lot of doorways which have just few sentences and 1-2 keywords on a page. What are you talking about? For whom? =)

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  6. Masuda Rashid
    Masuda Rashid says:

    Don`t be confuse if you`d like to make your website to be the top rank on search engine. This site will guide you to construct your site to the top one. Search "speed rank seo" on Google.

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  7. Brahim AZOUGAGH
    Brahim AZOUGAGH says:

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  8. Viral INTraffic
    Viral INTraffic says:

    קידום שיווק ופרסום אתרי אינטרנט בממשקים חדשים וקהלים ייעודיים תיקוני וידאו לרמת נראות גבוהה והפצה ברשתות ובאתרי האינטרנט

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  9. MabryCo
    MabryCo says:

    I couldn’t believe how much I’ve learned just by watching a 4-minute video. It’s a relief to know that ads aren’t that vital in establishing online presence. And yes, it’s true that the best mental model in SEO is “happy users are loyal users.” 

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  10. AMIR ARYA
    AMIR ARYA says:

    Regarding this part:
    “”He also says that Google does not make changes to the organic algorithms to encourage people to buy ads.””
    So if any webmaster just with buy the seo software and have average knowledge could make high ranking for qualify website in google, … then nobody want to pay for pay per click or sponsored ad.
    Therefore how google can make money from advertiser.
    I’m just remember several months ago, when the google change “the organic algorithms” most of the website with high ranking has been moved to lower ranking in google.
    And then several companies call people as a Google certify to ask theme money for send back their website to high ranking again.
    Actually some webmasters have been got the website in high ranking and good traffic.
    But usually Google call this spam or “others thinks”, then after one or two months their website will be disappear from top ranking.
    There are a lot of real story about Google “the organic algorithms” that I can not say more about it at this time.
    For Example: if you believe that quality link back can help google to showing better index after search by some keywords, Then elephant can fly by himself.
    Sincerely

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  11. AMIR ARYA
    AMIR ARYA says:

    Regarding this part:
    “”He also says that Google does not make changes to the organic algorithms to encourage people to buy ads.””
    So if any webmaster just with buy the seo software and have average knowledge could make high ranking for qualify website in google, … then nobody want to pay for pay per click or sponsored ad.
    Therefore how google can make money from advertiser.
    I’m just remember several months ago, when the google change “the organic algorithms” most of the website with high ranking has been moved to lower ranking in google.
    And then several companies call people as a Google certify to ask theme money for send back their website to high ranking again.
    Actually some webmasters have been got the website in high ranking and good traffic.
    But usually Google call this spam or “others thinks”, then after one or two months their website will be disappear from top ranking.
    There are a lot of real story about Google “the organic algorithms” that I can not say more about it at this time.
    For Example: if you believe that quality link back can help google to showing better index after search by some keywords, Then elephant can fly by himself.
    Sincerely

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  12. Pool And Spa TV
    Pool And Spa TV says:

    I always enjoy Matt's videos. This one is particularly interesting. Our web site turned 20 years old this year ( ! ) and being a fairly seasonal business, I can tell you all that for about half the year we always do Adwords, and the other half we do not. Our organic SERPS do not change due to us using – or not using – our Adwords account. That's been my experience over the years, so I agree with what Matt is saying, in that I do not think there is any "evil Google conspiracy" either way.

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  13. Michael Mason
    Michael Mason says:

    OK, so given that there is no link between AdWords and organic listings in Google I tried an experiment some time ago where a client ranked #1 organic for their term and IMHO didn't deserve it.

    They had AdWords running so we ditched the AdWords for a while and their organic listing disappeared.

    Within a few days of us restarting the AdWords campaign their organic listing went back to the top of Google.

    Answers on the back of a stamp addressed envelope please…

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  14. Don Hesh
    Don Hesh says:

    This is How it's link Matt, When you Advertise on Google, You get More related visitors, When you have more related visitors, They will stay on your site, Share content which results lower bounce rate and more social signals. Lower bounce rate + More Social signals =  Higher Google organic rank. 🙂

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  15. Roovet
    Roovet says:

    well I must comment on this video first I would like to say thanks you your a great explainer and I will also say thats may be part of the reason but let face the truth you also change it so people will buy ads with you other wise you would not make billions and you stock would not be so high , I love you guys business mind , but yes also I think you guys are trying to make your results better but come on man your a public company you have to keep showing profit let be real about it right lol…yes I understand you can not say anything that might put your job at risk…!! thanks again

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  16. Manish Khanna
    Manish Khanna says:

    Agree on all counts, but if google wanted to provide better results, those websites which have been penalised cause of OLD ways and still have good content and user experience should show up at least somewhere in results. They should not have to start a new website all over again. Starting a New website is very bad for Branding and Matt you have always been promoting Branding then SEO.

    Couple of other myths I think a lot of people wants to know is.
    1. Does it make any difference if I use Disavow again and again ? Their is a Myth that you should not resubmit old bad links for disavow if you find them. 

    2. Does Social Media helps with Google Algo or is it a Myth, alot of users are talking about you have to use Google+ or you would not be awarded ? 

    3. Manual penalty can be removed, but Algo Penalty can never be removed, specially when there is no way to find if their is an Algo Penalty. Is this is a Myth too ? 

    Thanks 

    Manish

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  17. Dave Billings
    Dave Billings says:

    All the fancy filters has created a monster.

    It's time Google stops the algorithmic filtering… Good legitimate business websites are getting bumped off. No Myth about it…  Bad links need to be ignored as no credit, no penalty…  Adwords is the only thing that's absolute while everything else is a guess. Lowest priority is organic search.

    How this makes for a good user experience when you can only find a website on Bing and Yahoo because it's penalized or caught in a filter at Google?
    Competitive search results without the junk is the key, don't you think?

    Noticed some of Google's IP's in SORBS for email spam and ask myself this question.  If  Google can't control it's own email spam, how can they possibly control link spam? If the trend continues everything will be filtered out along with SEO Myths.

    Reminds me of the Real Estate bubble. Everyone is in the SEO business and Google is Fannie Mae… Page 1 on Google, Not how much is it… Is it For Sale!
            

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  18. Ingrid A
    Ingrid A says:

    Now get this (3:093:18) from Matt Cutt, "Just because somebody says they made a lot of money online doesn’t mean they really made a lot of money online. If they really made a lot of money online, they normally keep doing it, rather than tell you about it.” 

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  19. Danny Pryor
    Danny Pryor says:

    For users who do not understand what real development and content creation is, this video is a superbly informative take on the simplicity of attaining reasonably good search rankings. I am always fighting charlatan SEO companies that promise my clients or client prospects that they can achieve a number-one ranking on "page one of Google". I tell them not even Google would make such a promise. Because there are so many myths and so much disinformation flying around about what constitutes good development, an entire "SEO industry" has emerged that plays on the "fear of invisibility" and "loss of business". There are no great mysteries to composing a sound website that is informative and can convert those visitors into buyers. Sometimes the process takes longer than we would like, but that process does work. One simply has to invest for the long-term and not for the next week or month. What blows my mind is the fact so many qualified web and content developers are still using black-hat tricks to get their clients' sites ranked well, only for those sites to eventually require more work to maintain a reasonable search presence when algorithms change. In other words, the black-hat tricks force companies to spend more money, later, to clean up the damage done by an algorithm update or a penalty, which is great business for the charlatans. However, those practices certainly leave me and many other white-hatters having to answer for an entire segment of an industry that has run afoul of legitimacy and trust. So, thank you, Matt, for this one. I just wish other developers would speak loudly about these issues.

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  20. Aaron Caralho
    Aaron Caralho says:

    Matt cutts teaches us we should not rely on one specific piece of automated software, since it's ridiculous to think it will solve all your problems. What Matt is trying to tell us is we should combine all these tools to rank #1 on any keyword.

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