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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Is Google Misleading Us? If So, How?

Is Google Misleading Us? If So, How?


parking signs misleadingYou've all seen it, parking signs that are so confusing that sometimes you wonder, is the local government trying to mislead you...
Webmasters are asking themselves the same questions about Google. With all the blog posts, videos, guidelines, is Google setting SEOs and webmasters up for disaster one way or another?
Last year, we asked you if you felt Google was lying to you and only 10% said no. The rest, over 55% said Google is lying to us and 31% said Google lies to us sometimes.
The post has 150+ comments with examples and debates.
The new WebmasterWorld thread asks in more of a subtle way. Asking "What Official Google SEO Advice is Misleading or Misunderstood?"
Greg Niland started off saying that guest blogging is one of those examples:
For example Matt Cutts has recently said that if you were using guest blog posts "you should probably stop". This led many SEO people to start assuming that Google will consider every guest blog post to be bad. Matt Cutts had to clarify his initial statement and say that some guest blog posts when done in a relevant and professional manner can be good for your online business.
I am sure you all have many examples - do share.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

2 comments:

If you are a big business and on G's trusted list, you generally get great benefits for doing SEO. If you are a small biz, you aren't on any G list typically (unless you've engaged in lots of unnatural link building) and SEO becomes a series of punch vs. counter punch.

Yes G has a problem and they do all kinds of things to fight spam, not just with Panda/Penguin/Cutts because they are perplexed - changing the rules and causing confusion isn't something that builds trust and a great brand for anyone, not even investors.

Google is crumbling from within.

If you are a big business and on G's trusted list, you generally get great benefits for doing SEO. If you are a small biz, you aren't on any G list typically (unless you've engaged in lots of unnatural link building) and SEO becomes a series of punch vs. counter punch.

Yes G has a problem and they do all kinds of things to fight spam, not just with Panda/Penguin/Cutts because they are perplexed - changing the rules and causing confusion isn't something that builds trust and a great brand for anyone, not even investors.

Google is crumbling from within.

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