How Do Avoid Being Profiled As An SEO

Jul 17, 2009 • 8:22 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search Engine Industry News
 

Several weeks ago, we discussed the debate over if Google treats SEOs as criminals. We even polled our readers on that question and the results were split. In any event, if you believe this to be true, or even if you don't but you don't want to risk it, you might want to do your best to not be labeled as an SEO.

Winning the Web posted a piece named 7 Red Flags that Reveal to Google You're an SEO Criminal – Avoid These!. He goes through save things to avoid, in order not to be profiled as an SEO. Here are those points, in short form:

  • You have a big mouth about your SEO tactics
  • Your sites are all tied together = easy target
  • Your site is over-optimized for certain keywords
  • Your link profile is unnatural
  • You use the nofollow link attribute to sculpt PageRank
  • You buy or sell obvious paid links
  • You use SEO and links to get a spammy site to the top of the rankings

On a personal level, I find it funny that I fall for some of these and I am not an SEO. I mean, I write about SEO and know a heck of a lot about SEO through writing and hands on work, but I don't sell "SEO services."

In any event, is it better to be safe then sorry?

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Comments:

Rob Abdul

07/18/2009 12:08 pm

Barry I know the tool bar pagerank is outdated and does not determine SERPs. However for vanity reasons, Seroundtable.com used to be a PR 6 back in 2007. I can see that you have an enormous amount of traffic to your site to say the least. Your, Compete Rank, Quantcast Rank, and pages in Wikipedia are all so impressive. Do you think you are a PR 4 now simply because you use the NOFOLLOW tag in your comments?

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