Can You Name The Best SEO Advice You Ever Received?

Nov 18, 2010 • 7:52 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under SEO - Search Engine Optimization

One of the many things I love about the SEO industry is how generous people are with their time. Over the years, I have heard, seen and reported on SEOs giving advice to each other. I am sure this happens in other industries, but I have taken a liking to this one.

That being said, Matt McGee started a thread at Sphinn asking SEOs to share the best SEO advice they ever received. Matt asked:

We all give and get advice: on our blogs, at conferences, on the phone with co-workers and peers, etc. But what's THE BEST piece of SEO advice anyone's ever given you? That's the subject of our "Discussion of the Week" this week.

Now, there has already been some posts with people sharing the best advice they received. But before I do a recap on what people post here, I would love to drive more traffic and discussion to this thread.

Please visit the Sphinn thread and add your story. These stories make up our community, so if you haven't registered on Sphinn, take the two minutes to do that and share a single story.

Forum discussion at Sphinn.

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11/18/2010 01:07 pm

This is a simple one but by far the most important in my advice. Write fantastic content for your audience.


11/18/2010 01:28 pm

Text. Just text. This will ensure that if nothing else at least the search engines will be able to read your page. Text links are easily followed. This from back in the very late 90's. Even when keyword stuffing was working. Today, the most valuable SEO commodity? a text link. Funny that. :)


11/18/2010 01:31 pm

sphinn comments section not showing up on chrome... meh.. best piece of advice.. was actually a question to me.... "what does Google really want?"

Barry Schwartz

11/18/2010 01:43 pm

Works for me in Chrome, are you logged in?

Michael Martinez

11/18/2010 03:17 pm

When what you're doing doesn't work, try something else.

jim hedger

11/18/2010 05:45 pm

Best advice ever received in life and in SEO comes from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and reads as thus: "Don't Panic!"

Bryant Dunivan

11/18/2010 06:52 pm

Honestly, it was that content was king. Close second is for a decent show up in SERPS, make sure your title tags, h1, and h2 tags are closely related (i dont really follow that anymore, but it was really mind blowing at the time.)


11/18/2010 07:37 pm

Don't believe everything you read about SEO because 90% of what's written is regurgitated BS. That was told to me back around 1999 and sadly it's still true today. Stuart

Gyi Tsakalakis

11/19/2010 11:24 pm

Write great search-minded content on an organized site architecture and get that content in front of people who are ready, willing, and able to publicize it and link to it.

Geoff Small

11/22/2010 09:32 am

When link building it's about quality not quantity. This also holds true for a lot of other things in life too.

Alain Attias

12/02/2010 12:05 pm

Optimise your website for your visitors and not the search engines (whilst still keeping in mind the crawlers)

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