Duplicate web pages.
It does no good whatever for a user to click through a search result
only to find that your web pages have been shared with everyone else. These duplicate pages
gum up the works and reduce the level at which your pages end up in the search results.
Content that has been scraped from numerous other sites.
Content scraping is the
practice of pulling content from other web sites and repackaging it so that it looks like
your own content. Although scraped content may look different from the original, it is
still duplicate content, and many search engines will leave you completely out of the
search index and the search results.
One last SEO issue concerns the damage to your SEO strategy that hidden pages can inflict. These
are pages in your web site that are visible only to a search crawler. Hidden pages can also lead to
issues like hidden keywords and hidden links. Keywords and links help to boost your search rank-
ings, so many people try to capitalize on these requirements by hiding them within the body of a
web page, sometimes in a font color that perfectly matches the site background.
There’s no way around the issue of hidden pages. If you have a web site and it contains hidden pages,
it’s just a matter of time before the crawler figures out that the content is part of a hidden SEO strat-
egy. Once that’s determined by the crawler, your site ranking will drop drastically.
After Your Site Is Built
Building the right site to help maximize your SEO efforts is a difficult task. And when you’re finished,
the work doesn’t end. SEO is an ongoing strategy, not a technology that you can implement and for-
get. Time needs to be spent reviewing your practices, examining results, and making adjustments
where necessary. If this ongoing maintenance is ignored, your SEO efforts to this point will quickly
become time that would have been better spent standing out on the street with a sign around your
neck advertising your web site. That might be more effective than outdated SEO.
Beware of content thieves
Maintenance of your SEO strategies is also essential in helping you find problems that might be com-
pletely unrelated to SEO. For example, SEO strategies can help you locate content thieves. One such
strategy is tagging your web site. Some people (including black-hat SEOs) take snippets of content
from your site to use on their own. If you tag your content properly, you can use some very distinc-
tive tags, which will help you quickly locate content that has been stolen.
Another way in which SEO helps you to locate stolen content is through tracking. Presumably, if
you’re executing SEO strategies, you’re monitoring your site metrics with a program like Google
Analytics. Watching the metrics used by one of those analytics programs can help you locate con-
tent thieves. For example, if you look at your incoming links on one of these programs, you might
find that people are coming to your site from a completely unexpected location. If that’s the case,
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