The Dos and Don’ts of Dealing With Google’s Penguin Update
It’s been a few weeks now since Google made its Penguin update, and by now, we’re getting a good idea of the implications. It looks as though Google is hoping to make the internet a spam-free environment by getting stricter in enforcing their SEO guidelines, which states that pages should primarily be made for users and not for search engines.
This new algorithm essentially deals with websites or blogs which indulged in excessive link building with no regard for quality, keyword stuffing and publishing lots of meaningless content just for the sake of traffic. These techniques aren’t likely to work anymore.
If your traffic fell because of Google’s Penguin update, you can repair the damage. Here’s what to do (and what not to do) to get your rankings back on track.
DO invest in content.
Whether your client provides more copy, you hire a full-time copywriter or you write the content yourself, content makes a big difference in search rankings. The more natural sounding the text, the better. If you create content that’s actually useful, this information will stand the test of time, and will provide a good quality link.
Spun articles are soon likely to do more bad than good. Avoid keyword stuffing and write for a real audience.
DO concentrate on quality over quantity.
It’s not about having thousands of links anymore. Sure, you will want to get as many as you can. But if they’re not valuable, they may as well not be there.
Concentrate on good content that will remain useful long after the link has met its need. You get the traffic you want and you’ve provided helpful information for a consumer, who may very well come back for more information in the future.
DO brush up on AuthorRank.
We know it’s coming, and it will take into account who has written a post, rather than just where it has been published. Now is the time to invest time into building authority. Then, if you publish a post, Google will promote it based on an authoritative author.
DON’T continue with business as usual.
This isn’t a phase and it won’t pass. You’re going to have to adapt. If you aren’t flexible, you’re probably in the wrong industry.
DON’T ignore social media.
Social media marketing may not get as many direct links as a guest blog post or a government website will, but it allows you to build a follower base. In the social sphere, users only link to high quality content. Getting retweeted by someone with plenty of followers mean a lot of attention and potential links.
There are plenty of ideas being put in motion to test these new waters but time will be a test for these. The overall point to take from Penguin is that being useful is more important than anything, and will surely get you links. Being relevant will pay off in the long run.
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