Ethical SEO Not Spam According to Google

Search & Discovery | November 17, 2011

4 Ways to Gain SEO Favor With Google

Google’s Matt Cutts wants to dispel the myth that Google considers SEO to be spam. He outlines some basic SEO best practices and strategies for marketers to consider. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be better off than most.

Crawlable Website

Google’s search algorithm is also referred to as a bot (short for robot). The Google bot crawls your website. So, it stands to reason to maximize your website’s ability to be crawlable by Google. This includes using a search engine friendly content management system (CMS), keyword-centric URLs that correlate to the page’s content, a silo approach to content to make it easy for the Google bot to crawl, and of course, well written meta data. If this sounds like a lot of detail, it is. Just remember the goal is to make your website easy to crawl so Google will return it in search results for relevant keywords. Speaking of…..

Keywords

A viable SEO strategy requires that you perform keyword research to identify the keywords used by your target audience. Your keyword research should be organized by relevant themes. Ideally, you should also do persona research to identify the personas of your target customer. Armed with these insights, your content should be written (or revised) to reflect the relevant keywords searched by the personas you identified. For example, if you sell a home product the person doing a Google search might be a female consumer, or it might be a male consumer. One might be the buyer and the other an influencer. Reaching each persona may require different keywords and different content pages on your website.

Usability

Google has made it clear they care very much about the experience you provide the user on your website. The layout and design of your website is a factor. Is your content well organized? Is all the content easy to find? Do you provide images, video, informational resources that help the user get valuable information? Do you provide social sharing of your website content? If the answer to any of these questions is no, you lose favor with the user and with the Google bots as they score the usability of your website.

Load Speed

If your website loads fast, Google considers that a contribution to a good user experience. You may need to clean up your website’s code to improve load speed, or change your hosting package, or switch CMS platforms. Consider the factors that may be slowing down your website and take appropriate action to increase load speed for good SEO ranking results.

Cooperate with Google

As Matt Cutts explains in this video, ethical SEO is merely the process of paying attention to these details in order to gain SEO favor with Google’s bots. So, just cooperate with Google and chances are you’ll get good SEO ranking results.

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About the Author
Bernie is founder and CEO of Find and Convert and leads the agency’s strategy. Bernie is a consummate content producer on digital marketing insights and best practices and hosts the Social Business Engine digital TV show and podcast.

14 Comments to Ethical SEO Not Spam According to Google

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    On November 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm

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  2. by j.p.

    On November 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Part of the problem though so many in the SEO industry have with Google is that they are not obeying their own rules and they've been regularly punishing those that are obeying the rules.

    Unfortunately for individuals, Google is a for-profit company so they gear everything they do to make money, which makes sense, but it hurts the people trying to find good information. There is a large amount of documentation now of how Google tries to interpret what you want based on previous searches. You therefore get a filtered view of the world, which isn't necessarily a good thing for individuals or for businesses trying their best to be relevant.

  3. by FindandConvert

    On November 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    J.P. while it's true that Google is a for profit company and they give you a filtered view of the world, they are under a lot of competitive pressure. They know that if you don't have a good search experience, you have other options. So, I think they want us to be successful at organic SEO. It feeds into their PPC engine.

    BTW, sorry about all the spam comments here. I recently did a migration and I'm still dealing with spam clean up. I appreciate your comments!

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    On October 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm

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    On October 16, 2012 at 3:51 am

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  10. by Web Developers NYC

    On January 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    As Matt Cuts explains in this video, ethical SEO is merely the process of paying attention to these details in order to gain SEO favor with Google’s bots. So, just cooperate with Google and chances are you’ll get good SEO ranking results.

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