Navigating the web is becoming more and more demanding, especially for website owners. The dynamic development of technology and updates of subsequent algorithms make SEO tactics an endless process. Some people try to take a shortcut , but it never ends well. So what is Black Hat SEO and how to protect against it?
Black hat SEO is about depositioning websites by using methods that seem to yield results quickly, but carry significant consequences in search engine rankings. It uses deceptive and manipulative techniques to create higher page ranks, usually taking a few weeks or months at most. These quick gains are often only temporary and sometimes come with hefty price tags.
Fortunately, Google knows when you’re trying to game its algorithm, and it will penalize your site in search rankings as a result. This is called being depositioned in Google-speak and we can say about two main types of penalties on us for non-compliant methods:
What is more, there are manual penalties imposed by Google employees. The website owner is then informed of the incident, and in some cases receives a package of tips on what needs to be fixed. In a worse case, a penalty is imposed by the algorithm. The site is then suspended and the owner receives no information beforehand.
Depositioning your site’s performance with bad practices isn’t a sustainable way to gain traction, but it is an effective strategy to drive traffic in a moment—until Google catches up. Using these techniques will not only hurt your brand reputation but also have lasting effects on your business’ credibility, because a one and done type approach is only effective for short-term gains.
Everyone knows that keywords are the basis of optimization. So many people are tempted to use as many of them as possible. Unfortunately, as a result, the content is overloaded with words that are not related to each other. The whole thing becomes unnatural and impossible to read. Robots and algorithms will find content in which keywords have been abused right away.
The content follows the keywords. Bill Gates called “Content is King” for a reason. We are talking here about all practices of copying content, using plagiarism, abuse of synonyms, creating too short texts or stylistic and substantive mistakes. For Google, the user experience is the most important thing, so you need to make some effort.
Some website owners try to trick the algorithms by creating two versions of one page. One for Internet users, the other for indexing robots. The site for robots is crammed with keywords. It also happens that webmasters hide certain content by placing it in a background color, reducing the font size to 0, or hiding links off the screen. Unfortunately, everything on the website should be visible to everyone in the same way, so penalties are also imposed for such practices.
This is one of the most common penalty issues. On the one hand, it is about link exchange, i.e. any attempts to obtain valuable links by buying or exchanging with other parties on a large scale. On the other hand, they are link farms built solely for the purpose of acquiring links, regardless of their value.
Sometimes there is an attempt to manipulate the ranking. The user then, after selecting the page he is interested in, goes to a completely different place. Most of them are spam websites that can attack (hack) the computer or lead the user to forbidden places on the network.
It’s easy to use black hat techniques if you don’t think too much about them. Ultimately, they are based on deception, but in many cases they aren’t obviously deceptive and may be used to gain rankings for genuinely high-quality content. It isn’t always clear where black hat ends and white hat begins.
It is possible to recover from black hat techniques such as keyword stuffing and over optimization, but it will take a significant amount of time, money and effort. It’s important to be honest with yourself before you decide to commit to a black hat technique. If you aren’t willing to wait for results, or spend money on your SEO efforts, then don’t use black hat techniques. When you are trying to build a successful business online, there is no room for shortcuts. You need to earn every visitor through hard work and dedication.
A good idea, particularly if you don’t have a background in search engine optimization. Black hat SEO is extremely risky and can get your site banned from Google. And it may not work anyway—once Google catches on to these sorts of tricks, they’ll adjust their algorithms to ensure that such sites won’t rise to the top anymore.
Whether you’re a brand looking to increase your reputation in order to win over new customers or an individual trying to build credibility in your field, using Black Hat tactics can do more harm than good. Sticking with white hat methods will always yield better results, so spend some time learning about how search engines work and stick with their guidelines. You won’t regret it!
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