Things People Shouldn’t Say About Your SEO

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Everybody thinks their SEO is the best. Guess what? It’s not. Not yours, not mine, not anybody’s. I didn’t say your SEO strategies aren’t good, but there is always room for improvement.

In light of that, here are some things you don’t want someone to say about the SEO on your website.

Bad SEO Thoughts…

“What did you say the keyword density for that page was again?”

“Those are some reeeeeeally interesting micro-sites.”

“I know what pages you optimized because you used the keywords three times in each title tag!”

“Interesting! All of your backlinks have the exact same anchor text.”

“Dude! You scored some serious site-wide links!”

“Are those links or is the text just colored for emphasis?”

After reading your home page, “What is it you do, again?”

After reading any site page, “Soooooo, what am I supposed to do next?”

“Are those huge images the reason the site is so slow, or is it something else?”

“There sure are a lot of broken links on this site.”

“Wow! That content is just … bad.”

“I see you subscribe to the quantity over quality theory of link building.”

“You paid way too much for that.”

“I had no idea that many directories existed!”

“Now that I know all about YOU, do you have a page that explains what you can do for ME?”

“That’s a great press release. Too bad there’s no news in it.”

“What’s your threshold for allowable duplicate content?”

“My grandmother’s blog is outranking you for those keywords.”

“You say you paid how much for those links?”

“I can’t find you on Google.”

“How do I get to the contact page?”

“You certainly have no use for great content. But you did get your keywords in there. A lot.”

“So, which page did you optimize again?”


Special thanks to Mike and Annalisa for their contributions to this post. Now it’s your turn…

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Stoney G deGeyter

Stoney G deGeyter

Stoney deGeyter is the author of The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist, Period!, and President of Pole Position Marketing, a leading web presence optimization firm... Read Full Bio
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  • ““Wow! That content is just … bad.””

    I’m certain I’ve had that thought about sites many times, but I always try to turn my opinion into constructive criticism. Okay, so it’s not so good right now but if we tweak X, Y and Z then we can get some real value from it. When you tell someone they are doing something wrong or their work sucks it usually puts them on the defensive and that gets you nowhere.

  • We can add:

    “English is definitely not your first language.”

    Love your post! Simplified way of putting all the boo-boos of doing SEO.


  • Here’s some others:

    “Wow this is the best auto blog site I have ever seen!”
    “What spinning software do you use for your content?”
    “I see you’ve created a links page for reciprocal links, that worked great five years ago.”

    Enjoy 🙂

  • Really a very Interesting Post. 🙂 I liked the line:
    “I know what pages you optimized because you used the keywords three times in each title tag!”

  • Um, every SEO comment I make starts with “Um…”

  • dont know much

  • “Can’t we just put all of our keywords in the title tag?”

    Someone asked me this once.. great quotes here!

  • My favorite is you paid way to much for that. That will make you feel sick when you hear that.

  • “My grandmother’s blog is outranking you for those keywords.”

    OUCH !! Hopefully I will be that grandmother : )

  • So how many urls have you duplicated this on?

  • Love the additions! Great comments everyone!

  • This is a really amusing and interesting post. I especially like the one – “Wow! That content is just … bad.”

    This really is great, thanks for that.

  • Those are awesome.. I love the “What exactly do you do again?” I get that a lot.. mainly from family members!