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How To Avoid Google Penalties On Your Website

How To Avoid Google Penalties On Your Website

Google has two types of penalties that could potentially harm your website. They are called algorithmic penalties and manual penalties (or “manual actions” by Google). The algorithmic penalties are automatic and occur as a result of the Google algorithms. They are usually caused by Google panda[1] or Google Penguin[2] because of low quality content, duplicated content, and/or the presence of a lot of suspicious links pointing to your site. Google wants to “clean” the web based on these two updates and other criteria.

As for manual penalties, they occur as a result of manual review of your domain performed by a specialist at Google. These punishments tend to minimize a site’s efficiency and can even make it disappear on specific queries to the Net surfers. Google favors sites that have precise and positive characteristics like the speed of its loading time, the size of its optimized images, etc.

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Google diminishes the visibility of sites that are viewed less favorable based on penalties they acquire as a result of manual and algorithmic penalties a site might receive. So in order to maintain visibility in search engine results, you must do everything to avoid these penalties.To check whether your site has been punished manually or not, simply visit your Google Webmaster Tools account. To avoid penalties altogether, below is a helpful and essential guide to ensure the positioning of your website in search results.

Preventing Google Penalties

Google Panda and Google Penguin are most concerned about good practices in SEO. Indeed, Google Panda, published in 2011, penalizes poor user experience, like delayed loading times on a site, high bounce rates, errors 404, and of course duplicate content. As for Google Penguin, which was created in 2012, it penalizes spamming techniques, i.e. the quality of link anchors, the number of incoming links from a suspected referral site, the nature and origin of the links, etc.

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The bottom line is quality content is paramount. When you want to optimize your site for SEO, you will have to take into account Google Penguin and Google Panda in order to adhere to Google’s guidelines and maintain your website rank and visibility.

Content is king in SEO, so you must give a lot of importance to these factors:

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  • The content must be unique.
  • The editorial line must be clear and coherent.
  • Articles or pages should not be over-optimized.
  • Automatically generated content is prohibited.
  • Know that you have to write your content primarily for users before even thinking about the search engines.

Operating A Quality Site

Owning and operating a quality site is as simple as adopting a clear architecture and paying attention to the internal so that you don’t duplicate content. Links can make or break your site. Netlinking is a great way to get quality links on your website, but be careful to avoid abusing it to try and stay natural with Google’s guidelines. Limit the number of links per page, whether internal or external. As for backlinks campaigns, you should spread them out over a long period of time to avoid getting links at the same time as this might sound suspicious.

The majority of links to your site should be sites with the same theme. Do not over-optimize the anchors for SEO. You must vary the anchors on long phrases and not necessarily on the main keyword of your site. The list of what to do to avoid Google penalties is not exhaustive as it seems. The most important thing to remember is not to cheat in order to make your way up the website ranking through unsavory methods.

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Behaviors To Avoid For Good SEO Practice

As you all know now, most behaviors that are banned in SEO are practices prohibited by Google and behaviors that Google will penalize you for if you use them. Here are some examples of practices that should be avoided to maintain good SEO practices[3] that will not be flagged by Google. This practices are more commonly known as Black Hat SEO:

  • Cloaking, or generating, different HTML content depending on whether it is a user or a search engine that accesses it
  • Duplicating content or copy and pasting an already existing page
  • Spam comments
  • Over-optimization of keywords
  • Purchasing inbound links of poor quality

There are many other practices that are considered Black Hat SEO, but those were just a few of the most common ones that will quickly get your website in hot water with Google if they pick up on it with their manual or algorithmic penalties. Earn your ranking the right way and develop a quality site where your content is key to establishing SEO.

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Reference

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Panda
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Penguin
[3] seo services: http://www.seoservicesusa.co/chicago-seo-services

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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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