Search engines have rules for what's acceptable—and not acceptable—for content, linking, and many other factors that are used to calculate relevance. Some guidelines are clear and public, but other policies are known only to the search engines themselves, and if you step over the line, your site may be dinged with a penalty that decreases your rankings or worse, eliminates your site from search results altogether.
Even though many of these policies are not public, observant search engine optimizers have recognized and described many tactics that can draw a penalty to web site. In today's SearchDay article, Coping with Search Engine Penalties, guest writer Marcela De Vivo describes many of these gotchas, and offers advice and guidance for dealing with penalties.
The Original Search Marketing Event is Back!
SES Denver (Oct 16) offers an intense day of learning all the critical aspects of search engine optimization (SEO) and paid search advertising (PPC). The mission of SES remains the same as it did from the start - to help you master being found on search engines. Early Bird rates available through Sept 12. Register today!