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The Ethics of Professional SEO Services

Updated on June 26, 2011

Right & Wrong Ways To Do It

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an important part of any online marketing strategy, but there are right ways and wrong ways to do it. The wrong ways, unfortunately, are very tempting to some people, but any professional SEO services that practice these wrong or unethical strategies should be strictly avoided. They may claim that they can get you to the top of the search engines amazingly fast, but once the search engines catch on, your penalties or your ban will come even faster.

Google's Matt Cutts

Choose Ethical SEO Services

Professional SEO services that are considered ethical are those strategies that involve working with the search engines rather than against them. Consider the purpose of a search engine – these programs were created specifically to help users discover the content that is the most relevant to the phrases in their search query. The search engines succeed when they can do this well. Ideally then, the search engines will show the most favor to the websites that help them do this.

Ethical practices, then, include adding content to your site to make it more relevant to certain search terms. This content should be something that is actually useful to the casual Internet user. Unethical SEO services, on the other hand, focus on manipulating the search engines, or trying to fake them into believing the site is more relevant than it really is. This behavior will invite punishment to your site.

Another measure of the ethics of professional SEO services is whether or not the company is focused on increasing your rankings or increasing your ROI. On the surface these might seem to be tightly linked together, but that is not always the case. An SEO company might secure high rankings for a great number of keywords, but if none of them bring in visitors that will convert to paying customers, then your money and your marketing has been wasted.

Build Reputation That Will Last

Before trusting your online reputation to anyone you should always do your research and find out what kind of professional SEO services they offer. If they lean toward the unethical end of the spectrum, you just might be irrevocably associating your own reputation with those questionable practices. Stick to ethical services and build a reputation that will last.

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      BoyceWeb 6 years ago

      The mistake people make is trying 'black hat' techniques and trying to fool Google. That is the worst mistake because Google will find out or punish you. Know matter how frustrating you find Google, it's simply a case of 'Comply or Die' when it comes to what they want.

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      Dan Nelson 6 years ago

      The need for Website Seo in the realm of online business will never be dismissed by the affiliate marketers.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to Hub Pages. I'm sure many of us will be very interested in your hubs. Lots of good solid info here.

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      tdarby 8 years ago

      Web Gazelle is the best SEO consultant I could ever imagine. He has helped us and increased our web traffic by a whole lot. And he has done it through ethical SEO development. Much thanks to you Web Gazelle. Oh, and by the way, this is a great Hub.