A very good Quora article on SEO basics.

Last Update: September 14, 2016
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MPollock Premium
Great advice, thanks, for sharing.
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drjec Premium
Thanks. This is great information.
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BeauAndNik Premium
Be wary, this post is VERY old and SEO has changed quite a bit since then.
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CateR Premium
My apologies if it's old - they sent it to me today.
Are his basics "out of date" too?
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BeauAndNik Premium
A lot of that stuff just doesnt apply now, especially with the aglo updates. I would avoid.
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CateR Premium
Sorry ---- what are "aglo updates?"

Lots of that stuff is still pertinent - if only cos I heard folk like Kyle saying some of it too.... :-)
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BeauAndNik Premium
Algorithm updates issued by Google.

Some of this stuff still applies but a lot of it is very vague and it seems to be more of a designer vs SEO sound off.

Submitting content to article directory websites has lost its power a long time ago, hence why streetarticles, made by WA has declined.

They talk about using social bookmarking but dont actually say what you need to do to stay safe and not screw up your anchor text ratios.

No mention of silo site structure and how to use it.

The duplicate content myth has been debunked.

using a h1 heading other than the page title is a mistake that may get you penalized.

Sitespeed does have an effect on SEO, but not as big as you may think. (albeit, SEO is a combination of things).

There is much more to SEO than just writing content and hoping for it to rank.

Other than that it was just a real vague skim over that will leave most confused and unclear. Geared with enough knowledge to major damage to their sites..
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CateR Premium
aglo = google algo's !!
LOL... Okay - but you've lost me there....
If I may pic your brains some more.....?

By article directories you mean sites like Quora? Seriously - I thought "people were just being helpful" doing that?

Silo site structure?
Okaaay.... what's that? I've been chuffing along here for just over a month now - and I haven't heard of silos related to websites. (Like - there isn't already ENUFF I don't know.)

And what "duplicate content myth" has been debunked?
Are you saying I can post duplicate content on my site and not get penalised? (Or can I post it with a "nofollow" link or something and not get penalised?" This would be very nice for an article I have in mind that will be lighthearted but full of "other people's words.")

Uhm... I think the idea there is ... write GOOD content - don't "just slap some words down" and think that'll get one ranked?
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BeauAndNik Premium
hahaha algo aglo igloo loos ugh!

Not really Quora but places like streetarticles.com. This used to be a great method to improve rank but directories dont pack the punch they used too.. Is it worth it? Depends on the time spend and the result... I would'nt personally do this but I may pay a VA to do this task..

If you think of a silo as the foundation of your site.. Its the flow of information. Silo's are mainly for ranking purposes. A simple silo would be your money page at the top level. This is the article that you want to rank and bank with. Beneath that you would create topically relevant articles that pushed relevancy to the money post. Essentially interlinking them.

Sites can have many silos. Sometimes they will overlap. Silos can be created with pages, posts, categories, menus, youtube videos, playlists etc.

Duplicate content doesnt apply to you within your own site. For example, I created a site that used complete shite content.. 250 pages were published using the same content for every page. The only difference was a location modifier. 99.9% of the content was the same.. Same embedded video, same content etc. The site ranked like a mofo.. No penalties. Is it still ranking? YES.

This is an extreme example. Would I recommend doing this again? No lol but I wanted to see how far I can push things. I like to push until Google breaks.

In terms of you writing a post that is a summary of everyone elses words you are essentially curating content. This is fine as long as you cite the source. I'll be releasing training on how to do this.

SEO is a wide variety of techniques.. There is no wrong or right SEO to be honest. Some only want to do whitehat, others like grey and then there are the blackhatters.. If it works for you then go for it..

One of the biggest things missing from the training here is exhaustive competition analysis. This is the only true way to gauge how profitable a niche will be..
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CateR Premium
Thank you!
So ... I can plonk down Other People's Words - add a citation and the Googs will be happy? Simple as that? ... I don't have to make it unreadable-to-arachnids or anything?

I'll be keeping my eyes open for that training - thanx.
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BeauAndNik Premium
Yes pretty much :)
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CateR Premium
Thanx for the help!
PS. ...I found it an even more helpful article than I originally thought....
;-)
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