Do you know the MOST overlooked factor in SEO?
Well, it’s user behavior!
Go and approach any SEO consultants and they will offer you incredible services like:
But they overlook one  very basic point – the user behavior!
SEO will no doubt get you at the TOP of the search engine result pages (SERPs), however, user behavior will help you be there. But often times, most SEO consultant will offer you a very bad piece of advice, i.e. set up a blog/site and then perform SEO second.
This is a wrong mentality!


In fact, you need to understand there are 3 steps to SEO,

On-page SEO

1.    On-page SEO

– Is creating content (pages and blog posts) that would be easy for search engines like Google, Yahoo!, Bing to read and understand what your pages are about, index it, and display it to people (potential customers) for relevant search terms.

Off-page SEO

2.    Off-page SEO

– Refers to link building to other RELEVANT sites (forums, blogs, article directories) in order to build backlinks (link back to your site) so that people can visit your site other than search engine page.
Here are some great ways to build yourself quality backlinks.

User behavior

3.    User behavior

– How internet users interact to your site (blog commenting, forum thread posting) will tell search engines whether your site rankings is correct.


What Search Engine Robots CAN’T see?

When search engine robots crawls through your website, they can READ the content, however, they can’t gain an emotional response to it.
Consider this example “How to get more free traffic to your site.”
Search engine robots can quickly tell this site is about SEO and also understand that there’s a lot of “How to” guides out there.
But how does it know it’s better than other websites?
The main job of search engine is to offer best search result pages (SERPs) for any keyword phrase, but it must be for humans, not for robots.


How search engine robots get emotional

So far, a robot can find this site and understand its’ context but to assess if it is a good site it needs some help from humans and internet users.


Search engine can only measure:

1.    Click through rate (CTR) – The percentage of internet users who click on the site link displayed on search result page.
2.    Bounce Rate – After click through, what percentage of visitors pressed the BACK button and how quickly they pressed the button?
Google has few more advantage!
Internet marketers serious about SEO have Google Analytics installed on their site which can tell a whole lot more like:
1.    After the click through, where do visitors go?
2.    How much time they spend on your site/ on each page
So, you see, the search engine robot calculates where a site/page should rank for a particular keyword phrase.
Then they utilize the “user behavior” to determine if that first calculation was good or bad. And then, they decide whether your site should move up or move down in the search results page.
Simple, eh?



That generally means that it’s okay to use both content and code in order to gain better rankings, but only to see them drop back again.
Unless you are getting a help of an SEO consultant that knows and understand “user-behavior” is equally important as your page URLs, titles, headers, and other SEO factors.
So, user-behavior must be a key part of any SEO campaign.
While boosting your CTR depends upon the code, however, reducing your site’s/ page’s bounce rate or increasing the average time your visitors spend on your site is a whole different ball game.


Good Design + Great Content + Coding + Links = Positive User Behavior

Most companies try to keep web design and content (SEO) separate, however, we DON’T.
How your site looks, how easy it is to navigate, and the way it encourages visitors to explore other content … all affects the bounce rate as well as average time spent on site.
That means good web design is a vital part of SEO, just like coding, content, and links are.


So, how come sites that are UGLY still rank HIGHER than other?

With SEO, everything is about competition. For example, website A with poor design but great content can rank higher provided that there isn’t a site with a great design as well as great content and SEOed in order to compete.
But it also means that Website A can topple anytime from the higher rankings as soon as another site with great content and design comes along.
Just ask online store owners!


All Round SEO Services

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So you have been successful at driving traffic to your site but haven’t paid any attention as to where your visitors may have come from?
In search marketing sphere, we need to be aware of where our visitors had been in order to figure out what they are trying to accomplish on our site.
Our website traffic is arriving from 2 different sources: search results and display ads.
Let’s simplify so that you understand why traffic from these two sources might be doing on your site and how you need to tweak little things in your site, like your posts (landing page) for example, in order to address their needs.
You see, search engine traffic wants something instantly, such as solution to their problem, more information about a product, and basically everything else.
On the other hand, traffic generated through the display ad is made up from those curious ones whom you have managed to distract from whatever they were searching for on the referring site.
As each visitor is from different sources, your landing page also needs to be slightly different too. That means the 2 universes MUST also land on 2 different posts, or 2 different landing pages.

The Search Universe

The Search Universe

Traffic coming from the search universe essentially wants to find answers about a product or a service.
With this clue, you can design a landing page that offers answers to their pressing questions by imagining what their questions may be!
Just consider, what would they ask if they were to call your business?
For example, if someone was searching for the keyword phrase, “domain names registration services,” wouldn’t that translate into “Hey, I would like to give me your quick quotation for domain name packages?”
Once you’ve framed your visitors’ intention, it would be easier for you to imagine how your landing page would be like, wouldn’t it?
On the other hand, you DO NOT want to create a “Welcome to our Domain Name Business Site!” page that talks about when you started your business, how many people work at your firm.
No, you do not want that to happen!
They simply want a catalog home page (using professional pictures) that clearly highlights each category of services.

The Display Universe

The Display Universe

Although display visitors are slightly difficult to figure out, nonetheless, they still do leave some clues that can help you to help them.
Just pay attention to ads they click, or the site where they might have seen those ads.
Additionally, if you use display ads among certain niche, or topics, or keywords, you can quickly understand who your traffic are and what do they want in general.
For instance, people who just left your domain name registration site last week may be tempted by a coupon offer for the item they had almost purchased.
Once you have a clear idea as to where your visitors are coming from and what their intentions are, you can devise a landing page accordingly.
For example, an audience of photographer whose search term and browsing behavior clearly shows them to be an enthusiastic about “DSLR camera supplies,” you can then focus your energy on crafting out a page that helps them how to make their next shots amazing.
On the other hand, visitors coming from an ad display network who have just read an article about “Ways of placing Buddha statues,” would likely appreciate a page that offers them specific information about those particular techniques.


Additional Clues

Additionally, you can also look for other clues to find out where they may have just been and their mindset of their visitors, like Geography (country, state, region, or city they searched through), as well as the time of the day, and even, day of the week.
While city dwellers may just be hobbyists, tourists in a foreign land may be running a “DSLR Studios.”
Similarly, while weekend or even evening visitors may just be hobbyists, visitors who come to your site during work day may be professional photographers.
Just remember, while there might be several different ports of entry to a country, however, there will only be one from a particular place.
Likewise, while they may be hundreds of different ways for your visitors to find your site, nonetheless, each of them arrived from one specific place.
Not to mention, they all arrived with a passport stamp that tells where exactly they had been.


If your website is running fine and has NEVER been attacked by Google’s updates, like Panda or Penguin updates, rest assured that your SEO techniques are sound and you DON’T need to worry.
However, there are several sites out there that have been severely affected by these algorithm just because they have been utilizing unethical SEO techniques that don’t comply with the guidelines set by Google.
That is because most SEO strategies that helped small businesses make GOOD profits before 2013 are outdated today.
Unfortunately, these outdated SEO methods are still in use, particularly by newbie in Internet Marketing (IM).
As these SEO tactics aren’t valid now, usage of such methods can lead to serious penalization from Google.


Just avoid these 7 expired SEO strategies:

Submission to Article Directories -

1. Submission to Article Directories –

For link building purposes, many website owners utilize article submission directories like Ezinearticles, Squidoo, and Articlebase, among others.
However, after Google released its first Panda update, the performances of all these high PR article directories were severely compromised.
That is why when you search for a keywords phrase on Google, you no longer see sites like Ezinearticles pop up in the search results.
Instead of using the same old (expired) SEO strategies, you should now focus your SEO efforts on building genuine relationships with several other bloggers who are in the same niche as you are in order to get HIGH quality backlinks.

Reciprocal Linking

2. Reciprocal Linking

For many years, exchanging links with other “random” sites was the usual way to gain extra backlinks in order to gain rankings in Google.
However, the usage of such tactic will tell the search engine that you are trying to influence rankings by earning irrelevant and cheap backlinks. Just put yourself in your visitor’s shoes before building backlinks.
After clicking a link, wouldn’t you get frustrated when you come across a site that is irrelevant to what you had read in the search result page?
That’s why you need to avoid linking to “random” sites from now on.
Instead, getting reciprocal links from HIGHLY relevant niche is the way to go in order to earn trust from Google, and ultimately, good rankings as a result.

Using “Thin” (Poor) Content

3. Using “Thin” (Poor) Content

Content is still “King” and one of the most important aspect of any successful website. High quality content that are easy to understand, fresh, and interesting can/ and only bring you TONS of FREE traffic!
But previously, many site owners, in their bid to rank quickly, used “spun,” “rehashed,” “plagiarized” content. In fact, they used software to generate duplicate content.
Not surprisingly, these spun content did very well as it contained all the targeted keywords!
However, after Panda and Penguin updates, sites using such old and unethical SEO strategies were manually tracked down and penalized, and sometimes, even dropped from Google’s search engine results.
So these days, if you aren’t using informative, fresh, and interesting, content, your site gets drop off from your current rankings.
And if Google finds you using plagiarized content to influence search engine rankings, they will penalize your site. Period!


4. Keyword Stuffing

After building a list of profitable keywords to optimize and target their site and content, most website owners made another mistake of using the same set of keywords over and over again throughout their site.
That’s not acceptable anymore!
Previously, Google didn’t notice this SEO strategy, known simply as “keyword stuffing,” used by many site owners, however, this tactic can put your site into BIG trouble.
Why is “keyword stuffing” such a BIG deal?
Well … the content reads very artificial and seems as if it was created in order to influence search engine rankings, particularly by desperate SEOs who wanted to make some quick bucks out of cheap SEO efforts.
Now, Google strictly directs site owners to create content that read natural.
So your best bet would be to use keywords naturally in the content and whenever you feel it is repeating, just use other variation of it. Simple!

Use of Automation Tools

5. Use of Automation Tools

Few years ago, many so-called “SEO Gurus” used to utilize automated tools to influence the site’s performance on search engines and make HUGE profits.
These tools helped them generate hundreds of plagiarized or spun content within few minutes and promote them using social accounts without having to spend hours on it manually.
However, Google has always been spending HUGE resources and money on providing the best search results in order to offer the best user experience than ever before.
The use of these automated tools meant they could reduce the quality of their search results as content aren’t relevant, natural, and interesting anymore!
Plus, social media is all about building genuine relationship with your targeted audience and not spam them.

Google the “Only” Source of Traffic

6. Google the “Only” Source of Traffic

Most sites are focusing on getting organic traffic from only one source, i.e. the Google search engine result page (SERPs).
However, Google’s main purpose was NOT to serve as a traffic source. It was meant to serve its clients with highly relevant search results.
Over the years, many websites have been focusing solely on Google for traffic.
Now, Google has become smarter and only displays sites in the search results that utilizes diverse source of traffic, like social media, article directories, file sharing sites, and social bookmarking sites, etc.

Implementing Tactics without a Strategy

7. Implementing Tactics without a Strategy

This is an “age old” pattern that I see repeat over and over again, especially by beginners in Internet Marketing – they simply do not have a plan that WORKS!
In other words, they just set out into SEO, without having strategies to build their site rankings.
  1. That is why old SEO methods are still visible today
  2. Plus, that is why, most people fail at Internet Marketing in general
I cannot put emphasis on this point enough: make a plan for a strategy, and work it out! Test, test, test … all the time. Rinse, and repeat.