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Common content mistakes - getting SEO wrong

Modern SEO focuses on providing valuable, relevant content to users and it's important to conduct thorough keyword research and incorporate keywords naturally into high-quality, user-friendly content that meets the needs and interests of your target

Sarah C.
Verified Conturae Writer
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September 12, 2023

…Worried you’re heading towards SEO sabotage? Here we highlight five common content mistakes that might mean you’re getting SEO wrong:

Not doing keyword research

Keyword research is a crucial step in understanding what terms and phrases your target audience is using to search for information, products, or services. Neglecting keyword research can result in missed opportunities, low visibility, ineffective content and ultimately, reduced competitiveness in the digital landscape.

Keyword stuffing AKA > old-school SEO

Some of us writers might describe this as the unrefined approach to writing SEO content - it’s an outdated practice that involves overloading content with excessive and irrelevant keywords in an attempt to manipulate search engine rankings. Search engines have become much more sophisticated and are able to recognise these tactics; so if a website is caught engaging in keyword stuffing it can face penalties, including a drop in search rankings.

Low-quality content

Whether it’s poorly written, misleading, overly promotional, outdated or simply not well-researched, publishing low-quality content can negatively impact user experience, credibility, and engagement. This can lead to reduced audience trust and can potentially harm a brand's reputation.

Not matching search intent

Search intent refers to the reasons why a user is searching and what they want. If your content doesn't match this, it can cause the following problems: Low CTR, high bounce rates, poor engagement, reduced conversion rates, negative user experience and lower rankings, as you won’t be meeting the needs of your target audience.

Duplicate content

If you’ve got content on your website that resembles or exactly matches content found on other websites or different sections within the same website, this can have an adverse effect on your rankings in Google search results. This is more common if your website has been scraped and the content has been used elsewhere, however, there are also a wealth of tools available to check for this.

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