‘Keyword stuffing’ can cause the ranking of a business Website to slide
NEW YORK — A business recently hired Relevant Public Relations to solve a problem that required immediate attention: Despite being among the best in its specific industry, the company’s Search Engine Optimization (SEO) was faltering with a Website that was losing ground to competitors.
This meant the business could not be found by prospective customers searching the Internet for the services and products it offered. In addition, it was likely some potential customers would never even know the company existed.
Here’s why: Words on the Web are like food in the tummy. When used properly, words can satisfy; when overdone, they can make us sick.
This is particularly true on the Internet, where the over-use, cramming, or “stuffing,” of keywords onto business pages has inspired Google to refine its page-ranking criteria.
Wanting to organically optimize their online presence, some enterprises seek to enrich the content of their posts by including searchable words and phrases associated with the services and products they provide. This makes sense, because potential customers may use the same descriptive words when exploring the Internet for vendors or professionals who can fulfill their needs.
Words are good. For businesses, however, too much of a good thing can lead to “keyword stuffing,” which can cause a slide in the status of a Website. Our newly arrived client suffered with this dilemma. We solved the problem by discarding the site’s original verbiage and replacing it with new content that is skillfully embroidered with keywords, and not overdone.
According to Google, diminished ranking is a response to the loading of a Webpage “with keywords or numbers in an attempt to manipulate a site’s ranking in Google search results.”
The search engine explains, “Often these keywords appear in a list or group, or out of context (not as natural prose). Filling pages with keywords or numbers results in a negative user experience, and can harm your site’s ranking. …”
Google offers the following examples of keyword stuffing:
• Lists of phone numbers without substantial added value
• Blocks of text listing cities and states a Webpage is trying to rank for
• Repeating the same words or phrases so often that it sounds unnatural, for example:
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