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Can Low Quality but Organic Links Hurt Your SEO?

Our Support Angels were asked an interesting question recently: can low quality but absolutely organic links ruin SEO and decrease rankings.

To answer the question we should first understand what is the difference between “low quality” and “low authority” backlinks.

Low quality links are the links that can ruin rankings. These links are usually created to manipulate search engine results and can’t be called organic. These links are usually created for search engines, not human searchers and are placed on sites no real people visit. These links can and probably will hurt your rankings if the majority of your backlinks are low quality.
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SEO in Brief: Is Ranking Still Important?

Q: After the Google Panda and Penguin updates my rankings decreased. I am afraid that this Hummingbird algorithm will bring nothing good too. Isn’t it better to forget about rankings and concentrate on social media?

First of all, remember that rankings don’t matter so much as conversions. You get conversions when your site receives targeted traffic. Below you can see the main sources that can bring traffic to a website.

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SEO in Brief: How to Remove URLs from Search Engine Indices

Q: I think my website was hit by the Google Panda update because of low quality articles we had. How can I remove the URLs from a search engine index?

First of all you can use the Noindex Metatag, which is understood by most search engines. To implement it, place the following code on the page you want to remove:

<META NAME=”ROBOTS” CONTENT=”NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW”>

The Noindex Metatag prevents the page from being indexed. The page itself will still be crawled, though the search engines may visit it less often over time.

The following method of removing a web page may be better from the SEO point of view:
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SEO in Brief: 301 vs. 404

We are often asked what a webmaster should do after unwanted pages are deleted; whether the URLs should be 404 or 301-redirected.

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First of all let’s understand what 404 and 301 redirects are.

A 404 Not Found means that the client was able to communicate with the server, but the server could not find anything matching the request. The web site hosting server will typically generate a “404 Not Found” web page when a user attempts to follow a broken or dead link. A 404 error implies that the requested URL may be available again in the future, but not necessarily with the same content.
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SEO in Brief: Keyword Cannibalism

In lay terms “keyword cannibalism” is a situation where multiple pages are targeting the same keyword. Keyword cannibalism will not bring you a Google penalty, of course, but such a situation is not effective for bringing targeted traffic. When multiple pages target a keyword, it creates confusion for the search engines. You do not want to compete between your own pages when your real competitors are waiting for your rankings to fall.

Keyword cannibalism may also occur when social media pages gain rankings quicker than your website pages. Social media pages are often viewed as authoritative enough to replace your primary content in the search listings. Competing with your own social media profiles is not necessarily a bad situation to have.
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