[Infographic] 16 SEO Myths You Should Ignore Completely

February 14, 2018

Search engine optimization has come a long way. As the years go by, more and more people are beginning to understand SEO better. Those in the industry, for their part, have been discovering techniques and developing software and applications that would help them get better results.

With all these advancements in SEO, you would think that all website owners, bloggers, and online marketers would be immune to SEO myths that have been around for a long time. Unfortunately, many of those who dabble in anything SEO still fall for optimization myths that have long been debunked.

Let’s take those who offer instant SEO success if you secure their services for example. Typically, they send out emails promising anyone who would read them that they have the expertise and “insider” knowledge that will get your website to the top of Page 1 of the SERPs in a week or two. If anything, SEO firms that promise immediate results are scammers, and nothing more.

Search engine optimization rankings are an unstable lot at best. No individual or company can claim to have control over them, and reputable and competent SEO professionals or companies are completely aware of that fact.

Honest to goodness SEO work takes months to show results, and real SEO professionals will tell you that up front. So if you get an offer from an SEO company that guarantees results in a very short time if you pay X amount of dollars, block that email address right away because you are, in all likelihood, being targeted by a scam.

It’s just unfortunate that many website owners still fall hook, line, and sinker to such offers, and end up paying a significant amount for little to no results.

Getting instant results is just one of many persistent SEO myths. Check out the infographic below for more of them.

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  1. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   2 years

    1 is something I learned over the long haul Matthew. After guest posting on top blogging blogs for years I am around page 3 of a preferred search result on Google for “blogging”. Because I visit Blogging From Paradise often 😉 but also because of my 1,000 plus guest posts on top blogging tips blogs. Google makes you earn search results on page 1 for semi-competitive keywords or page 2 or 3 for hyper competitive keywords. You really need to know your stuff and it takes years to know your stuff inside-out.


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   2 years Author

      Hi Ryan,

      I can tell that the industry overall has changed for the better in regards to #1, although I’m sure there are still some folks out there claiming that they can guarantee page 1 SERPs forever.

      You’re a good example of using guest posts and comments for higher SEO.

      Rock on, dude!

    2. Zarina says:    •   1 year

      Hey Ryan,

      I am sure we’re all guilty of “SEO gets you quick results” myth lol.

      Beginners REALLY have to work on their patience and not give up before they see success. I was lucky – I had a pretty great support system/community, so it’s one of the big reasons I didn’t give up after first 2 years of failing at blogging/affiliate marketing.

      Guest posting is one of the things I am reluctant about. I don’t know why. Probably it’s my perfectionism getting in the way and fear of “disappointing” another person. I did respond to requests to participate in some roundups though.

      – Zarina

      P.S. Enjoyed your interview with Matthew. Travel blogging was one of the areas I wanted to get into but thoughts I wasn’t ready for it yet 🙂

  2. Zarina says:    •   1 year

    Hi Matthew,

    Yeah, SEO is definitely an ongoing and ever-evolving process. But what I love about affiliate marketing business is that every day I have something new to learn.

    Now, I have a few notes and questions I have here:

    – “The older your domain, the better” myth. –

    My latest website venture as an Amazon affiliate really is a living proof that it’s a myth.

    My photography website that’s less than 1 year old is ranking alongside the most authoritative photography websites (that have been around for YEARS). Some articles don’t even require the year in the keywords when doing a search.

    – Linking out. –

    I became generous with the outgoing links after I noticed (and heard) Brian Dean being extremely generous with sharing other Internet resources on his website. In fact, some UK studies have shown that the most ranked articles in Google have outgoing links.

    But, of course, these should be linked to great, authority, quality websites.

    – You need to update your content –

    Once again, based on my personal experience, I managed to rank well with just 30 posts back when I started my Amazon niche website.

    But my reviews and buying guides were MASSIVE. Minimum 1,800 words for reviews and minimum 3,500 words for buying guides.


    1) I seem to have a gap in knowledge about what to do if I receive inbound links from spammy websites. Do you, by any chance, know what to do in such cases?

    2) Today I learned that’s it’s good to have links from legit .edu and .gov websites. Does it have to be in the same niche/area as my website?

    For example say my website is on golf. Should I find a gold related .edu/.gov websites? Or any will work? I am just having a hard time finding .edu/.gov sites related to my niche.

    Would appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions, Matthew!

    – Zarina

    P.S. I am not sure if you saw my tweet but I tried subscribing to your newsletter and received an “error” notification.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   1 year Author

      Hi Zarina,

      If you can somehow tie your topic to the topic of a government website, that will help you get links. For example, if you wrote about bloggers who write about domestic abuse issues, and then you contacted a government website that somehow relates to that topic, you could end up getting a link. Try to build relationships with people and be generous linking to others and you will get some good links.



      1. Zarina says:    •   1 year

        Hi Matthew,

        So basically there should be relevance, I see. Thank you for confirming!

        As for linking out:

        Overall, I am pretty generous with linking out and shares. I find it good for building relationships + it’s a good way to prevent “scarcity mentality” if you know what I mean.

        Appreciate you getting back to me and I will see you around!

        – Zarina