Incorrect assumption will always lead to bad decisions and bad consequences. There are three SEO myths that even the most intelligent people believe.
Myth 1: Doubling organic traffic will double sales
Of course, this can be true. Even more, in some cases, doubling the organic traffic can bring much more than doubling your sales. But SEO cannot be approached with this idea as the main point.
For example, you have site structure problems and a large area dedicated to documentation and a blog. Logically, if you fix the site structure and internal link mistakes, you will begin driving more traffic to the documentation and the blog filled with relevant and interesting content. The thing is that this traffic is less likely to be converting traffic, so driving more the organic traffic is possible without targeting what is really important: conversions.
To avoid this myth, think about different sections of your website, give them a value, and then develop method to make sure that once you are formulating the strategy for those sections of your website, you pay attention to the value of that traffic.
Myth 2: Outranking your competitors is crucial
The goal of our efforts is not about rankings at all, but rather income. You might think different, but if businesses were getting higher revenue from ranking in position 20 than position 1, SEO professionals would be working hard to get all their customers to the top of page three.
In addition, it can be effective to not only looking at keyword amounts with the help of a tool like Moz’s Keyword Explorer, but to use SpyFu, for instance, to get a better understanding of how a site is doing overall.
Myth 3: Keyword tools are accurate
Opening people’s eyes to see the reality is often sad but necessary. A lot of customers include huge search volumes of for the phrases they’re thinking about with their initial emails.
Let’s go back to the part where we mentioned that it is better using Moz’s Keyword Explorer rather than Google’s Keyword Planner. The former is more realistic because Keyword Planner is developed for AdWords traffic and, as a general rule, produces numbers far above the number of unique searchers that would reach a result via organic. The Moz tool pays attention to this and algorithmically adapts for that in order to provide numbers closer to organic reality.
Business owners make a lot of mistakes before campaigns even begin. Most of them are the result of a lack of understanding of how keywords and rankings work. Regardless of how successful the SEO campaign is in terms of rankings attained, if the principles and data that the efforts were based on are misunderstood, it could lead to campaign failure.