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Old 09-07-2005   #1
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Exclamation Top 20 SEO Contradications

We all deal with contradictory information each day with SEO. These are a few of my favorite debates that I have daily/ weekly/ monthly. What are your favorite contradictory debates in the SEO industry?
1. All links work vs. Contextual links work
2. Buy links for click through (or don’t buy them) vs. Buy links for search rankings
3. There’s nothing a competitor can do to hurt your site vs. Googlebowling
4. SEO is dead vs. Long live SEO
5. Directory links are important vs. Google hates directory links
6. All penalties are algorithmic vs. Lots of hand edits
7. Sandbox vs. There is no sandbox
8. Filters vs. Penalties
9. The blue pill vs. There is no spoon
10. Pagerank is dead vs. Buy links based on Pagerank (okay this one is just plain WRONG)
11. Content remix vs. Scraper sites
12. Blogs rank too well vs. SE’s don’t like blogs
13. Real simple syndication vs. Real simple stealing
14. Lots of links vs. Quality links
15. Google knows all vs. Google is dumb
16. Lots of directories vs. Good directories
17. Automated vs. Manual
18. Linking in vs. Linking Out
19. Global vs. Local
20. Google is good vs. Google is evil
I hear it's okay to debate with yourself as long as you don't argue with yourself out loud

Dean's got an interesting take on SEO contradictions as well.

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Old 09-07-2005   #2
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Well - this discussion http://forums.searchenginewatch.com/...?threadid=7651 identifies a new one:

All Advertising links should be 'nofollow' V Selling themed trusted links predates Google so stop trying to change the web

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Old 09-07-2005   #3
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How about:-

don't use doorway pages -vs- all landing pages are doorway pages

don't do anything solely because search engines exist -vs- use rel=nofollow solely because search engines exist
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How about blanket statements about absolutes vs cautious statements about the dangers of absolute statements

Aka, links are the only you need vs content is important and so are links vs content is everything.

I think people get their nickers in a knot about SEO when the rules are very simple and pretty much never change:
Relevant conent + links = rankings and traffic for head terms.
More content with subtle or overt variations = better coverage of tail terms.
SEO traffic != converversions.

Everything else is mere detail
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Old 09-08-2005   #5
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Black hat's trick search engines vs White hat's don't.
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Old 09-08-2005   #6
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There is only one way -vs- Sometimes Either case is true
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Old 09-08-2005   #7
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Can't see why 5 is a contracdiction since G have this

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My personal favorite is "Make your site search engine friendly" VS "Any change to a website for the benifit of a search engine is spam"

and it's close cousin: "SEO's should not spam" vs "All SEO is spam"

Needless to say, I disagree with the latter half of both of those statements. But they are commonly used.

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Gilligan is an update - no it's not .
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Old 09-09-2005   #11
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Keywords in link text is good vs too many links with the same text is bad (even your company name)
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Red Flags

Everything is a RED FLAG to the search engines vs. nothing is a RED FLAG.
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My personal favorite because both are wrong:

Adwords will help your organic listings vs. Adwords will hurt your organic listings.
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on a similar theme:
Adsense will get Google to index your site faster/better vs. it won't
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seo contradictions

Keyword density Vs. density doesnt matter
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nice, todd.

-seo is simple principles v. seo is a learned science
-local search is hype v. local search is inherent in society for centuries
-submit v. don't need to submit
-duplicate content v. substantially similar content
-same ip v. different ip
-who is v. who is
-if a link to an owned property makes sense, do it v. don't link in family
-pr doesn't matter v. the green bar v. relavant links v. tonalinks v. theme v. authorities v. buying v. recip v. anchor consistency v. anchor mix v. link buying companies v. organic link building v. ....oh you get the point ~ it makes one dizzy
-seo is becoming corporate v. seo is an organic industry
-fixed seo fees v. time and materials
-screw clients v. clients.
-matt said this v. he is a snitch
-affiliate is dead v. i earned 100k last month
-sew v. tw v. wmw
-ms can win v. ms has its head up its ass
-convergence v. who cares we are making money now
-mobile v. who cares we are making money now
-authorities will win in the end v. the web is the great leveling field
-i am a search engine v. i am a portal
-i am an idealist standford brainchild v. i am a money hungry giant
- i am a small business, rank me one vs. i got another email that said they would guarentee it v. where do these people come from?
-SEM is a blimp on the map v. SEM will be my career
-we are in another bubble v. we are in the great migration of ad dollars
-it is too late v. we are in the first inning
-traditional media giants will win the interactive v. they are too big too old and too slow v. they will just buy it up ...muuurrrdddooooccckkk
-meta v. h1 v. density v. internal anchor v. page length v. write naturally v. blah blah blah - who are you? find your balance.
-pay per call will take off v. no way
-broad match rules v. broad matching techniques really hurt most businesses
-google wants to go direct to the consumer v. no way, they need us
-personalized search v. commercial search v. reasearch v. local v. shopping v. vertical v. every fu***** type of search under the sun v. who cares i am making money now
conferences v. conferences v. bar v. camp v. insiders club v. conference
lsi v. ontology v. taxononmy v. semantics v. synonyms v. what i just make pages????
-don't put out another damn map announcement v. my grandpa nearly died when he saw google earth
less noise v. more signal
-this is too fun i wanna keep going v. this is getting ridiculous

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After pondering a bit,

To me one of the biggest contradictions in SEM, or is it a schism, is

making money via AdWords

vs.

making money via AdSense


Especially Google's role in the whole deal.

AdSense burst on the scene relatively recently... and it has spawned an industry in itself... and has given Google many reasons to play politics so it alienates neither advertisers nor publisher partners.
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Adsense vs Adwords vs BOTH (using adwords to get adsense-earnings -- and why won't Google allow you to transfer your Adsense-earnings to your adwords-account?)

or

Google likes sites with adsense - google doesnt care either way - google doesn't like sites with adsense
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