Top SEO Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

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SEO is all about making efforts to gain ranking and visibility benefits on the internet. Websites that abide by the rules, updates and guidelines set by search engines often gain rich rewards, while those that not go on losing their relevance in digital space. It’s therefore important to be on the side of those standard instructions issued from time to time by search engines.  
Your search engine optimization activities should never resort to any means deemed unethical or unnatural. As a search marketer, you should never strive to bend the rules and gain some mileage out of it. As stiff penalties culminating in downgraded rankings and visibility are there, no website can afford to make mistakes with their optimization activities.

Let’s look at some of top SEO mistakes you should avoid in 2016:

Keyword Stuffing

Keyword stuffing once helped many websites tweak rules and gain ranking benefits. As search engines did not have sophisticated algorithm in place, such deliberate instances were not caught. Now when semantic search capabilities have gained in prominence, keyword stuffing has gone redundant. This tactics won’t fetch any visible results and rather run the risks of bringing penalties to your site.   

Keyword Research

Not using keywords at all and expecting the natural write-ups to fetch ranking and visibility benefits is a mistake. You’d need to do keyword research and then do writing based on that, as queries will follow the same route. Replacing descriptive phrases with generic terms would work. More so, long-tail keywords will also help, especially if they are well-researched.   

Content Quantity 

There was a time when content quantity did not work as a major determinant in SEO rankings. It however does today and it means, you can’t live with only 300 words posts at all. Long-form content strategy has to be there to gain optimization benefits. Don’t expect much of a headway if you can’t get 1500-word posts written and posted across channels.   

Duplicate Content

Websites with duplicates content remain obscure in digital space. Neither will they get any traffic not visibility benefits. You can’t go on doing a “cut-and-copy” job and expect to gain better SEO results. Let about any result, not only you run legal risks but may also face severe penalties from search engines for copying content from different sources.    

Spammy Backlinks

Going for spammy backlinks is a mistake that would continue to impact your site’s performance in a big way. Trying for unnatural links is sure to bring penalty on your door, or a notification or a downgrading of site’s rankings or performance. Make sure you do only nature way of building the link profile to be on the right side of the guidelines. 

Content Marketing 

Not having a proper content marketing strategy would be a big mistake. You got to be regular with blog posts and distribution of contents across channels. The more you add to the tide of web, the more visible your brand becomes. Make sure that your content strategy is robust, regular and inclusive.   


It’d be a mistake to not measure or evaluate the website data and be in dark about site performance. How can you expect to benefit from SEO when you are not bothered a bit about the performance? That’s why, not using analytics or webmaster tools may cost you dear. 


It’s obvious that you can’t afford to make SEO mistakes as its implications run deep. You have to be careful about each and every aspect in optimization to maintain a safe distance with unethical ways of gaining rankings on the internet. The best strategy would be to have some patience and let SEO results materialize with the pace they are known for.

Author Bio
Abhilash Tyagi
Hi, I am Abhilash Tyagi an SEO specialist with years of experience of the domain. Currently, I am employed with Mind Digital Group where I consults and guides brands on planning, execution and implementation of best SEO services to help them with rankings and visibility.


  1. Its pretty obvious that the all-time SEO mistakes that should be avoided are highlighted in this post. These must be avoided by all means. Content with poor quality and quantity, spammy backlinks and lack of content marketing strategy are key mistakes to avoid. These affects a business real time and in 2016 they should be avoided as well!
    I left this post in where this post was shared as well.

  2. Thanks for your reply.

    Yes, you are right Content with poor quality is the main mistake in SEO according to latest trend.

  3. Hi,
    you are share major things about SEO. I'm Anup Roy & working with CPO Experts Ltd during two years. This is year is big challenge for us to build new rank on google. Thanks for share your tips which is necessary for SEO Experts.

  4. Hi Gangadhar

    Thanks for the reminder and you listed very important mistakes in SEO that really should be avoided. This will definitely be a guide for newbies in 2016.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

    1. Hello Ikechi,

      Glad to know you found this information helpful.....Thanks for exchanging valuable words about this article......Hope to see you around here again......Have a nice day.....!!!

  5. hi,
    Nice Article...
    Its very helpful...
    Thank you for sharing...

  6. Hey Abhilash Tyag, the article is really well written. You have pointed out some really effective points here which are going to be very vital in 2016.

  7. Hello,

    Well, Greatly described points about SEO mistakes, we make or have made in our past.

    When it started my career in blogging, the only thing I know, was writing article and building links, but majority of my articles were full of keywords and the links I was building was just spam links with optimized anchor texts.

    Also, I was not aware of internal links important, but with time everything has improved and these days, I rarely make any SEO mistake.

    But, still a huge number of newbies are making these mistakes and I sadly say, that they are wasting their valuable time.

    So, considering this, a brilliant post written, it will help many out there, searching for this.

    Keep up the good work.


    1. Hello Rubel,

      First of all thanks for sharing your personal experience with us about link building. I completely agree with points you discussed here about SEO and common mistakes made by bloggers when they build links for their website.

      Glad to know you found this post helpful for bloggers.....Hope you to see around here again....Have a great day ahead......!!!