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Common Online Marketing Mistakes

Common Online Marketing Mistakes

There is no denying that businesses need to focus a lot of their attention on marketing and adverts today. However, not all businesses are going about this in the correct manner and there are a lot of mistakes being made. After all, the internet is a platform that progresses at a rapid pace, and so if you do not stay in-the-know, you are only going to get left behind. With that being said, continue reading to find out more about common online marketing errors that you need to avoid.

Being Overly Promotional on Social Media

There is only one place to begin, and this is with the incorrect use of social media. There is no denying that social media is one of the most effective marketing platforms out there for businesses today. However, you should not use social media networks like Twitter and Facebook to simply post an endless array of promotional messages about your products and services. Instead, social media marketing is all about engagement. You need to connect with both existing customers and potential customers. You should have discussions about industry-related topics and you can use social media to answer customer queries as well.

Prioritizing Quantity Over Quality

Another common error that a lot of businesses make today is prioritizing quantity over quality. They try to get as many backlinks as possible, for example, without worrying about the quality of them. However, if you have links pointing to your website that are coming from sites that are completely unrelated to yours and have a poor domain ranking, it is going to cause your own search engine ranking more harm than good. Instead, when it comes to the likes of guest blogging and link building, quality is the name of the game. You need to look for sites that are related to your business and industry, but that are not in direct competition with yours.

 Using Black Hat SEO Techniques

The final mistake that a lot of businesses are making today when it comes to marketing is using black hat SEO techniques. What does this mean? This essentially relates to cheating the system and using techniques that are frowned upon by Google in an attempt to manipulate your way to the top. This is not advisable because you will simply get punished by Google and it will severely hurt your ranking in the long run. Examples of black hat techniques include keyword stuffing and using white text to incorporate lots of keywords at the bottom of your page.

So there you have it: some of the most common marketing errors that people make today. If you are guilty of making any of the mistakes that have been mentioned above, there is no need to panic. However, you do need to put steps in place to rectify this as soon as possible. Make sure you use the advice that has been provided above so that you can get your marketing efforts back on the right track.

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by Rebecca Jones // Contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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