SEO is an evolving science. While some of the core principles will presumably stick around forever, some of the more nuanced parts of it are subject to continuous change. As a result, many of the “proven” tactics people have used in the past — keyword stuffing, link schemes, and so on — are now the stuff of legends.
Unless your organization benefits from having a dedicated SEO person who can work on this stuff day-in and day-out, keeping up with the latest changes in the world of SEO can be a struggle. But in the end, adjusting your strategy based on search ranking algorithm updates or changes in the way search results are displayed visually can be incredibly impactful on business results.
In our new guide, 18 SEO Myths to Leave Behind in 2017, we reiterate some of the best practices that should continue to guide your strategy through 2017, while also highlighting how SEO has changed over the course of 2016.
Here’s an example of one those changes: Did you know that Google had a major Penguin algorithm update in September 2016 that made the rewarding of high-quality websites in search results part of its core algorithm? What used to be a loose guideline turned into a legitimate ranking rule in 2016. You can learn all about what that means inside the ebook.
Check out the SEO Myths guide to learn more about what changes you’ll need to make with your SEO strategy moving forward.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and the offer has since been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.