The internet is full of spammy websites and websites that don’t really add value to the web. Consider how often you hop onto Google to find information about something you’re interested in and click on something in the search results that seems relevant only to be taken to a website that doesn’t say anything worthwhile or is completely off the mark.
Many times, a Google that ranks on the first page of search results but doesn’t offer valuable information got there due to ‘black hat SEO practices’. This means that the website is currently succeeding at finding loopholes in Google’s search algorithms and ranking high due to using the right keywords in the right places and having a link building strategy that helps them pass Google’s spam radars.
The bad news for these sites is that their time is limited. Google is very focused on providing a good user experience and they continuously update their algorithms to make sure users don’t get sent to websites that only offer low-quality information. But how do you know what Google thinks of your website specifically?
One way to see what Google thinks of your site is by using the free keyword tool. This tool can show you what keywords the search engine associated with your website. If you use the tool, fill in your website’s URL in the section that says ‘website content’ and then ‘get keyword ideas’. Google will then show you the keywords that it believes represent your site as well as offer a list of suggested keywords.
While this can give you an idea of the keywords that Google associated with your site, it’s not a foolproof way of determining whether Google thinks you run a spammy site or not. Some of the tell-tale signs of a spammy site include the following:
- Keyword stuffing: Well-placed and well thought out keywords in your meta title, meta description, alt text, URLs, and content can help search engines identify what your site is about, but don’t overdo it. If Google thinks you are overdoing the SEO and keyword stuffing, then they may be more likely to rank you as spammy.
- No quality content: Spammy websites don’t have quality content that helps people. Whether you’re selling products or services, you need educational, high-quality content on your site so that people can read about what you have to offer.
- Pages not found and broken links: Spam websites aren’t maintained and updated regularly. A red flag is many “Pages Not Found” messages and broken links on the site. Do regular housekeeping on your site so that your pages don’t lead to a bunch of dead ends.