What's the Worst Mistake YOU've Made in SEO?

by Anish
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Hey SEO Warriors,

We always learn from our past. Is there any particular mistake that you've made comes to your mind which costed you big time?

Mine would be.. Lack of security. I had a good authority site which had a few high ranking pages. I'd put all my eggs in one basket and gone all in with the site, but it got hacked and hacker stuffed awful spammy links in my pages which only the Google spider could see. I found it one day looking at it from Google's cache, spammy links were all over the site. My site rankings had taken a big tumble and I had no idea why but this explained it. I'm not sure how exactly it got compromised but it might've been a keylogger that gave the hacker access to my FTP or maybe it was a server leak.
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  • Profile picture of the author exd777
    buy spammy comment links...
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  • Profile picture of the author aliridho790
    Put unnatural backlink
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim P
    Get backlinks from bad source
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  • Profile picture of the author aksingh000
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    • Profile picture of the author accessted
      Buy bad back links..

      Didn't know any better. I thought the more the merrier..
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  • Profile picture of the author masterqif
    buy backlinks from fiverr
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    • What do you mean by buy backlinks from Fiverr? I've heard friends saying by linking to wrong websites, it will kill our website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Angshuman Dutta
    I have made a lot of mistakes and still making them, but not a single one qualifies for "worst" because its been a learning curve for me and I got back way more than I lost.
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    • Profile picture of the author nik0
      Banned
      Noindexing a whole bunch of sites by accident cause I used the SEO Yoast plugin to noindex pages and I forgot that my sites were based on static (home)pages. Kind of silly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Anish
      Originally Posted by Angshuman Dutta View Post

      I have made a lot of mistakes and still making them, but not a single one qualifies for "worst" because its been a learning curve for me and I got back way more than I lost.
      That's a great perspective. That's the key I guess, learning from the mistakes and having the mindset of getting back way more than we lose and staying at it. Persistence pays - that's for sure!
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  • Profile picture of the author devinesoul186
    I used duplicate content for one of my website and that cost me a lot... Now I use content from other sites only for some reference and ideas and never put those contents in my website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anish
    Very interesting replies! Lot to learn here. Cheers guys, keep 'em coming.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jamichael
    The worst thing one could possibly do concerning SEO is purchase horrible links. My god, the consequences just isn't worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul M Smith
    I too have made a lot of mistakes but have learned from them which is what it is all about I guess. If I had to pick one I guess it would be purchasing a website quite some time ago that was over 3000 pages built with frames that took forever to re-design after google changed the playing field and it never did get back the seo rank it had before frames were taboo. But hey live and learn right?
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  • Profile picture of the author Clyde Dennis
    Like a lot of those that have commented before me... baaaaaad back links!
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  • Profile picture of the author webseotrix
    Buy backlinks.
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