September 30, 2022

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How to Avoid Scams in SEO

Let’s be honest. Search engine optimization (SEO) sounds a bit like a scam on the surface. Google is a search engine designed to give people the best, most relevant and most authoritative results possible. SEO is a collection of tactics designed to “game the system” in a way, ensuring that your site ranks higher in search engine results pages (SERPs).

In practice, SEO is not only ethical, but beneficial to the online ecosystem as a whole. To rank higher in search engines, you have to create amazing content, improve your reputation and serve users as well as possible.

The problem is, not everyone working in the SEO industry holds themselves to high ethical standards. In fact, a lot of SEO companies (and freelancers) deliberately use low-quality, spam-like tactics for their clients — and have the gall to charge for the service.

Related: How to Pick Your First SEO Keywords


So what can you do to detect and avoid scams if you’re working with a service provider?

The threat of scams