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The Monsters of the SEO World [Infographic]

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For every good SEO out there, you’ll find an evil twin – and SEO who uses black hat techniques to manipulate search engines. Google will never be able to keep up. I suspect that somewhere out there, there’s a creepy, dark castle headquarters where SEOs with waxed mustaches and monocles evilly laugh as they come up with new ways to game the system.

In this infographic from SmugGecko via Visual.ly, you’ll find an overview of today’s most common SEO “monsters.” In your pursuit to get to the top of Google’s results, make sure you’re not turning into any of these monsters yourself.

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Allison Boyer freelance writer and content marketing consultant. She also runs the food blog The PinterTest Kitchen with her mom and sister. You can follow her shenanigans on Twitter (@allison_boyer) or contact her at allisonmboyer@gmail.com.


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  • Guaranteed SEO Services

    Ahaa.. such a great post I found. This  black hat tools are looks very amazing. I should be use these tools for my website. Thank You.

    • allison_boyer

       @Guaranteed SEO Services Erm…the point is that you absolutely SHOULD NOT use these black hat methods! Black hat methods, while they may work in the short term, do not work over time and may in fact get you banned on Google.

    • OutsourcingContent

       @Guaranteed SEO Services I agree with Allison, don’t use these black hat strategies, you will be penalized by SE’s. it may be effective in the short term but a very dangerous strategy. some of the techniques mentioned were already covered by the recent penguin update.

  • piercingmetal

    This was an amusing read but I have to admit that trying to keep up my brand presence on all of the Social Networking mediums on top of doing the actual creative end of it is getting tedious.  Like many websites, I have the conventional Facebook, and Twitter along with Google+ but still need to keep a Tumblr, a MySpace and a LastFM in place for good measure.  Whew.  Its taxing.  Oh well.  It all makes me wonder what the next one will be LOL

    • allison_boyer

       @piercingmetal Pinterest? :-p

      • piercingmetal

         @allison_boyer Oh yeah, I do have a Pinterest but I still have no blasted idea on what to do with it. 

    • blogworld

       @piercingmetal You know Ken, Rand Fishkin had some great advice on this at TBEX. You have to be sure you cover the bases on the main networks like Facebook, Twitter etc, Linked In. After that the most you can be expected to do is have some presence and listen for whats going on in other social networks. When you find a critical mass of your audience in a certain network, then it makes sense to put more effort in to it. Not sure if that helps you or not but it made me feel a little better about not being able to be everywhere all at once.

  • joostharmsen

    very amusing… black-hat works 🙂

  • EdBeardsell

    You need really need to chop these bad boys up and turn them in to top-trumps. Link bait ahoy.

  • bestblackhatforum.in

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  • Bobbi Blount

    Hi Allison 🙂 I read your article and i totally agree with you. It is great that you have brought this thing into our knowledge and also admire your SEO command. Many people think that with SEO its all done and dusted but with Info-graphics the world is much more different. Please keep sharing such things on your blogs so it may help us all 🙂 Keep it up (y)

    Warm Regards,
    -Bobbi

  • Colin

    SEOs with waxed mustaches and monocles evilly laugh as they come up with new ways to game the system.
    I love it. Hard to keep up with Google though that is for sure.
    have a good one cheers Colin

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