7 SEO Practices That Are Outdated

March 23, 2023

There are thousands of healthcare providers in the United States competing for the same pool of customers. Effective marketing is vital for making your practice stand out from the crowd. Search engine optimization is one of the most important marketing tools in your toolkit.

Why medical practices need to stay up to date on SEO techniques

According to Google, almost three times as many visitors to hospital sites arrived there as a result of a search, compared to non-search visits, and 44% of them scheduled an appointment. Getting seen on search engine results pages is critical for attracting new patients.

7 SEO techniques that have become outdated

It is not just important to know how to use SEO in your digital marketing. You need to be using the most up-to-date SEO techniques. Search engines frequently change how their algorithms work and if you are using an outdated medical SEO strategy, your rankings will decline. These are seven examples of SEO techniques that used to work but no longer do.

1. Low-quality backlinks

When marketers discovered that search engines were ranking pages with lots of backlinks higher, they started soliciting backlinks to client’s sites. However, search engines caught on, and now their algorithms are better at distinguishing high-quality backlinks that add value to a site from backlinks added purely for SEO purposes.

2. Unoriginal content

Marketers used to try to get clicks and better rankings by producing large volumes of quick and easy content. However, everyone else started doing that too, so search engines changed their algorithms to penalize sites for low-quality content.

3. Keyword stuffing

Another tactic search engines caught on to was the practice of stuffing content with keywords to improve relevance scores and get higher rankings for popular keywords. Keywords are still important, but current algorithms penalize sites for the overuse of keywords.

4. Designing sites for search engines

To get pages ranked at the top of results, some SEO professionals started designing sites more for search engines than for the people using the sites. Search engines now take the user experience into account when ranking pages.

5. Creating pages for keyword variations

It used to be common to build pages for common variations of keywords. However, search engines now recognize this strategy, so it is better to build sites around topics that target a set of keywords.

6. Writing metadata for search engines

Metadata is still important for getting search engine attention; however, the algorithms now consider click-through rates when determining rankings. This means that if users are not clicking on your site, it will rank lower. Your metadata needs to be written for humans.

7. Adding the keywords meta tag

Search engines no longer check the keywords meta tag, so there is no point in using it. In fact, using it may just be telling your competition what keywords you are focusing on.

Doctor Genius can help you update your SEO strategy

Our content marketing strategy utilizes the latest digital marketing techniques to make sure your site gets noticed. At Doctor Genius we know that content is king when it comes to modern SEO. Give us a call today to find out how we can put our expertise to work for you.

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