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5 Tips for Avoiding Bad SEO Companies

Sometimes I feel like I’m in an industry that has more than its share of charlatans. Small Business Trendsreports on five dead giveaways that you’re dealing with an SEO company that practices deceptive or “black hat” SEO.

Their descriptions of these telltale signs is worth reading. This is just a very quick listing of what they are. I encourage you to read the article to better understand the implications.

  1. Keyword stuffing
  2. Overuse of bold text and links
  3. Hidden links
  4. Complicated link schemes
  5. Multiple domains or subdomains with essentially the same content

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