4 SEO Myths Debunked By Matt Cutts and John Mueller

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Once a myth has been established it is hard to get rid off. In December 2013 and in May 2014 we have posted a total of 17 SEO myths that were debunked by Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search quality and John Mueller, webmaster at Google. In this post Matt, John and Googler Zineb Ait Bahajji are debunking 4 more SEO myths.

1. Keyword-rich domain names boost search rankings

It is a myth that keyword-rich domain names boost site rankings in the Google search results. Google’s John Mueller confirmed this in a post on the Webmaster Central Help Forum. In the past there was definitely some true to this but Google eliminated this signal about 8 to 10 years ago.

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2. Moving a site to a new domain name has a negative impact on the site’s search engine rankings

There will be no long term negative impact on a website’s rankings in the Google search results when the site is moved according to Google’s instructions, says Googles Zineb Ait Bahajji in a post on Webmaster Central Help Forum. Zineb recommends webmasters follow the detailed documentation in the Webmaster Tools Help Center when moving a site to a new domain name. Google instructions for moving a site can be viewed here.

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3. Google penalizes sites that use the noscript tag

Barry Schwartz asked John Mueller at a Google Webmaster Hangout (about 49 minutes  in the video) whether Google is penalizing websites for using the noscript tag. John replied that there is no “penalty” for using the tag and that Google ignores it. He noted that Google does not trust the tag because spammers historically have used it to stuff it with spam content.

4. Google’s Matt Cutts On SEO Myths

Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search quality addresses, in a video, two persistent SEO myths: Google search ads and their influence on organic search results and the continuing launch of quick tactics in the SEO forums that supposedly “break” the Google algorithms and lead to major ranking boosts in the search results. Cutts emphasizes that buying ads will not boost the rankings of your site in the organic search results or will it help when you don’t buy ads.