For the past 7 years, SEO has been changing rapidly. Now that 2015 is among us, it is important for marketers to stay on top of the shifts in SEO including what’s outdated and what will be a waste of effort. Understanding these common myths and assumptions about SEO will ensure that you’re up to date for this year and that none of your efforts will be put to waste. Below are a few of the most common myths about SEO:untitled

Myth 1: Google Authorship is a necessity.

For years, marketers have been stressing the importance of getting Google Authorship set up on their blogs, but as of 2015, this no longer needs to be a concern because it no longer exists! Recently, in June 2014, Google removed Authorship photos from search engine results page. This was the first step that eventually led to completely getting rid of the Authorship program in August 2014. All byline information disappeared from Google’s search results, and with the dismantling of the program , that gives us one less thing to worry about in 2015.

Myth 2: The more links, the better.

“Quality over quantity” is a great mindset to have this year in SEO. Many businesses often hire someone for link building, but this often leads to a focus on the number and links and not the content. Focusing on relevant and diverse sources that link to relevant pages is so much more important than the quantity of links. Investing in someone to write content for 2015 is a steer in the right direction and will ensure that all content types will bring more links with them over time. Focusing on the number of links will only end up being a waste of effort and investment in the long run.

Myth 3: Keyword optimization is THE key to SEO

In the world of SEO, using keywords to communicate is crucial. With that being said, realizing that Google is no longer trying to match the keywords you type in to search engines to the keywords of a web page is very important. Google has been getting smarter and smarter every year and is now able to understand the internet behind the keywords you type in and match it to relevant, high quality content. So, for this year, it is important to keep in mind that overusing keywords is more of a waste of time than underusing them.

Myth 4: My homepage should have a lot of content.

Your homepage should be thought of as the “face” to your business. Put yourself in the shoes of whoever is visiting your homepage and visualize how you can make it clear and simple for them to get around. Not only is your homepage a change to make a first impression and convey what you’re all about, but it’s also a place where you can help make things easier for your visitors so they are not feeling overwhelmed. You can keep your homepage simple and easy to get around while also getting all the information you need on there. Clarifying who you are, what you do, where you’re located, your value proposition, and what you’re visitors should do next is all the content you need.

 Myth 5: SEO is not a usability issue

SEO is so much more than optimizing for search engines. Ensuring that your website is easy for visitors to use will lead to more contacts and customers overtime, helping your business grow. To keep visitors on your site, ensure you’re publishing content that’s personalized and relevant. You should also make sure your website is intuitive and easy to browse. Don’t make customers look for what the need to do next by providing clear and simple navigation on your website.