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4 SEO Mistakes That Could Penalize Your Website

You did everything right when optimizing your site for search -- or so you thought. Contributor Neil Patel explains where you may have gone wrong.
No one gets a site penalty on purpose. Sometimes it happens through carelessness, sometimes through black-hat techniques and, sometimes, through honest SEO mistakes. I’ve watched four such mistakes happen recently. These sites were honestly attempting to follow SEO best practices, but they were penalized. Why? I’ll explain all. It is worth noting that I wrote this article based on a real-life experience, so this isn’t pie-in-the-sky theory. Each point that I discuss below is tied to a real life ranking problem. Each example that I discuss is connected a to a real-life online business. (However, company details have been changed to protect their identities.) A Disclaimer: If you find any points of connection between your site and the examples, don’t panic. Millions of sites have affiliate programs. Millions of companies engage in cozy relati…

List of all HTTP Status Codes that every SEO Guy Should Know About

Here is the list of all HTTP Status Codes:

1xx Informational: Ø100 ContinueØ101 Switching ProtocolsØ102 Processing (WebDAV; RFC 2518)

2xx Success: Ø200 OKØ201 CreatedØ202 AcceptedØ203 Non-Authoritative Information (since HTTP/1.1)Ø204 No ContentØ205 Reset ContentØ206 Partial ContentØ207 Multi-Status (WebDAV; RFC 4918)Ø208 Already Reported (WebDAV; RFC 5842)Ø226 IM Used

3xx Redirection: Ø300 Multiple ChoicesØ301 Moved PermanentlyØ302 Found (Temp Moved)Ø303 See Other (since HTTP/1.1)Ø304 Not ModifiedØ305 Use Proxy (since HTTP/1.1)Ø306 Switch ProxyØ307 Temporary Redirect (since HTTP/1.1)Ø308 Permanent Redirect (RFC 7538)

4xx Client Error: Ø400 Bad RequestØ401 UnauthorizedØ402 Payment RequiredØ403 ForbiddenØ404 Not FoundØ405 Method Not AllowedØ406 Not AcceptableØ407 Proxy Authentication RequiredØ408 Request TimeoutØ409 ConflictØ410 Gone<