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21.07.2022 Neil Patel

The Biggest SEO Mistake I’ve Made

The biggest SEO mistake I've ever made. What does a national park, a war, and a casino all have in common? Well, I'll give you a hint. It involved my biggest SEO mistake.

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Leave a comment below, letting me know what you think my biggest SEO mistake is. I gave you that hint right? Now before I break down my SEO mistake, I want to first tell you that you need to think long term.

See, I was shortsighted when I first got started into the role of entrepreneurship and marketing. When I was in my early twenties, and even before that, when I was 16, 17, 18, because I started SEO when I was around 16 years old. And to give you context, now I'm 37. I want to make money fast. So fast, I look for shortcuts.

And there was this one site called Battlefield Bypass which was expired domain with a lot of authoritative links. These links were naturally generated and not purchased because it was a national park site. And it was part of the award that happened on that land. So I bought it, converted it into online casino site. Within months, I was ranking the top three positions on Google for the term "online casino".

That keyword is worth hundreds and thousands of dollars a month in affiliate revenue. Not thousands, hundreds of thousands to give you perspective. That's millions of dollars a year. That's a lot of money, especially when you're under 20 years old. But within months, Google whacked me! All of a sudden that site lost all of its rankings. In essence, I was trying to cheat the system by getting traffic and rankings by cheating instead of providing value.

See, the sites that rank in the top in the long run are the ones that users love the most. No one that cheats their way to the top lasts forever. Just think of it this way. You don't really care if a site at the top has a lot of back links or better on page code. You only care if that site solves your problem and ideally in a quick and affordable fashion.

Now I learned a lot from this mistake, and I made tones of others as well. But I had the shortcut mentality when I was young and I was growing up. And if I could go back in time I would stop taking shortcuts. And I would be much further in my career even as an entrepreneur. That's my big SEO mistake.

If you're struggling with SEO, and you don't want to make all the mistakes that I've made, and you want to get your rankings by providing value to users and using ethical, clean tactics check out my ad agency, NP digital. If you have any questions, leave a comment below. I'm here to help. If you enjoy the video, like it, share it, tell other people about it.


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