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Posts tagged with White Hat

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A dictionary of SEO words, terms and phrases

Jargon sucks

But there’s so much of it about, especially in our industry.

Whether it’s a buzzword, an abbreviation, a portmanteau, a re-appropriated term stolen from another industry or a good old-fashioned acronym, sometimes even a rudimentary search on Google can’t help cut through the crap.

Within the world of digital marketing, there are few areas with as many complicated and obscure terms as SEO.

Here I’ll be presenting a dictionary of as many SEO terms as I feel are relevant and important to a digital marketers’ understanding of this most vital of skills.

I originally wrote this guide last year and it has become somewhat out of date now, so this is a revised and updated version of that previously published post. 

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Navigating the murky world of black hat and white hat SEO

I’ve been making a point in my journey as a writer for Econsultancy to investigate the many and varied terms in digital that I don’t understand.

As I am a relative newcomer to the digital marketing world, this is like a trial-by-fire. 

In my first few weeks, terms like CRM, CRO, iBeacons, retargeting and PPC all felt like an alien language. 

None more so than the phrases ‘black hat’ and ‘white hat’ in relation to search engine optimisation (SEO).

In this article I'll be investigating what is meant by each of these terms by asking: What are the basic principles of each 'hat'? What is considered best practice? and what should be avoided?

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Using black hat SEO techniques in a white hat way

Black hat SEO involves using marketing techniques which are against the search engine's guidelines. Employing these tactics can result in your site being penalised or banned from the index. 

The scary thought of being banned from Google often results in people rejecting black hat methods outright without taking the time to think if these methods could be modified in an acceptable way.

By using black hat ideas and then altering them to stay on the right side of the search engine guidelines, it is possible to benefit without as much risk.


A treatise on the ethics of search engine optimisation

Search engine optimisation (SEO) and the online marketing sector as a whole may not present the most ethically challenging jobs in the world but it does offer a few moral predicaments.

We may not need to wrestle with thorny moral debates on the nature of personhood or seek to justify wars, but we are still challenged regularly by everyday small moral queries, which I suppose is true of any role.
Here are a few of the routine debates an SEO executive may encounter. Let me know if you think I have missed any and we can furrow our respective brows and thrash it out in the comments page.