The Super Bowl of Unrealistic SEO Expectations

SEO for Wix Is a Nightmare

I don’t need to write out the pros and cons of doing SEO on a Wix site. My good friend Kristine Schachinger has already done that here. Schachinger’s article is a must-read for anyone interested in this topic. I have experience trying to make a Wix site rank for a semi-competitive term. It isn’t easy, and ultimately I didn’t succeed. This could be a reflection on my skills as an SEO, however, I didn’t have any problems ranking the same site for many competitive keywords when we moved it to WordPress. My experience seems to be echoed throughout the SEO world.

While it’s possible to rank a site built in Wix (heck, even John Mueller said so), it’s a lot harder to rank Wix site than sites built in other platforms like WordPress. Wix gives you the tools to do basic SEO – items that should be done on any website. But the basics won’t let you rank in even a semi-competitive niche. So is Wix providing a disservice to the industry – or giving it a boost just be mentioning SEO to millions of people?

SEO Needs Legitimacy, Not Recognition

While SEO is still widely misunderstood by the vast majority of the public, the industry does have a seat at the marketing table. SEO is no longer optional for most businesses. The need to show up in the search engines for queries around specific keywords and topics is not an afterthought for most businesses. That’s not to say that the work to educate businesses on the benefits and limitations of SEO is done. Far from it. But in general, most businesses know they need quality SEO, even if they aren’t sure what that means or how to obtain it.

The Mass Production of Unrealistic Expectations Hurts Us All

My main job is sales. I speak with prospects every day who have been burned by shady SEO firms or firms that set their SEO expectations way beyond reality. I pay for the sins of others on a daily basis. Almost every week I speak with a prospect that says something to the effect of “Our last SEO firm didn’t do a good job, so we are wary of working with another SEO firm.” Thankfully, despite the subpar service and overblown SEO expectations these folks have endured, they still realize that SEO is important enough to keep pursuing success. But the bad players in the industry make these prospects skittish. They are so worried about getting ripped off again that they micromanage, and spend way too much time trying to understand the things that they pay us to understand.

But the SEO industry has come a long way, despite the snake-oil salesmen and charlatans that have plagued us for years. I tend to think that the SEO industry has succeeded in spite of itself. We can’t agree on a code of ethics or even best practices in most cases. We spend a ton of time educating our SEO colleagues, but not a lot of time educating businesses on how to understand what SEO can do for them in a realistic manner. Don’t get me wrong, I love this industry and most of the people in it. But I think if most of us take a hard look at what we’ve done over the years, we’ll realize that SEO has a place at the table because it works, not because we’ve done a great job communicating its value.

Wix advertising a subpar SEO product to millions of people sets us back. Even if they spelled SEO right.

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Read this article in it’s entirety on Search Engine Journal: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/unrealistic-seo-expectations/292907/