June 19, 2013
To go along with this week's article on Google trust factors, I asked my social media followers:
++What are some things that make a website seem untrustworthy to you (and therefore potentially to Google)?
Here's how they responded:
Nauman Lodhi: Lots of ads, pop-ups, suspicious download links.
Kristeen Bullwinkle: Grammar errors, spelling errors, odd language choices.
Elaine Zuniga: Titles and descriptions that are nothing but a string of keywords lumped together with no real indication as to what content I might find on that page or site. If the title looks spammy I pass it right by.
Dianna Huff: Red text with lots of exclamation points, those long sales pages, web content all one on page, hyped content that promises everything, pop-ups that won't go away, and those things that crawl across the page (hate those), naughty pictures.
Jordan Mawbey: A website where the home page doesn't clearly tell you what the product or service is.
James Fairlie: Too many adverts, spammy link directory pages professing to be "useful links," keyword stuffing (of course), poor spelling / grammar, too many fonts, text styles and sizes, redirects to 3rd party websites (without consent or warning). I also hate hit-counters, although I doubt Google takes a position on them.
Thomas Rosenstand: No or incomplete contact information. Pop-ups and pop-unders.
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