There are many causes to like website positioning. I actually do and have since I began my website positioning journey in 2007. 

However each job has distinctive challenges – features that may be irritating, tough, tedious and even downright painful. 

That’s why, earlier this week within the Search Engine Land newsletter, I requested readers: What’s your least favourite a part of website positioning?

Nicely, we’ve got a winner. Or loser?

It’s hyperlink constructing. Greater than 20% of respondents mentioned hyperlink constructing was their least favourite a part of website positioning. 

Let’s dig into the outcomes. 

Hyperlink constructing and outreach. It’s time-consuming. It’s tedious. And success isn’t assured. These are a simply few of the most important complaints from SEOs about making an attempt to construct high quality hyperlinks that we noticed from Search Engine Land readers:

  • “Getting backlinks – it’s the equal of a vampire sucking your soul for little or no return.”
  • “Clearly, getting pure hyperlinks is good, however whenever you’re on the market fishing for them, it might or is probably not fruitful. It’s so time-consuming and there’s no assure you’ll see the outcomes you need.”
  • “An excessive amount of work to get any reward. It typically feels pointless.”
  • “Coping with web sites that used xyz backlinks up to now. Typically, I’ll inherit a shopper whose earlier company did so, and I find yourself having to wash it up as a result of it appears to be like dangerous on my finish if potential purchasers or fellow SEOs are my purchasers’ backlink profiles to see how we do website positioning at my company.”
  • “There’s nothing extra tedious and irritating than reaching out to web site homeowners who’re getting spammed 24-7 by one and all to attempt to construct a relationship so as to promote an asset your group has spent a great deal of time creating to both be ignored or to should undergo the awkward technique of negotiating solely to finish up having to chase for weeks and even months to get the hyperlink stay. It’s like, ‘Head, meet brick wall…’ This can be a direct results of a lot dangerous follow on the market coming again to affect people who find themselves making an attempt to get it proper.”
  • “It takes a lot time, thought and care to construct lasting hyperlinks, particularly at scale within the B2B house.”
  • “It’s essentially the most abused space of website positioning.”

Google. Sure, Google. There have been a spread of complaints. Just a few have been particular to Google Enterprise Profiles:

  • “Means too many spam listings outranking precise, high quality companies. Respectable critiques are being eliminated. Should you occur to get suspended for no cause, help is a nightmare to take care of to get your itemizing again up. And but, you’ve obtained take care of GBP, at the least in native website positioning, due to its prominence within the SERPs.”
  • “Lack of management. Such an essential itemizing for native companies, but so risky. Make it paid already and provides us extra management and higher customer support.”
  • “Too many companies are in a position to create spam web sites and GBP listings, which makes it a risky house. The world can be a greater place if spammers didn’t exist. Now I’ve to battle spam every day to assist my shopper be within the place they have been alleged to be in.”

However our readers shared different Google-related complaints, starting from algorithm replace timing to GA 4:

  • “Google releasing algo updates proper earlier than the vacations.”
  • “The metrics for the so-called “Web page Expertise” are so ambiguous in testing and evaluating.”
  • “They’re making an attempt their darndest to maintain everybody of their ecosystem as an alternative of permitting clicks via to websites. Their income final 12 months say all of it.”
  • “Coping with and understanding white lies coming from Google representatives.”
  • “It took me some time to arrange Google Analytics and it’s my 24/7 go-to for monitoring site visitors to my on-line style retailer. I’m not wanting ahead to transferring to the subsequent technology, GA4, particularly whereas all of the options I at present use will not be but out there. I’m positive I’ll ultimately adapt however it is going to take a while.”

Proving the price of website positioning. Have you ever needed to persuade your group that website positioning is a great funding? The reply needs to be so simple as, “Have you ever heard of this factor known as Google.” Nicely, now you may level them to this text: Why SEO is a great investment, not just a cost.

Defending the worth of website positioning shouldn’t be such a wrestle anymore. It’s 2022. But right here we’re:

  • “Individuals not taking website positioning significantly or understanding the price of its funding and time.”
  • “The expectation that outcomes can be fast and constructive each time.”
  • “Having to work double as laborious as PPC managers to show website positioning’s value.”
  • “Explaining to purchasers why an automatic report they acquired from a cousin’s, best-friend’s former roommate has no context and needs to be ignored.”
  • “The fixed doubting from different ‘website positioning specialists’ on the advertising and marketing group is demoralizing and demotivating. It’s laborious to really feel assured as an website positioning, as a result of the foundations maintain shifting.”
  • “Pushback from uneducated executives or ones who’ve been jaded by snake-oil SEOs up to now. Makes it actually robust to execute on what you already know will work, particularly when the proof of whether or not your techniques work or not can take so lengthy in coming to validate your methods.:
  • “The quantity of time and effort typically essential for purchasers to implement the adjustments wanted for them to achieve success in natural search.”

Extra least favourite components of website positioning. Lastly, just a few randoms. These solutions didn’t match into any of our different buckets, however they’re all legitimate causes for these being known as out as a least favourite a part of website positioning:

  • “Technical optimisation. By no means easy as to what precisely is inflicting the problems, and most of the time you need assistance from a developer. It’s rewarding as soon as the issue is solved however the course of is a little bit of a maze.”
  • “Watching what seems to be a well-optimized web page rise and fall sporadically within the SERPs. It’s maddening.”
  • “The uncertainty of what really influences SERP place. It looks like a thriller and a transferring goal which makes it laborious to handle.”
  • “Key phrase evaluation, hangs me out of my throat. Makes use of 5 completely different instruments, and has hassle stopping when sufficient is sufficient.” 
  • “Reporting. No one reads experiences despatched by the website positioning group. You can ship the identical report each month and no person would discover it. I like reporting by exception.”
  • “Low cost, unappreciative purchasers.”
  • “Digging via tons of articles on website positioning subjects posturing as new insights, that truly comprise previous platitudes and even dangerous analyses, simply to search out these few items a month that truly convey some new perception.”
  • “Looking for distinctive product titles for two,000 merchandise made with the identical steel (jewellery). Once I see squiggly or zig-zag on a web site, I do know I’m not alone!”
  • “Figuring out experience amongst companies.  When everybody begins with an analogous guidelines of finest follow suggestions, it’s tough to know who will be capable of transition into an individualized technique for our enterprise.”
  • “Coping with builders. It’s all the time laborious to persuade them about how essential stuff is and to have them added to their backlog quickly.”
  • “Maintaining with expertise and UI adjustments in all of the completely different platforms. I’m wonderful with maintaining with finest practices, tendencies, evolving requirements, methods, and explaining them to inner and and exterior stakeholders. It’s adapting to all of the menus and paths in all of the completely different software program and platforms so as to get issues finished. Daily, I’m nearer to changing into my dad struggling to reprogram the VCR.”
  • “Nicely… it relies upon.”

(Be aware: you may learn much more solutions to this identical query on Twitter. Google’s John Mueller requested the identical query.)

Why we care. It’s good to share our frustrations with our friends. Clearly, lots of you might be experiencing some comparable ache factors within the website positioning world. Simply bear in mind, it’s utterly regular to not like components of your job on a regular basis. That might go for sure duties, initiatives, purchasers or co-workers. And if you happen to love hyperlink constructing? We salute you!


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About The Writer

Danny Goodwin is Senior Editor of Search Engine Land. Along with writing each day about website positioning, PPC, and extra for Search Engine Land, Goodwin additionally manages Search Engine Land’s roster of subject-matter specialists. He additionally helps program our convention sequence, SMX – Search Advertising Expo. Previous to becoming a member of Search Engine Land, Goodwin was Govt Editor at Search Engine Journal, the place he led editorial initiatives for the model. He additionally was an editor at Search Engine Watch. He has spoken at many main search conferences and digital occasions, and has been sourced for his experience by a variety of publications and podcasts.