A steady stream of organic traffic is one of the best things that can happen to any blogger or web publisher — once established, it requires little or no ongoing effort on your part but you still get to reap all the benefits of additional visitors.

However, getting there in the first place is the challenge.

The internet is overloaded with content of all forms and types imaginable and it’s pretty challenging to stand out these days.

There are over 200 factors (also called signals) that affect your ranking in Google and it can be difficult to keep a track of them all.

There are, however, some critical mistakes you must avoid making before you even thinking about how to optimize your content for search.

Think of it this way, you’re on a sinking ship that has a leaky faucet… would you fix the faucet first or save the ship first? Exactly.

This infographic created by Red Website Design lists out the most common SEO mistakes made by bloggers and publishers so you can identify and fix them.