In the past video SEO has presented an interesting challenge for SEOs as it’s widely accepted that Google cannot completely see or understand the content contained within videos. However, the popularity of video with consumers, and the correlation with an increased conversion rate, indicates that it should not be omitted from a marketing campaign.
So you are evaluating an SEO company for a new project and as you are talking to them about their strategies, you hear some things that make you wonder how ethical they are, if they are doing black hat SEO tactics, and how well they actually know what it takes to do User-Focused SEO – the only long term, low risk SEO strategy.
There are so many tactics around SEO, and what defines the job of an SEO. If we take a step back and forget all the in-the-weeds tactics that get SEOs in trouble, all the myths and uneducated theories that give us a bad reputation, and methods that cause us to focus on chasing algorithm updates, and instead focus on what is really important, the guiding principles of SEO become clear.
We have all been confused with the Google search results, causing ourselves to ask, “why don’t I rank in Google?”, and inevitably the question, “how does Google rank websites?”, will be explored. We as SEO’s may not know all the reasons a website ranks within Google, but through testing we have found some strong correlations for why sites don’t rank. This correlation gives us high level insight into how Google Search works and how Google ranks websites.
With Google evolving, on what seems like a daily basis, it becomes more focused on efficiency and user satisfaction. One area that Google is optimizing is where they get the meta description tag (snippet) from when showing your website in their search results.
We have been asked many times, “When should SEO be brought into the process of a website design or redesign?”, to which we reply, “When planning begins.”. Yet to this day one of the most frustrating things about being an SEO strategist, is when we are brought in at the end of a website design or redesign – after the strategy has been defined, designs have been approved, and content written – and asked to “SEO the site”.
So you have a well categorized website that has thousands of products, yet there are some categories or sub-categories that paginate. I want to take a look at the possible costs of pagination, compared to what I feel is a better option than pagination for mobile users and SEO.
Single page WordPress themes that take a ton of information (usually about a bunch of different topics) and put it on one long scrolling page, is a growing trend that we’ve seen take shape over the last 2-3 years.
What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? There has been a range of different definitions of SEO, yet through it’s evolution most of them have not changed to keep up with the changing search landscape. So, we thought it was time to redefine SEO with users at the center of the strategies – just like Google does.
When working to qualify potential SEO or web design clients it’s important to ask the right questions. This discovery phase helps ensure you can provide the most value to the client, as well as making sure they are able to support and execute your digital strategies – thus getting the most value from you.
There are many questions we get asked about our user-focused SEO methodology and framework, so we thought we would outline a few of the more prominent questions we have received over the last year.
The flow of products in and out of Ecommerce websites can be a challenge when trying to retain SEO value, build brand, and satisfy the users intent. The management of this consistent change can sometimes fall by the wayside – causing a loss in value for SEO and an increased frustration for users.
So your site has been de-listed from the search engines or your rankings have drastically dropped. You’re losing money, you don’t know why Google would do such a horrible thing to your website. The time has come to submit a reconsideration request to Google to explain your situation.
I get asked weekly about URLs and the value they have from an SEO standpoint, or if a business should pick an exact match domain over one you will need to establish as a brand. We have all been told that keywords in the URL hold some weight in Google’s Algorithm.
As SEO evolves it’s imperative that not only small businesses understand and adopt the changing landscape, but brands do as well. Traditionally brands have relied on their “brand authority” to take over the search results for non-branded keywords, and much to our surprise Google has allowed it to happen.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting with a group of small business owners, writers, and graphic designers from Chicago to teach them SEO 101.
I think at some point every SEO hears this from a client, “I know someone at Google so I will just ask them what’s wrong with my site” or “we spend so much in paid search (Adwords) that we have an “in” at Google who can give us SEO advice”.
Below you will find a basic QA SEO checklist for new page creation. It acts as a reference and guide for development, programming and QA teams to ensure that each new page contains all the basic SEO elements.
Running a few small businesses and a couple start-ups myself is exciting and quite the roller coaster for many reasons. I have been doing SEO for close to 9 years and have seen the evolution over time, and the complexity increase with the evolution.
On-page optimizing is still a huge part of helping a site rank for primary head terms as well as mid and long tail keyword. A recent study by Conductor showed that optimizing on-page elements for the keywords marketers want to rank for is critical.
It was there all along and we unknowingly walked past. Apple’s reinvention of music and the phone created distraction. “Shock of the new” toys romanced us. In fairness, they are cool, empowering things, but the real revolution was happening quietly 850 miles north from Apple’s headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino.
I was recently asked by a client if they should create a microsite for a product set they were adding. This question really made me think about the value of microsites for SEO and branding purposes and if microsites for seo were good or bad.
A lot of people have questions about cloaking; what exactly is it, how does Google define it, and why is it high risk behavior. There is a lot of HTML documentation and Google has done a lot of blog posts, but Matt wanted to do this definitive cloaking video, and answer some of those questions.
Many websites and businesses operate on a distribution business model in which their sales come from other websites listing their products. These businesses sell their white label products into other businesses, and then the business utilize their own websites to sell the products through to the consumer.
Recruitment refers to the process of attracting, screening, and selecting qualified people for a job. For some components of the recruitment process, mid- and large-size organizations often retain professional recruiters or outsource some of the process to recruitment agencies.
Distributors. Resellers. Affiliates. All are names for business entities who purchase goods and products directly from a supplier to resell, or redistribute to consumers.
We get asked this at least once a week by clients or prospects “where do the links under the first Google result come from?”, or “how do I get Sitelinks to show up for my site?”. So we decided to give our readers a resource guide for Sitelinks to answer some of the questions they may have about the Google feature.
So when working with clients there are many things we look at to determine how well they are doing online. One metric we analyze is a clients online competition. We look at this from two angles; competitive link metrics and competitive ranking metrics.
Ever wonder why you should submit your sitemap to Google and the other search engines, or if there is really any value in doing it? We explore those questions and more in our examination of HTML and XML sitemaps.
We have all seen those little counters on the bottom of older websites and blogs that count the number of “hits” (which is a word that nobody should use anymore) a website gets. Back in the 90′s during the time of GeoCities and other free site platforms these free hit counters were a big deal and became the “cool” thing to do.
Xenu’s Link Sleuth checks Web sites for broken links along with returning some valuable SEO data such as header code, title tag, page size. Xenu checks html links, image links, frames, plug-ins, backgrounds, local image maps, style sheets, scripts and java applets for broken links and returns the above mentioned data for each.
So your creating a new site, or thinking about rewriting your URLs to help your users and the search engines understand your website and its pages more accurately. URLs are important when it comes to indexation, marketing, click through, and when other sites link to your website.
Many businesses think SEO is all about the small things; the title tags, the description tag, the rankings, or the XML sitemap. These are all parts of SEO, but by only focusing on these minor things, businesses are missing the big picture about what SEO is really all about.
The following is a list of commonly used and returned HTTP response status codes that a website can return. This includes codes from IETF internet standards as well as RFCs status codes that have not been standardized.