Recently, I had a chance to do a presentation for the Nevada County Online Meetup. This was a deep dive on SEO, which included a presentation, and answering questions from the audience, during a lunch and learn. Fortunately, this presentation was videotaped for posterity, and is available on the NCO YouTube channel. What I wanted […]
We want to show you how we do our SEO audits, because there is power in sharing information, and because most of our competitors won’t be anywhere near this thorough in their own “SEO audits”. Step by step breakdown of what we look for when auditing a website.
WordPress is currently the world’s most popular content management system (CMS), a fancy say of saying it’s a platform for building websites. If you have a blog on your WordPress site, you can label the posts with different categories and tags. These are ways to sort the articles into taxonomies, so people can find more […]
There’s a practical reason why creating more content for your site usually results in more organic search traffic. It’s a numbers game. The more content you write, the more keywords you are likely to rank for. You might be familiar with the Pareto Principle, which says that 80% of your results will come from 20% of your efforts. How do you know which 20% of your content is going to drive 80% of your traffic?
If you’re competing against industrial brands that existed decades before the internet, you probably have an uphill battle. Newer companies generally don’t have as strong a brand as older companies. By improving your website in specific ways, you stand a better chance of winning the long-term battle for search results, rankings, and search traffic.
Before we discuss what potential influence brand recognition might have on search rankings, let’s look at a recent history of SEO. As little as five or six years ago, SEO could still be disproportionately affected by certain tricks. These included keyword stuffing, exact match domains, fake business names, exact match link anchor text, and link […]
The meta description is the 160 characters of text below the title tag and URL in search engine results. The meta description is there to tell the story of the page, and should be written to convert searchers into people to click on your results. The most interesting search results are the ones that get […]
No discussion of SEO would be complete without it talking about back links to your site. Google has gone on record saying that on-page content, back links, and machine learning are the three most important factors in search rank as early as March 2016. For those who don’t know, let’s talk about what back links […]
What are 301 redirects? A 301 redirect is a when you forward an old web address to a new one. For instance, let’s say you have a page on your site with a URL of http://example.com/contact-us, but you want to change it to a more SEO friendly URL http://example.com/contact. You would use a 301 redirect […]
Website content audits are a critical part of web governance. Larger sites can benefit the most from a content audit, as they are the most likely to have thin or outdated content. During a content audit, we take a full inventory of the pages on a site and evaluate whether they will be improved or […]