What are the Google Quality Search Rater Guidelines? They are a checklist given to Google independent contractors, who are tasked with scoring the search results that Google returns for certain search phrases. If you want to see the Search Quality Rater Guidelines, there’s a link here. They were last updated publicly on July 20, 2018. […]
Today’s question is, “What criteria does Google look at when they are trying to figure out the last time a blog post or article was updated?” “I have some blog posts that need updating. Some need a few tweaks. Others need major overhauls.” “But I need to know what they are looking for when reconsidering […]
Today, I’m going to tell you the story of two companies. Company A and Company B were both founded in the same year, and sold a similar product line. Both companies went trade shows, built a distributor network, and were making sales calls every day. Each company had a decent looking website when they launched, […]
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 […]