Thursday, 27 July 2017

16 SEO FAQs We Still Struggle to Understand

Lots of companies feel they have a firm grasp of SEO and the best way to use it, when in reality they are making the same mistakes time and time again, which could have a big impact on the success of the site as a whole. gives a comprehensive list of the dos and don’ts of SEO use, all of which can be very helpful for those both new to the industry, and equally those that feel like they know what they are doing. Even those that have been using SEO for years can make mistakes now and then, so there is no harm in having a recap and making sure that your strategy is as good as it can be.

One of the biggest mistakes that seems to occur regularly is to do with content. Lots of companies believe that as long as there is some content on the site, then this is enough. What they don’t understand, however, is that content does matter a lot when it comes to SEO. It is hard to come up with fresh content and new ideas, especially when the internet is bursting with content that could potentially look good on your site too. The temptation is always there to steal some of the wording on someone else’s site and use it on your own. Even I the wording has changed slightly, it can still be considered plagiarism if the wording is too similar to just a blatant copy. Plagiarism is one of the biggest SEO issues that marketers struggle with, mostly because it is so easy to do, even if you don’t mean to. Google and other search engines do not like copied content, and a website can sometimes get penalised for it. One of the main ways that websites can get around this issue is by doing plenty of research around your subject area, and then making quality, unique content out of these research findings.

A second issue when it comes to content is word count, both if a word count on a web page is too high or too low can be a big problem and drive away traffic. If a site has a word count that is too low, it will not have enough relevant information on it, and chances are a user is not going to be spending much time on the site. However, if someone views a site that has thousands of words on it, this can sometimes be very off-putting to people, as they do not want to be reading large chunks of text. The best thing to do is to find a middle ground. Research has suggested that anywhere between 300 to 1000 words on a page is considered appropriate, but of course, this depends greatly on the type of site and the type of content that is being used.

Another factor that businesses sometimes don’t take into consideration is the language gap between different countries. A website can be accessed anywhere, so it is useful for a site to have a language declaration to declare the default language of the text.

1.What is SEO?
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation and it refers to a process of getting web traffic from the “free”, “organic”, “editorial”, or “natural” search results on search engines like Google. The more organic traffic a website or a web page gets, the higher its visibility on the search engine.

The fact that Google’s top 5 results get 75% of the clicks is the reason SEO is so important for almost every kind of business these days. Since most users never go beyond page one when googling a certain term, websites that never make it to the top of the search result list have much lower chances of expanding their audience reach.

This is why SEO has become such a lucrative business and why so many marketing graduates are choosing SEO as their career. The SEO industry is worth a whopping $65 billion, and it doesn’t look like it will stop growing soon.

2.  What Is The Difference Between Off Page and On Page Optimisation?
You’ve probably come across the terms ‘on page and off page optimisation’ quite a few times before, so do you know what is the difference between on page and off page SEO?

The main difference is that on page optimisation is internal and needs a constant revision of one’s own website to drive more traffic, while off page optimisation is external and relies on other web pages to improve a website or blog’s visibility. This means that off page SEO deals with link building factors.

One important aspect of on page SEO is meta descriptions – 160 character snippets that sum up the content of a website. 99% of the top 10 websites use meta descriptions as part of their optimisation strategy.

Another key factor of search engine optimisation is the page load time: nearly half of target audiences (47%) expect websites to load in 2 seconds or less.

3. How Long Will It Take to Get Rankings?
While a top search engine ranking is not something you get overnight – only 5.7% of all newly published pages will get to Google Top 10 within a year — it’s not impossible to achieve.

If you want your website to climb to the very top, you’ll need to put in quite a lot of time and effort to create quality content, publish multiple weekly blog posts, and build links regularly. All of this can take anywhere between 2 to 6 months while getting more substantial results can even take up to 12 months.

On a research sample of 20,000 URLs from pages that were published in 2016, the average amount of time it took a page to reach their top position was 3.39 months.

What you can do to speed up your way to the top
Creating fresh content is crucial for keeping your website alive and well. Think of updating website content as watering a plant – the moment you stop doing it, it withers and dies. As long as you keep your content fresh, your website will flourish, and you’ll improve your chances of getting to the top of the search engine results.

Check the recent Google updates frequently, since changes to Google’s algorithms can affect your SEO rankings. Google changes its algorithms often, so you always need to be on the top of new trends if you want to master the art of SEO.

Tracking your organic traffic can help you figure out if your SEO strategy is going in the right direction. If you don’t keep track of how much traffic you gain or lose in a month, you won’t know if you’re doing something wrong that’s stopping you from climbing to the top.

Doing keyword research is one of the most important aspects of every successful SEO strategy. If you want to get more organic traffic and improve your SEO rankings, you need to do careful research and pick keywords that users are most likely to search for when looking for your type of product or service.

Investing in link building, in the long run, is one of the surest ways to increase your website’s visibility and improve your rankings. Keep in mind though that link building is as much about quality as it is about quantity. Having lots of links is great, but you also want to make sure you get your links from high-quality websites.

Check your website speed from time to time to make sure your page isn’t lagging, since even a 1-second delay can cause your website to lose traffic and automatically lower your search engine position.

Knowing your position on PageRank — Google’s algorithm used for ranking websites – can help you understand how well your website rates among the competitors.

Building quality backlinks is a proven way to get to the top of Google search result faster. The more quality backlinks you have, the higher your popularity. Don’t wait too long to start building backlinks – 1.8 months after you publish your content is the optimum time.
All of these dos and don’t may seem small in the long run, and as so much thought and processing have to go to a site, they can easily be forgotten. They are vitally important, however, and can be the difference between a good website and great website. People may be surprised to know that search engines do pick up on these things, so making sure that you have great content on your site can be a big plus when it comes to SEP strategies.

This guest post was written by Colin Cieloha, Territory Manager of North America at and

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