Search Engine Optimization Frequently Asked Questions (SEO FAQs)
SEO FAQs – There is a lot to consider with SEO, but it all comes down to writing and more writing, the better the quality, the better.
Will adding YouTube videos to my website help SEO?
Adding videos themselves to the website does not offer any SEO value. YouTube videos will not transfer value because they are iframes. There is one trick, however, to ranking videos. Inside the YouTube description there is an opportunity for good keywords and descriptions. For the videos to offer SEO value, the best option is to write a 150-300 word article. This can go along with the video and post each video seperately through a blog.
Will it help if keywords are mentioned in the body copy on YouTube?
Putting keywords in the description is a good idea, and potentiallly having them on the website somewhere and that link from the YouTube page go to the page with the keyword as the landing page URL, is an even stronger idea.
Do we need to do a copy block of names of other businesses on the website?
I wouldn’t really ever think about doing “copy block” on anything on your website. Except, in rare cases when you need to link to something external that is not relevant or not good for the brand, but is still relevant to the messaging, if that makes sense.
How often should I update my website?
Websites should be updated as often as possible. Google really prefers that a website is updated every month or so to provide the freshest content for the visitor. Dates and time sensitive material is specifically a problem if it hasn’t been updated in awhile. What is recommended, is to change out or add too the content every other week or so. If you can do it more frequently, that’s even better. This will keep it ahead of competition and continue to gain SEO value for the website.
Why does my website show up weird in Google search results?
There are some factors that can affect the meta description on a website. The best way to figure out what is going on is to install Google Webmaster Tools. Inside the webmaster tools dashboard, you can find crawl errors. Sometimes, the sitemap is telling the robots not to index the site. This will need to be changed for the results to show properly in search. Check to see if you have any indexing or crawl issues, or any broken links. All of these can cause issues. SEO Yoast is a great plugin for WordPress users that helps to find indexing issues. It can be downloaded from the plugins market for free by searching for “SEO Yoast.”
How does my business show up on the map search results?
Map search results are part of Google My Business. Google My Business is Google’s way of organizing the business directory and map feature. Inside search, the maps show up at the top of the page, even on mobile. It’s important to optimize your Google My Business profile completely. Make sure all the latest and correct information is on the profile. The more information you have filled out on your profile, the better you’ll do in the map listings. One of the most important factors to ranking high in the map results, is reviews. Make sure your company has multiple four and five star reviews. Any negative review should be dealt with, by responding. Make sure the response is positive and action focused on fixing the problem. Scoring top map listings (#1, #2, #3) will definetely increase leads for your business!
Would it help SEO if I purchase many domains and forward them to my main domain?
It depends. If the domains are brand new and have never been hosted online, then no. They do not transfer any value if they are brand-new, zero SEO value at all. However, if you were to host these domains and put a little bit of content up then, over time, they will gain SEO value. They can be used to hyperlink to your main site. Another idea is after 6 months, 12 months, or 18 months you can forward them into your main domain. This will transfer the SEO juice into the main domain you want to rank for. It’s important to note that you only want to have the keywords that you’re trying to rank for in the domain. Otherwise, there will be no point in doing this exercise.
How many days on average does it take for a new content to rank in search results?
Google spiders usually pickup new content every two to three weeks. If your website is being updated frequently like everyday, or every other day, then they’ll crawl you more frequently. Becoming indexed, and actually ranking for the terms you want are two separate things. Getting into the index for the specific terms of your article, for example, can be rather easy. It tends too take about a week or two. Ranking for the terms that are competitive, in your industry, can take a lot longer.
Typical times for moving up from not on the search at all to ranking on the first page, is three to six months. It could take even longer for a very competitive marketplace. If the term is not super competitive, then the rankings will show in three to four weeks. If the term is super-competitive, like real estate agents, or insurance agents, then the rankings might take anywhere between 6 to 12 months and longer.
Most important thing to remember, is that time and patience are extremely important to SEO. The more production of quality content, and the longer you put it out there, the better you’ll do. The length of time the domain has been on web, is a big factor as well. So having a old domain, with lots of older content, and being updated regularly, is the best recipe for success on the web.
Should I be doing paid search or organic SEO work?
In an ideal world, you’d do both. Realizing that’s not always an option, organic SEO growth is the most within reach for everyone. All that is really needed to gain search result listings is create good content. Besides having good site structure, asking for links from other websites can help. So, there’s a little bit of work to be done, and no money hardly at all, and great results to be had. Of course, if you have a budget for paid search that’s always good as well. It can be very helpful to run both, capitalizing on the keyword-rich information you get from paid search, and deploying it against the organic free long-term play of SEO.
How can I tell if an SEO company is good at what they do?
There are a lot of things that go into good SEO, and a good SEO company will be very diverse in its skill sets. However, there is one thing that is considered the yardstick of SEO company quality, and that is search results. If you’re going to sell SEO, you better have good SEO for your own company. Search the results for the company, the service they’re selling, and the local area the companies in, and find out if they’re any good at it. If they have top listings in some of the terms like search engine optimization, web design, graphic design, etc., then you’ll know that they’re very good at what they do for search optimization.
Ultimately, it comes down to content. So, someone who’s not willing to create good content and have proper backlinking, then it doesn’t matter what their SEO claims are, they won’t win. Be very weary of anyone who wants a lock you into a long contract, but doesn’t explain exactly specifically what they’re going to be doing during this time period. One final note: look for a really well done SEO FAQs page lol!!
Are comments on blog posts helpful? Specifically if they have keywords?
Comments are a sign that a blog is successful. The more comments a blog has the more interaction that shows. The more interest from people, the higher Google ranks the site. Google really doesn’t know how to judge your blog posts, other than by a few factors. One of those factors is engagement. Comments show engagement, especially if they are well-written and seem to be from a human. It’s recommended to get a few friends to read your blog posts and ask them to comment their thoughts on it. It’s going to help get the discussion moving and it’s like anything it requires some type of momentum to actually get someone to post there on the regular. The more often you post and the more often you get your friends and get your colleagues involved, the better you’ll do. So yes, commens are helpful to SEO. Try to get as many as you can!
Is there a problem if my name, address or phone number are different on my business profiles online?
Yes! Having different information about your business and different profiles is a serious problem for SEO. It’s very important to clean up all the profiles and have the latest information of your business name, address, phone number and business description. All profiles should match the most current business information. The business description can vary from profile to profile, and you can actually gain a little bit by having a little bit of a variation.
However information in the NAP or Name, Address, Phone number, should always be consistent. If you have old profiles from before a new address or phone number, you need to go back and update those profiles. Google can’t tell how awesome of a business you have if it has a lot of inconsistent information out there. It wants to serve up the correct information, and it’ll look for a business that has the most correct information, most updated information, across all platforms on the web. Doing this can be the single most important thing to do to out rank your competition. I highly recommend getting on it right away, and tackling one profile a week, at a minimum.
Do images play any role in the ranking of websites?
Images are a big part of the overall experience on a website, therefore they are crucial to search rankings. One of the best strategies for improving rankings is to create high-resolution images that are unique to the web and tag them properly. Distributing these pictures throughout your website is a surefire way to create new ranking listings in image search as well as other parts of the web.
Google really looks at the image to text ratio a site has and the alt tags on those images. Alt tags are a way for text readers to say what the name of an image is for people who are disabled. Without an alt tag, the image will just be read as “image” and not as the description such as a “picture of a bird”.
Google wants you to fill out the alt tags with descriptions that make sense. Having a key word in those all tags is important, but it’s more important to make the alt tag make sense when it would be read out loud. The more images that are done correctly, the better you will do overall. A way to test this is to Google search some of the image names in Google image search and see how well you rank.
What’s the number one thing I should be doing to improve my search rankings?
The absolute number one thing you should be doing is producing content. But not just producing content for the sake of producing content, documenting what you’re actually doing. People like to see what professionals do in their day-to-day and how they go about doing it.
This could be very interesting and can be very informing and helpful for people. I recommend documenting either through writing verbally, speaking and dictating, video or audio and putting that on the web. Modes for distribution include YouTube, your website, social media sites, exc.
The more you create the larger your reach will be. Just like in the old days of advertising, the seven touches to influence the customer still apply. So the more content you have out there, the better chance that your customers going to find you. Google rewards the documentation and helping of other people online. Google wants to help its visitors and therefore your website, if it helps Google instruct people. It’s recommended to tackle certain subjects and update the information regularly. We do that here on our SEO facts page by updating it regularly with what our customers ask. This resource, and a resource you create, are both powerful tools in war that is search.
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