The Top SEO Terms You Need to Know

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Attention pet lovers, bloggers, and website designers! Do you want to optimize your website or blog to boost visibility on the Internet, but sometimes get stuck on technical terms along the way? When Google finds matches for your search, it considers more than 200 factors – many of which pertain to search engine optimization.

Sometimes wrapping your head around SEO best practices is a long walk in the park, which is why we’ve put together an alphabetical list of SEO terms to lead you along the way!

SEO Terms you must know

ALT Text

Since Google isn’t able to “see” images on your website, it relies on alt text for a detailed description of what the image is about. Remember to include relevant keywords, but avoid keyword stuffing! Here are a few pointers to remember:

  • Description of images should be kept under 16 words
  • Incorporate keywords using natural language

From a marketer’s insight: Web crawlers aren’t the only source that rely on alt text. If pictures aren’t visible to users, whether they’re visually impaired or are using a screen reader, your alt text is presented.

The Top SEO Terms You Need to Know_ ALT Text

Bounce Rate

With the help of Google Analytics,you can dig into user activity of your website or blog. It represents the percentage of visitors who bounce off your site without interacting with other site pages.

Bounce rate is a key performance indicator of your website’s functionality, which then leads into on-page content optimization and overall user experience.

Clickthrough Rate

If you utilize PPC, or pay-per-click, ads for your blog or business, the CTR represents the percentage of users who click your ad link vs. it’s total impressions. Clickthrough rate is important because it directly impacts your quality score according to Google.

(Total Clicks on Ad) / (Total Impressions) = Click Through Rate

Headings

Utilizing headers on your page helps to break up content into sections, allowing readers to quickly scan what you’re saying.

  • Headers should not exceed 70 characters
  • Capitalize every word, other than stop words
  • Properly format headers as H1, with subheadings formatted as H2, H3, etc.

Indexed Pages

When search engines crawl your website, understand it’s content, and then makes it discoverable through a search engine – it is considered an indexed page. Fresh content encourages Search  Bots to crawl your website frequently, which in turn keeps your (hopefully) optimized content relevant in search results.

Remember that search engines like Google can only index your content if they are able to crawl your website. Every once in awhile do a site:www.yourdomain.com search in Google to check. If your website does not display, you have the search bots have not indexed your website.

Keyword Stuffing

While you shouldn’t skip out on doing your keyword research homework when creating meta descriptions, title tags, and headers, adding too many keywords will earn you a penalty from Google. The key is to use natural language without overusing vocabulary when writing descriptive pieces of content.

Here’s an example of a keyword stuffed meta description for the image below:

When the temperature drops, keep your horse warm in a red horse blanket! Order your winter horse blanket for your horse or pony today.

The Top SEO Terms You Need to Know_Keyword Stuffing

Link Building

Link building is the process of adding links to your blog post or article. They take two forms:

  1. Inbound Link – known as backlinks, link one website to a completely different site
  2. Internal Link – adding links from one page to another on the same website

Links are great and an important ranking factor. Links helps build your page’s SEO value. However. too many links or links from website that are irrelevant to you can be seen as spammy to Google.

An appropriate links would be: a post on “Cold Weather Horse Care,” linking to a  guide on “The 10 Best Horse Blankets.”

An inappropriate or spammy link would be: a dog food review site that has links from a website that covers baseball equipment.

Schema

If websites had a microchip of basic information, similar to how we keep track of pets, it would be their schema. This list of basic information lives in the back end of a website in the form on schema, and appeals to web crawlers and provides the following information and more:

  1. Website owner
  2. Author name (if a blog post or article)
  3. Author email address
  4. Language and location
  5. Copyright protection
  6. Meta tag and meta description

Use Schema.org to check out all the different elements you can mark up (there are hundreds!)and Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool to check your schema format.

Meta Descriptions

Meta tags are short pieces of keyword focused content that give readers a insight to page content. Keep descriptions around 155 characters with relevant keywords to encourage users to click through.

BlogPaws Meta Description

SERP

As an abbreviation for search engine ranking page, SERPs are a collection of results that are returned to a user after a search or query is made. Note that Google tends to deliver paid advertisements at the top of the SERP results, as shown below.

SERP Example

Sitemap

A sitemap is the basic structure of a website that helps both crawlers and users to easily navigate indexed pages. There are two main types of sitemaps:

  • HTML sitemap – used for visitor friendly navigation
  • XML sitemap – specifically created with technical language for crawler or bot navigation

The Top SEO Terms You Need to Know

Site Speed

Think of site speed as playing fetch with Fido. He’ll fetch and return the ball just as fast as you throw it. When it comes to SEO, the rate in which your website loads is an important trigger for search engines to crawl and return your page in the SERPs.

It’s also important for users. If a page takes 10 seconds to load, users might get impatient and leave your website. This will be show in high bounce rates across your site.

Title Tag

Titles tags are the short snippet of text that says what a webpage is about. It should be keyword-focused and no longer than 55 characters.

  • Capitalize every word and use consistent branding
  • Use this tool to check how the title will appear

Title Tag Example

URL Structure

URLs are user friendly pieces of text that replace an Internet provider’s numerical address with human-friendly text. It presents your webpage’s file structure on a given website. When it comes to building URL structures, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Keep the URL under 55 characters using descriptive keywords.
  2. Write in lowercase letters and avoid underscores and spaces to separate words (hyphens are good!)

Web Crawler

Also known as a Spider or Bot, these little programs jump from page to page of websites to get a better understanding of what each page of your website is about. These bots rely on optimized sitemaps, headers, and other points of SEO value to match up the most relevant websites with a user search or query.

Now that you have a nifty guide on not only what the top SEO terms are, but a better understanding of how to utilize each for your website or next blog post, let’s write! Share your tips, hits, and misses on what you could use a helping paw with.

Tyler Brown is a Digital Marketer at DragonSearch. She loves all things content and spends her days researching, constructing, and sharing custom content across a number of different verticals (pets being one of her favorites!). When Tyler isn’t hiking with her golden retriever or exploring trails with her horse, you’ll find her busy in the kitchen baking favorite recipes. Find her on Twitter @_tylerbrown. DragonSearch is a digital marketing agency in New York, which provides a range of services including SEO, PPC, content marketing and social media advertising. Follow DS Fido on Twitter for all the latest pet news and info. 

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