The Beginner's Guide to SEO. We know learning all the ins and outs of SEO vocabulary and jargon can feel like learning another language, so to help you get a handle on all the terms we're throwing at you, we've compiled this list of SEO/SEM Terminologies with definitions, terms and helpful links. You might want to bookmark this page for future reference!
Our CMYK [SEO] Agency Search Engine Optimization list of SEO/SEM Terminologies puts together more than 300 of the most common terms you will likely come across if you are doing anything with SEO.
Updated SEO/SEM Terminologies (2021)
What is "Above The Fold"?
Above The Fold. The content that appears on the screen above where the user would need to scroll to find it. This was a result by Google from an abundance of ads.
What is "Absolute URL (Absolute Link, Absolute Path)"?
Absolute URL (Absolute Link, Absolute Path). A link that contains all of the information needed to find a site, page or document. Different from a relative URL which is a shortcut link. Both absolute and relative links have value.
What is "Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)"?
Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). AMP is a Google website publishing technology that allows mobile content to load almost instantly. This provides a better user experience for mobile users when visiting a website.
What is "Algorithm"?
Algorithm. A complex process followed by Google's computers to perform actions such as retrieving data and providing search results via ranked websites. Google's algorithms are highly secured and have not been made public.
What is "Algorithm Update (Google Algorithm Update)"?
Algorithm Update (Google Algorithm Update). Changes to the algorithm that Google uses. The vast majority of these are small and imperceptible to the average user. Google rolls out large scale updates much less frequently.
Some of the major Google Algorithm updates in the past few years have been:
Panda, Penguin, Pirate, Hummingbird, Pigeon, Mobile Friendly, RankBrain, Possum and Fred.
What is "Algorithmic Penalty"?
Algorithmic Penalty. This is when your website has its ranking reduced by Google. It can be difficult to notice unless you are paying attention closely to your rankings. If this does occur, you will need to find the root issue and resolve it (not always simple).
What is "Alt Tag (Alt Attribute)"?
Alt Tag (Alt Attribute). The alt tag is entered into an image and creates a searchable term or terms. This allows users to see your results when searching for images and enhances your search ranking. If you add keywords in your alt tag, you can help optimize them on a Google image search.
What is "Analytics"?
Analytics. Analytics is the gathering of data in order to provide trends, facts, and verify results. This is commonly used via Google Analytics to track website performance.
What is "Anchor Text"?
Anchor Text. Anchor Text is the part of the hyperlink that you click on. For SEO, it is best to avoid using spammy and overused keywords when creating them. Using natural language is the most beneficial.
What is "Artificial Intelligence (AI)"?
Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI is a method of having computers learn and think. Instead of simply having computers follow algorithms, they learn to manipulate data on their own and perform enhanced functions.
What is "Authority Site"?
Authority Site. This is a trusted site that has reliable information and content. Sites from government bodies, educational institutions, and large corporations are good examples of authority sites. Links from these sites are the most powerful.
What is "B2B"?
B2B. Short for business-to-business. B2B for SEO is a more complex and slightly longer process. The services are more in depth and therefore more expensive. Normally the audience is made of professionals and possibly executives.
What is "B2C"?
B2C. B2C represents business to Customer interactions. These tend to be more simple and quicker. The services rendered here and the products sold tend to be less expensive and purchased by users.
What is "Backlink (Inbound Link, Incoming Link, External Link)"?
Backlink (Inbound Link, Incoming Link, External Link). A backlink is when another website adds a link to your website from theirs. Backlinks have a significant influence on the success of your website. They are extremely important in your site's ranking.
A good link has high link authority and high link relevance.
What is "Baidu Search Engine"?
Baidu Search Engine. Baidu is the most popular search engine in China. It has a Chinese market share of just over 76%. Baidu offers very similar services as Google does.
What is "Bait and Switch (Code Swapping)"?
Bait and Switch (Code Swapping). This is an SEO term which uses unethical, or Black Hat, means to increase your SERP rankings. Content is written in order to increase rankings for a site and then removed and replaced with something else which would not ordinarily rank well.
What is "Banner Blindness"?
Banner Blindness. A common behavior in which a user, either consciously or unconsciously, does not pay any attention to anything on a site which he or she considers to be an ad. It is a known phenomenon which has changed the way that marketing companies advertise over the past few decades.
What is "Bing"?
Bing. Bing is a Microsoft owned search engine that has a 6.2% US market share. Bing users tend to be over 35, be less tech savvy, have children, and one third of them have incomes of over $100,000.
What is "Black Box"?
Black Box. A complicated and unrecognized computer program that is not explained. There is visibility to the data inputted and outputted. However, the actual process itself is hidden. A good example of a black box would be Google's algorithm.
What is "Black Hat SEO"?
Black Hat SEO. Black Hat SEO uses unethical methods which violate search engine guidelines. They attempt to manipulate search engines while ignoring the experience for the users. Some examples would be keyword stuffing, sneaky redirects, poor quality content, and cloaking and many others.
Blog commenting used to be a common way to link build in which you would find a blog article that was relevant to your field and then leave a comment which included a link. This is not as useful as it once was to SEO. It was overused and abuse. Because of this abuse comment sections now do not count as relevant links in terms of rankings. Although it does not increase a page ranking, having a comment or a link to a site can help with traffic.
What is "Bounce Rate"?
Bounce Rate. A metric that reflects the amount of visitors that came to a site and immediately left without performing any activities or going to any other pages on the site. Having a bounce rate of 0% is practically impossible. Having a bounce rate that is high is alarming. There may be several reasons for it such as poor content, pages that load too slowly, an abundance of ads, irrelevant data for the executed keyword search, unresponsiveness etc.
What is "Branded Keywords (Brand Keyword, Brand Term)"?
Branded Keywords (Brand Keyword, Brand Term). These are the keywords that have the name of your brand or business included in them. There is a growing consensus that they are not valuable in terms of spending advertising budget on promoting them as good SEO will provide higher ranking organically.
What is "Brand Mention Link Building"?
Brand Mention Link Building. This is a process to build links which involve finding mentions of your company, brand, name, product, or service on other sites. You would then reach out to these other sites, at least the ones that have acceptable authority and request a backlink be provided. This is a fairly effective tool as the chance of the other site providing you with a backlink is quite probable.
Google Alerts can track mentions of your brand, service or product.
What is "Breadcrumb Trail (Breadcrumb Navigation)"?
Breadcrumb Trail (Breadcrumb Navigation). Breadcrumb Trails track where you are in a website's hierarchy. They are a good tool to keep track of where you are in relation to how you started. Often these trails will appear near the top of a page and list horizontally the path that has taken a user to the page where he or she currently is.
What is "Broad Match Keyword"?
Broad Match Keyword. A Google Ads option for matching keywords. A broad match for your keyword will result in matches for similar keywords or variations. For example, they may include a plural form of your keyword, misspellings, synonyms, or a related word.
What is "Broken Link (Dead Link)"?
Broken Link (Dead Link). This is a link that does not work. There can be a number of reasons for it not working. The URL could be incorrect or the site may have moved or have been renamed. This will have a detrimental effect on your SEO as the crawlers will not be able to index your site properly.
What is "Cache"?
Cache. A temporary holding place to store web files, such as images, in order to lower loading time for future visits to the same site.
What is "Cached Page"?
Cached Page. A snapshot of webpage from the most recent time that a crawler scanned the page.
What is "Canonical URL"?
Canonical URL. A way to specify to search engines exactly which URL a search result should lead to in the event that multiple URLs exist for the same page. If you have duplicate URLs, a search engine will not know which one to send people to.
What is "ccTLD"?
Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD). This is a domain specifically reserved for a country. ex: www.countrycode.uk would be a British URL.
What is "Call To Action (CTA)"?
Call To Action (CTA). This word, in the SEO world, refers to some sort of trigger on a website. Often a button, its purpose is to elicit an immediate response from the user. By using commands such as Buy Now, Click Here, Call Now, and so forth, users are more tempted to execute on the desired behavior.
Having a Call to Action button on a website is often important as it directs users on where to go next and lessens bounce rate.
What is "Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)"?
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). CSS is a programming language that helps a designer to create a specific look to their site. CSS help to determine size, color, and other visual aspects. Moreover, it works within HTML to facilitate creation.
What is "Churn and Burn SEO (Rank n' Bank)"?
Churn and Burn SEO (Rank n' Bank). This is an underhanded, yet not illegal, process by which you would spam a website with all kinds of links regardless of their appropriateness. This will result in a very high ranking in avery short amount of time. Soon after, the website will become penalized by Google. The owner would then delete the site, but revenue has already been generated.
What is "Click Through Rate (CTR)"?
Click Through Rate (CTR). A formula that shows how many users have clicked on your website or your ad after being seen on a search engine results page (SERP). By dividing the amount of clicks on your site/ad by the amount of impressions, you will get your CTR.
What is "Clickbait"?
Clickbait. This is a link that is made to be exciting to click on. By using buzz words such as 'can't miss', 'won't believe what you see', or 'number five will amaze you' users are more tempted to click on your link. This sort of writing is lowbrow and often not appropriate for the users you are hoping to have. It will likely increase your CTR, but usually not worth it.
What is "Co-Citation"?
Co-Citation. The amount of times that two websites are mentioned at the same time by a third party site. These two sites need not reference each other, nor link to each other. This is a tool that search engines use to establish a similarity in content and subject matter.
What is "Competition Analysis"?
Competition Analysis. Comparing your competitor's rank for the same keywords that you also rank for. This will help you determine which are the best tactics are effective and where you should prioritize.
Benefits would be:
What is "Content"?
Content. This is all of the information or data on a site. This can be text, photos, video, other media, and so on. It is used to disseminate all of the site information to the user.
What is "Content Management System (CMS)"?
Content Management System (CMS). A website management tool that allows someone to control what data is on their website. It allows you to manipulate the data, along with creating new data and managing it all. In general they are simple to use. WordPress is one of the most popular examples of a CMS.
In other words, it allows you to build a simple website. However, you do not have control over the code. They are perfect for those individuals that do not need to work with code.
What is "Content Marketing"?
Content Marketing. Content Marketing centers upon creating and sharing of good and valuable data online. This could be text, video, audio, etc. The benefit is to create interest and become more credible source. It will raise brand awareness and increase visibility.
What is "Content Spinning (Article Spinning)"?
Content Spinning (Article Spinning). Content Spinning is an SEO technique in which an article is rewritten using similar words and phrasing. The hope is that the changes will prevent Google from recognizing it as a duplicate. The articles get posted online with backlinks.
What is "Content Syndication (Article Syndication, Syndicated Content)"?
Content Syndication (Article Syndication, Syndicated Content). Content Syndication is republishing content on a different website so that it can be read by different people. This will also drive traffic and build links. It does count as a duplicate article however.
What is "Conversion"?
Conversion. A Conversion is when a user on a site performs a desired action. This can be any number of actions such as registering, downloading an article, or follow a link and so forth.
What is "Conversion Rate"?
Conversion Rate. The Conversion Rate is a formula of the amount of people that completed a conversion as compared to the number of visitors to your site. For example, if 30 people signed up for your newsletter out of 100 visitors to your site, you would have a 30% conversion rate.
What is "Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO)"?
Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO). Conversion Rate Optimization takes actions to increase the amount of users that convert from visitors to customers. CRO is a parallel to SEO. SEO is intended to drive users to a website. CRO is intended to drive users into conversions.
What is "Copied Content"?
Copied Content. Content that has been copied and pasted from a different source site. There are occasional changes to grammar or lexicon which attempt to avoid being labelled as a duplicate. At times the articles will be copied and pasted in different orders to try to deceive the crawlers. This can be risky as a red flag may arise from the efforts to fool Google.
What is "Cornerstone Content (Pillar Content)"?
Cornerstone Content (Pillar Content). The top articles on a website. These are the ones that have the best content, are simple to read, and have relevance to a specific topic. They can be used as a hub and spoke to deliver links to additional articles on a website.
WordPress has a plugin that will allow an article to be marked as cornerstone content.
What is "Cost Per Acquisition (CPA, Cost Per Action, Pay Per Acquisition, Pay Per Action)"?
Cost Per Acquisition (CPA, Cost Per Action, Pay Per Acquisition, Pay Per Action). The cost one pays when a specific action has been taken by a user. An acquisition could be things like making a purchase, registering, downloading an article, visiting a website and so on. A set price is paid once this action has been taken by the visitor.
What is "Cost Per Click (CPC, Pay Per Click, PPC)"?
Cost Per Click (CPC, Pay Per Click, PPC). The charge that Google Ads applies whenever your ad has been clicked on. The cost for the click is determined by the amount of clicks an ad receives.
What is "Cost Per Thousand Impressions (CPM, Cost Per Mille)"?
Cost Per Thousand Impressions (CPM, Cost Per Mille). A cost structure in which your payment is made for every thousand times you have your ad displayed on Google.
What is "Crawl (Crawling)"?
Crawl (Crawling). This is the process that Google or other search engines use to analyze the data on a website. They check all of the links to establish relevance by verifying they are quality links.
The process performed by the search engine crawlers where the complete content/code of a website is analyzed. In simplified terms, this happens by the crawler following all internal and external links.
What is "Crawlability"?
Crawlability. This is how well a crawler can navigate a website and interpret the data it finds. Things that would slow down a crawl would be orphan pages, bad links, and poor redirects. Things that would improve crawlability are a sitemap, increased speed of a site and properly sized videos and photos.
What is "Crawler (Bot, Spider, Web Crawler, Googlebot)"?
Crawler (Bot, Spider, Web Crawler, Googlebot). The algorithm that runs through websites to analyze the data. This is part of Google's method of researching websites to determine content and value when returning SERPs.
What is "Crawl Budget"?
Crawl Budget. A function of crawl demand and crawl rate, the number of URLs the Googlebot can and wants to crawl. Having poor URLs will be detrimental as the bots are wasting time crawling over low value pages.
What is "Crawl Depth"?
Crawl Depth. This is how deeply indexed a website is. Or, how many clicks does it take to get to a certain page from the homepage. The further away it is, the less likely it will rank highly in the SERPs. Sites with good internal links do not have a problem here.
What is "Crawl Demand"?
Crawl Demand. A function of crawl rate and indexing demand. Depending on how much demand there is for indexing there may be little activity by the Googlebots. It also places importance on specific URLs by determining the distance from the homepage. Those that are further away are deemed less important.
What is "Crawl Error"?
Crawl Error. When a page returns an error and a bot is unable to crawl. These can be sitewide or specific to a URL.
What is "Crawl Rate (Crawl Rate Limit)"?
Crawl Rate (Crawl Rate Limit). The speed at which the bots crawl a website without reducing speed or providing a subpar experience for the users. These limits can be increased or decreased if desired.
What is "Cross-Linking"?
Cross-Linking. Adding links from the same company to separate domains.
What is "Curated Content"?
Curated Content. Gathering data from various sources in order to offer users a centralized location to easily find it. People will curate content in order to either become an expert or to offer a complete knowledge group for users.
What is "Customer Journey"?
Customer Journey. The interaction between a customer and the brand or organization that has created a product. More than simply the purchase process alone, it is the more holistic process that a customer goes through. It is comprised of all the touch points that a customer experiences.
What is "Data"?
Data. Analytical info that SEO uses in order to understand their visitors better. These may be demographic or other pieces of information. Search information or keyword information are important and relevant examples of data.
What is "Dead-End Page"?
Dead-End Page. A webpage that has no links. A user has no option but to exit the website altogether. Adding links is a quick and simple solution.
What is "De-indexing"?
De-indexing. Removal of a webpage from a search engine index. Consequently, the page would not be able to appear in SERPs. This is commonly used for pages that do not rank, but are still important to a site. For example, the page that confirms your payment after making a purchase.
What is "Deep Linking"?
Deep Linking. The action of using a link to a webpage deeper within a site than the homepage. For example, sending a link for a pair of shoes from shoes.com/products/product1/ instead of sending a link for the homepage URL.
What is "Direct Traffic"?
Direct Traffic. These are visitors that go to a website by typing in the URL into a browser (or using a bookmark), not via a search engine.
What is "Disavow Links"?
Disavow Links. Links from sites that do not serve a relevant purpose. Or, links from non-trustworthy sources. These links can have negative effects on a website and could result in a penalty. Google offers the ability to disavow a link from an external site when it is determining site ranking.
What is "Dofollow Link"?
Dofollow Link. A description of a link that states a link should be followed by Googlebots. It is the default status for all links.
Nofollow links would prohibit the Google bots from following them. (Used when the link is questionable.)
What is "Domain Name"?
Domain Name. The name of a website or the actual characters typed in that make up a URL.
What is "Domain Authority (DA)"?
Domain Authority (DA). This is similar to a quality scorecard for a website. It is a measurement of how relevant the data is for its intended subject. Domain authority is one of the characteristics that determine how well a website will perform in SERPs.
What is "Doorway Page (Gateway Page, Entry Page, Jump Page, Bridge Page, Portal Page)"?
Doorway Page (Gateway Page, Entry Page, Jump Page, Bridge Page, Portal Page). Pages, or entire sites, that offer little or no quality at all. Their sole purpose is to rank high for certain keywords in order to generate revenue via ads. Google recognizes them and has been working to crack down on them.
What is "DuckDuckGo"?
DuckDuckGo. A search engine that values privacy. It does not profile users and all users receive the same results from the search engine.
What is "Duplicate Content"?
Duplicate Content. When a significant amount of content appears on multiple pages. Bots have difficulty determining the domain that the relevance belongs to. This may occur when two separate pages are created for the same subject (desktop/mobile).
What is "Dwell Time"?
Dwell Time. The amount of time a user spends on a site after clicking from a SERP. The goal is to have a longer amount of time because it suggests that a user found relevant or interesting data on the site. If a user immediately leaves a site, that is known as a bounce.
What is "Dynamic URL (Dynamic Link)"?
Dynamic URL (Dynamic Link). A website address that provides different content each time a search is performed. The URL will be different each time a search is performed.
What is "eCommerce"?
eCommerce. The purchasing of products online. Websites have to be built and maintained for them to support e-commerce.
What is "Editorial Link (Natural Links, Organic Links)"?
Editorial Link (Natural Links, Organic Links). These are links that occur naturally within the body of a work on a website or article. They are not purchased or requested, which makes them the gold standard of links. The writer of the article has named you as a source which leads to your credibility.
What is "Ego-Bait"?
Ego-Bait. Using an external link in a website to an outside source. Be it a person or company with the hopes that they will appreciate it and provide you a backlink.
What is "Engagement Metrics"?
Engagement Metrics. Tools to determine the interactions that a user has with a website. Engagement metrics may be:
What is "Exact Match Anchor Text"?
Exact Match Anchor Text. Anchor text that is a match to the description of the exact topic of a webpage.
What is "Exact Match Keyword"?
Exact Match Keyword. A word or group of words that are an exact match to a keyword option in Google ads. This can trigger an ad in a SERP if those exact words are searched.
What is "Expert Document"?
Expert Document. A webpage that has links from several different reputable and relatable sites. An expert document will provide increased relevance to a website.
What is "Expertise-Authority-Trust (E-A-T)"?
Expertise-Authority-Trust (E-A-T). A paradigm that is employed by Google to determine the accuracy, quality, and usefulness of website content.
Factors that help an E-A-T score:
What is "Featured Snippet (Rich Answer, Direct Answer)"?
Featured Snippet (Rich Answer, Direct Answer). A featured snippet is an answer to a question which appears above the search results.
Featured snippets show more information at the beginning of a SERP. Featured snippets do great in increasing CTR. But, they are difficult to get.
What is "Findability"?
Findability. How difficult or simple it is for a user to find content on a website. This can be either an internal or an external search.
What is "Freshness (Freshness Factor)"?
Freshness (Freshness Factor). It is important for Google SERP rankings that websites be new and fresh. Bots see new and recently updated content as more relevant. Not everything needs to be fresh in order to be relevant. However, trends such as politics, news, and fashion cannot be dated.
What is "GeoTargeting"?
GeoTargeting. Marketing to specific groups of people based upon their geographic location. Commonly used to target different ads for different groups.
What is "Google (Google Search, Google Web Search)"?
Google (Google Search, Google Web Search). Largest search engine in the world. They have about 90% of the search engine market share. Here are some of the Google tools and services that are important for SEO:
What is "Google+"?
Google+. Former social media site run by Google. It was shut down in 2019 after a poor performance.
What is "Google Ads"?
Google Ads. A service provided by Google to serve ads via their search engine. Users offer a certain amount per keyword, or a bid to have their link appear in the SERP.
What is "Google Alerts"?
Google Alerts. A function that Google offers that will notify you via email once a predetermined keyword has been indexed.This is commonly used to track competition or for reputation management.
What is "Google Analytics"?
Google Analytics. A service by Google that allows a user to track the data from your website. It shows demographic usage along with the locations of visitors to your site. In addition, you can see how long a user spends on your site, bounce rate, and where your traffic originated from. Google Analytics also uses dashboards to help make data more understandable.
What is "Google Autocomplete"?
Google Autocomplete. A Google query feature that offers to finish the words or phrases when typing based upon context and popularly searched combinations of words.
What is "Google Bowling"?
Google Bowling. An unethical SEO technique of attempting to have backlinks sent to competition on websites that are non-relevant and full of spam. In theory, the competitors website could be penalized which would lower their SERP ranking.
What is "Google Fred (Google's Fred Update)"?
Google Fred (Google's Fred Update). A significant and unannounced update to Google's algorithms which came out in March of 2017. The change was intended to promote those websites that prioritized user experience over financial gain via ads.
What is "Google Hummingbird (Google's Hummingbird Update)"?
Google Hummingbird (Google's Hummingbird Update). Another significant change (August 2013 release) to Google's algorithms that improved search results. Instead of focusing on what the searcher entered, it focused on what the searcher intended to find out.
What is "Google Keyword Planner"?
Google Keyword Planner. A free feature of Google Ads that has dual functionality. It can be used to find keyword ideas which are based upon words or combinations of words along with a URL. Or, you can parse data from the planner that anticipate clicks and impressions for a month in advance.
What is "Google Maps"?
Google Maps. A free web mapping service offered by Google that uses standard maps, satellite maps, street view and planning of trips. It is a benefit to SEO to have your local business listed a it has a direct impact on your rich snippet display chances.
What is "Google Mobile-Friendly Test"?
Google Mobile-Friendly Test. This is a test of how well a webpage responds to a mobile environment. Google places a great deal of significance on a user experience. Now, more than ever before, people are using mobile devices more than desktops or laptops. You can also check the mobile friendliness of your website online.
What is "Google's Mobile Friendly Update (Google's Mobile Update, Mobilegeddon)"?
Google's Mobile Friendly Update (Google's Mobile Update, Mobilegeddon). An update to Google's algorithms. It came out in April of 2015 and it reduces the rankings of websites that are not optimized for mobile browsing.
What is "Google My Business"?
Google My Business. Google my Business is a tool for business owners to have some of their information visible when a user performs a query. The business can create and revise listings which will result in a business being found on Google Maps. In addition, the information may be displayed on the right side of the SERP. This image may contain business name, telephone number, hours, reviews, maps, hours of service, and website.
What is "Google PageSpeed Insights"?
Google PageSpeed Insights. A mechanism developed by Google that checks over your data in order to determine how quickly a page will load. In addition, it offers suggestions on how to increase the speed of a webpage.
What is "Google Panda (Google's Panda Update)"?
Google Panda (Google's Panda Update). February 2011 algorithm released by Google. This updated centered on website quality. It reduced rankings of sites that had unoriginal content. Pages that had duplicate material were lowered in ranking.
What is "Google Penalty"?
Google Penalty. This is often the result of Black Hat SEO work. Google has recognized some sort of malicious activity which attempted to manipulate Google's algorithms. It can also occur when Google's guidelines are not followed.
What is "Google Penguin (Google's Penguin Update)"?
Google Penguin (Google's Penguin Update). April 2012 release. This release centered upon quality links. The focus was on reducing rankings of websites that use spammy links and manipulative links.
What is "Google Pigeon (Google's Pigeon Update)"?
Google Pigeon (Google's Pigeon Update). July 2014 update to Google's algorithm. This update focused on increasing rankings for local searches. It used location as one of the influencers in determining ranking.
What is "Google Pirate (Google's Pirate Update)"?
Google Pirate (Google's Pirate Update). August 2012 release. This update lowered website rankings that used or contained pirated materials. It also reduced website rankings that improperly displayed copy written materials.
What is "Google Possum (Google's Possum Update)"?
Google Possum (Google's Possum Update). This September 2016 release updated Google's algorithms to diversify local search results. This had an unintended consequence of limiting search results for businesses that shared the same address.
What is "Google RankBrain (Google's RankBrain Update)"?
Google RankBrain (Google's RankBrain Update). October 2015 Google algorithm release. This was an important update that attempted to use a user's search intention when delivering search results. This was a machine learning or AI update that piggybacked off of Google's previous Hummingbird.
What is "Google Sandbox"?
Google Sandbox. This is an unconfirmed belief in which Google prevents new websites from ranking. The SEO efforts employed seemingly had little to no effect until after a temporary waiting period had expired.
What is "Google Search Console (previously Google Webmaster Tools)"?
Google Search Console (previously Google Webmaster Tools). Rebranded from the previous title of Google Webmaster Tools in May 2015. It is a web service offered by Google that allows users to check the status of their indexing along with optimizing the visibility of websites.
What is "Google Trends"?
Google Trends. A web service offered by Google that analyses the popularity of certain keywords by geographic location and language. The graphical representations of results allows users to implore different strategies based upon the popularity of certain keywords within the timeframe and area in which they would like to use them. It is also popular to determine keyword usage for different times of year.
What is "Google Webmaster Guidelines"?
Google Webmaster Guidelines. Clear definitions laid out by Google that must be followed if a website is to be found, crawled, and indexed. The three categories Google has are design and content, technical, and quality guidelines.
What is "Google's Related Searches"?
Google's Related Searches. Suggestions under the fold, at the end of the search results which offer suggestions for additional searches that are related to the search being performed.
What is "Grey Hat SEO"?
Grey Hat SEO. SEO practices that are not technically violating Google's guidelines. However, they are questionable as to their ethics. While technically legal, these methods, which are used to improve SERP rankings, are frowned upon. These methods very well could become Black Hat SEO in the future. Practices such as buying and selling if links or likes are examples of grey hat SEO.
What is "Guest Posting (Guest Blogging)"?
Guest Posting (Guest Blogging). This is a tool to build links. You would write a blog or an article that would appear on someone else's website. In return, you would get a backlink to your website. As long as the basic subjects or topics were relevant between the two sites, this would help your authority.
What is "Guestographic"?
Guestographic. This is using your infographic on another person's website. People would reach out to others that have a similar topic on their site and offer the use of the infographic in exchange for a backlink.
What is "Heading"?
Heading. Heading tags are used similarly to chapters or indexes in a book. H1 tags would be akin to book title, H2 would be chapter titles, H3 would be subjects discussed within a chapter and so forth. Heading tags go from H1-H6. When incorporating keywords, heading tags provide a small SEO lift.
What is "Hidden Text"?
Hidden Text. Text that is not visible to a user when visiting a website. It is used in order to manipulate search rankings as it loads sites which have an abnormal amount of keywords. This technique violates Google's webmaster guidelines.
Examples of hidden text would be:
What is "Hilltop Algorithm"?
Hilltop Algorithm. An algorithm used to find articles that are seemingly expert articles about something specific. Those articles would contain non-affiliated links to other sites and would be narrow in scope to its focus.
What is "Hit"?
Hit. A hit is not a visit to a website. It is the number of files that are downloaded from your site. Examples of this would be photos, buttons, graphics and so forth. An average amount of hits for a website is about fifteen.
What is "Homepage"?
Homepage. The main webpage of a website that comes up when a user searches for the domain. It is the starting point for a website and the page from which all the other pages can eventually be found.
What is "Hreflang Attribute"?
Hreflang Attribute. This is a process that allows users to experience a webpage in a desired language. Based upon the language that is used during the search, a website will display itself in the corresponding language.
This is also helpful when you have seemingly duplicate pages. For example, the content for Australian and US users would be very similar, save for a few spelling and monetary differences. The attribute will allow Google to recognize them as unduplicated pages.
What is "HTML Sitemap"?
HTML Sitemap. This is the hierarchy of a website which is intended to be used by visitors as a navigation tool. It is normally expressed as bulleted list and it shows the relationships between pages on a site. It is also relevant during the creation phase of a website as it serves as a roadmap.
What is "HTML Source Code"?
HTML Source Code. HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is the standard language used to create any website. The source code itself is a coherent and intelligible format before it is translated into the code you see on your computer.
What is "Hyperlink (Link)"?
Hyperlink (Link). Text that is clickable within a webpage that provides a direct path to either another page within the same website or a page in a different site. It is intended to provide additional material or explanation for a specific topic.
What is "HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP)"?
HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP). The protocol used on the world wide web to transfer data. It defines the formation and transmission of data and information.
What is "Image Filename"?
Image Filename. A unique name given to an image. It helps to both identify the image and to make it specific to crawlers. It is made up of two parts. The first part is the name that the user chooses followed by the file type.
What is "Image Title"?
Image Title. This works as a substitution in the case that an image cannot be displayed on a website. The title will be provided instead to the user. There is no ranking influence by this.
What is "Image SEO"?
Image SEO. The practice of using photos properly and in the best manner in order to have the best SEO return. Doing things such as having image sitemaps, using alt tags, good file names that describe what the image is, and having a proper file size as to make sure the user experience is not affected.
What is "Image Sitemap"?
Image Sitemap. Similar to an HTML sitemap, this is a file that has all of the images on a website that you want the Google bots to crawl and index.
What is "Impression"?
Impression. This is a count of each time an ad is displayed. This could either be displayed on a visitor's screen or be an ad on a SERP.
What is "Index"?
Index. When the Google bots crawl websites, they take all of the data and put them in a large file. This is the index. It is necessary to have a website indexed in order for it to be possible for it to be displayed in SERPs.
What is "Indexability"?
Indexability. The condition of a site that permits bots to crawl and index them. In certain circumstances, this can be turned off. There are sites that one would not want to have people arrive to organically, but instead via conversion.
What is "Indexing"?
Indexing. When Google or other search Engines include a specific website in its database. This can be done naturally or a request can be made to have Google index a webpage.
What is "Infographic (Informational Graphic)"?
Infographic (Informational Graphic). A graphic that represents information in an easy to understand and very visual format. It is a great way to convey either a lot of information or complex information in a more simple manner. Websites like Buzzfeed use a good number of these to speak to their audience.
What is "Internal Link"?
Internal Link. A link that takes a user to another page within the same website. It is a great way to help users navigate a website and to be sent from one logical destination to the next. It also helps the Google bots to better index a website. It is also a good tool for SEO as it allows specific pages to be granted higher authority.
What is "International SEO"?
International SEO. The process of increasing visibility for a website internationally. There are ways to set up detection of the language and the location of a searcher that will allow a website to automatically reflect the most appropriate webpage.
What is "Interstitials"?
Interstitials. Webpages that are displayed prior to or after an expected page's appearance. These may be used to verify age or, more commonly, an advertisement. They often encompass the entire page and it is necessary to either interact with the page or close it all together in order to move to the desired page. Pop-up ads are examples of interstitials as well. This reduces the user experience and can result in penalties if done improperly on a mobile site.
What is "IP Address"?
IP Address. A numeric label that is placed upon any computer that is connected to an online network. It can be static or dynamic depending on the needs of the user.
What is "Key Performance Indicator (KPI)"?
Key Performance Indicator (KPI). A metric which is self defined to measure the strength and effectiveness of the results of a business objective. SEO KPIs may include examples such as site rank, traffic, and backlinks.
What is "Keyword"?
Keyword. In the SEO world, a keyword is a word or short phrase that describes the content on a website. Specifying the correct and appropriate keywords will help rankings.
What is "Keyword (Not Provided)"?
Keyword (Not Provided). A Google analytics status. It is shown in Google Analytics organic traffic under traffic. Keywords are sometimes hidden to provide privacy for users.
What is "Keyword Analysis"?
Keyword Analysis. The process by which one will evaluate the quality if the keywords being used. In an attempt to find out how well certain words are used to increase traffic and SERP ranking, one would study their effectiveness.
What is "Keyword Cannibalization"?
Keyword Cannibalization. By using the same keywords on more than one page on a website, you are actually competing against yourself to rank higher and to get the same traffic. This is bad for your SEO.
What is "Keyword Categorization"?
Keyword Categorization. Placing keywords in separate groups by using context and the meaning of the user at the time of the search. The purpose is to ascertain which keywords are used during which part of the customer process. (A tool used to improve conversion rate.)
What is "Keyword Competition (Keyword Difficulty, Keyword SEO Difficulty)"?
Keyword Competition (Keyword Difficulty, Keyword SEO Difficulty). An indication of keyword popularity. It is displayed along with the number of times a particular keyword has been searched for recently. This is a good tool to determine if a keyword is already too broadly used to be as effective as other keywords.
What is "Keyword Density"?
Keyword Density. The number of times a keyword is displayed on a webpage divided by the total number of words on the page. While it is unknown exactly what the best rate is, many people will overuse keywords on their pages.
What is "Keyword Frequency (Term Frequency)"?
Keyword Frequency (Term Frequency). A similar measure to keyword density. This purely measures the number of keywords on a webpage, regardless of the total number of words on the same page.
What is "Keyword Prominence"?
Keyword Prominence. How well a keyword is placed on a webpage. Ideally, the keyword will be placed at or near the beginning of the title and the headings. Prominent keywords will be noticeable.
What is "Keyword Proximity"?
Keyword Proximity. How closely keywords are written to each other on a webpage. In cases of high proximity, the page can be viewed as having more relevance.
What is "Keyword Rank"?
Keyword Rank. This is how well your keyword does in relation to other webpages. In other words, how highly a webpage ranks in the SERPs.
What is "Keyword Research (Keyword Optimization)"?
Keyword Research (Keyword Optimization). Searching for new keywords that are relevant and different from the existing keywords that you have been using. Ongoing keyword research is an important aspect for anyone in SEO that is trying to maximize traffic and SERP ranking.
What is "Keyword Stemming"?
Keyword Stemming. The process of using the stem of a word in order to create additional keywords. For example, using the root of searching, which would be search, in order to gather more keywords: searcher, searches, searchable, and so on.
What is "Keyword Stuffing (Keyword Spam)"?
Keyword Stuffing (Keyword Spam). An unethical technique which a keyword is written many many times on the same webpage in order for it to appear more relevant when the bots crawl the page. The pages contain no real value as they are little more than keywords repeated over and over. The text would appear as spam to anyone reading the page. This would be characterized as Black Hat SEO. Keyword stuffing has no real long term SEO value.
What is "Knowledge Graph"?
Knowledge Graph. A supplement to a Google search, a knowledge graph will gather data from several different websites and will display them collectively on the side of the SERP. It will offer suggestions and additional search options.
What is "Knowledge Panel"?
Knowledge Panel. A panel that appears on the right side of a SERP that will provide basic information for a search result. It is a rich snippet that will allow a user to quickly find search results without having to open a webpage. It will likely contain facts and data, along with people and places directly related to a search.
What is "Landing Page"?
Landing Page. The webpage that appears when a user clicks on a link. The design of these pages is to optimize conversions. Each landing page may use separate keywords.
What is "Latent Semantic Indexing Keyword (LSI Keyword)"?
Latent Semantic Indexing Keyword (LSI Keyword). Keywords that have a relation to your existing primary keyword. They can be individual words or phrases that are closely related to the primary word. For example, the keyword 'marketing' could have the LSI keywords of 'Marketing concepts', 'marketing mix', or 'marketing agency'.
What is "Lazy Loading"?
Lazy Loading. The idea of loading only the necessary parts of a website in order to optimize load times. Remaining sections or portions of websites are loaded as they are needed. An example would be infinity scroll, in which content is continuously loaded as a user scrolls.
What is "Lead Magnet (Gated Content)"?
Lead Magnet (Gated Content). This is content that requires or encourages a user to submit information in order to move forward. Often, an email is required in exchange for the website's data or service. This is a conversion technique that is commonly used. The emails that have been collected are later used for email marketing.
What is "Linkbait"?
Linkbait. A webpage that has valuable content. This will organically become a target for other sites to link to. These sites have high value and information that is not readily found elsewhere. While not easy to reach, it is terribly valuable in SEO.
What is "Link Building (Link Acquisition, Link Building)"?
Link Building (Link Acquisition, Link Building). Improving the quality and the quantity of backlinks to your website. This is seen as one of the most important aspects of SEO. Backlinks can be acquired, in general, one of two ways. One is to write high quality content and increase links to those. Second, have other bloggers write articles to write guest posts on your site while you write articles for them.
A previous tactic of leaving a link in blog comments no longer provides any backlink improvement as Google has removed this feature.
What is "Link Burst"?
Link Burst. When you get a large amount of backlinks very quickly. This can be the result of having an article that goes viral. However, it may also be the result of unethical practices such as link spamming or purchasing links from a link farm.
What is "Link Diversity"?
Link Diversity. This is a technique in which links are acquired from a variety of sites. The variety may include news, professional journals, educational institutions, or listings. While not inherently valuable to SEO, it does provide a more natural feel to a site.
What is "Link Equity (Link Authority, Backlink Authority, Link Juice, Link Value)"?
Link Equity (Link Authority, Backlink Authority, Link Juice, Link Value). The idea that certain links contain more value than others, thereby passing more authority via backlinks. Sites with backlinks from more valuable sites will cause the original site to increase its SERP rank.
What is "Link Farm"?
Link Farm. An unethical, or Black Hat, technique which uses automatic programs to acquire links. All of the sites associated with this program will link to each other. It is highly frowned upon and can result in significant penalties. Because the links provide little authority, the value of link farming is limited.
What is "Link Hoarding"?
Link Hoarding. A practice used by some people to encourage the gathering of as many inbound links as they can while limiting the outbound links to as few as possible. The advantage would be to keep the popularity of the link within the website and prohibiting the traffic from leaving. It is not a reputable behavior and frowned upon in the SEO world .
What is "Link Outreach (Blogger Outreach)"?
Link Outreach (Blogger Outreach). A step in the process to build links. Made by finding opportunities for backlinks on other sites and then asking the site owners to add your backlink. This would be appropriate if the other sites were relevant to your site in terms of topic, specific following, or if one of you mentioned the other one.
What is "Link Popularity"?
Link Popularity. This is the count of the amount of backlinks a website contains.
What is "Link Profile (Backlink Profile)"?
Link Profile (Backlink Profile). A measure of the quality of the backlinks a website has. This is measured by such things as anchor text, link value, and diversity among others.
What is "Link Reclamation"?
Link Reclamation. The practice of retrieving links that have been lost.
What is "Link Relevancy (Relevant Link)"?
Link Relevancy (Relevant Link). This is two or more websites that have similar content and links. It also measures the degree of relevancy they have towards each other.
What is "Link Rot"?
Link Rot. This is an effect of deleting or changing the location of older webpages. What will happen is that once the paged are altered, the links going to them will no longer function properly. The website will now have broken links. This is what is referred to as link rot.
What is "Link Spam (Blog Spam, Comment Spam)"?
Link Spam (Blog Spam, Comment Spam). An outdated practice of including links in comment sections of blogs or articles. The practice used to yield some benefits as they contributed to a site's overall number of backlinks. However, Google has removed this feature from such comment sections. This is also a ricky behavior as it could lead to penalties.
What is "Link Velocity"?
Link Velocity. The pace at which a website will obtain backlinks. A normal pace is considered good to Google. An abnormally high or slow rate would be suspicious. Unless a newer site has viral content, it is skeptical and unlikely to obtain a significant amount of backlinks quickly.
What is "Local Citation"?
Local Citation. The practice of having a local business' data on a website. This could be any information about the company. Phone numbers, websites, hours, and addresses are common data to list. It helps these local businesses get found more easily.
What is "Local SEO"?
Local SEO. This is the practice of directing searchers to local businesses based upon location. Local companies benefit from local SEO to drive traffic to their website and/or their physical location.
What is "Local Search"?
Local Search. A query from a user that intends for the results to be located in a geographical area immediately surrounding them or a specific desired location. The phrase 'near me' in a search will often trigger local results.
What is "Long-Tail Keyword"?
Long-Tail Keyword. A specific and tailored phrase that is used to aide in conversions. This phrase will be nearly identical to whatever service or product is being sold. Users that search these specific terms are often close to making a purchase and, consequently, the keyword is more valuable as it leads to more conversions.
What is "Lost Link"?
Lost Link. A backlink that no longer is relevant. This can be the result of the other website being taken down or having been moved.
What is "Machine Learning"?
Machine Learning. An aspect of artificial intelligence in which a system learns and makes unique changes to processes without a person interfering.
What is "Manual Action (Google Manual Action Penalty)"?
Manual Action (Google Manual Action Penalty). A result of a human identifying that a website did not follow the proper guidelines. Google's webmaster quality guidelines are the rules of engagement that all sites must follow or risk a penalty from Google. The result of a manual action will likely be a severe penalty which results in rankings being greatly diminished form SERPs or removed all together. Once that issue has been resolved, an application can be submitted to have it reviewed and be reinstated.
What is "Metadata"?
Metadata. This is providing information about other data. SEO metadata is the data that comes up about a site when queried. The title along with the meta description may be displayed. This can be entered into the website's coding.
What is "Meta Description Tag"?
Meta Description Tag. An important aspect of metadata which allows a SERP to display a rich snippet of a page's data. This tag can describes the content from the website.
What is "Meta Keywords"?
Meta Keywords. A tool that used to be used to inform bots about the keywords on a website. People used to try to manipulate search engines by naming meta keywords that were not truly relevant to the content. Consequently, meta keywords are no longer a marker of rank.
What is "Meta Refresh (Meta Refresh Tag, Meta Redirect)"?
Meta Refresh (Meta Refresh Tag, Meta Redirect). An outdated tool that instructed a web browser to refresh periodically. It would be used when dynamic content had to be displayed. It was also used a redirect method, but no longer due to inefficiencies.
What is "Metric"?
Metric. Often a measurement of a KPI intended to detail the successes of a specific focus. Common metrics followed in SEO are keyword rank, organic traffic, backlinks, bounce rate, and others.
What is "Mirror Site"?
Mirror Site. A duplicate site which is on its own unique URL. In the case that a single site has generated too much traffic for a server to support it. The sites exist for people in different geographic locations and ensure that users have good experiences and the site loads quickly.
This may occur with global sites that have presences in across multiple continents.
What is "Mobile-Friendly Website (Responsive)"?
Mobile-Friendly Website (Responsive). A site that has been designed, altered or optimised to be viewed on a mobile platform such as an iPhone or iPad.
What is "Mobile-First Indexing"?
Mobile-First Indexing. An indexing concept in which bots crawl the mobile versions of websites before the desktop versions. The desktop version is indexed and crawled later. However, if there is no mobile version of a page, there will be negative results on rankings.
What is "Mobile Optimization"?
Mobile Optimization. Updating a website so that it is easily used on a mobile platform on a mobile device. Adjustments to a website such as layout, text, and navigation may need to be performed.
What is "Negative SEO (Negative SEO Attack)"?
Negative SEO (Negative SEO Attack). The practice of discrediting and lowering the rank of a competitor's website. It is a Black Hat technique which uses malicious practices such as creating artificial spammy links and duplicate content through hacking a website in order to change the content.
What is "No-Follow Link (Nofollow)"?
No-Follow Link (Nofollow). A message to search engine crawlers to not follow a specific link.
What is "No-Index Tag (Noindex)"?
No-Index Tag (Noindex). A tag used which prevents a bot from indexing a specific webpage. This can be used for pages that are important to the site, but not necessarily to relevance. Examples would be a thank you page or a registration-page.
What is "Off-Page SEO (Offsite SEO)"?
Off-Page SEO (Offsite SEO). The work done outside of a website itself to increase SERP rankings. Items that would be included here are things like social media postings, guest blogging, and link building.
What is "On-Page SEO (Onsite SEO)"?
On-Page SEO (Onsite SEO). This is the compliment to off-page SEO. This is optimizing the content on the webpages themselves to increase ranking. Using results from keyword research and updating with quality content are two examples of on-page SEO.
What is "Opt-In"?
Opt-In. The permission from a user that allows the user to receive promotional material in the form of direct messages. This is most often in the form of an email. The need for permission has become more and more important as laws now prohibit the distribution of these materials without consent. However, once a user opts out, the messages must cease.
What is "Opt-Out"?
Opt-Out. The removal of permissions from a user to receive marketing materials sent directly to them. Most commonly this is done via an unsubscribe button at the end of an email. Laws now state that users have to have clear and obvious opportunities to stop receiving these messages.
What is "Organic Rank"?
Organic Rank. The position that a website achieves organically in a SERP listing. It is the result of SEO. It is not the result of SEM.
What is "Organic Traffic"?
Organic Traffic. The visitors that come to a website via a search engine. These are not the results of paid traffic which stem from running ads.
What is "Organic Search Results (Natural Search Results)"?
Organic Search Results (Natural Search Results). These are the listings on SERPs that are shown as a result of SEO. These are not paid results.
What is "Orphan Page"?
Orphan Page. Webpages that have no links going to it and are not found by crawlers.
What is "Outbound Link (Outgoing Link, External Link)"?
Outbound Link (Outgoing Link, External Link). A link that leads from your website to another website. They are beneficial as they lead to your website's authority and increase your quality which affects your SEO.
What is "Outreach Marketing"?
Outreach Marketing. This is the practice of reaching out to other businesses and people who are in the same industry and have value for the two parties to each other. It is a targeted approach in which there is an offer to exchange links. In SEO, terms, outreach marketing would be used for link building.
What is "Over-Optimization"?
Over-Optimization. This is an unethical practice of attempting to fool a search engine. Doing things such as writing content about a keyword instead of content that is important to a visitor. This can result in a penalty or reduced rankings in the SERPs.
What is "Page Authority (PA)"?
Page Authority (PA). Similar to domain authority, page authority is a measure of how well a specific webpage is ranked. It takes into account relevance and specific information. The better page authority a web page has, the better it will perform in the SERPs. It is a good SEO strategy to have at least one page rank well and then have other pages link from it.
What is "Page Cloaking (Website Cloaking, IP Cloaking)"?
Page Cloaking (Website Cloaking, IP Cloaking). This is an unethical and Black Hat maneuver in which the content from a website is different for a visitor and a search engine. This is accomplished by providing material via a user's IP address.
What is "Page Speed (Page Load Speed, Page Load Time, Page Response Time)"?
Page Speed (Page Load Speed, Page Load Time, Page Response Time). The amount of time it takes for a whole web page to open and display in a window. A faster speed provides a better user experience and leads to a better rank. Slow pages often have higher bounce rates as users are less willing to wait for a slow web page to load. Slow page speed also leads to reduced dwell time and conversions.
What is "PageRank (PR)"?
PageRank (PR). A measurement of relevance and authority a website has. This is relevant in SERP ranking as its rank will determine how high or low a site will appear. A numeric value is given to a site which is based upon backlinks and the pagerank of the sites providing those links.
What is "Pageview (Page Impression)"?
Pageview (Page Impression). A count of the amount of times a webpage is loaded by visitors. This is also measurable via Google analytics. Each view, even multiple views from the same visitor, counts as a pageview.
What is "Paid Traffic"?
Paid Traffic. Visitors to a website that are results of the user clicking (or tapping) on an advertisement. It is an exceedingly popular method to drive traffic to websites because it is easily measured and the traffic comes in right away. Google Ads and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are popular avenues for providing these advertisements.
What is "Page Title (Title Tag)"?
Page Title (Title Tag). A headline that shows up in search results that can be clicked on in order to get to a webpage. They are a big help for any website's CTR and SEO.
What is "Paid Links (Link Buying)"?
Paid Links (Link Buying). A risky technique of purchasing backlinks. This can be an exchange for money. Or, it could be an exchange for services or products to receive the links. There are also link farms that will sell links from hundreds of websites. Purchasing them is never a good idea as it violates Google's webmaster guidelines and could result in a penalty.
What is "Persona"?
Persona. The ideal type of customer or user that comes to a website. This is an amalgamation of demographics, values, and behaviors.
What is "Personalization"?
Personalization"?. The creation of search results tailored to a specific person. Search results are based upon search history, location, and web history.
What is "Paid Search Engine Result"?
Paid Search Engine Result. An advertisement in which one pays to have their results listed at or near the top of the SERPs.
What is "Piracy"?
Piracy. The usage of copyrighted material without the permission of the owner on a website.
What is "Pogo-Sticking"?
Pogo-Sticking. The practice of bouncing back and forth between a SERP and SERP results by a user. For example, this may occur when a user is looking for specific information from several websites.
What is "Poison Words (Forbidden Words, Filter Words)"?
Poison Words (Forbidden Words, Filter Words). Terms that provide negative opportunity for a webpage as Google and other search engines deem the terms as poor quality. They are indicative of unethical practices. Examples would be racist or derogatory language along with blackhat SEO terms like 'purchase backlinks'
What is "PPC (Pay Per Click)"?
PPC (Pay Per Click). An advertising method in which users click on ads, or tap on mobile platforms, and the advertiser is charged each time. The cost of the click varies depending on several different criteria.
What is "Primary Keyword (Main Keyword, Head Keyword)"?
Primary Keyword (Main Keyword, Head Keyword). This is the focused word on a webpage. It theoretically will have the most impact on the page's rank itself. It should be used in the page's title, headlines, and within the first few sentences of the content.
What is "Pull Channel"?
Pull Channel. These are services that bring users to a product or service. Google and other search engines are the most popular form of this. YouTube is also a pull channel as it attracts and brings visitors to specific content.
What is "Pull Marketing"?
Pull Marketing. B239An advertising approach that sells or offers a brand that a potential customer has already shown interest in. It is a non-intrusive method that relies on bringing new clients in as opposed to push marketing. It uses keywords and search history to understand desires.
What is "Push Channel"?
Push Channel. This is a marketing method which places a product or a brand in front of customers without knowing if they have potential interest. Advertisements on Facebook and untargeted ads may be examples.
What is "Push Marketing"?
Push Marketing. This is an advertising technique in which an ad is shown to a user without them having demonstrated any desire for the product. These are considered obtrusive and traditional advertising.
What is "Quality Content"?
Quality Content. This is the material that is written on a website which helps to drive traffic to the site. This content will have value as interesting and unique writing that others will be interested in reading. Good quality content is one of the cornerstones of SEO.
What is "Quality Link"?
Quality Link. A link from another website which offers value to your site. In order to be a quality link, the originating website needs to be relevant, respected, and authoritative.
What is "Query"?
Query. A search. In SEO, a query refers to a search made via a search engine. Moreover, the specific words or groups of words which are entered into the search engine.
What is "Query Deserves Diversity (QDD)"?
Query Deserves Diversity (QDD). A Google algorithm that uses the intention of the searcher when displaying results. It may display videos from YouTube, for example, when a query is performed on 'oil change'. The search results are the search patterns and user query history.
What is "Query Deserves Freshness (QDF)"?
Query Deserves Freshness (QDF). A Google algorithm that puts emphasis on providing the newest and freshest content available for a search result.
What is "Rank"?
Rank. The position that a webpage has in the SERPs via organic searches.
What is "Ranking Factor"?
Ranking Factor. The components of a website that determine its rank. These are based upon unique algorithms that use an unknown number of criteria to develop a ranking score.
What is "Reciprocal Linking"?
Reciprocal Linking. When two or more businesses agree to provide backlinks to each other. As long as the companies share relevance and topics, there should be no concern and reciprocity should be mutually beneficial. However, if there is no shared relevance or and topics, the link may actually hinder a website as search engines may have difficulty indexing the site.
What is "Redirect"?
Redirect. When a user is sent to another webpage than the one originally requested. This may be done if a page is down, has moved, or for any number of reasons. These moves may be temporary or permanent in nature.
What is "Referral Traffic"?
Referral Traffic. These are visitors to a site that did not come from an organic search. These visits could come from links via social media sites, backlinks, or other sources.
What is "Reinclusion (Reconsideration Request)"?
Reinclusion (Reconsideration Request). After receiving a manual action or penalty from Google, a reinclusion request may be processed. This will begin the process of having a penalty reassessed to ensure that all errors or issues have been resolved properly. This will allow a website to have its rank increase from its penalized state.
What is "Relative URL (Relative Link, Relative Path)"?
Relative URL (Relative Link, Relative Path). A shortcut for internal linking. This could be a link to an image, a page, a file, or other items. This link does not specify URL or domain however. Therefore, the assumption must be made that they are contained in the same site.
What is "Relevance"?
Relevance. The measurement by a search engine of how closely a users search is to the content of a particular webpage.
What is "Reputation Management (Rep Management, Online Reputation Management, ORM)"?
Reputation Management (Rep Management, Online Reputation Management, ORM). The maintenance of an online presence of a business or an individual. This can be managed via several methods:
What is "Responsive Website"?
Responsive Website. A website that is created to change format depending on the size of a user's screen. This is often referring to a mobile or desktop view.
What is "Return On Investment (ROI)"?
Return On Investment (ROI). The profitability that is amassed as a result from a direct input of capital. It is a common KPI measurement of many businesses that plays a part into determining the successes or failures of different investments.
What is "Rich Snippet"?
Rich Snippet. An organic search result that is more robust than a standard result. These may contain graphics, reviews, or additional data. These snippets are results of indexable material from a website. These have positive impacts on site's CTR.
What is "Robots Meta Tag"?
Robots Meta Tag. Code which instructs search engines on how to treat content from a website. The code lets the bots know if anything special needs to be done. Most often the code prevents the search engines and bots from performing standard tasks. Examples would be:
What is "Robots.txt (Robots Exclusion Standard)"?
Robots.txt (Robots Exclusion Standard). Text that instructs search engine bots on how to perform and what to do with certain webpages. This is commonly used to prohibit a certain page from being indexed.
What is "Schema Marketing (Schema Markup)"?
Schema Marketing (Schema Markup). The process of updating code to include additional information found on a webpage. It improves the way that search engines read and interpret the data from a site's code. Moreover, it points to the most relevant information on a page. The result of using Schema markup is that search engines can display a site's information via a rich snippet.
What is "Scraping (Web Scraping, Content Scraping, Scraped Content)"?
Scraping (Web Scraping, Content Scraping, Scraped Content). The usage of programs that automatically search and collect data from several websites. These data are then posted on another website. This will cause more competition for the original website. Often this is done as a blackhat SEO method to discredit a competitor's website.
What is "Search Engine (SE)"?
Search Engine (SE). A program that searches databases in order to return search results for a user's query. Although Google is far and away the most common search engine in the world, there are several others that also have market share:
Bing, Baidu, DuckDuckGo, Yandex, Yahoo, Ask.com, WolframAlpha, and AOL.com are currently the most used search engines.
What is "Search Engine Algorithm (Google Algorithm)"?
Search Engine Algorithm (Google Algorithm). The programs which are used to give a numeric value or ranking to a website. The programs and formulae are ever evolving and need to be adhered to in order for a website to remain authoritative.
What is "Search Engine Marketing (SEM, Search Marketing, Search Engine Advertising)"?
Search Engine Marketing (SEM, Search Marketing, Search Engine Advertising). An advertising technique in which the goal is to have a website be displayed as high as possible in the SERPs. The result of this will be increased traffic to the website. Both organic and paid search results are techniques of SEM.
What is "Search Engine Optimization (SEO, Search Engine Optimization, Search Optimisation)"?
Search Engine Optimization (SEO, Search Engine Optimization, Search Optimisation). A marketing practice that focuses on gaining traffic to websites. This is accomplished by increasing SERP rankings, improved site content, refining keywords, and improving organic traffic. In years past, this was a simple as writing to the crawlers and search engine bots. These days, it is much more artistic and also heavily relies upon providing a good user experience.
What is "Search Engine Rank"?
Search Engine Rank. Where a website falls when a query is performed via a search engine. Number one rank will be the top spot, so on and so forth. Knowing how Google prioritizes search results will help a webpage rank higher.
What is "Search Engine Result Page (SERP)"?
Search Engine Result Page (SERP). A list of the webpage results after a user conducts a search for a word or phrase. Results often include the title of a webpage, its URL, and a bit of information about the result.
What is "Search Engine Spam (Search Engine Poisoning, Spamdexing)"?
Search Engine Spam (Search Engine Poisoning, Spamdexing). Unethical technique that manipulates search engines into giving a webpage a higher rank than it should have. This is done by using a page with low relevance and performing Black Hat SEO techniques such as keyword spamming in order to achieve the desired result.
What is "Search Query (Query, Search Term)"?
Search Query (Query, Search Term). Word, words, or phrases that are entered into a search engine in order to find resulting information.
What is "Search Result Snippet"?
Search Result Snippet. The featured or rich snippet listing that appears in the SERPs which shows the relevant information to the user.
What is "Search Visibility Score"?
Search Visibility Score. The percentage of clicks that a website receives based upon the number of times it appears on a SERP.
What is "Search Volume"?
Search Volume. The amount of times that searches are expected for a specific keyword within a timeframe.
What is "Secondary Keywords"?
Secondary Keywords. Complimentary keywords that are associated with the main keyword on a webpage. They can have a specific corrolation to the existing keyword. Or, they may be much more specific as to reach a more niche audience.
What is "Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTPs)"?
Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTPs). A secured version of HTTP which is encrypted. Therefore, it keeps data safe which is transferred to from a website. This is also the preferred transfer method by Google. It leads to increased rankings for a webpage.
What is "Seed Keywords"?
Seed Keywords. Foundation or base keywords that serve as the root of long tail keywords or as a base for a modifier. These are also the most relevant keywords for a specific business or industry.
What is "SEO Audit"?
SEO Audit. A website analysis that focuses on the effectiveness of its search engine visibility. The intention is to locate issues or concerns that may be hindering a website's performance. Both the content of a website and the backend SEO can be researched.
What is "SEO Service"?
SEO Service. The practice of improving visibility and increasing a webpage's search engine rank.
What is "SEO Silo Structure"?
SEO Silo Structure. A structure that organizes the hierarchy of a website. It logically groups like content into categories and subcategories by likeness. This aids in determining relevance for crawlers and humans.
What is "SEO URL"?
SEO URL. A website address that is optimized for SEO benefits.
What is "SERP Feature"?
SERP Feature. The various methods in which SERPs, such as Google, return information. While previous results were limited to standard organic search results, Google now offers several different methods of return. Some of the ways that Google now returns results are:
What is "SERP Shaker"?
SERP Shaker. The use of software that will create a website which is then used to manipulate rankings. In addition, the software could also create content for the same purpose. The purpose of creating these sites or content is to drive ad revenue and create more backlinks. This is considered Black Hat SEO and the webpages will receive penalties.
What is "Share of Voice"?
Share of Voice. The amount of impressions that a webpage receives form the SERPS in comparison to total impressions including their competitors.
What is "Sitelinks (Google Site Links)"?
Sitelinks (Google Site Links). Deeper links which are found below the URL for a search result within the SERPs. They are designed to provide more in depth options for users to search. Moreover, they aide in navigation of a website.
What is "Site-Wide Link"?
Site-Wide Link. Links which are visible and accessible across all of the pages of a website. They are often anchored at the top or bottom of the pages.
What is "Skyscraping (Skyscraper SEO)"?
Skyscraping (Skyscraper SEO). An SEO technique that aims to increase backlinks. Normally a popular page would be found that has many backlinks already. Then content is written which is relevant to that page. The author of the new page will reach out and offer the new content via a link to his or her page.
What is "Social Media Marketing"?
Social Media Marketing. The practice of using social media channels as an advertising avenue in order to increase brand awareness, traffic and identity. This can be done through paid ads or via creating content.
What is "Social Signal"?
Social Signal. Refers to a webpages general popularity in social media. Likes, shares, and visibility all give credence to a pages overall signal. They have an effect of increasing a brand's identity and possibly increasing backlinks.
What is "Social Syndication"?
Social Syndication. The practice of publishing material from a website, such as blog articles, on social media channels. The purpose is to increase brand awareness and popularity.
What is "Splash Page"?
Splash Page. An initial page on a website that has very limited content. It will normally show a brand name or a single product and require interaction from the user to move forward. It's intention is to highlight a product or a brand. However, it has negative effects on SEO for a few reasons. One, the page will have almost no quality content. Two, backlinks related to this homepage will have limited authority. Three, it may reduce webpage load speed as large images may not be quick to load.
What is "Split Testing (A/B Testing)"?
Split Testing (A/B Testing). Using a controlled experiment to compare the outcomes of a test to verify the value of a certain effort. In other words, comparing results after changing a variable for only a portion of an audience to the results for the audience that did not change.
What is "Static URL (Static Link)"?
Static URL (Static Link). A website address that remains constant. They will often contain keywords that make it easy for the user to understand. The benefit is an increased CTR.
What is "Status Code"?
Status Code. The response that a server provides to a user when a webpage is requested. Responses may be informational, success, redirection, client error, or server error. Within these responses are more specific codes that provide more information.
What is "Status Code 200"?
Status Code 200. Successful request
What is "Status Code 301"?
Status Code 301. A code that says a URL has been permanently moved. This most often occurs when a page has been redirected to a new location. This is the best method of redirection because it passes along the most link authority.
What is "Status Code 302"?
Status Code 302. A code that says a webpage or URL has been redirected temporarily. While a user will not see a difference between a 301 and 302 error, it is not as good for SEO. This is an inferior method of redirection as it passes no link equity.
What is "Status Code 403"?
Status Code 403. This code indicates that a user is forbidden from opening the page. It may be a lack of permissions that are prohibiting the entrance.
What is "Status Code 404"?
Status Code 404. This is a code that says a page is not found. This will occur when a webpage has been removed or deleted, yet there is still a backlink to that removed page. This leads to a poor experience for the visitor. It is also bad for the website itself. A 301 redirect is a simple and effective solution.
What is "Status Code 410"?
Status Code 410. This code status indicates that a page is gone. It is similar to a 404 error. However, it provides more detail as it is also a message to Google bots to remove the page form their indexing.
What is "Status Code 429"?
Status Code 429. This error occurs when a server has received too many requests from a user within a certain period of time.
What is "Status Code 500"?
Status Code 500. This is a very generic return form a server that something has gone wrong, but no other information is available. Access to site or page is unavailable.
What is "Status Code 503"?
Status Code 503. Often used while a website is undergoing maintenance. It is a request for the search engine bots to return at another time.
What is "Stop Words"?
Stop Words. These are words which a very common and are skipped over by a search engine. The reason is to increase scrolling time for the bots. Examples of stop words are 'at, be, do, of'. It is best to remove these from meta descriptions, title tags, URLs, and image alt text.
What is "Subdomain"?
Subdomain. An area which is located within a main domain. They exist to help in navigation and organization of a website. For example, https://dashboard.cmykseo.agency is a subdomain of https://cmykseo.agency
What is "Submission"?
Submission. Manually requesting that search engine bots crawl a new web page or URL. The purpose is for a new page to be indexed faster. The process is not necessary as bots do very well at finding new pages.
What is "Taxonomy"?
Taxonomy. This is the organization and classification of content on a website to make the information more readable and discoverable. Websites without taxonomy can be difficult to navigate.
What is "Technical SEO"?
Technical SEO. The section of SEO that works with search engine bots. It is used to help the bots crawl and index websites most easily. It is perhaps the most important SEO activity and required for optimal website performance. Items such as having the correct terms to guide bots, having good quality content, removing errors, and optimizing images are all examples of technical SEO.
What is "Term Frequency x Inverse Document Frequency (TF*IDF)"?
Term Frequency x Inverse Document Frequency (TF*IDF). A calculation used by search engines to find out how relevant a webpage is. It compares the amount of times that a keyword is used in a document and it compares that with similar documents.
What is "The Fold"?
The Fold. The top section of a webpage, or the area which is visible to a user without scrolling down. It provides the first impression to a user and has direct influences on how long a visitor stays on a site, if at all.
What is "Thin Content"?
Thin Content. Content that has no viable value to a user. This could be poorly written content, small amount of information, duplicate information, and doorway pages. This is detrimental to a webpage's ranking.
What is "Time On-Page"?
Time On-Page. The amount of time that a user spends on a webpage.
What is "Title Tag"?
Title Tag. A meta tag that resembles and behaves like the title of a webpage. This is most often the title that search engines will use in the SERPs. Therefore, it should be relevant to the page's content. Ideally, it would be attractive and make users want to click on it.
What is "Top Heavy (Top Heavy Algorithm)"?
Top Heavy (Top Heavy Algorithm). This is an algorithm designed by Google that reduces rankings for websites that either place too many ads at the top of the page or if the ads are too distracting for a user.
What is "Top-Level Domain (TLD)"?
Top-Level Domain (TLD). The extension or end of a URL. Some are specific to industry or organization. Most commonly used are:
What is "Traffic"?
Traffic. A count of all of the visitors that go to a website. They may come from many different areas. Examples would be paid, organic, direct, or referral traffic.
What is "Traffic Potential"?
Traffic Potential. A calculation of the total amount of organic visits that a website could achieve if it were ranked number one on the Google SERP for the associated keywords.
What is "Trust"?
Trust. This is a factor of a website's history, its sources, and content. Factors such as citations of expert sources and reputation are also included.
What is "TrustRank"?
TrustRank. An algorithm that conducts link analysis which will differentiate quality websites from spam sites.
What is "Uniform Resource Locator (URL)"?
Uniform Resource Locator (URL). More commonly known as a web address, this is the text that is written into a browser in order to reach a specific website.
What is "Unique Visit"?
Unique Visit. When a user goes to a website for the first time. This is measured by IP address. Therefore, it would more accurately be each time a user on an IP visits a site. Two or more visits by the same IP address would not count as multiple unique visits.
What is "Universal Search (Blended Search, Enhanced Search)"?
Universal Search (Blended Search, Enhanced Search). The return of additional media within SERPs. Images, videos, or maps are displayed along with organic search results. These results have increased CTRs.
What is "Unnatural Link"?
Unnatural Link. Artificial links intended to manipulate a site's ranking. These could be purchased links or links received from a scraper. These can lead to manual actions from Google so they are best avoided. Having good quality content and removing or disavowing unnatural links are important to proper SEO health.
What is "URL Parameter"?
URL Parameter. Characters added to a URL that allow traffic origin to be tracked.
What is "User Experience (UX)"?
User Experience (UX). A measurement of how simple and pleasing using a website is. This is also important to Google as they hold user experience as a significant metric when ranking sites.
Some characteristics of a good UX are:
What is "User-Friendly"?
User-Friendly. Simple for a user or operator to navigate and learn.
What is "User-Generated Content"?
User-Generated Content. Content that is not written by the owner of the site. Moreover, this would be content created by visitors. Often this is found in reviews, comments, and social media postings. It is a benefit for SEO as it increases specific keywords.
What is "User Interface (UI)"?
User Interface (UI). The part of a website which visitors interact with. A good user interface is very important to a quality user experience, which is an indication of some of the strength of a website.
What is "Vertical Search Engine"?
Vertical Search Engine. A unique and specific search engine that has a more narrow focus. The content that it searches may be based on specific topics, media, or genres. Some examples of vertical search engines would be YouTube, Kayak, Google Maps, and Pinterest.
What is "Video Optimization"?
Video Optimization. Making a video indexable and searchable to search engines, often on YouTube. This is accomplished similarly to webpages. Using keywords, descriptions, and tags are all methods that will aid in the optimization.
What is "Viral Content"?
Viral Content. An item, which is usually a video, image, or article that becomes immensely popular in a very small period of time. Due to the rapidity at which it gains popularity, viral content has great SEO value.
What is "Voice Search"?
Voice Search. The process of querying a search engine using a voice to speak the search into a device.
What is "Webpage"?
Webpage. A document that lives on the Web and can be seen by users once they either query a search engine or they go to the page directly.
What is "Website (Site)"?
Website (Site). A group or collection of webpages and other relevant content that are all housed under the same domain.
What is "Website Quality"?
Website Quality. The characteristics of a website that create a high quality product which people are searching for. The following items are often classified as some of the most relevant to a high quality website:
What is "Website Structure (Site Structure)"?
Website Structure (Site Structure). A term that refers to how a site has been set up and how pages connect to each other via the links within the site. It is important that crawlers are able to find all of the pages on a site quickly and easily.
What is "White Hat SEO"?
White Hat SEO. Legitimate SEO practices that are used to increase a webpage's ranking on the SERPs. These practices are designed to appeal to humans and not search engines directly.
What is "WordPress"?
WordPress. A program that functions as a website building tool and a CRM.
What is "XML"?
XML. Extensible Markup Language is a text-based markup language designed to store and transfer data.
What is "XML Sitemap"?
Sitemap. A map of a website that lists all of the webpages that Google should crawl on a website. If done correctly, this is a great SEO tool that helps to have a website indexed properly.
What is "Yahoo"?
Yahoo. A prior champion in the email and search engine fields. Yahoo uses different algorithms than Google does so users get different results when searching. Yahoo has a very small market share in 2020, under 3%. Yahoo's search engine is now powered by Bing.
What is "Yandex Search"?
Yandex Search. A popular Russian search engine. Over 50% of Russian search traffic is performed via Yandex search.
What is "YMYL Pages"?
YMYL Pages. Google pages referred to as 'Your money your life'. According to Google, any page that applies itself to one's happiness, health, safety, or finance would be YMYL pages. Google insists on very high quality for YMYL pages because of their influence on people.
What is "Yoast SEO"?
Yoast SEO. One of the most popular WordPress SEO plugins. It is a tool that helps to optimize a website by measuring readability, SEO quality, and managing appearances.
What is "YouTube"?
YouTube. The second most commonly used search engine. It is video focused and allows for the sharing of videos and has two billion active users.
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