SEO. Search Engine Optimization. It’s been a buzzword for a long time. If you’re going to run a successful blog for your business as part of your content marketing strategy, then you need to learn about it. I’m sorry, it can’t be avoided. But it doesn’t have to be super hard! There are over 200 SEO ranking factors, but some matter more than others.
In today’s podcast episode, we’re going over the top three factors that you should worry about (at least once you get the one time factors out of the way). I keep things simple, but you’re going to walk away with some good information!
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And, of course, here is the episode transcript:
Hi, I’m Ruthie Bowles, owner of Defy The Status Quo. And you’re listening to an episode of The Defiant Business podcast, your 10-minute daily shot of business information and knowledge. So today what we’re going to go over in less than 10 minutes, are the top 3 SEO ranking factors.
if you don’t know S E O stands for Search Engine Optimization. There are over 200 factors that Google, and likely other search engines use to rank content now with all the developments and artificial intelligence and machine learning. So how you rank in the search engine results, with over 200 factors, it’s important to know that some factors matter more than others. And so today we’re going to talk about the top 3 SEO ranking factors.
Why Should You Focus on the Top Three SEO Ranking Factors?
The reason why is because if you’re a small business or you’re a larger business with a small marketing team, there’s only so many things you can worry about. So I would much rather you worry about the top three ranking factors if that’s all you’ve got time for. That’s rather than wasting time on some of the less heavily weighted ranking factors.
Somebody mentioned this on LinkedIn, they were saying that they knew a company that followed the voice search recommendations but didn’t follow basic SEO recommendations for their written content. And obviously that’s kind of backwards. Voice search is growing at an amazing rate and it’s definitely going to be something that you have to keep in the back of your mind. Smart voice devices likeGoogle home and Alexa, the purchase rates increased 100% every year since like 2013 or something like that.
We know that that’s going to continue to increase, but you want to make sure that you’ve got your foundation nice and strong, and that’s where these factors come into play.
Some SEO Ranking Factors are One and Done, and Some Are Ongoing
Some of the 200 factors of the 200 are a one-time fix and then some of them are kind of ongoing. So like a one time fix example would be the whole big thing about, “Hey, we’re http and now we’re moving to https.” That was a really big deal, but once you switched over, you were fine. It was done.
And if you didn’t switch over, then you know, your website got punched in the face for a little while until you fixed it and people stopped getting that alert that your website was unsecure. Some factors you don’t have control over. These are the sorts of things, again, that I don’t necessarily want you to worry about.
Things like domain age (how old your website name is), you can’t control. So a website with a domain that’s older typically ranks better. It just depends, but it typically ranks better. But that’s not something you have control over. it’s funny because all of the domains I’ve ever purchased, they were brand new. Nobody else ever had them, so they don’t have anything on them.
It’s like a, a teenager out of high school, they don’t have any credit. It’s not bad, but it’s not good. I mean, I guess sometimes it’s bad, but it’s not good either. It’s kind of like that your domain age is almost kind of like website credit, if you will.
First SEO Factor: High-Quality Content
So your first top factor is to produce high quality content. Which is great for me, since I’ll have lots of work.
Now some people here produce content, and forget the high-quality thing in there and that ois a mistake. Google is in Google Docs. It’s on your Google drive, and it owns YouTube. I mean they’ve got pretty much everything, and they do spell check and whatnot. They have access to all the content that you could ever possibly create. And that means they know that high-quality content ranks better, they’re working these things into their algorithms.
They know what good content looks like, they know what high-quality stuff looks like, and you need to make sure that that’s what’s on your website. So people who just put up content before the, you know, an algorithm change when the search engine said “Oh, you’ve got content and it ranks for these keywords, good for you.”
But once the search engine algorithm became sophisticated, they were also looking for quality stuff, not riddled with grammar errors or just stuffed with keywords.
Quality Over Quantity Every Time
Well then all of those sites that put quantity over quality, all of that was a waste that was worthless. They got penalized by Google and then they got buried. So now nobody will find those websites because Google knows that their users don’t want to see that. You want to put in the work up front to future proof the content on your site. Quality over quantity 100% of the time.
If you’re asking yourself “Oh, this isn’t our best work, should we put it up?” The answer is no, don’t put it up if you know it’s not your best work. Don’t put it up there in front of your customers and in front of your future customers. I’m always of the opinion, one great blog post per month is better than eight crappy posts per month. If you have the team to put out eight awesome blog posts every month, good for you.
But that’s not everybody. So unless you’re outsourcing or you’ve got the internal team and an editor or excellent writers who are also employees, then you’re going to want to ease back. The general recommendation is one blog post per week. But even that, if you know you can’t keep up with one blog post per week and it’s not going to be your best stuff, I would much rather you post one great blog post. One great blog posts we can do something with. We can be proud of it.
Let’s say I’m in your social media network, I can share it, I’ll be happy to share it. But because I’m sharing that with my network, I can’t share stuff that’s not good. Also remember that when you’re putting your content into your network, it’s very likely you have people who want to help you. But they don’t want to share stuff that’s no good with their own network.
Focus on value and quality over volume and you will succeed. You can succeed with valuable content when you don’t post as frequently. The key is to be consistent, whatever that is for you, weekly, monthly, whatever.
SEO Factor #2: Mobile-Optimized Website
So some of these other ones are a little bit easier, but you want to build a mobile friendly site.What that means is that it will show up differently. It’s called a responsive site. Based on the size of the user’s display, your website will present the content in different ways to make it optimized for mobile. Google does mobile first indexing. If your website isn’t optimized for mobile mobile, then you’re going to be nowhere to be found. 50% or more of search traffic is on a mobile device.
Like, “Hey, I was in the kitchen, let me look this recipe up.” or “Oh, I just remembered that. Let me look this thing up.” So keep that in mind. So mobile first indexing, if you’re not optimized for mobile, you’re not showing up. And then 50% of site traffic is from a mobile device.
You want to be optimized for mobile and it’s not difficult these days. When you’re working with a great web designer, they’ll know. They’ll say “Hey, only responsive websites, that’s all we build.” if I was working with a web designer who was trying to charge me extra for a responsive website, I wouldn’t work with them because web designers who know their stuff are only going to build responsive websites. There’s no point in building anything else anymore.
This could be considered a more one time factor, but as you add more photos and video to your website, you need to always consider and test how your content assets appear on tablets and phone. Previewing your content on your phone and tablet is the easiest way to see how your readers will see it.
3rd SEO Factor: Backlinks
The final factor we’re going to talk about are backlinks.
And what that means is, okay, so you’re a website and I’m a website. You found something really awesome on my website that you want to put on yours. When you link back to my blog post that you found the information on that’s called a backlink from you to me.
That’s great for me because you just gave me a backlink. You just told Google that I was awesome and Google pays attention to that stuff. So backlinks are important and this is where guest posting and things like that come in and I believe that was episode 13 that you’ll want to check out in terms of ways to market your blog to generate more business.
How Do You Get Backlinks?
Guest posting is one of the ways to get a backlink to your site . Going on podcast interviews is another way, but there’s a lot of ways, a lot of different tactics that you can use, ways that you know, you feel most comfortable with to kind of get out there and build relationships and also end up building those backlinks. They’re incredibly valuable because as I said, they communicate to Google that you’re awesome. So over time the more backlinks a particular page has, it will climb up the search engine rankings
Backlinks are valuable to you, but you don’t just want any backlink. You want valuable backlinks, so you’ll have to go back sometimes and disavow bad links, which you can Google, but you can disavow certain links so that way, um, they can’t link to you anymore if they’re spam links, which you definitely don’t want.
All right. I know I’ve given you a lot to think about, so I’ll go ahead and let you go. This has been an episode of The Defiant Business Podcast and I’m your host, Ruthie owner of Defy The Status Quo.
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