2. SEO Vs SEM
3. SEO Jargon
4. Major Google SEO Updates
5. What Makes A Website Rank?
6. SEO Don’ts
7. Header Tags
8. Yoast SEO Introduction
9. How To Setup Yoast SEO
10. How To Use Yoast SEO
11. Google Webmaster Tools
12. Google Webmaster Tools Setup
13. Google’s Keyword Planner
14. Firefox SEO Addons
15. MozBar – Chrome SEO Extension
17. Steal Your Competitors SEO
18. Firefox Form Autofill
19. How To Create Backlinks
20. Local SEO
21. Things To Know
22. Thank You!
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To be able to do any SEO, you first need to understand what exactly makes a website rank high in search results.
What Makes A Website Rank?
Using keywords in your domain name is an advantage but you need to find a balance between keywords and creating a brand-friendly domain.
It is important to create search engine friendly URL’s that humans can read and understand and contain your keywords.
Click here to learn how to make your WordPress URL’s search engine friendly.
Website Loading Time
A faster loading website is better for Google and their users.
Google has publicly stated that page speed is a ranking factor.
An XML sitemap ensures that search engines are aware of all the content on your website.
An HTML sitemap is a page that links to all of your pages to keep that link-juice flowing.
Linking a HTML sitemap in the footer has become a standard on-site SEO practice.
This makes it easy for Google and your visitors to navigate around your website and to find all of your website pages.
It is important to write effectively for humans while also including keywords and correct HTML tags for crawlers.
Try to avoid duplicate content at all costs! Because Google tries to show pages with unique information in it’s search results and for this reason it frowns upon websites that contain pages with basically the same content.
A broken link is a link that doesn’t work and often results in an error page.
This happens when a link points to a webpage that has been deleted or moved.
Broken links will absolutely harm your search engine ranking!
Internal linking improve the ranking of your pages by sharing link-juice between them.
You can think of external links as a vote to your website.
The more ‘trusted’ votes your website receives, the more respect you gain from Google and therefore the higher you rank.
However, you will need to try and avoid links from spammy websites as they represent a harmful vote.
More Ranking Factors
Please note that there are about 200 ranking factors but the ones I explained above are the basics you need to know.
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