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Succeeding with SEO is often presented as a complex art that is difficult for a layperson to understand.
It certainly takes skill and persistence, and the factors influencing a website’s ranking are always evolving and developing.
So, to shed light on this subject, what are some of the important criteria when it comes to SEO ranking?
When Google ranks your site, it looks for authority and relevance before working out a ranking using an algorithm and information collected by search engine ‘spiders’. These are bots that crawl websites and store data for the search engine to index.
Using this information, websites will then be displayed on results pages in an order reflecting their ranking. The algorithms are always changing in an attempt to ensure the rankings accurately reflect the relevance of each website.
Google keeps its algorithms secret, and there is no magic wand that can be waved to immediately satisfy shifting algorithms. There are, however, several sound practices that you can adopt that will increase your chances of ranking higher.
Google’s ranking factors are continually evolving, but there’s a number of consistent factors that they look for when it comes to ranking websites.
This last point is increasingly important.
Google realised that people use their search engine for just about any question they have, and sometimes the answers provided can impact on their lives. Therefore, it’s increasingly important to be confident that a website has both expertise and authority for the information it shares.
Here’s a great video of our MD, Jonathan discussing the importance of Google EAT.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Google loves content. If you want to improve your SEO ranking, then you need to ensure your website contains relevant and updated content.
Relevant content is comprehensive. It also needs to be well-written, and make sense.
It’s no longer good enough to pour out keyword-stuffed filler in the hope that it will send you to the top of Google’s rankings. In fact, if your attempts at gaming the system are too obvious then it’s likely to work against you. Instead, try to answer the pertinent questions that a potential customer might have. Use subheadings and images to break up the content and enhance the appearance on the page.
High-quality backlinks help to build the authority of your website. These are inbound links that Google believes strengthen the importance of your site. You can increase the amount of backlinks to your site by providing content people want to share.
There are other tactics you can deploy, such as link-building, outreach, guest blogging and digital PR.
An optimised website will have basic meta data, meta title, meta description and on-site H1 and H2 tags on every page.
These factors will determine how your site ranks.
You need to be sure you pay attention to the small details that make the difference.
Half of internet surfers now report using their mobile device to access websites. An increasing percentage of Google searches take place on mobile devices, and the results that are returned will differ from those for a laptop or desktop.
Firstly, you have to be confident your site is mobile-friendly. Many aren’t, and the easiest way to check on the usability of your site on mobile devices is by using the Google Mobile Friendly Test tool.
By inputting your site, it will then analyse your website, and provide you with an image of how it appears on a mobile device. This won’t tell you anything about your site’s mobile SEO ranking, but it will ensure that your site is at least in the game.
There are additional factors that will be taken into account when someone makes a Google search.
It will look for:
A content-rich website that isn’t mobile friendly will generally rank lower than a similar one that is.
So, improving your ranking is a combination of technical fixes, good practice, and informative content. You should also aim to update your website regularly, and a blog is perhaps the easiest way to do so.
That way it will always be competitive when it comes to Google’s rankings. And there you have it; a whistle-stop tour of what the most important SEO ranking factors are.
As mentioned, they can be a moving feast. The skill is keeping up with all the changes and developments.
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