When searching for what Google’s main or most important ranking factors are, you will be shown many different lists of varying sizes that tell you which ranking factors are the most important and in what order. They all typically mention that there are over 200 different ranking factors that we know about but seem to pick out the top 10 or so and over explain them all.
Here we will talk about the most important ranking factors, but in a way that should help shape your approach to and understanding of SEO. If we can understand SEO through principles, rather than a checklist 200 lines long, it can be easier for anyone to understand and implement. If we think about SEO in three main focus areas, it becomes easier to understand what to do when building out your site, the content on your pages, and what to look for when…
Whilst recently carrying out a technical audit for a new prospective client, I took a
minute to realise how far we have come with the way technical SEO audits are
carried out. I’ve been working in SEO for 10 years now and one of the first
things I learnt when I started in my very first SEO role was the importance of
a website that is well built technically.
The first part of that is understanding and identifying technical problems and which can
lead to issues with how your content is:
Once you have an understanding of the technical issues that can impact on these three
areas, you can set about putting a plan in place to prioritise how these will
be tackled depending on the problem and your objectives as part of your overall
The early days of technical SEO audits
Ten years ago, there simply weren’t the tools available that we find today. That meant that
September 23rd, 2016 saw a massive shift in the way Google handles its relationship with link evaluation through its release of Penguin 4.0. Rather than penalising domains for having spammy backlinks and allowing them to eventually recover, Google was able to devalue the links in real time. It’s a concept that fundamentally changed the way search engine optimisation works and therefore began a total shift in how SEO agencies function.
If SEO agencies want to stay relevant and provide value to their clients, there are some major ideas to understand the current SEO landscape and what that means for SEO consultancy as an industry. Below are the major shifts in SEO and what agencies need to do in order to adapt.
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We’ve all heard the phrase “Content is King” but what makes it king? Well, links used to be king until the first Penguin launch in 2012….