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From the Lab
I have heard this one a million different ways. Clients will often say, “I heard that meta descriptions can help or hurt you on Google.” Nope, sorry.
Google even said so themselves – meta descriptions are not used as a ranking factor. Now, typically, you have to read between the lines when Google says anything about SEO, but this one is something that everything has agreed on. They aren’t using for ranking purposes. They are, however, really important for click through rates. In other words, having something catchy will make people more apt to visit your website.
I even recorded a video about it. Check it out:
Until next time!
What most people don’t understand is that search engine optimization has to do with much more than just using keywords in your content. People forget that you’re optimizing your website for a search engine’s “experience.” Much like you would for a human reader, you need to make the content accessible to search engines.
This is where things like valid code come into play. If you don’t properly code your website, Google might have a tough time finding whatever it is you’re trying to get them to look at. Just keep one thing in mind: use proper code, and Google won’t get lost in it!
Today’s lesson is quite funny, actually. I often hear, “why am I not ranking for my keyword?”
One of the most embarrassing things to hear is, “oh, well, it might have something to do with the fact you didn’t say that phrase even once in your content.”
Yep, it’s happened. That would be like us trying to rank for “SEO in Fort Collins” and actually using the phrase “you know, that thing that makes you show up on Google.” Sure, we might be talking about the same thing, but we didn’t actually say the phrase.
This one’s an easy one, folks: use your keyword in your content. And don’t over do it.
For several years, there was a website in Fort Collins that was making a horrendous mistake. This company is an icon in Fort Collins; one of most well known names in town – and no, I’m not going to tell you who.
There’s a very important file at work when it comes to SEO. It’s called your robots file. It tells Google where it can and cannot go in your website. If you say, don’t visit this page, it won’t. This is done by using one line of code. You have to be extra careful though because one simple typo can deindex your entire site. Oops…
Here are the contents of a basic robots file:
User-agent: * Disallow:
This is saying, “Attention all search engines and other web crawlers: You can view everything on my site.”
Here is how you should properly tell Google not to go somewhere in your site:
User-agent: * Disallow: /private/
This is saying, “Attention search engines and other web crawlers: Don’t go in my private directory!”
Here is where some people (like the website I mentioned above) make a serious mistake:
User-agent: * Disallow: /
This is saying, “Attention everyone: stay out of my website altogether.”
This one simple slash told Google not to pay attention to anything in the site at all. This website did not appear in Google for years. Kind of a big deal wouldn’t you say?
In short, if you don’t know what you’re doing with a robots.txt file, don’t mess with it. If you’d like help with setting one up, give us a call!
This is a fairly interesting question, and it’s kind of an important one.
There is a ton of speculation that Social Media somehow helps SEO if you get links from Facebook and Twitter. This question can be answered with four simple words: THESE LINKS ARE WORTHLESS.
As we’ve talked about before, links count as votes for your website. Do you really thing Twitter and Facebook want to vote for your underwater basket weaving website that also has content about other nonsense? Doubtful. Here’s why:
Google counts the number of links you have, as well as how good the links are. When you “vote” for a website (or link to them), you’re telling Google, “I’m vouching for everything they have on this page.” Twitter and Facebook vouching for anyone but themselves? Yeah, right…
That’s why I tell everyone to post blog posts about their topics, not put all their content on their social accounts. It does nothing for your website, and you’re really just helping those sites appear like authorities, if anything. So the next time you hear someone say that links from social sites are good for SEO, run!