SEO Basics

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What is Google’s Fred Update?

“ Fred Update ” is Google’s unconfirmed search engine ranking update in March 2017. Web analysts and many bloggers have collected data from 100 + websites that claimed about sudden drop in search engine ranking after 7 and 8th of March 2017.

It has been a couple of weeks since this New Algorithm Update in the working of Google’s search engine.

This update was considered to target “LINK SPAM” mainly but it has also targeted those websites which have low value content on their blog with too many ads.

Search engines are focusing on providing higher ranks in search results to those links which have trustworthy and useful content with some unique information.

What are Low value and ad heavy websites considering Fred Update?

There are many websites on internet which have blog posts written for monetization purpose mainly. The content in these websites is considerably not up-to the mark for many readers and they are also annoyed by sponsored banners and affiliate links.

Bloggers and article writers put a lot of effort while preparing a good content. They need some monetary benefits for keeping things going for them. Bloggers might think :

What is wrong in making money from website traffic?

Placing Affiliate links and Sponsored banners etc it good; overdoing it is not acceptable by google or other search engines.

As per the latest Fred update a blog post should be of high value and a proper answer for searched queries, preferably with statistical and analytical data supporting the answer or solution.

 

What should we do to avoid decrease in traffic after this update?

  1. Write content in such a way that it answers all queries of the visitor.
  2. Place social share links on your article to increase its social following.
  3. Write précised post Titles with lesser amount of stop words
  4. Do not write your articles with too many focused keywords.
  5. Some webmasters are suggesting removing “tag” pages from sitemaps. Search engine indexed tag pages are considered to offer little value to users.
  6. Do not write blog posts with sole purpose of selling something from affiliate links write something useful for visitors.
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What are Search Operators ? | Digital Marketing Lesson 11

Search operators are combination of Symbols and words that can be used to make a search more precised and relevant. Search operators can be used by digital marketing experts and students to analyze results for particular queries.  You can use these operators for preparing reports as well.

List of Search Operators

site:
To search something within a given domain name or to see the number of urls indexed for a site
example –  site:slidescope.com

link:
If you want to find out some websites that link to a mentioned domain you can use this operator
example – link:swapthebook.com

intititle:
If you want to find which websites are using a particular keyword in their title tag you can use this operator.

example – intitle:digital marketing

Remember when we are using two words in our search query, search engine will look for both words separately or together in the SEO titile of the page.

intext:
Use this operator If you are looking for websites with some text that should be there in the page content.

inurl:
This operator is used for viewing web results with mentioned keyword in the url (slug of url)
example – inurl:summer-fabrics

inanchor:
Main thing here is anchor text in the link. If we want to search for links with mentioned word in the slug.

example – inanchor:airplane ; will show all results like : example.com/abc/airplane , example.com/abc/big-airplane

inpostauthor:
To find Blog posts that are written by a specific author. You will find article results written by author mentioned in your query.
example – inpostauthor:ankit srivastava

related:
Find sites that belong to the same category as entered sites.

example- related:facebook.com

Search operators mentioned above can be used in combination using AND and OR condition to get more accurate results.

For example – intitle:digital marketing AND intext:Lucknow

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Understanding SERP | Digital Marketing Lesson 10

SERP Stands for Search Engine Results Page. It is important part of Digital marketing course.

What is SERP ?

SERP is the web-page that appears when we place queries on search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex etc. The webpage has mainly following elements :

  1. Paid / Sponsored Results (Top):

    These are paid results by search engines and Advertisers are charged on mainly Pay Per Click (PPC) basis.

  2. Organic Search Results :

    Organic search results are obtained by search engines on the basis of Search Engine Optimization. These are relevant results that match the query entered in search box.

  3. Map Results :

    Map results are graphical map based business results that appear when searchers are looking for a particular type of business or a specific place.

  4. Paid / Sponsored Results (Sidebar) :

    These results often appear in the sidebar of search engine results page. These are similar to results mentioned in point 1. Sometimes users will see Sponsored Shop Results when they are searching for a particular product like – Solar Panel, Inverter etc.

  5. Business Profile in Sidebar:

    These results are mainly displayed in google search results page and are fetched from the official Google + profile of business / organization. It becomes an important step in digital marketing to create google + profile.

  6. Business Wiki in Sidebar: 

    Business wiki page appears in the sidebar with company’s information like Founder, Turnover, Headquarters etc. These pages appear for famous website and search engines must be convinced from various reliable sources (like authentic business listings, social media profiles, schema meta data etc. ) that business is real.

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Difference between NoFollow and DoFollow Links : Basics of SEO

To Understand the Difference between NoFollow and DoFollow Links

Let’s take the general meaning of the word No + Follow:  Asking something to not follow on the Other hand Do-Follow tells to follow the link. These instructions are for the search engine crawlers from Google, Bing and Yahoo etc. Humans will simply click the link and will reach the destination url in the link.
No-Follow Concept was introduced in the year 2005 by Matt Cutts and Jason Shellen.

An Example of “nofollow” link

<a href=”http://swapthebook.com” rel=”nofollow”>Swapthebook</a>

An Example of “dofollow” link

<a href=”http://chikanstore.com”> ChikanStore</a>

But if we want to use DoFollow the tag Rel=”dofollow” doesn’t exist. It means that all the links in our website have “dofollow” attribute by default. It means that if “nofollow” attribute is not used, both Humans and Search Engine Crawlers will follow the link and the “link juice” (– an important factor for SEO) will be passed to that link.

Nofollow Attribute in the HTML Anchor and Meta Tags is used to prevent the search engines from evaluating and influencing the search engine rankings of the Links that are provided.

If you run a blog, you will always find people commenting on your posts with spam links. If your website ranks higher, these spam links on your website will get an advantage that they don’t deserve.  It is not good for search engine results because these links may not be valuable to internet users. Search engine theory says valuable links are picked, indexed and ranked automatically on the basis of their content and good and allowed SEO techniques.

If you don’t want to pass the so called link juice to the particular URL’s/ Links in your website simply use NOFOLLOW. Proper Syntax is provided in the example used above.

If you want to instruct crawlers not to follow any link on the page simply use –

<meta name=”robots” content=”nofollow” />        

Use this in the <head></head> TAG of your page and no links from the page will be followed by search engine spiders, crawlers and robots etc.

Recent updates in the google search results algorithm have mentioned about counting the nofollow links as an outgoing link when it comes to page rank distribution from the webpage in which the links are places.

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