So I thought I would do a quick overview of Search Engine Optimisation in no more than 6 posts. This is for my own benefit as well. I will look back at this next year when I come to do the same thing and think, what the hell was I talking about, it’s all about video and social …. f*ck SEO !!!. But for now, I’ll continue ..
How that bot views your page
The Google bot basically skims over a page doing the following:
a. Stripping out Jscript
b. Strip out the formatting
c. Strip out the iframes (YES they don’t help bots)
d. Keep those all important meaningful tags (title, meta, h1-h6,img) etc
Your words are stored in individual buckets. A weighting algorithm is applied to give your page an overall rank. Links on the page are also indexed separately. By looking at your links in and links out Google calculates your all important PageRank (although not important to your keyword rank, that’s right, explanation in future post).
So a search engine doesn’t rank your site. It ranks your webpage. If you are using generic page titles throughout your site. Then you are missing opportunities to promote your business under different keywords.
Retrieving and Ranking your Page
When a user does a search, the following happens, in lightning quick time:
a. The top 1000 results are retrieved (from Google’s index, if you are not in that index, you have zero chance of ranking).
b. They rank the page by relevance / importance
c. They reorder this taking into account a bunch of other factors (User behaviors). If you want to know what they are I suggest reading some of the white papers ….
Getting rid of the duplicate content
Google tries it’s best to filter out duplicate content. This is the same (or almost the same) content found on identical URL’s. Google’s whole mantra revolves around user experience. If you are producing duplicate content, there is a good chance you will be buried under “Omitted Results”. It was often thought you were banished into a supplemental index. But sometime in 2007, Google confirmed there was no supplemental index. So just know, duplicate content should be avoided.
How are the 1000 results sorted
Google basically looks at number of things when sorting those 1000 results. The essentials are:
a. On page “optimization”
b. Link reputation
c. Authority / Page Rank
d. Trust Factors
e. User behavior
Check out the next post in this series, Keyword Research and Discovery
- SEO – Understand how your page is ranked
- Tracking your SEO stats with SheerSEO
- Good SEO equals less traffic – Introduction – What Keywords
- The idea behind Google and how it’s relevant to your SEO Strategy
- Matt Cutts on Porn and SEO in One Hour