Top 7 reasons why a website would still rank high on Google although it hasn’t been optimized.
- If a website has a high Click-Through Rate (CTA). Google algorithm calculates it as a percentage and reflect the number of clicks you receive from the total number of people searching for specific phrase and your webpage ranks for.
- The age of your domain. The older your website the more search traffic you will generally receive – caveat as long as you continually trying to improve upon it.
- How many relevant & high authoritative (high quality) Backlinks you have. Google is able to look at the web page that are linking to you and analyze the text around the link as well as the text on the page.
- How much Cross-linking you have. It’s important not only to have navigational or breadcrumb perspective, but also from an in-content perspective.
- The quality of your Content. With Google Panda updates Google can do a better analysis of content quality.
- What’s your competition landscape look like? Low competition keyword phrases aren’t updated by Google as often as some of the more competitive terms.
- Too quick of a Growth Rate. Google is smart to know as it has data on a lot of sites within your space. Older website growing at a more ‘natural” pace versus one that seems manufactured.
Neil Patel is the author for the article. For more in depth please visit “Why Do Sites Rank High on Google When They Aren’t Optimized?“
Great article by Jayson DeMere and I completely agree with him on his comments.
- The Knowledge Graph Will Take Over
- Social Results Will Be More Prominent
- Traditional Listings Will Sharply Decline (on will be schema.org)
- Indexed Apps Will Make an Appearance
- More Interactive Elements Will Develop (IoT = Internet of Things)
Read the complete article “5 Ways Google Search Results Will Change By 2016”
This article was written by Brian Dean and it really resonates with me. I have written one in Jan 2014 on ranking factors, however, I put a little bit different spin to it “200+ Signals Influences the PageRank in SERP.” Brian has put a lot of work into his article and it is really worth reading.
“Google’s 200 Ranking Factors: The Complete List”
- Some are proven.
- Some are controversial.
- Others are SEO nerd speculation.
FAQs about the April 21st mobile-friendly update
There are General FAQs here are the questions, for the answers please go to Google Webmastercentral.blogspot.
- Will desktop and/or tablet ranking also be affected by this change?
- Is it a page-level or site-level mobile ranking boost?
- How do I know if Google thinks a page on my site is mobile-friendly?
- Unfortunately, my mobile-friendly pages won’t be ready until after April 21st. How long before they can be considered mobile-friendly in ranking?
- Since the mobile ranking change rolls out on April 21st, if I see no drop in traffic on April 22nd, does that mean that my site’s rankings aren’t impacted?
- I have a great mobile site, but the Mobile-Friendly Test tells me that my pages aren’t mobile-friendly. Why?
- What if I link to a site that’s not mobile-friendly?
- Does Google give a stronger mobile-friendly ranking to pages using Responsive Web Design (which uses the same URL and the same HTML for the desktop and mobile versions) vs. hosting a separate mobile site (like www for desktop and m.example.com for mobile)?
- Will my site / page disappear on mobile search results if it’s not mobile-friendly?Specialized FAQs
- What if my audience is desktop only? Then there’s no reason to have a mobile site, right?
- I have pages showing mobile usability errors because they embed a YouTube video. What can I do?
- Is there a clear standard for sizing tap targets?
- To become mobile-friendly quickly, we’re thinking of creating a very stripped down version of our site (separate mobile pages) until our new responsive site is complete. Do you foresee any problems with this?
I found it interesting to see what channels Sujan Patel is recommending especially since some are not designed for text rather for images. Naturally, it is essential to re-purpose your blog content in various different type of assets, such as images, PowerPoint format, infographics, video or podcast.
Here is the list
For more details on the article by Sujan Patel “15 Places You Should Be Sharing Your Blog Posts“
According to Matt Southern, Gary Illyes pointed out that Google’s organic mobile search listings aka the “10 blue links” will be affected.
According to Jennifer Slegg article is sounds like that local business that appearing in the Google Pack results, and have not a mobile friendly site their listing in the Pack results will NOT be impacted. More details on this News:”Google’s Mobile Friendly Ranking Signal Will Not Affect Local Pack Listings.”
Google is preparing for the big release by introducing a new Web Interface for Mobile searchers.
Check out Yuyu Chen brief article.
Don’t forget the big Algorithm update by Google on April 21, 2015.
I actually use many of them and love to hear what you think of the SEO Tools Marcela De Vivo listed:
- SEMRush – Competitive Intelligence
- BuzzSumo – Search ideas for Content, Visual, Social and Block content
- AuthorityLabs – track Historical Rankings, Graphical Representations of keywords ranking over time
- SpyFu – Competitive Research
- Ahrefs – Backlink Research and Link Data for Link Audits
- Majestic – Backlinks — Trust Flow and Citation Flow Metrics
- DeepCrawl – On-Page and Panda Audits
More in detail please read “The Best SEO Tools – 2015 Edition“
I did not know about this upcoming Google release (June 2015) that phone verification piece to prove the phone number is associated with the business that’s advertising. Great article by Ginny Marvin. Ginny provide steps you may have to take. To get phone numbers verified take one of the following steps:
- Have the phone being used in the extension listed on the website (in text).
- Link to AdWords and Google Webmaster Tools accounts.
- Add your AdWords conversion code snippet to the landing page in your ad
Using a 3rd party call tracking you can still use 2 and 3 to verify your numbers.
Related: support articles created by Google: