If you want your website to be on the first page of your customer's search, you should be familiar with Google’s ranking rules. This can be challenging because Google changes its search algorithm around 500-600 times each year, according to Moz. While some changes are minor and unnoticeable, others can make or break a website’s rankings. We took a look at the most recent Google algorithm update to see what you need to know to stay on top.
With each update, Google increasingly awards those that have mobile-friendly websites. In May, Google rolled out yet another boost to benefit those with mobile optimization. Make sure your site is mobile-friendly to please the Google gods. Here is a deeper look at why mobile optimization is so important.
Google is getting stricter on content, so here are a few key content tips to keep your ranking up:
HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. Sites that use HTTPS get ranked higher because they are more secure than those that use HTTP. The only downside is that it may become more difficult for you to interpret your site data. You may not get as clear a picture of where your viewers are coming from, how long they are staying, and what they are doing on your site. You have to weigh what is more important to you - security or data? This site explains the difference between HTTPS and HTTP in more depth.
Google is cracking down even more on spammy backlinks. If you ask another website to link to you, make sure that site has quality content and frequent traffic. These are the most time consuming and difficult backlinks to get but are also the most rewarding for ranking. Never request backlinks from a website with a domain authority under 18.
Follow a few of these tips to improve your SEO and get your site ranked higher by Google. It is impossible to predict what Google will do next, but a good rule-of-thumb is to make your online presence as quality and genuine as possible.
If you need more help understanding the basics of search-engine optimization or online digital marketing in general, contact us at Seafoam Media. We have the tools to leverage the Google algorithm update and help you get the most out of your online presence.