Here are some of the terms regularly used in SEO jargon and the simple explanations for them.
Affiliate Marketing – running ads on your website for a company which will pay you per impression or click or lead. There are umbrella companies set up that will enable you to apply to suitable affiliates for your website.
Algorithm – computer programme that is a series of steps designed to solve a problem.
Backlinks – links from external websites leading back to a website. Backlinks should relate to the websites that are being linked and should be one way for the best effect on the search engine results.
Black Hat SEO – Using practices that are not honest to achieve SEO. If you are caught by Google, then your website will be ignored or ‘sandboxed’.
Conversion – The art of turning ads into sales.
CPC – Cost Per Click. This is a measurement unit used when assessing adverts for a website. Often paid by companies to their affiliates. This can also be measured in cost per impression depending on the terms of the agreement.
CTR – Click Through Rate. Way of measuring the effectiveness of ads
Highlighted search results – these are usually paid for, often by a bid process. There are more paid for ads in the right hand column.
Keywords – Words that relate to the subject matter of your website or business. Choosing the right keywords to aim for is important to help your website rise in the rankings.
Keyword Density – This measures how often a keyword appears on a page.
Keyword Research – there are programmes to help you decide which keywords to aim for. They can rank them in the volumes of people who search for them, how difficult it is to rank for them and even how much companies are prepared to pay for them. If you want to use your website to make money then using these programmes is essential.
Landing Page – a special web page or home page designed to help users navigate the website. Can also be a special sales page that an advert points to.
Page Rank – an algorithm that enables Google to list all the websites on the web from the most to the least important based on search results. It measures one way links from websites and if those websites are ranked well themselves, then their links are worth more. Often stated as a number: PR1 will be PageRank 1. The higher the ranking, the more Google values the website.
Rankings – the order of websites returned when a search is conducted.
Search engine – a facility for searching for information from websites. Google is the most popular search engine but Bing is catching up. The websites are listed on pages and it is desirable to have your website show up on the first two or three pages.
SEO – Search Engine Optimisation – Making sure that your website shows up during a Google search for certain keywords
SERP – Search Engine Results Page
Web Content – Articles written about a subject to give a website more informational value. Can include any information put on a website.
White Hat SEO – Practices that are acceptable in the world of SEO.
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