SEO Ranking Signals: Finding the Right Focus
Every once in a while it makes sense to pause to make sure you’re on the right track. Evaluate your process. Evaluate your progress to your goals. Evaluate the goals themselves.
Matt Cutts and the Webmaster Help team periodically release videos with advice on search engine marketing and proper technical implementation to aid online businesses. In a recent video, Matt responded to a two-part question to explain the proper focus of search engine optimization. He addressed the questions:
- Which ranking signals do SEOs worry about too much?
- What ranking signals should SEOs focus on the most?
Since it’s so important that SEOs remember the objective behind their actions, in a video response Bruce has also tackled the issue of how to approach SEO to see the best marketing and visibility effect.
Here’s the full transcript:
This video is a response to the April 2nd video actually recorded by Matt Cutts that we find in the Webmaster Help video section. It has to do with which ranking signals would you say SEOs worry about too much and what should they focus on the most. Fundamentally when we see things, where people spend most of their time as an SEO is wrongly placed, I think, in external offsite types of activities. We’ve seen a lot of backlash caused by Penguin. The penalties that Google is imposing are severe. I think that we shouldn’t worry about getting links, we should worry about attracting links, and thats a very different kind of thing. We have to focus on content. And when we focus on content we definitely don’t focus on a keyword density analysis because there is no magic keyword density number. Truly it is not 77 percent. It is really something appropriate and natural for each of the sites, each of the keywords. I think that people lose track in the SEO space that our goal is to relate to the visitor and keep them from bouncing. Where we should focus on the most is what can we do to satisfy the visitor to be as natural as we can in a way to minimize bounce rate and to offer information that establishes us as a subject matter expert and that truly attracts involvement and that will result in attracting links. I think that’s what we need to focus on.
In Matt’s own words, hope that helps.
Bonus video! At SMX Sydney this year Bruce was invited to speak about video SEO and the power of video as an engaging web content. His interview with Uramaki.tv is now up!
- Videos show up in universal search results. Google’s ranking algorithm factors videos in as highly valuable.
- Bruce considers video the third-most important element of a website, following text content and inbound links.
- Bruce expects that every query will return video results within the next few years.
- Google is almost certainly investing in technology to allow for transcription and searchability of video content.
- Website owners must remember to use keywords in videos so they can be found by relevant searchers.