The Valuable SEO Advice That Fulfilled One Contest Winner’s Dream
This post comes from one of our international partner offices, Bruce Clay India, which Bruce visited this month to meet with the team and deliver his SEO Training course.
On 12th February 2018, Dhananjay Kumar from Max Life Insurance
Dhananjay, who calls himself a big fan of Bruce Clay, is passionate about SEO. With an eager clasp of hands and the words, “Can’t wait to get started,” he shot off questions for Bruce, which the SEO guru answered with his characteristic composure and just the right dose of humor!
The excerpt below contains Bruce’s SEO advice on issues from overcoming compliance restrictions to press releases, voice search, local market confusion, PWAs, and more.
Dhananjay: Being an insurance firm, we cannot use words like Best, Top, and other superlatives. How do we rank for such superlative terms?
Bruce: You have a compliance issue. Therefore you cannot use the terms “Best Insurance Company” or “Top Insurance Policy” anywhere on your website or ads. We have the same problem in US with Banking and Insurance companies where you can’t use words like cheap, best, etc. You need to check with your compliance team on what else should you not use.
If you remember linear distribution from the SEO Training, you can use the word ‘best’, but not to describe your business or product. Get the two words ‘your business’ and ‘best’ in proximity without violating the compliance. It can be done by saying things like, “Many insurance companies claim to be best but not us.” It can be used in the schema description, meta title, and meta description of the page.
Also check with your compliance team if using the ‘taboo’ words (Best, Cheap, Top, etc.) in meta titles, meta descriptions, and meta keywords violates compliance in India or not, and act accordingly.
Dhananjay: Can we rank on our competitors’ brand queries?
Bruce: You can, but it’s unethical and ill advised. You cannot use a person’s brand against them. If you do, they can take legal action against you.
If you want rank for your competitors’ keywords legally, you can use your competitors’ brand names in a review. But you can’t sell anything on that page or even try. Also, you might be obligated to link to the competitor’s website.
Dhananjay: How effective are press releases?
Bruce: Press releases are an awareness tool to create buzz about a product, a company, or even a keyword. For example, your company creates a new type of insurance. A press release will encourage some people to go online and search for it on Google. If you are the only one with that type of insurance, then it will help you get more traffic. Social media and press releases are mechanisms that excite people to make them search. Once they search, your PPC and organic handles the rest.
Dhananjay: Google hasn’t given any recommendations for voice search, so how do we leverage voice search? What could be the best SEO strategy for voice search?
Bruce: First of all, search for your product by voice. Sometimes, accents also make a problem for voice search. The phone can’t understand certain words in different accents. Voice search may not work best internationally. Hows, Whats, and Wheres — use long-tail, question-based, 4+ word queries. Ensure that you answer the Hows and Whats of your product within your content.
Mobile, voice, and local are the big three focus points. Google’s search index is now mobile-first, so that’s very important. We know voice search is important as the top three products sold last Christmas were all voice products. Local is important because it helps Google make money. Remember that local helps national, so strengthen your local first. So focus on all the three areas for best results.
Dhananjay: A fraud site with a similar domain name as ours used to rank in our place. We set that right with the help of legal. However, they claimed 70% of our local listings, and I am unable to fix it.
Bruce: Your lawyers can indicate that there is “Market Confusion” (it’s the proper term) over the domain name and make them surrender their product.
If you find that a company with a similar domain name is taking away your traffic, you can claim that domain. For local listings, you can indicate to Google that your local addresses/listings have been hijacked. A Google representative should be able to help you with getting the domains/listings back. You can also file a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) complaint with Google, a form that is easily available online. All you have to do is give Google your copyright number or your trademark number to file the DMCA (just to be on the safe side).
Dhananjay: How do PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) fit into our SEO strategy?
Bruce: PWAs are still changing. There are two types of design decisions you can make, as I mentioned in the Masterclass — Appy or Webby. The general feeling is Webby. The general way in which PWA works is this: when someone opens a website for the first time, it’s installed. It installs an envelope and loads the content in the envelope. The next time Google will know it’s a PWA and will load the content. The content will still be responsive.
To learn more about PWAs, type “site:google.com Progressive Web Apps” on Google.
Dhananjay looked thrilled after receiving valuable SEO advice from his interaction with Bruce. And why not? After all, how many people have the privilege of meeting the most well known proponent of SEO on the planet!?
If your company is stuck with how to do SEO or digital marketing, or is facing compliance issues, then you can drop the Bruce Clay India team a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Siddharth Lal is the managing director of Bruce Clay India, established in 2009 and based in Gurgaon, India.
26 Replies to “The Valuable SEO Advice That Fulfilled One Contest Winner’s Dream”
It was interesting to read this conversation between bruce and Dhananjay. A new thing that I learned was the insurance firm cannot use terms like Best, top, etc. But when did Google tell this actually? Is it a part of any update?. Or is that a legal rule set by the lawmakers of the country?. I thought webmasters are free to target whatever relevant keywords they wished.
And I too feel that ranking for other competitor brand keywords is not a good idea. Because first of all in such case the user is endorsing the other brand. They are looking to seek information/solutions from that other competitor brand. So, it won’t make sense to rank our brand website for another brand’s keyword. Moreover, it seems like a practically impossible thing to achieve because all the trademark, brand name in the website domain and the identity of the brand is associated with the competitor in that case. Google might not rank our website for competitor brand keywords.
Another pack of chops from the Mighty Bruce! Hoping to participate in these contests and meet Bruce soon.
Interesting dialog Siddharth
Best example when “problem” and “solution” come together in one place and start a conversation.
Nice information! I have truly enjoyed reading your Question and answers and I agree with you for the most part. Thank you for sharing.
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Good questions and the answers are quite solid. The insight from this questions and answers will be essential for one
seeking more knowledge in this industry.
I have a competitor site that is younger than I, and has less links but ranks higher. I have been trying to figure it out for some time. I think the difference is that only began adding links and optimizing my site about 2 years ago and they were already well ranked.
congratulation on our success.
i want to know google is updating their algorithm and many websites is going to down . what is the main factor of SEO now?
Informative Q&A. I liked the way Bruce answered press release question. It worked for my firm also and we too got too much buzz in the market.
I must say Dhananjay is very well planned with his questions and Bruce is absolutely fantastic on his expertise. The local listing factor is very important and even I also faced the same problems like Dhananjay faced for his company. I am delighted to have this quality post where many things are sorted out just by reading the entire questions answers sessions.
Awesome SEO advice and contest.
These question and answers are useful for the SEO persons who are seeking more knowledge in this industry.
Awesome! I’m sure there are many aspiring contestants who wants to be in his place…we should probably listen and take notes…
this one is really informative for me as an seo beginner thanks for the article
“Hows, Whats, and Wheres — use long-tail, question-based, 4+ word queries. Ensure that you answer the Hows and Whats of your product within your content.”
Great point, Bruce. I’ll be recommending these types of seo tweaks next week. Thank you!
Thanks “Bruce Clay Inc” for this opportunity. No words..it means a lot.
Informative and need to add some more related questions as well.