SEO

SEO Guide – Ref.

What is SEO?

SEO is an acronym used for Search Engine Optimization. Search Engine Optimization is a digital marketing strategy used to show a website in the search engine to get free traffic without spending money on PPC ads.

SEO can be defined in many ways.

Standard Definition of SEO

SEO is the term used for “the process of optimising a website as per best practices suggested by search engines like Google to increase website visibility for specific topics or keywords”

The role of  SEO is to increase the visibility of a website in Google or other search engines for relevant keywords to drive maximum visitors on the website.

In other words, SEO is all about making changes in our website and blog to show our website in search engine results so that we can get free traffic from search engines.

Why is it called SEO?

If you try to decode the meaning of SEO – Search Engine Optimization, you will get a bit confused.
From the name, it looks like Optimizing search engine to show our website in search engine.

Actually, we don’t do anything in the search engine, we optimize our website so search engines can show our website in search results.

By the way, SEO is not limited to Google. SEO is a general term which can be applied for all other search engines like Yahoo, Bing, Baidu, Yandex.ru etc.

Why do we always talk about Google when it comes to SEO?

When it comes to SEO or Search Engine Optimization, we always talk about ranking in Google. Because Google is the most used search engine in the world. As per

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Why SEO is so important?

Digital marketers, bloggers and website owners love SEO because it’s FREE and it plays a very important role in bringing traffic on the website.

Whether you are having a blog or an e-commerce website, Search Engine Optimization can help you get unlimited free traffic from Google and other search engines if you know how to optimize your website for SEO

SEO is the best and most effective way to drive website traffic without spending money on Google Ads or PPC ads.

SEO is mainly useful for content-rich websites, news portals, blogs and niche-eCommerce websites.

Here are a few reasons why SEO is so important:

Reason #1: SEO can help bloggers get more traffic on their blog

If you are a blogger and you are creating content which you want people to read, SEO can help you get more visitors on your blog by showing your blog in Google for the keywords or queries people are searching

Reason #2: SEO can help e-commerce website increase sales

Getting targeted traffic or right visitors on the website is very important. If you have an e-commerce website and you want to sell your products via an e-commerce website, SEO can help you bring new customers for free.

Reason #3: SEO can be used for lead generation

SEO plays an important role in lead generation. You can optimise your website for the right keywords to drive relevant traffic on your website to generate new leads.

Reason #4: SEO is the best alternative to Google Ads

Getting traffic on the website using Google Ads can be very expensive and with increasing competition in Google Ads, cost per visitor can be very high.

Here comes SEO, SEO can be used as an alternative to Google Ads or is can be used along with Google Ads to drive free traffic for the right keywords

Reason #5: SEO offers a better return on investment

Since you don’t have to pay for traffic, cost per conversion or cost per lead can be much lower compared to SEM, PPC, Paid Ads, Facebook Ads etc. That means you can get much higher ROI compared to other digital marketing techniques

Here comes SEO, SEO can be used as an alternative to Google Ads or is can be used along with Google Ads to drive free traffic for the right keywords

Why do we use Search Engines?

Generally, we use search engines to find information on the Internet. We search for price, we search for news and various information on Google.

Here the role of search engines like Google is to discover websites with relevant information matching with our search query and show us on the result page.

Typically Google shows us two types of results:

Here is an example of Google results:

Results for 2 bhk in Mumbai search query

A. Search Ads: Search ads are also known as a paid result. Paid results are displayed using Google Ads. When a visitor clicks on paid results, advertisers pay for that click.
(This is NOT SEO)

B. Organic Results: Organic results are also known as unpaid results. We don’t need to pay to Google for showing organic results. Typically organic results are retrieved from Google search index. These results are created using SEO.

What is Organic Traffic?

Organic traffic is unpaid traffic that comes from organic results shown in Google or Bing. Organic traffic is part of SEO efforts and you can measure organic traffic in Google Analytics.

THINGS TO REMEMBER about SEO

Do we have to pay for organic results?

Organic results are displayed by Google based on many SEO ranking factors. Organic results are free and you don’t have to pay for the traffic. 

How much time does it take for a website to appear in Google?

Typically, for a new website, it may take about 3 months to 6 months. The main reason why SEO takes time is the ranking of the website depends on the authority of the website, content on the website and popularity of the website.

Why Google doesn’t charge for showing organic results?

Google search is a product of Google which is created mainly to drive traffic on SERP by showing organic results and paid results. Here Google earns money from the clicks received on paid ads and not from organic results.

How do search Engines work?

Internet is huge and there are millions of websites, billions of pages on the Internet. Finding the most relevant information from websites around the world is today possible because of search engines like Google, Bing, Baidu and Yandex.ru

Here is a quick summary of how search engines work and then we will understand the entire process in detail.

Search engines like Google first browse websites on the internet, collect all information on all pages of websites and add them to a database called index. When we enter the search query in Google, Google retrieves relevant pages from the index and displays on the search results page.

When we search in Google, we are actually searching Google index and Google shows us results from the index. This means, results we get are not real-time.

Now let’s understand how this process in detail:

Search engines have three primary functions:

  1. Crawl: Visit all websites on the internet and collect data from those websites.
  2. Index: Store and organize the content found during the crawling process. Indexing is another most important process of organising data.
  3. Rank: Ranking websites based on ranking factors and showing in results when a search query is entered in search engines.

Have you ever thought how do websites appear in Google search results when we search for any keywords or questions on Google?

How does Google find websites and show us results?

How to get website in Google to improve visibility?

What is SEO? A question that many people ask

Let’s understand what does SEO really mean

SEO is an acronym for SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION –

SEO is the term used for the process of optimizing a website for search engines so that it can be found in search results. By following best practices suggested by Google and other SEO experts, we can improve our website ranking in Google search engine.

The role of  SEO is to increase the visibility of a website in Google or other search engines for relevant keywords to drive maximum visitors on the website or on a blog.

By the way, SEO is not limited to Google. SEO is a general term which can be applied for all other search engines like Yahoo and Bing. (Both are same actually)

But we generally optimize our website for Google. Because Google is the most used search engine in the world. Google processes 63,000 search queries every second

If you can get your website on that first page of Google, you can get relevant traffic on your website.

How do we learn SEO?

SEO is a super complex and very difficult procedure to learn and implement. If done right, SEO can bring unlimited traffic and help in gaining popularity.

Before you start with the SEO process or try to improve the SEO of your website, it’s important to understand how does Google search engine work

Since this guide is for beginners, I have not included how actually Google algorithm works

Role of Google in the Internet

Internet is huge and there are millions of websites, billions of pages on the Internet. Finding the most relevant information from websites around the world is today possible because of Google Search.

Google search is the product of Google, which is used by people to search and find information on the Internet.

People search for news, price, information on the Internet. Google finds best matching websites and web pages from the Internet and shows on the search result page.

This procedure looks very easy and it happens in a few seconds. But it’s not.

For Google to show results, Google needs to crawl and index every website and every page on that website to make it available in the result. After indexing of pages, Google needs to decide ranking of pages by understanding the importance of that page, content on that page and how well content is matching with the search query.

To determine the ranking of a web page, Google uses a complex software algorithm to calculate relevancy and importance of pages indexed. This complex algorithm takes a decision of which page will appear at which position.

To decide importance, relevancy and usefulness of page, Google uses more than 200 factors to analyse content, quality and importance. These ranking factors have an impact on our website visibility.

In simple terms, to appear on Google search results, we must know those factors and follow best practices to improve our results.

 

Bhavesh Gudhka

Bhavesh Gudhka is an entrepreneur, digital marketing consultant, trainer, author, and founder of Optron Academy. Bhavesh has more than 12 years of experience in IT, Web Development, Digital Marketing & SEO.

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