SEO Q & A.

Last Update: September 14, 2018

Hi folks, so I am currently engaged in creating a new website dedicated to answering SEO questions. I am not posting it here but I wanted to create this post to answer any SEO questions you guys may have.

I am doing this to help the community out and also get ideas for what type of content to write on my own website, so whatever SEO questions you have, ask away, I'll do my best to answer it.

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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Vitaliy

I'm sort of stuck on choosing which keyword to go with on reviews to promote WA. There's a lot with the product name and the word 'review' behind it but the traffic is a little lower than what I want,

Here is what I'm currently trying to decide on..

is instagc a scam Avg = 80, Traffic = 14, QSR = 82, SEO = 98

OR

what is instagc about Avg = 54201, Traffic = 9215, QSR = 9, SEO = 90


I would dress it with wording like 'can you really make money on it?'

Which would you choose and why?

Thank you Vitaliy!!

Kind Regards,
Monica
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VitaliyG Premium
You can go for both in the title: Is InstaGC a Scam? What it's Really All About.
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mbouteiller Premium
Great, I hadn't thought of that.

I'll do that. Thank you Vitaliy.

Monica
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YanFellow Premium
That's a grreat idea!

There's all sorts of SEO tips and tricks floating round, it's difficult to know what to do.

What's your Top Whatever (however many tips you need) that we should absolutely do?

Also, what amight we be doing which has little or no effect on rankings?

Thank you,
Ian
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VitaliyG Premium
If you mean by top SEO tip, then it's writing quality content, everything else that is positive stems from that one tip alone Ian.

As for doing little to no effect stuff on rankings, I would say engaging too much in social media too early when you don't have a following or social circle that is engaged enough to actually read your content through social media.
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YanFellow Premium
Interesting :-)
Thank you very much.
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Mubs1 Premium
I know several people who say back linking is important if you want to dominate the first position in google and yet no one at wealthy affiliate thinks too much of it.

I have a post ranking on google in position 6 and it's bringing in decent sales but it's not moving up. When i do some research on other similar articles that are ranking above me, they have much more back links pointing towards them.

Surely there is some substance to having more links on our sites?
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keishalina9 Premium
⭐️ hey hi Mubs! ... excellent question! ---

... there's some relation to SEO as some would attest, however, our Kyle asserts 'no' as a short answer -- Content remains King!

... here's his take on it in a very interesting & comprehensive blog written by him for your reference/info.

..... --hope it helps you --

... enjoy the read & here it is:
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Mubs1 Premium
thanks for sharing this article
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keishalina9 Premium
it's my pleasure .... 😊
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VitaliyG Premium
Mubs, I'll send you a definitive article that'll explain all of this.
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YanFellow Premium
Sounds great. Could you post the link or PM it to me, please?
Thank you,
Ian
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VitaliyG Premium
Done!
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YanFellow Premium
Thank you kindly.
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Zarina Premium
Hey Vitaliy, can you send me that definitive article too please?
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VitaliyG Premium
Sent.
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Jelani6 Premium
VitaliyG Can you also send me definitive article please. Thank you
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Vitaliy

Can you please help me with this?

I want to write about Jaaxy, what it is, how it works, who it's for, pros and cons etc.

BUT I can't decide on the keyword.

Jaaxy | SEO Keyword Ranking Tool Avg 809, Traffic 138, QSR 74, SEO 94

What Is Keyword Research Tool | Jaaxy Avg 1238, Traffic 211, QSR 13, SEO 92

Which would you pick?

Thank you Vitaliy,
Monica
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VitaliyG Premium
I'd go with something like "what is the best keyword tool" instead Monica, it sounds better, it is better and I actually wrote an article on that on my site.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hey Vitaliy,

Ooohh... nice I just looked that one up in Jaaxy. I agree it's waaayyyy better than the two I was thinking of. It does sound better and it's better. Really makes sense.

Thank you. I think I'm ALMOST understanding keywords. I know it should be easy but it sure takes me a long time to 'get' it.

Thank you a billion times over Vitaliy!

Kind Regards,
Monica
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derekmarshal Premium
Good luck with the project! doing well with the site so far. (love the site!).

How do you see SEO moving forwards over the next 5 to 10 years given recent big updates and everchanging technologies and connectivity?

Also, how would you suggest to best optimise a site in a YMYL niche area for E-A-T?
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VitaliyG Premium
Thanks Derek! To be honest, if Google and SEO is smart (which they appear to be so far), then we can expect more of an evolution to the existing system in that content will continue to be the biggest factor in a site's success, that has been the working formula for both sites and search engines, so I only see them using this same formula and advancing it further.

As for YMYL sites, I would narrow it down into something like working from home, blogging topics, seo topics, and sticking to one of these sorts of things.
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CyndiM Premium
Hi Vitaliy - my question is about adding keywords in the Keyword section at the bottom of your post and how general or specific to aim for. For example: Your site is about dogs and their health, your post is about vitamins and supplements for dogs. I'm sure you would use something like "supplements for dogs" or "vitamins for dogs" but would there be any advantage to also use the individual words like "dogs" and "vitamins" since they are so general, or would that actually hurt your ranking? Or would it just not matter?

Also, would it be too redundant to use "vitamins for dogs," "supplements for dogs," and "vitamin supplements for dogs"? People might search under any of those things but it seems unnecessarily repetitive.
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VitaliyG Premium
Hi Cynthia, you are referring to the tags and boxes underneath your posts. You need not fill them in, as the title you put in your blog/page and the first paragraph will be what shows up there after you publish it (it'll take time but it'll do it).

You only need to focus on the keyword being in your title and first paragraph.
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CyndiM Premium
Really?! I thought the search engines got keywords from that box as well as your actual post.

What about the Description box? Doesn't that need something that will make the viewer want to go see more on your site? I understand that if you don't put anything there yourself, Google will just grab the first couple of lines from your post, and could cut a sentence off, making it look strange.

I think the SEO aspect to this is really interesting in general and of course I want to use it well for my site, so I have been reading things both here on WA and elsewhere on the internet trying to learn all I can. It has all seemed pretty complicated. Maybe I am just reading TOO much and making it too complicated in my head.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Vitaliy

Ummm, me again!

Question: I was in Bing Webmaster Tool and I have a bunch of errors that say I don't have 'alt attribute' in my images. I just did a revamp .. replacing my dive affiliate links with new affiliate links and put some new images in. I checked all my images in the post images (see below) and according to Bing, I have 11 images that don't have an ALT attribute defined.

What am I doing wrong?

The error message in Bing's SEO Report is 'The <img> tag does not have an ALT attribute defined.'

Isn't Alt Text in WordPress the same as ALT attribute?

Thank you Vitaliy

Monica
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VitaliyG Premium
Hi Monica, I'm not exactly a major expert on this, but my guess is that your images have dashes between them or no titles.

Meaning:

When you upload an image, it shows the title of it which you upload with dashes between the words.

But then in the alt text, you just write the name of it without the dashes. I believe this is why you're getting that message.

It's not a big deal though in my opinion, it won't destroy the rankings or anything. I would take Google webmaster tools far more seriously than Bing.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Vitaliy,

Thanks for responding back.

Ok so I have been describing what the image is without hyphens.

What about the Image title? I put that in with hyphens like in my screenshot...

Monica
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Vitaliy,

Another question... when I was looking at Jay's SEO blueprint, he mentions we should have Meta Title and Meta Description. What does he mean? Also, he mentions in his 21 minutes to SEO ranking webinar.

I'm now deleting what I have in Meta Title and Meta Description.

I'm just puzzled on what Jay is saying.
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VitaliyG Premium
Meta title = title of the blog or page post.

Meta description = the first paragraph of your blog or page, this is what gets ranked on Google as the snippet when people see the results.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Vitaliy,

Oh I see...

So on the Meta description (re: first paragraph of my blog or page) if I can keep the number of characters down to 150 or 160 characters, and have my keyword in it... the first paragraph will appear as my snippet in Google? I hope I'm getting this right.

Thank you again.

Monica
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VitaliyG Premium
Yeah, I don't really know about the "limit" of characters, that certainly plays a role in your meta title (blog title), but I'd keep the first paragraph short and I would also include the keyword there too.
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mbouteiller Premium
Ok, so the meta title is my blog title and the meta description is my first paragraph.

I'll make sure my first paragraph (meta description) is short with my keyword in it.

Regarding the meta description... Say my actual keyword is 'scuba diving in Australia' and my blog title is '10 best places to scuba diving in Australia'. Do I have to use this full blog title in my first paragraph or is it just the actual keyword 'scuba diving in Australia' that must be placed in the first paragraph?

Meta title is my blog title that has the keyword. It's also the url correct?

Yarrggg... I hope I'm getting closer to understanding this..

Thank you again Vitality!

Monica
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VitaliyG Premium
Hi Monica, the URL is known as the permalink so whatever title you put in, will automatically generate a permalink. As long as it's under 60 characters (the title), you're fine.

And for the first paragraph, yeah the keyword is what you want to be in there, but you can spice it up by adding 10 places to scuba dive in. The thing is, people will click on the link expecting to see 10 places, so I would def include that in the first paragraph (in addition to the keyword of course).
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mbouteiller Premium
Ahhh, I see, okay Vitaliy! I will definitely keep that in mind and great point. I'll make sure to add my spicy words that I used in my title.

In fact, I am now going to copy ALL our conversations and make sure I follow them.

I should have asked these questions earlier way-way back. I knew I had doubts on how I was doing all this ... and of course, I was doing it wrong (misinterpreted) lol!

But, that's okay... I'm learning and I won't forget.

Thank you Vitaliy for all your help and patience in getting me to 'finally' understand everything you explained. I'm a 'happy camper'!!

Have a wonderful week.

Monica
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VitaliyG Premium
not a problem Monica, happy to help!
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mbouteiller Premium
Hey Vitaliy,

I'm in the middle of changing all my affiliate links for my scuba dive site. The affiliate program was purchased earlier this year and not long ago I was informed I have to make changes to all my affiliate links.

I have started (have a deadline) but at the same time I have been doing a wee bit of revamping to the old articles that I have to change the links on anyway.

In regards to the Meta Title and Meta Description down below in WordPress Post Editor ... I'm confused as to whether I should be leaving them both blank or do I type something in them.

In the screenshot, you will see I have entered something in the Meta Title. This is the exact wording of my post title.

The Meta Description showing in the screenshot doesn't even show up when I search in Google browser, the meta description comes up a different description taken from the post.

How do you do yours?

When Google looks at my Meta Title and Meta Description as per the screenshot, will they think this as an overkill of keywords and rank the post lower? Like a duplicate keyword?

Thank you Vitaliy! I'm really happy you are helping us on SEO.

Monica
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VitaliyG Premium
Hi Monica, you can leave those boxes blank (I always do), that's just an "ID tag" of your content to Google, but they don't really care about that, they will look at your meta title and and description in the actual content, not those boxes, I'd just leave them blank.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Vitaliy,

Thank you for your reply.

Ok, sounds good. Finally, I feel like I'm doing this right. This has been bothering for a while...

I'll remove what I have in my Meta Title and Meta Description as I go into each post to change my affiliate link.

I'm sure I'll have other questions on SEO... you will be successful in your new site. How exciting! Wishing you all the best on it!!

Have a great weekend Vitaliy!

Monica
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VitaliyG Premium
Thank you!
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jake79 Premium
I thought the meta title here was quite important as its this title that ends up showing in the serps. You can have a different title here say to your main title on the page.

Its a good idea to have the more catchy longer title here..As long as it has your keyword in.

Lets say you have a best of post with year like 2018, rather than put it in the URL title you can have it show in the serps here, so next year when you want to change the article 2019 you will not have to change the URL, just the meta title.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hey Jake,

Thank you for the additional information and I'm sorry to take so long to respond.

So you mean I can change the Meta Title? It doesn't have to be the same as the title of my post which has the keyword in it?

Monica
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cybergrunt52 Premium
Awesome I will definitely use your service
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Swangirl Premium
Hi,

Can you tell me your opinion on the pros and cons of using a featured image? I know images are important but a featured image slows down load time and also means the above the fold content is focused on the image rather than text. Any thoughts?

Thanks,
Jessica
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VitaliyG Premium
Yeah you are referring to the header image being too big, I'd either maintain your title (no image) or have the image compressed as much as possible to improve load time. This will improve SEO results.
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Zarina Premium
Hey Vitaliy, good to hear from you :)

Questions off the top of my head:

What is your SEO checklist for the articles that you publish (anything else besides Jay's checklist?) Do you ever focus on .edu/.gov backlinks?

What SEO strategies a new website can use to accelerate its growth and getting ranked faster? (I.e. leave the sandbox period sooner than 6 months)
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VitaliyG Premium
Nope, no backlinks in that manner, I honestly follow Jay's tips to the T to be honest, he is a far better expert than I in SEO so naturally, imitation is the best form of flattery :)
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Zarina Premium
Thanks for confirming :)
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