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.

Join the Discussion
Write something…
Recent messages
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.
Reply
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.
Reply
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
Reply
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.
Reply
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
Reply
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).
Reply
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
Reply
VitaliyG Premium
not a problem Monica, happy to help!
Reply
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
Reply
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.
Reply
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
Reply
VitaliyG Premium
Thank you!
Reply
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.
Reply
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
Reply
cybergrunt52 Premium
Awesome I will definitely use your service
Reply
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
Reply
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.
Reply
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)
Reply
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 :)
Reply
Zarina Premium
Thanks for confirming :)
Reply
Top