10 SEO Terms Business Owners Should Understand

SEO terms and Google, Yahoo and Bing searchSearch engine optimization (SEO) is the practice of boosting the ranking of a website in search engines without paying money.

The more a website appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive. This helps give a web site web presence.

The term “SEO” refers to “search engine optimization”.

When a website is search engine friendly it is because it has been optimized for the purpose of search engine exposure.

Here are some of the terms which can help you understand SEO -

1. Affiliate Marketing
A means of revenue sharing which allows merchants to enlist website owners to use their websites as a type of outside sales force where the affiliate websites earns a referral fee, based on click-throughs to the merchant site based on a set criteria.

2. Alt Tag
ALT tags filled with keywords which properly describe your site and image can help keyword frequency better search rankings. ALT tags also make websites more accessible to visually impaired people using text readers.

3. Backlinks
These are the number of inbound links to a website from other websites, which is one indication of the popularity of the website.

4. CTR
Called a “click-through-rate”, it’s a way of measuring the success of an online advertising campaign. The rate is determined by dividing the “number of users who clicked on an ad” by the “number of times the ad was delivered” (known as impressions). For example, if a web ad was delivered 200 times and two people clicked on it, then the CTR would be 4%.

5. Keywords
A word or phrase that targeted prospects are likely to search for to find a website.

6. Long Tail Keywords
A combination of highly searched keyword phrases that generates relevant phrases. Long tail in keywords can provide a significant amount of traffic to a website.

7. PPC
PPC means “Pay-per-click” where advertisers pay a website owner when their ad is clicked on.

8. Google PageRank
A system where Google ranks website pages based on a scale of 1 to 10. Higher page rank usually means higher placement on the Search Engine Results Pages (SERP).

9. Google Trends
A search that reflects what keywords people are searching for on a daily basis used to determine keywords and article marketing.

10. Rank
How well a website appears in search engine results. Rank and position affect your click-through rates and conversion rates for website landing pages.

If you are not getting the results in search engines you need for your website to be a success, we can help. Call us at 707-578-1390 today and we can help you with your web content and help you determine how effective your web pages are to your website marketing plan.

Our continued success to you,

The FMS Team
About Forward Motion Studios -
Forward Motion Studios™ is a Santa Rosa Web Design company that builds, hosts and supports custom websites for businesses. This includes simple, brochure-like web pages to highly complex, software and database-driven eCommerce websites with B2B shopping carts. You can catch their Tweets at twitter/forwardmotion and connect with them on Facebook at facebook.com/forwardmotionstudios.

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