SEO Glossary

301 redirect – An HTTP status code sent by a web server to a browser, indicating that one URL is permanently redirected to another URL.

302 redirect – An HTTP status code sent by a web server to a browser, indicating that one URL is temporarily redirected to another URL.

ALT text – HTML attribute that provides alternative text when non-textual elements, typically images, cannot be displayed.

average position – In Google Search Console, a metric that shows an average of the position your site appeared in the organic search results.

comment spam – Irrelevant comments posted to a blog for the sole purpose of dropping a link to the spammer’s website.

core web vitals – A set of web page performance and user experience metrics that Google calculates based on real world usage data.

deep linking – Linking to a web page other than a site’s home page.

description tag – An HTML tag used by Web page authors to provide a description for search engine listings.

dofollow links – A description of links that do not contain the “nofollow” attribute, and thus may convey authority in the eyes of search engines.

domain authority – A metric created by Moz to predict a website’s power to rank in organic search results.

doorway page – A page made specifically to rank well in search engines for particular keywords, serving as an entry point through which visitors pass to the main content.

duplicate content – Web page content that appears multiple places online, either as exact copies or in versions that are deemed to be substantially similar by search engines.

evergreen content – Content that is likely to be relevant for a long time.

Google Search Console – A free service from Google, formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools, that lets website owners check their search performance, indexing status, and various other website measures.

guest blogging – writing a blog post to be published on another blog as a temporary featured author.

inbound link – a link from a site outside of your site.

inbound marketing – a marketing model whose sales performance relies on the initiative of its client base to find and purchase a product.

keyword – a word used in a performing a search.

keyword density – keywords as a percentage of indexable text words.

keyword difficulty – A metric that estimates how difficult it would be to rank for an organic search keyword.

keyword marketing – putting your message in front of people who are searching using particular keywords and keyphrases.

keyword research – the search for keywords related to your Web site, and the analysis of which ones yield the highest return on investment (ROI).

keyword stuffing – the excessive, unnatural use of keywords on a web page for search engine optimization purposes.

keywords tag – META tag used to help define the primary keywords of a Web page.

link building – The process of increasing the number of inbound links to a website in a way that will increase search engine rankings.

link checker – Tool used to check for broken hyperlinks.

link popularity – A measure of the quantity and quality of sites that link to your site.

link text – The text contained in (and sometimes near) a hyperlink.

linkbait – A piece of content created with the primary purpose of attracting inbound links.

long tail keywords – Keywords that get relatively little search traffic.

manual submission – Adding a URL to the search engines individually by hand.

META tag generator – Tool that will output META tags based on input page information.

META tags – Tags to describe various aspects about a Web page.

mobile first indexing – Google’s practice of primarily using the mobile version of a web page for indexing and ranking.

NAP (Name, Address, Phone Number) – Ads that adapt their appearance based on the website they appear on, in order to blend in with the content.

organic search – The unpaid entries in a search engine results page that were derived based on their contents’ relevance to the keyword query.

outbound link – A link to a site outside of your site.

pagejacking – Theft of a page from the original site and publication of a copy (or near-copy) at another site.

PageRank – An algorithm used by Google to signal the relative popularity of pages, according to the weighted value of their backlinks.

query (search query) – The exact string of words a user types into a search engine.

rank tracking – The process of tacking a website’s organic search engine rankings for certain keywords over time.

reciprocal links – Links between two sites, often based on an agreement by the site owners to exchange links.

search engine – A program that indexes documents, then attempts to match documents relevant to the users search requests.

search engine optimization – The process of choosing targeted keyword phrases related to a site, and ensuring that the site places well when those keyword phrases are part of a Web search.

search engine spam – Excessive manipulation to influence search engine rankings, often for pages which contain little or no relevant content.

search engine submission – The act of supplying a URL to a search engine in an attempt to make a search engine aware of a site or page.

search partners – In search advertising, sites that partner with Google to show ads in search and search-like settings.

SERP – Shorthand for a page of search engine listings, typically the first page of organic results.

sitemap – A file containing a website’s content that is meant to be found by search engines and users.

skyscraper technique – An SEO tactic of finding highly-linked content, creating a significantly better version, and reaching out to site owners who have already linked to similar content.

soft 404 – A situation where a web server returns a “200 OK” (success) response, but Google treats it like a “404 Not Found” response.

technical SEO – The process of ensuring search engines can properly crawl and index a website’s content,.to achieve optimal rankings in organic search results.

thin content – Web page content that search engines deem to have little or no value.

title tag – HTML tag used to define the text in the top line of a Web browser, also used by many search engines as the title of search listings.

Your Money or Your Life (YMYL) Pages – A category of web pages identified in the Google Quality Rater Guidelines as potentially impacting the future happiness, health, financial stability, or safety of users.

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