How to Check if Google Manually Reviewed Your Site

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Do you know how Google decides what website should be ranked number 1, 2, 3 and so on for any given keyword? Well, they have an algorithm for that. But as you know, algorithms aren’t perfect. That’s why Google continually tries to improve it. One way that they try to improve their algorithm is through Search Quality Raters. What’s a Search Quality Rater? Google knows that they can always make their search results better. And one way is to have humans review their listings for any given keyword. So, all around the world, Google has people who manually review websites . And they review each website based on these guidelines . It’s kind of long and extensive, but it is important that the Quality Raters don’t directly impact rankings . Instead, they give feedback to the engineers who code up the algorithm so they can make it more relevant to searchers. Now, the real question is, how do you know your site is being reviewed? First, I want you to log into your Google Analytics account and go to the audience overview report. Then click on “Add Segment.” Your screen should look something like this: Then click on “+ New Segment.” Your screen should look like the image above. I want you to click “Conditions,” which is under the “Advanced” navigation label. Once you do that, fill out everything to match the screenshot below and click “save”. Just make sure that when you are filling out the table you are clicking the “or” button and not the “and” button. And make sure you select “Source” for the first column. Now that you’ve created the new segment, it’s time to see if any Quality Raters have viewed your site. How to spot Quality Raters When you are in Google Analytics, you’ll want to make sure you select the segment you just created. If you copied my screenshot, you would have labeled it “Search Engine Evaluators.” And when you select it, you’ll probably see a graph that looks something like the image below. You’ll notice that no Quality Raters have been to my site during the selected date period, which is common as they don’t visit your site daily and, in many cases, they don’t come often at all. The other thing you’ll notice is that next to the “Audience Overview” heading, there is a yellow shield symbol. If your symbol is …

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Google’s New Algorithm: Page Experience

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Don’t worry… your traffic hasn’t gone down (or up) because of the Page Experience algorithm update hasn’t rolled out yet. But it will in 2021 according to Google. Due to the coronavirus, they decided to give us all a heads up on the future algorithm update and what it entails… that way you can adjust your website so your traffic doesn’t tank. So, what’s the Page Experience update and how can you prepare for it? Page Experience In Google’s own words, here is what it means… The page experience signal measures aspects of how users perceive the experience of interacting with a web page. Optimizing for these factors makes the web more delightful for users across all web browsers and surfaces, and helps sites evolve towards user expectations on mobile. We believe this will contribute to business success on the web as users grow more engaged and can transact with …

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8 major Google ranking factors — SEO guide

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The SEO community is always looking for new ranking factors and we have discovered over two hundred of them so far. But there may be hundreds more actually used by Google. Luckily, we don’t have to work on all of them. Most have very little weight in SEO and are often used as tie-breakers rather than ranking signals. Instead, here is the definitive list of Google ranking factors, each of which can make or break your search optimization strategy. 1. Backlinks Even though Google is planning to move away from backlinks in the future, they still remain the most important ranking factor for your pages. Except it is now too risky to use black hat SEO strategies — your links have to come from a variety of high authority websites that are similar to yours. Furthermore, some Google patents say that freshness and traffic may also be important backlink metrics. …

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How to Detect and Improve Underperforming Content: A Guide to Optimization

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Posted by SamuelMangialavori Content, content, and more content! That’s what SEO is all about nowadays, right? Compared to when I started working in SEO (2014), today, content is consistently one of the most popular topics covered at digital marketing conferences, there are way more tools that focus on content analysis and optimization, and overall it seems to dominate most of SEO news. Don’t believe me? Here’s a nice Google Trends graph that may change your mind: Google Trends screenshot for “content marketing” as a topic, set for worldwide interest. But why is it that content is now dominating the SEO scene? How vital is content for your SEO strategy, actually? And most importantly: how can you be content with your site’s content? Puns aside, this post aims to help you figure out potential causes of your underperforming content and how to improve it. Why content is key in SEO in …

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The SEO Tool Kit: 11 Tools That’ll Save You Time

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When I first got into the world of SEO, you could literally optimize your site for any term and rank at the top of Google within a month or two. But of course, that was ages ago. Now with Google’s ever-evolving algorithm , it takes more time and effort to get results. But what happens if you don’t have the luxury of time? Or you don’t have the financial resources to put in the effort that is truly needed. What should you do? Just forget about SEO? Of course not. Today, I want to call out 11 tools that will help you get an edge over your competition. But unlike most lists, I am going to get very specific on the feature I want you to use within each tool to make your life easier and help you get results faster with less effort. Let’s dive right in. Tool #1: …

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8 major Google ranking factors — SEO guide

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The SEO community is always looking for new ranking factors and we have discovered over two hundred of them so far. But there may be hundreds more actually used by Google. Luckily, we don’t have to work on all of them. Most have very little weight in SEO and are often used as tie-breakers rather than ranking signals. Instead, here is the definitive list of Google ranking factors, each of which can make or break your search optimization strategy. 1. Backlinks Even though Google is planning to move away from backlinks in the future, they still remain the most important ranking factor for your pages. Except it is now too risky to use black hat SEO strategies — your links have to come from a variety of high authority websites that are similar to yours. Furthermore, some Google patents say that freshness and traffic may also be important backlink metrics. …

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How to Use Events to Optimize Your Facebook And Google Ads

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Your website is bustling with activity. Visitors are constantly interacting with it. But are you taking full advantage of everything that’s happening on your website for your paid marketing? Every interaction a visitor has with your website… a pageview, a click… can be used to better understand your audience . And when you understand your audience you can target them in a smarter way, and get more bang for your buck from your paid campaigns on Facebook and Google. Both Facebook and Google refer to these user interactions as Events . They allow you to track them using a tracking code installed on your website. What Are Events ? Events are user interactions that don’t involve loading another page on your website. In e-commerce, the prime example of an event is Add to Cart. Another event can be filling out a field in a form, as opposed to a form …

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The Marketer’s Guide to Gain Brand Mileage on Google Maps

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Are you a local business that serves customers at a physical address? Then you must snatch the golden opportunity to grab consumer attention with the ultimate local guide, on a mobile device including the iPhone and iPad as well as all Android device products. ⅓ of mobile searches are based on location. Overall, local searches are growing 50% faster than overall mobile searches. As of 2013, 70% of searchers used the “ click-to-call ” function directly from the search engine result pages (SERPs). Searches including the phrase “best place to buy” with the applicable product or service keyword grew by 70% between 2015 and 2018. “Near me” searches also rose by 500% in recent years. These include searches like “car dealerships near me” and “wedding dresses near me.” Google also realizes that your business is ‘special.’ And, it released an algorithmic update, in July, 2014, to favor local businesses for …

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Here’s What You Should Do When Your Search Rankings Drop

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If you’ve ever done SEO, you know how good it feels to see your rankings go up. You put a ton of hard work into moving up in the SERPs and it finally pays off. But then the unexpected happens . Your rankings drop. Few things in SEO are more discouraging than a fall in the rankings. It makes you feel like everything you did was useless. You wonder what went wrong or if you made a mistake. You beat yourself up for not doing it right. You’re back to square one again, and you have to start all over. Or do you? In my experience, that’s not always the case. My rankings have dropped more times than I can count. At first, I panicked. As I learned more, I found out that it’s not the end of the world if you go down a position or two. It’s obviously …

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How I Drove 231,608 Visitors to My Site Using This New Channel

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Just like any marketer, we all fear what we can’t control. And sadly, for years, a lot of our future is being determined by algorithms. From social sites to search engines… they all have algorithms. Heck, you even have to deal with them with things like email. When you send marketing emails, you can bet that there is a good chance that they will end up in the “Promotions tab.” Now sometimes these algorithms do adjust in your favor, but we all know that’s rare in the long run. But what if there was a way you could drive consistent traffic, not have to deal with algorithms, and not have to spend money on ads? There actually is. And I bet you’ve never used it before. Here’s the best part, it’s generated me more than 231,608 visitors and it automated and free. 🙂 How so? Alright, check this out. Every …

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13 Amazing Free Chrome Extensions For SEO

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Every SEO tool is different. Some have better keyword data, others have better link data, others give better technical suggestions… in other words, there is no perfect tool. And I really mean that, even though I created Ubersuggest for you. Plus paying for a handful of SEO tools can be expensive and isn’t realistic. But don’t worry, because today, I’m about to make your life a bit easier. Here are 13 free chrome extensions that will help you with your SEO. What’s beautiful is that when you combine them all, you’ll have everything you need. So here goes. Extension #1: Keyword Surfer It doesn’t matter if you use Ubersuggest, Ahrefs, or SEMrush… there is one thing that all of those tools have in common. You as a user have to keep going back to them to get the keyword data you need. Wouldn’t it be easier if you can get …

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