What is SEO in Simple Plain Language? [Here’s the Answer]

If you have landed upon this article “What is SEO” it might be

SEO new for you? 

In this guide, I will walk you through SEO and all the terminology related to it in a simple plain language.

Let’s dive in:

What is SEO meaning

SEO stands for Search Engine optimisation. It is an art of getting targeted traffic naturally or organic(non-paid) through various search engines to a website. 

It’s the most promising way to get “free” quality traffic to the website by optimising your website to make them reach a higher position on SERP(Search Engine Results Page).

Little more knowledge:

Well, more than 70 million blog posts published each and every month through standalone WordPress. 

Which comes to 27 blogs each and every second and every second it’s more counting and there are 11 web pages including so-called featured snippets are visible on the single search engine result page.

Standing out from these and staying in the top 10 itself is a big task.

Isn’t it?

To optimise websites using videos, text images to get this so-called ‘targeted traffic’ on our website, first we need to understand how search engines work?

How Google’s Search Engine Algorithm Works?

Search engines are answer machines. You hit a question or if we could say a problem. Bang! Search engines will have a million’s answer for it. 

Let’s understand this more:

There are more than 30, 90,00,000 results for the query “How search engines work?”

But:

How does a search engine give you the best result out of these so many web pages?

Search engine algorithms need to scan or crawl the websites to understand their content and Google search engines have made exceptional work to understand the search intent behind every search queries and the content available on the internet.

It’s the only reason Google search engine has a market share of 87.35%.

Search engine algorithms crawl your website and store the digital copies.

In fact:

These algorithms crawl each and every web page of websites available on their search engines and store their digital copies onto their individual server’s.

Now, these algorithms have their own search engine ranking signal which helps ranking web pages on SERPs. 

These search engines guard their algorithm pretty well and don’t disclose the ranking signal to the general public. 

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In order to put your web pages content in front of your targeted audience, we(digital marketers)  try to optimise our content in such a way that these so-called “algorithm ranking signals” can understand it and boost our ranking on SERPs. 

Brain dean had done a tremendous job to find more or over Google 200 ranking signals. A must-read guide about ranking factors for Google algorithm. 

But in reality: 

No one knows the actual ranking signals, some of us know some of these.

People just relate various factors and Google ranking and put their guidelines. 

Alright till here I will just put in simple words:

SEO is the process by which you can rank your content potentially for thousands of keywords by optimizing your web pages according to the algorithms ranking factors to bring more high-quality traffic on SERPs.

SEO Basics for Beginners

Why are we writing content on our blog?

To reach a more targeted audience and drive traffic to our web pages?

For that: 

Our website needs to index on search engines or else our all effort on the content or on the website is of no use. Right?

In fact:

In my previous guide, I have written how one can get success in digital marketing?

In short, one needs to have a lot of patience and do a lot of practice with analysis to success as a digital marketer.

This might be something you have noticed too. We often can be seen finding our problem solution using Google search engine.

Above I have mentioned that the search algorithm tries to understand the intent behind every query they get.

Google in its owns search algorithm states that:

So:

In this section, I have compiled the list of 2 main SEO basic guides for absolute beginners.

On-Page Basic Optimisation Checklist:

  • Mobile-friendly page
  • Keyword in your URL
  • Short URL
  • Keyword in starting of your Title
  • Keywords once in the first paragraph or 100 words
  • H1, H2 tags properly
  • Optimize Images
  • LSI Keywords
  • Internal Links
  • External Links

Off-Page Basic Optimisation Checklist:

Link building can still help you to boost your DA(Domain Authority) of your website.

Well here we go to the checklist:

  • Blog commenting
  • Guest Posting
  • Article submission
  • Video submission
  • Document Sharing
  • Reviews on Google, Yelp
  • Citation submission
  • Be active on Social media

How long SEO really takes to work?

Well, this question is something whose answer you will never get even after your retirement from digital marketing.

The key here is the optimization of your website and your backlinks profile but looking at Google 200 ranking factor it is sometimes quite impossible to say how long it will take to work. 

So to create a reputable link building profile and optimising your website takes time and might be to show your actual SEO efforts it takes 4 – 6 months and sometimes more maybe 1 year or beyond. The short and simple answer “It depends” on various factors.

6 Search Engine Optimisation Techniques

Who doesn’t like to get more targeted traffic on their blogs web pages?

Optimising your web pages around the corner of the so-called ranking signal can benefit content to rank on the higher position at SERPs(Search Engine Result Pages).

Often you will hear in 2020 that SEO is dead. SEO Myths and many more things. Remember, SEO can never die. It all can do change the way it works. 

Actually: 

Optimising content around the latest Google Rankbrain algorithm is a big task. It is based on powerful machine learning technology.

There are several updates every week Google does on their algorithms to make it better than the before.

You can read the tweet made by Danny Sullivan whom you will find sharing insights on how Google search works.

Here are 6 best SEO techniques to boost your ranking on SERPs:

  • Use Power titles and description to boost CTR 
  • SILO structure –  Interlinks still provide additional context (Use them)
  • Optimize for Voice Search
  • Featured snippets future is a long-run game
  • Regularly update your old content(Content is King)
  • Inbound links from the authority sites

SEO vs PPC

What needs to grow our online business?

Is it quality lead?

Which comes from the quality traffic we get from the search engine.

Mainly two ways(actually many) we can get this quality traffic i.e free traffic(organic) or paid traffic.

I have already covered a way to get free traffic i.e SEO.

Similarly:

For getting paid traffic people do have various method out of which one is PPC i.e Pay Per Click.

Pay per clicks is the ads which can appear on the top of organic results and maximum of 4 ads can appear on a single SERP.

(It is not necessary every time ads will appear whenever you search a query).

Whenever a user will search a query, Google may or may not show the relevant ad on that page.

Once a user clicks an ad. The ad agency or owner needs to pay per click to Google.

Google only charges when a user clicks on the ad not for showing ads to users.

It is the decision on a marketer what he/she needs to invest?

Either time or dollars?  

If you have run Google ads and worked on SEO do tell in the comments section which generates the highest return for you?

Best SEO Blogs

Well:

Till here you might be understood what is SEO and how search engines work?

It is the time to skyrocket your knowledge and best possible way is to read.

Reading habit can increase drastically your SEO knowledge.

Stay updated with SEO market is itself a challenge because as I mentioned above in SEO techniques that Google algorithm makes several updates every week and you really need to cope up with it to fetch the best possible free organic traffic from the search engine. 

Well:

I have compiled the list of 5 best SEO blogs you need to read to stay up to date with the industry trends.

NOTE: Don’t trust everything you read. (You know why?)

  • Backlinko
  • Yoast
  • Quicksprout
  • MOZ
  • Google webmaster central blog

Importance of SEO for small businesses

There are plenty of reasons I can tell you the right away that why SEO matter.

In the end, you need to decide whether it can help your business or not.

84 percent of people trust online reviews as much as friends, family recommendations.

Out of this SEO is the best possible way to get high-quality free traffic as it can help your business to show in front of billions of internet users.

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Whenever:

People hit a query it means he/she trying to get a problem solution. Search engines goals are only to solve searcher’s queries with an exact or most relevant solution.

And understanding of SEO is important for your business to grow digitally. It is key for your business to understand how search engines work, what strategy yields better results and what truly real value they will bring to your business.

Search your competitors and they might be well ahead of you. SEO is for all small to big businesses. It’s the best possible time to start or improve your SEO strategies and includes in your business.

Know your value and show your value to internet users and algorithms will automatically understand your value. 

Conclusion:

Well:

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog and now it’s your time to shoot your queries to me what you didn’t understood from it. I tried to go beyond just answering “what is SEO”.

SEO is not difficult to learn alike a skyrocket science and trust me if you do it properly it can boost your online presence exponentially and can bring a lot of value to your businesses. 

So:

I recommend you all to just commit and start the basics of SEO and make sure to do it in the right way. 

Bookmark this page as once you start writing your next article or your first article don’t forget to read it once again. 

Don’t forget to tell me about your experience after implementing or seeing results in the comment section.  

Ravi Prakash

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