Hi, everyone. I’m Neil Patel, and today I’m going to be going over SEO and why it’s important. Did you know that 93%of online experiences start with a search engine? You may think, “All right, there’s these search engines out there.” “Yeah, sure we know Google.” But for a minute, just think about how many times you go on Google or search, or YouTube and search, or Kayak and look for a hotels or flights, there are search engines all around us and we’re constantly using them. So this week in the program, as I mentioned, it’s all about the introduction and keyword research.
Today I’m going to be going over the introduction and then after that we’ll end up diving into keyword research. As I mentioned, it’s a seven-week journey, as long as you follow along, you should see results. Before we get started into going over SEO, there are a few things I wanted to cover: There’s a lot of people saying false information out there, so I wanted to play a little game called Fact or Fiction.
The first one: My industry is too hard to get ranked in. Second one: Only big companies can do well on Google. Then I always hear, the more pages I have, the better. Then people always say, I need to submit my site to Google, or, I need to spend money to win online. Now let’s go over all five of them. The first one: It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, you can always rank on Google.
Some industries take longer than others, but you can still rank on Google. And if it was only big companies that ranked well on Google, you wouldn’t see all these small Mom and Pops, popping up and doing well and changing their lives. Also, the more pages you have the better, that’s totally false. If you look at About.com they cut more than half their content, they turned it into a lot of minisites and they started getting more traffic.
And Google, it detects your site automatically, you don’t need a “manually submit it.” Now, of course, creating an account on Google Search Console and submitting your sitemap isn’t a bad thing to do. And you don’t need to spend a ton of money to win online, and that’s why I started to get into SEO. Now by the end of this presentation, you’ll understand the factors that are really important to Google if you want to really rank high. And you’ll also learn how SEO will help you drive traffic, and more importantly sales.
There are three main keys that you really need to understand if you want to win online. The first is, why is SEO so important? Look, SEO’s a process of optimizing any given search word, or term, for a search engine on your site. In other words, it’s your 24-hour salesman. So no matter what time of the day or what country people are in, when they’re searching, you can be found, you’re getting that traffic, and some of it will end up converting into sales.
That’s why I love SEO. If you stop paying money to google or Whatnot for paid ads, you know what, your traffic dies down. But with SEO, if you don’t do anything for a whole week straight, you don’t even open up your wallet, you can still continually get traffic. During this presentation, Imay ends up using some terms that you may not be familiar with, so I want you to go to neilpatel.com/training and download the MarketingAcronym Glossary.
This will help you keep up with everything and understand what we’re talking about. My five top reason of why I love SEO so much is: It’s simple, it increases your traffic, it generates a positive return on investment. It gives you amazing brand awareness. Over the years, so many people have found it from Google first. It builds a ton of trust. What’s funny is people are like, “All right, it ranks in Google, “I read it, it must be true.”
Now that doesn’t mean you should put out deceiving information, but it’s for you to understand that it builds trust. And your competition is doing it. So if you don’t do it, you’re going to get left out. The next key to winning online is choosing your battleground. As Jimmy Wales, the Founder of Wikipedia says, “If it isn’t on Google, it doesn’t exist.” Your new best friend is Google! You know when you’re going out to the park and you’re playing baseball, your new friend Google’sgoing to be there.
When you’re on your couch watching TV with a friend, well that friend is going to be Google. Now I know they’re not really going to be sitting next to you and Google can’t really catch the ball for you, but that’s how much in love you need to be with Google because they can change your life. They dominate search on all landscapes. So when you look at the desktop, they’re an estimated 4.5 billion active internet users, and Google’s search share for desktop is 87%. That’s roughly 8.7 out of 10! That’s an amazing result.
Hey, if I was in school and I kept getting grades of 8.7 out of 10 or 87%, my mom would be happy. And on mobile, it’s even crazier. They’re 9.5 out of 10. They dominate even a greater share because so many people are using android devices. So if you’re not on Google, you’re not going to do well. And just being on there isn’t enough. Your position is everything! Over 31.7% of people click on position one, according to Advanced Web Ranking.
If you’re not in the top 10, then you’re not going to be seen at all. Being at the top is literally everything. At this point what I want you to do is go to neilpatel.com/training and download the pdf on Search Engines. It’ll help you understand how Google works, its layout from the SERP features, to advertising, to paid results, to the knowledge graph.
It literally will breakdown all aspects of a search listing page. If you already know that, you don’t really need to download it, but if you don’t, it’s a great place to start before we jump into the third key, which is unlocking the SEO factors to win online. One question that you may have in mind is, “Hey Neil, what information does Google offers “in relation to SEO and ranking online?”
Well, they give some information, not a ton, but they do give someone we do appreciate it. They have guidelines as they tell you to make sure that your website stands out from others, or make sure that your pages are optimized for users and not search engines. But this little checklists and these little factors don’t really tell you much. And yes, they tell you what not to do, but again, it’s really generic and it doesn’t tell you much.
One thing that you can do is go to Ubersuggest, click on the Site Audit Reporting the left-hand navigation, once you’re there, and look at your website, and it’ll breakdown the factors that Google is looking for for at. From what’s healthy, what’s having issues on your sites, to redirects, to warnings, to recommendations. You’re going to want to go through all of them and make sure you fix them.
And you want to do it for all the pages on your site. Not just half your pages, or a few of your pages. Google wants to rank sites that are fully optimized, not just one or two pages that are optimized. The other thing that’s cool that they do is they have a Twitter account called, Search Liaison, and they Tweet about updates, what’s happening, so I make sure if I were you I would follow it.
Danny Sullivan also works at Google, I recommend following him as well. Those are two accounts that you can get a lot of information on what’s happening with their algorithms. You can also look at, Think with Google. It’s a website that they ended up releasing. It gives you information and a lot of data points out there. Y
ou’re probably wondering, “Hey Neil, this is all great, “but what’s the Holy Grail of SEO?” “What’s that silver bullet?” Well, there’s not really a silver bullet. It’s a lot of little things that add up, and I’m going to go over them. One of them is Page Speed.
For every second delay means roughly 7% reduction in conversions, according to HubSpot. So you want to make sure your site loads fast. And on that same Site AuditReport in Ubersuggest, it breaks down site speed and it tells you what’s wrong and what needs to be fixed. The next thing I want you to look at is Mobile User Experience.
Look, the number of people that are using mobile devices is continually going up. So much so that Google has a mobile-first index. That’s the power of mobile. The next factor that I want you to look at is Topical Content. They know that, hey, if you have pages on cats, then you may cover topics like kittens, what happens if your cat leaves you for a day or two? What kind of food does a cat eat? What’s a healthy weight for a cat? The more detail that you go into on each page around the same topic, the better you’re going to end up ranking.
Versus if you go really broad and cover a lot of random topics, but you don’t go in-depth on all of them. Another factor and this is from Ahrefs, it’s all about URL Length. The longer your URL length, the lower your rankings are. So you want to keep your URL short and to the point. Another thing to look at is Content-Length. Generally speaking, the longer your content, the more social shares you’re going to end up getting, the better you’re going to end up doing.
But that doesn’t mean that you should just go out there and release a ton of long articles that contain fluff. If you have fluff in your articles, you won’t do well. Backlinks are another big factor. And as you can see from this chart by Ahrefs, backlinks have more of an impact on your rankings than On-page SEO; that’s getting sites to link to you, it’s super important.
And one thing that very few SEO looks at is the power of brand and user signals. The ex-CEO of Google once said, “Brands are the solution, not the problem.” “Brands are how you sort out the cesspool.” Now Matt Cutts, who also worked at Google in the past, he was a Former Head of Web Spam.
He stated a quote saying, “We actually came up with a classifier to say, “okay, IRS or Wikipedia or New York Times “is over on this side, “and low-quality sites are over on the other side.” These days security is a big issue as well, so you want to make sure you’re using an SSL Certificate, so that way you get that HTTPS. Because when people go to your website and you’re not using SSL, you’re more likely to get a warning.
Now before I dive into the next lesson of keyword research, I want to go over some cool things that you should do to get started. The first is to go to Ubersuggest and head to the Dashboard and create your project. This will help you track your rankings over time and your progress, so you can see if you’ redoing better or worse. And of course, you should be doing better. I already went over the Fact and Fiction, now you know what is real and what isn’t.
Now it’s time for you to go to neilpatel.com/training and download these three things, they’re super important: Google Search Packs, Local Landing Page, Local Directory Checklist. This is all-important because it’ll help set-up the right foundation before we dive into keyword research. Thank you, and I look forward to helping you get loved by Google.