What You Need to Know About SEO from Rocks Digital 2016 – Live Blog

Barry Schwartz, Keynote Speaker at Rocks Digital Marketing ConferenceWhat You Need To Know About SEO

Barry Schwartz kicked off our morning with some insights about SEO.  Barry is the Founder of Search Engine Roundtable and has been covering Search for over 12 years.

On Page SEO = Content, Site arhitechture, HTML

Off Page SEO = Trust, Links, Personalization, Social


On Page SEO Factors – Content

Content Quality – The most important thing for your website – Are your pages well-written & have substantial quality content? EXPERT KNOWLEDGE.

Keyword Research – Have you researched the keywords people may use to find your content? The customer isn’t necessarily searching for YOUR business, so, think about what they are searching for.

Content Keywords – Do pages use words and phrases you hope they’ll be found for?

Content Freshness – Are pages fresh and about “hot” topics?

Content Verticals – Do you have image, local, news, video or other vertical content?

Content Answers – Is your content turned into direct answers within the search results

Featured Snippets – Content Answers (Write the Question & Write the Answer)

Knowledge Cards – Content Answers

Live Results – Content Answers



Crawlability  – Can search engines discover and index your content?

  • Sitemaps – Crawlability
  • Blocked page – Crawlability

Duplicate Content – Does the site manage duplicate content issues well?

  • Canonical & Rel Next/Prev – duplicate content

Https vs http & www vs non www

Mobile Friendly – Does your site work well for mobile devices and make use of AMP and app indexing?

  • Accelerated Mobile pages – Mobile Friendly
  • Firebase App Indexing – Mobile Friendly

Page Speed – Do your pages load quickly?

  • Page Speed tool – Page Speed

Descriptive URLS – Do URLs contain meaningful keywords to page topics?

HTTPS & Security – Does site use HTTPS to provide secure connection for visitors?


Title Tags –  Clickable & has keywords

HTML Descriptions – Do meta description tags describe what pages are about?

Structured Data – Do pages use structured data to enhance listings?

Headers – H1, H2, etc



Trust Authority – Do links, share and other factors make a site a trusted authority?

Ranking for Competitive Keywords

Trust Engage – Do visitors spend time reading or bounce away quickly?

Trust History – Has site or its domain been around a long time, operating in the same way?

Trust Identity – Does site use means to verify its identity and that of its authors?

Link Quality – Are links from trusted, quality or respected websites?

Link Text – Do links pointing at pages use words you hope they’ll be found for?

Anchor Text Power – Link text

Link Number – Do many links point at your web pages?

Personalization Country – What countries are searching?

Personalization Locality  – What city or local area is someone located in?

Personalization History – Has someone regularly visited your site?

Personalization Social – Has someone or their friends socially favored the site?

Social Reputation – Do those respected on social networks share your content?




Thin Content – Is content thin or shallow & lacking substance?

Cloaking – Do you show search engines different pages than humans?

Tricking bots & humans – Cloaking

Keyword Stuffing – Do you excessively use words you want pages to be found for?

Hidden Content – Do colors or design hide words you want pages to be found for?



Piracy/DMCA – Has your site been flagged for hosting pirated content?

Top Heavy Ads – Is your content ad heavy? Especially above the fold?

  • AdSense itself promotes top  ad heavy content

Paid Links – Have you purchased links in hopes of better rankings?

Link Spam – Have you created links by spamming blogs?


SEO Periodic Table

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Laura Darkstar, owner of Adminderella, is an Administrative Strategist, Blogger, Entrepreneur & Aspiring Novelist. She loves social media and small biz owners.

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