Last updated on October 3, 2021.
It’s Olga from SEOSLY here. Welcome to episode #21 of the SEO Newsletter.
As always, I am bringing you a pack of SEO news blended with pro SEO tips, and more!
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📰 TOP SEO NEWS
Google algo update on September 24th and 25th
As SER reports, SEO ranking fluctuation tools and SEO community chatter show a big update on September 24th and 25th. This is an unconfirmed update but its impact seems huge.
180+ SEO best practices from Google
Here are 180+ best practices for SEO based on the Google Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Starter Guide. If you don’t have time to go through the entire SEO Starter Guide from Google or you need a refresher, this is the article for you.
Best practices for e-commerce in Google Search
Google publishes a list of best practices for e-commerce. These include, among others, the best practices on using structured data for e-commerce, launching an e-commerce website, helping Google understand the structure of the site, and more.
Google Search On 21′
You can watch the recap or the full Google Search On event and discover how Google Search is innovating to keep up with the world’s evolving questions.
Redesign of Google Search & Google Lens to use MUM
Google announces that MUM will be integrated into some searches on Google Search. Google’s search results page is undergoing changes that will introduce new ways to discover and explore topics for certain searches. MUM will also be coming to Google Lens.
Are URLS case sensitive? #AskGooglebot
In this episode of AskGooglebot, John Mueller explains how uppercase and lowercase letters in URLs affect search engine crawling and canonicalization.
A new episode of the Search Off the Record podcast
🔎 SEO GUIDES
I invite you to check my extensive guides on different areas of SEO:
15 ways to check why your site’s traffic may be down
Is your site experiencing a traffic loss? Are you wondering if it’s because of the Google algorithm update? If your answer is YES, then this is the guide just for you.
SEO basics guide to get you started in SEO
In this guide, you will learn the SEO basics and get a basic understanding of what SEO is, how it works, what it involves, and why it is important.
Example technical SEO issues and how to fix them
15 examples of technical SEO issues together with tips on how to fix them and further explanations. Your knowledge of these technical SEO issues will not only make you a better SEO but may be a game-changer for the site that you are auditing.
📍 LOCAL SEO
Local competitors violating GMB guidelines? Here’s what you can do
Are you getting beat in local rankings because competitors are violating the Google My Business rules? You can fight back. Learn how.
⚙️ SEO TOOLS OF THE WEEK
This issue of the newsletter is kindly sponsored by JetOctopus, an SEO auditing tool that I have recently added to my SEO toolkit.
JetOctopus is the fastest and most affordable enterprise SEO platform that has top crawling speed, real-time log analysis, and detailed 3D SEO reports on a site’s health.
It can crawl at the speed of 250 pages per second.
I strongly recommend you give JetOctopus a try. Thanks to my partnership with JetOctopus, my newsletter subscribers can get an extended 30-day trial of this awesome SEO crawler.
Semrush is the all-in-one SEO tool that lets me monitor my site, its visibility, do keyword research, monitor the technical optimization of my site, and so much more!
Cloudways is the best hosting I have ever had for my site. Not only is super fast but its pricing and customer support are also great. I signed with relief after moving from Bluehost to Cloudways.
WP Rocket [Speed]
WP Rocket is the one and only speed and performance plugin you will ever need. It allows you to implement all the most important page speed & performance optimizations in one click.
☝️ SEO TIPS OF THE WEEK
And here are the SEO tips for you.
#1: The sitemap location in robots.txt does not matter
John Mueller answers a question about whether it makes any difference in terms of SEO if you indicate the URL of your sitemap in robots.txt. No, it does not matter.
#2: The length of a URL is a very weak signal when it comes to canonicalization
The take-home message from this question asked on Twitter is that Google uses URL length very lightly for canonicalization purposes.
#3: Google does not see the content behind Captchas
If parts of your content are only visible after a Captcha code is verified, then Google cannot see this content. This is the question from the Google SEO Office Hours with John Mueller.
🤓 DON’T MISS THESE RESOURCES
PPC marketing: beginner’s guide to pay-pay-click ads [Ahrefs]
In this article, you will learn about the benefits of PPC marketing, the role of PPC in marketing, and how to succeed in Google Ads.
How to create a content brief and best practices (with free template) [Portent]
In this article, you will learn what a content brief is, why it’s important, and what goes into making a brief that delivers successful content.
8 best web crawlers for SEO professionals [Robbie Richards]
In this article, I’ll share the best tools for crawling websites of any size, from small local business websites to huge enterprise sites with millions of pages.
Why you should stop using tags [Yoast SEO]
In this article, you will learn how tags work and why using too many can have a very negative impact on SEO.
🎥 SEO RESOURCES TO WATCH
Tired of reading? Here are a few awesome videos about SEO to watch.
65 Top SEO Audit Tools from Olga Zarzeczna [Edge of the Web Radio]
I invite you to check my chat about SEO audit tools with Erin Sparks at the Edge of the Web. I had so much fun geeking out with Erin about SEO tools!
Cody Gault, Website Migration Lead at Conductor, joins Search Engine Journal Founder Loren Baker on the Search Engine Journal Show to discuss common technical SEO issues and learn which tasks to focus on first so your organic rankings don’t suffer.
In this video, Barry Schwartz talks to Dan Shure about featured snippets and buying sites for SEO. This is an extremely interesting conversation.
📢 SEO JOBS
Here are some SEO jobs that might interest you:
- Head of SEO at clockworkTalent
- Internet Researcher in Uscreen
- SEO Account Manager in TopHatRank
- SEO Director in Three Ships
- Senior SEO Analyst in Crate and Barrel
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See you next week!
Olga Zarzeczna is a senior SEO specialist with 8+ years of experience. She has been doing SEO for both the biggest brands in the world and small businesses. She has done more than 150+ SEO audits so far. Olga has completed SEO courses and degrees at universities, such as UC Davis, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University. She also completed Moz Academy! And, of course, has Google certifications. She keeps learning SEO and loves it. Olga is also a Google Product Expert specializing in areas, such as Google Search and Google Webmasters.