A/B split testing
comparing two versions of a webpage or app against each other to determine which one performs better.
one of the world’s biggest e-commerce sites. You can source just about any physical product you need from there.
stands for “Fulfilment by Amazon”. A service where sellers send goods to an Amazon warehouse for them be handled and distributed to buyers.
the clickable text in a hyperlink. For best SEO practice, make the anchor text relevant to the page you’re linking to.
Black hat SEO
aggressive SEO strategies, techniques and tactics that focus only on search engines and not humans. It often breaks search engine rules.
short for weblog. A personal website that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Many businesses have adopted the format to be more personable.
the percentage of visitors who navigate away from a website after viewing only one page.
temporary storage of web documents, such as HTML pages and images, used to reduce server lag. To view the latest version of your site, the cache often needs clearing.
Call to action
content intended to invite a viewer, reader, or listener to take an action (e.g. a “buy now” button, or “click here” link).
Content Management System (CMS)
a software application that manages the creation and modification of digital content. For example, WordPress.
links that allow search engines to follow through to the destination website, passing along what the SEO community commonly calls “link juice”. Links are do-follow by default.
buying or selling products over the internet.
the secret formula Google uses to rank web pages.
Grey hat SEO
less ethical than white hat SEO, more ethical than black hat SEO. Grey hat techniques can be effective in some situations.
basing marketing campaigns around key words and phrases with the intention of receiving more search engine traffic to your site.
long, specific, less-competitive keyword phrases used to target a niche audience rather than the masses.
a concise summary of a web page, between one sentence to a short paragraph. It appears underneath the links in a search engine results page (SERP).
dead in terms of SEO value. Was once used as a ranking factor by the search engines. It’s outdated.
stops search engines from following links through to the destination site. No “SEO juice” is passed on, so it doesn’t influence the ranking of the link’s target.
actions taken outside of your own website to impact your search engine rankings. It involves improving search engine and user perception of a site’s popularity, relevance, trustworthiness, and authority.
tweaking elements on your website (e.g. written content, image tags, layouts etc.) so that search engines are able to crawl and understand it more easily.
visitors who find your website using a search engines like Google.
Pay Per Click (PPC)
an internet marketing model where advertisers pay a fee each time one of their ads is clicked.
adds a specific feature to an existing computer program. For example, a “contact form plugin” for your website. Here’s my favourite WordPress plugins.
a customer’s journey, from start to finish, when buying your product or service.
stands for Search Engine Optimisation. Maximising the number of visitors to a website by ensuring that it ranks high on search engine results.
the value that one link passes to its destination website. A reputable, well-known site passes on more “juice” than a relatively unknown site.
Stands for “Search Engine Results Page”. It’s the list of pages which show up whenever a search is made.
an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. It adds the padlock to the left of your URL in the browser.
the amount of visitors a website receives.
a term I use to describe the peak performance of a website given several marketing efforts.
an element on a web page that displays information or provides a task. This page has several widgets, such as the “popular posts” section.
an open-source and free content management system (CMS). It’s what this site was built in.