10 Essential SEO Terms You Should Know

If you're new to SEO, you'll find that the terminology is a language all on its own. Improve your SEO vocabulary and knowledge with these 10 essential SEO terms.

Anchor text - Anchor text is the SEO industry's term for hyperlinked text, being that it is the anchor to the link. Anchor text is prevalent because SEO's found that by using keyword rich anchor text, it could help enhance rankings. While it is okay to optimize anchor text internally (as long as it's relevant and isn't excessive) optimizing anchor text for articles and press releases that will be distributed at larger scales could be considered a link scheme. Best practice is to keep anchor text natural in any articles or press-releases.

Title tag - A title tag, or page title is a tag in the .html denoted by <title>. The title tag represents the page's title and can be seen on the tabs in your browser or in the headline of a search result. Title tags help both the search engines and internet users identify what your pages are about. Best practice for title tags is to create unique, relevant  titles for each one of your pages.

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Meta description - A meta description is another .html tag, but its purpose is to describe the page. While meta descriptions do not have any effect on rankings, they can help increase click-through rates since they do show up in the search results. Like title tags, it's important to have unique, relevant descriptions for each page and make sure to include a call-to-action!

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