SEO is one of the most important aspects in your site but SEO world is always changing so it’s requires us to get our site update to meet the new changes. Now, let’s take a look in the notes of SEO in 2015.
It’s time of Mobile-friendly
The very first release of mobile friendly is the traffic in mobile is increasing and it will be main traffic channel for your site. If your site is not mobile friendly, you’re losing a lot of visitors. In addition, Google starts consider Mobile friendly as ranking factor of your site in Google search so if your site is not mobile friendly, you will get minus point with your competitor whose sites are responsive.
Google also decided to add the ‘mobile-friendly’ label to their mobile search results, the goal being to avoid user frustration from non-optimized websites.
How to define a mobile-friendly website?
Here is the Google criteria to classify a mobile friendly site:
There is no software that is not common on mobile devices, such as Flash
All text is readable without zooming
Content is automatically sized so users don’t have to scroll horizontally
Links are placed far enough apart so they can easily be tapped
To test if your site is mobile friendly or not, the best tool is Google mobile-friendly test. Access the page, add your site url and analyze.
Google recently announced that, starting April 21 2015, mobile friendly design will definitely become a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact on search results.
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Content is king
Content is always the most important ranking factor of all search engines, especially Google. In 2015, it is much more important. Rich content will help your site rank high in Google. To have good content, you need to understand Onpage optimization, please reference to the article: https://moz.com/learn/seo/on-page-factors , it will be helpful for your content building.
Security is becoming more important
Another change of Google ranking signal in 2015 is that they are going to use https-encryption as a ranking signal. In other words, if all other factors are equal, secure websites will rank higher than simple http sites.
If you want to change your site URLs to https, don’t forget to add 301-redirects. If not, Google might see the new version as a new page and mess up its ranking. In addition, there are useful .htaccess codes that automatically transform URLs to the https version.
Say bye to Authorship
Google is no longer showing authorship information in the search results and Webmaster Tools, it means that, authorship is now no longer in the list of ranking signal in Google Search. However, removing authorship generally does not seem to reduce traffic to your sites.
Make sure your site is not Penalized
When doing SEO for your site, select strategy is important as it can affect to your site ranking, if you select wrong strategies, it’s not only affect your site ranking, in the worst case, Google can penalize your site (could be poor content and/or a suspicious link profile). Fixing these mistakes is tricky and take time.
It’s not worth taking risks for quick gains as SEO is a long-term plan that’s about useful content.
Search tool is available in Google Search result page
You might have noticed that some search results get their own search bar. This allows users to reach specific content on that site. Check the following screenshot and you would see how it works:
If you want to have the search tool, you need a working search engine on your website (alternatively you could implement a Google Custom Search). The next step is the implementation of a schema.org/website entity with the potentialAction property of the schema.org/SearchAction markup. When that’s done, you need to wait for Google to identify your site as a candidate for the new search box.
SEO is long term game
As mentioned, to make your site have good rank in Google, it will require months or years with lots of patience and effort with set of SEO factors: quality content, good back-links, easy accessibility for users and search engines.