I sent this quiz out yesterday via email and collected about 754 responses at the time of publishing this. Most of the questions were answered incorrectly by most of the surveyors. This pretty much shows us HOW IMPORTANT testing is.
My next post will be going over “How to Test” as I take one from start to end. But for now, enjoy the answers! 🙂
Q1 : Do you think bolding your keyword on your page gives you your page an SEO boost?
Answered : 736 | Skipped : 6
And actually the pages that used the keyword in bold and italics were never indexed, showing the power of the PLAIN keyword when multiple options are available.
Q2 : Are visits (to a website/page) alone a ranking factor?
Answered : 738 | Skipped : 4
Q3 : Does adding a Meta description help your ranking?
Answered : 740 | Skipped : 2
Kyle did this with a “bot” and made it stay for 10 seconds so Google Analytics recorded it. He says, a page with more traffic, even crap traffic will win evertime.
Google hasn’t used Meta description or keywords as a ranking value for a long time, BUT, you should do it anyway cause it helps click through value! And, you never know when it will change and they will count it again.
Q4 : What is the most significant On Page Ranking Factor?
Answered : 739 | Skipped : 3
Yeah! Most of you got this right! Keyword IN TITLE is the absolute most important on page factor. I can’t wait to tell you what 2-11 are. You will be surprised as I was!
Q4 : What domain extension ranks better?
Answered : 737 | Skipped : 5
I was a little surprised that most of you picked the .com as this has been tested my a lot of people including myself a couple years ago and the answer is the .org. BUT, in “perceptions” to the user, the .com wins click through rate, so if you are branding, absolutely get the .com, but if you are just making an SEO play for a short term gain, the .org is it.
Well, at least it was 2 years ago when I tested it. This is the test I am going to do live in the next couple of days while showing you how to set up a test. Yes some tests are a bit time consuming, BUT as you can see above, there is a lot of SEO’s who “think” they know, and why “think” when you can easily “know as fact.”