Quick Glance SEO Glossary

March 8, 2022

SEO GLOSSARY

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Algorithm: A program used by search engines to determine what pages to suggest for a given search query.

Alt-text: A description of a graphic, which usually isn’t displayed to the end-user unless the representation is undeliverable, or a browser is used that doesn’t display graphics. Alt-text is important because search engines can’t tell one picture from another.

Alt-text is the one place where it is acceptable for the spider to get different content than the human user, but only because the alt text is accessible to the user. When properly used, it is an accurate description of the associated picture. Particular web browsers for visually challenged people rely on the alt text to make the content of graphics accessible to the users.

Analytics: A program that assists in gathering and analyzing data about website usage. Google Analytics is a feature-rich, popular, free analytics program.

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Anchor text: The user-visible text of a link. Search engines use anchor text to indicate the relevancy of the referring site and the link to the content on the landing page. Ideally, all three will share some keywords in common.

Authority (trust, link juice, Google juice): The amount of trust that a site is credited with for a particular search query. Authority/trust is derived from related incoming links from other trusted sites.

Authority site: A website that has many incoming links from other related expert/hub sites. Because of this simultaneous citation from trusted hubs an authority site usually has high trust, page rank, and search results placement. Wikipedia is an example of an authority site.

A backlink (inlink, incoming link): Any link to a page or site from any other page or site.

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Black hat: Search engine optimization tactics that are counter to best practices such as the Google Webmaster Guidelines.

Blog: A website that presents content in a more or less chronological series. Content may or may not be time-sensitive. Most blogs use a Content Management System such as WordPress rather than individually crafted Webpages. Because of this, the Blogger can choose to concentrate on content creation instead of arcane code.

Cloak: The practice of delivering different content to the search engine spider than that seen by the human users. This Black Hat tactic is frowned upon by the search engines and carries a virtual death penalty of the site/domain being banned from the search engine results.

Content Management System (CMS): Programs such as WordPress, separate most of the mundane Webmaster tasks from content creation so that a publisher can be effective without acquiring or even understanding sophisticated coding skills if they so choose.

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Comment spam: Posting blog comments for the purpose of generating an inlink to another site.

Content (text, copy): The part of a web page that is intended to have value for and be of interest to the user. Advertising, navigation, branding and boilerplate are not usually considered to be content.

Crawler (bot, spider): A program that moves through the world wide web or a website by way of the link structure to gather data.

Directory: A site devoted to directory pages. The Yahoo directory is an example.

Doorway (gateway): A web page that is designed specifically to attract traffic from a search engine. A doorway page which redirects users (but not spiders) to another site or page is implementing cloaking.

Duplicate content: Obviously content which is similar or identical to that found on another website or page. A site may not be penalized for serving duplicate content but it will receive little if any Trust from the search engines compared to the content that the SE considers being the original.

SEO stands for “search engine optimization.” In simple terms, it means the process of improving your site to increase its visibility when people search for.

Gateway page (doorway page): A web page that is designed to attract traffic from a search engine and then redirects it to another site or page. A doorway page is not exactly the same as cloaking but the effect is the same in that users and search engines are served different content.

Googlebot: Google’s spider program

HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) directives or “markup” which are used to add formatting and web functionality to plain text for use on the internet. HTML is the mother tongue of the search engines, and should generally be strictly and exclusively adhered to on web pages.

Indexed Pages: The pages on a site which have been indexed.

Keyword – key phrase: The word or phrase that a user enters into a search engine.

Keyword cannibalization: The excessive reuse of the same keyword on too many web pages on the same site. This practice makes it difficult for the users and the search engines to determine which page is most relevant for the keyword.

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Keyword density: The percentage of words on a web page which are a particular keyword. If this value is unnaturally high the page may be penalized.

Keyword research: The hard work of determining which keywords are appropriate for targeting.

Keyword stuffing (keyword spam): Inappropriately high keyword density.

Link: An element on a web page that can be clicked on to cause the browser to jump to another page or another part of the current page.

Link building: actively cultivating incoming links to a site.

Link exchange: a reciprocal linking scheme often facilitated by a site devoted to directory pages. Link exchanges usually allow links to sites of low or no quality and add no value themselves. Quality directories are usually human edited for quality assurance.

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Link juice (Trust, Authority, Pagerank)

META tags Statements within the HEAD section of an HTML page which furnishes information about the page. META information may be in the SERPs but is not visible on the page. It is very important to have unique and accurate META title and description tags, because they may be the information that the search engines rely upon the most to determine what the page is about. Also, they are the first impression that users get about your page within the SERPs.

Mirror site: An identical site at a different address.

Natural search results: SEO. The search engine results which are not sponsored, or paid for in any way.

No follow: A command found in either the HEAD section of a web page or within individual link code, which instructs robots to not follow either any links on the page or the specific link. A form of link condom.

PageRank (PR): a value between 0 and 1 assigned by the Google algorithm, which quantifies link popularity and trust among other (proprietary) factors.

Robots.txt: a file in the root directory of a website used to restrict and control the behaviour of search engine spiders.

Scrape: copying content from a site, often facilitated by automated bots

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Search engine (SE): a program, which searches a document or group of documents for relevant matches of a user keyword phrase and returns a list of the most relevant matches. Internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo search the entire internet for relevant matches.

SEM Short for search engine marketing, SEM is often used to describe acts associated with researching, submitting and positioning a Web site within search engines to achieve maximum exposure of your Web site. SEM includes things such as search engine optimization, paid listings and other search-engine related services and functions that will increase exposure and traffic to your Web site.

SEO is short for search engine optimization, the process of increasing the number of visitors to a Web site by achieving high rank in the search results of a search engine. The higher a Web site ranks in the results of a search, the greater the chance that users will visit the site. It is common practice for Internet users to not click past the first few pages of search results, therefore high rank in SERPs is essential for obtaining traffic for a site. SEO helps to ensure that a site is accessible to a search engine and improves the chances that the site will be indexed and favorably ranked by the search engine.

SERP Search Engine Results Page

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Selling is simply a dance with possibility and empathy. It requires you to see the audience you’ve chosen to serve, then to bring them what they need.

Site map: A page or structured group of pages that link to every user accessible page on a website, and hopefully improve site usability by clarifying the data structure of the site for the users. An XML sitemap is often kept in the root directory of a site just to help search engine spiders to find all of the site pages.

Spamdexing: Spamdexing or search engine spamming is the practice of deceptively modifying web pages to increase the chance of them being placed close to the beginning of search engine results, or to influence the category to which the page is assigned in a dishonest manner. – Wikipedia

White hat: SEO techniques, which conform to best practice guidelines, and do not attempt to unscrupulously “game” or manipulate SERPs.

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SEO GLOSSARY

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Algorithm: A program used by search engines to determine what pages to suggest for a given search query.

Alt-text: A description of a graphic, which usually isn’t displayed to the end-user unless the representation is undeliverable, or a browser is used that doesn’t display graphics. Alt-text is important because search engines can’t tell one picture from another.

Alt-text is the one place where it is acceptable for the spider to get different content than the human user, but only because the alt text is accessible to the user. When properly used, it is an accurate description of the associated picture. Particular web browsers for visually challenged people rely on the alt text to make the content of graphics accessible to the users.

Analytics: A program that assists in gathering and analyzing data about website usage. Google Analytics is a feature-rich, popular, free analytics program.

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Anchor text: The user-visible text of a link. Search engines use anchor text to indicate the relevancy of the referring site and the link to the content on the landing page. Ideally, all three will share some keywords in common.

Authority (trust, link juice, Google juice): The amount of trust that a site is credited with for a particular search query. Authority/trust is derived from related incoming links from other trusted sites.

Authority site: A website that has many incoming links from other related expert/hub sites. Because of this simultaneous citation from trusted hubs an authority site usually has high trust, page rank, and search results placement. Wikipedia is an example of an authority site.

A backlink (inlink, incoming link): Any link to a page or site from any other page or site.

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What is SEO?

Black hat: Search engine optimization tactics that are counter to best practices such as the Google Webmaster Guidelines.

Blog: A website that presents content in a more or less chronological series. Content may or may not be time-sensitive. Most blogs use a Content Management System such as WordPress rather than individually crafted Webpages. Because of this, the Blogger can choose to concentrate on content creation instead of arcane code.

Cloak: The practice of delivering different content to the search engine spider than that seen by the human users. This Black Hat tactic is frowned upon by the search engines and carries a virtual death penalty of the site/domain being banned from the search engine results.

Content Management System (CMS): Programs such as WordPress, separate most of the mundane Webmaster tasks from content creation so that a publisher can be effective without acquiring or even understanding sophisticated coding skills if they so choose.

Putnam Marketing, SEO Glossary, What is SEO
What IS SEO?

Comment spam: Posting blog comments for the purpose of generating an inlink to another site.

Content (text, copy): The part of a web page that is intended to have value for and be of interest to the user. Advertising, navigation, branding and boilerplate are not usually considered to be content.

Crawler (bot, spider): A program that moves through the world wide web or a website by way of the link structure to gather data.

Directory: A site devoted to directory pages. The Yahoo directory is an example.

Doorway (gateway): A web page that is designed specifically to attract traffic from a search engine. A doorway page which redirects users (but not spiders) to another site or page is implementing cloaking.

Duplicate content: Obviously content which is similar or identical to that found on another website or page. A site may not be penalized for serving duplicate content but it will receive little if any Trust from the search engines compared to the content that the SE considers being the original.

SEO stands for “search engine optimization.” In simple terms, it means the process of improving your site to increase its visibility when people search for.

Gateway page (doorway page): A web page that is designed to attract traffic from a search engine and then redirects it to another site or page. A doorway page is not exactly the same as cloaking but the effect is the same in that users and search engines are served different content.

Googlebot: Google’s spider program

HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) directives or “markup” which are used to add formatting and web functionality to plain text for use on the internet. HTML is the mother tongue of the search engines, and should generally be strictly and exclusively adhered to on web pages.

Indexed Pages: The pages on a site which have been indexed.

Keyword – key phrase: The word or phrase that a user enters into a search engine.

Keyword cannibalization: The excessive reuse of the same keyword on too many web pages on the same site. This practice makes it difficult for the users and the search engines to determine which page is most relevant for the keyword.

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Keyword density: The percentage of words on a web page which are a particular keyword. If this value is unnaturally high the page may be penalized.

Keyword research: The hard work of determining which keywords are appropriate for targeting.

Keyword stuffing (keyword spam): Inappropriately high keyword density.

Link: An element on a web page that can be clicked on to cause the browser to jump to another page or another part of the current page.

Link building: actively cultivating incoming links to a site.

Link exchange: a reciprocal linking scheme often facilitated by a site devoted to directory pages. Link exchanges usually allow links to sites of low or no quality and add no value themselves. Quality directories are usually human edited for quality assurance.

Putnam Marketing, SEO, Content Marketing, SEO Glossary
SEO GLOSSARY

Link juice (Trust, Authority, Pagerank)

META tags Statements within the HEAD section of an HTML page which furnishes information about the page. META information may be in the SERPs but is not visible on the page. It is very important to have unique and accurate META title and description tags, because they may be the information that the search engines rely upon the most to determine what the page is about. Also, they are the first impression that users get about your page within the SERPs.

Mirror site: An identical site at a different address.

Natural search results: SEO. The search engine results which are not sponsored, or paid for in any way.

No follow: A command found in either the HEAD section of a web page or within individual link code, which instructs robots to not follow either any links on the page or the specific link. A form of link condom.

PageRank (PR): a value between 0 and 1 assigned by the Google algorithm, which quantifies link popularity and trust among other (proprietary) factors.

Robots.txt: a file in the root directory of a website used to restrict and control the behaviour of search engine spiders.

Scrape: copying content from a site, often facilitated by automated bots

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Search engine (SE): a program, which searches a document or group of documents for relevant matches of a user keyword phrase and returns a list of the most relevant matches. Internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo search the entire internet for relevant matches.

SEM Short for search engine marketing, SEM is often used to describe acts associated with researching, submitting and positioning a Web site within search engines to achieve maximum exposure of your Web site. SEM includes things such as search engine optimization, paid listings and other search-engine related services and functions that will increase exposure and traffic to your Web site.

SEO is short for search engine optimization, the process of increasing the number of visitors to a Web site by achieving high rank in the search results of a search engine. The higher a Web site ranks in the results of a search, the greater the chance that users will visit the site. It is common practice for Internet users to not click past the first few pages of search results, therefore high rank in SERPs is essential for obtaining traffic for a site. SEO helps to ensure that a site is accessible to a search engine and improves the chances that the site will be indexed and favorably ranked by the search engine.

SERP Search Engine Results Page

Putnam Marketing, SEO, Content Marketing, SEO Glossary
Selling is simply a dance with possibility and empathy. It requires you to see the audience you’ve chosen to serve, then to bring them what they need.

Site map: A page or structured group of pages that link to every user accessible page on a website, and hopefully improve site usability by clarifying the data structure of the site for the users. An XML sitemap is often kept in the root directory of a site just to help search engine spiders to find all of the site pages.

Spamdexing: Spamdexing or search engine spamming is the practice of deceptively modifying web pages to increase the chance of them being placed close to the beginning of search engine results, or to influence the category to which the page is assigned in a dishonest manner. – Wikipedia

White hat: SEO techniques, which conform to best practice guidelines, and do not attempt to unscrupulously “game” or manipulate SERPs.

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"When my current website was failing and I was losing business by the day, I searched for the right company to revamp my website on a completely new platform. Putnam Marketing hit the nail on the head on the first try. 

"Not only did they listen to what I envisioned, but they delivered a website that went way beyond my expectations. I have received so many compliments on the aesthetics of the site, and its user-friendliness which has solidified my credibility with the brands I work with. I can't recommend Putnam Marketing enough."

Putnam Marketing is a results-driven Internet marketing company offering SEO, PPC, Web Design, and Social Media Management services to help you:

  1. Generate Qualified Sales Leads 
  2. Increase E-commerce Traffic and Sales

Our Packages


"Beyond my wildest expectations! Love our new website! Thank you thank you....a thousand times over!"


"When my current website was failing and I was losing business by the day, I searched for the right company to revamp my website on a completely new platform. Putnam Marketing hit the nail on the head on the first try. 

"Not only did they listen to what I envisioned, but they delivered a website that went way beyond my expectations. I have received so many compliments on the aesthetics of the site, and its user-friendliness which has solidified my credibility with the brands I work with. I can't recommend Putnam Marketing enough."

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In a nutshell, social media marketing involves promoting your business or cause online through social media platforms. The most common platforms include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Though Pinterest, Tik Tok, Snapchat, and Reddit are also highly used too.

While the benefits of good SEO are clear, the cost of accomplishing an SEO strategy is priceless. Plan on spending $3,000-6,000 based on project scope.

How much should a marketing retainer cost?

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Today industry standards are 40% of US SEO agencies charge between $101-$250 per hour; · A full 71% charge between $101-$300 per hour.
An SEO retainer is a monthly fee you pay to a digital marketing agency to set aside a certain amount of time and expert eyes.

An SEO retainer is a monthly fee you pay to a digital marketing agency to set aside a certain amount of time and expert eyes.

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The key performance indicators we look at are organic website traffic and search engine rankings. We will track this each month and report it to you.

What type of results can I expect for seo?

It is an acronym that stands for “search engine optimization.” SEO simply means the process of improving your website to increase its visibility for relevant searches.
Google wants happy searchers, and so should you. No one gains when a user doesn't find what they want. ‍
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