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3 SEO Updates for 2017

Oh, the game of SEO. It just keeps changing on us, doesn’t it? Well the good news is, we’re staying on top of it for you.

3 SEO Tips for 2017

  1. SEO is now about focusing on user experience: As the search engines become more sophisticated (really? I still can’t find what I’m looking for), they’ve begun changing their algorithms to focus on the user experience, rather than on page rank. For example, in 2015, Google released an update called “Mobilegeddon,” which gives more weight to the mobile friendliness of your site when ranking it. In fact, in a recent report by HubSpot they found that, “websites that aren’t mobile organized had an average of 5 percent decline in mobile traffic.” While that may not seem like a lot, it’s just going to grow exponentially.
  2. It’s content, content, content: To improve your search experience, you need to pay attention to metrics like bounce rates, time on page, page views per visit and how far a person scrolls down a page. If your content isn’t good, your metrics will drag down the findability of your site. Investing in good content is like having magnets on your site, bringing in your desired audiences–and keeping them there.
  3. How important is that H1 tag?: We just keep arguing about that, don’t we? It seems the current thinking is that your H1 is super important, but not the MOST important thing on your page. That kind of thinking is sort of unsophisticated in general—we know the algorithms are complex and made up of hundreds of factors, so there can’t be “one most important thing.” However, best practices are best practices—use keywords or keyphrases in your H1s.

Make good choices about your SEO in 2017—more people will find your content!


About Ahava Leibtag

Ahava Leibtag, MA

Ahava R. Leibtag has more than 15 years of experience in writing, messaging and marketing. She is a well-recognized content expert and writes thought leadership about content strategy and content marketing. Ahava is the President and owner of Aha Media Group, a content strategy and content marketing consultancy founded in October 2005. She... More >