Posts Tagged ‘seo quiz

01
Aug
11

Yet Another SEO Quiz

Where should we go for lunch?

Attention local businesses!

In the spirit of summer break from school, we’ve decided to spring a pop quiz! Everybody, eyes front. Pencils ready….. Go.

  1. Which of the following accounts is most important:
    a. Manta
    b. Google Places
    c. Bing Business Portal
    d. Foursquare
  2. Which of the following social media platforms if most likely to have a positive impact:
    a. MySpace
    b. Digg
    c. StumbleUpon
    d. Facebook
  3. Which of the following strategies is most likely to improve your search position with Google:
    a. Paid Yellow Pages links
    b. Press releases to local papers
    c. Review & citation campaign
    d. Social media “fan” pages
  4. It is not important for local businesses to maintain a blog. (true/false)
  5. It makes sense for local businesses to expend consistent effort on content creation. (true/false)
  6. A local business website can be thought of as a modern Yellow Pages-type ad—post your address and phone number and forget it.  (true/false)
  7. For a local brick-and-mortar, spending $2000 on an SEO campaign will pay for itself in six months. (true/false)
  8. Facebook “likes” can help your Google Places rank. (true/false)
  9. Google +1 doesn’t apply to local search. (true/false)
  10. Backlinks are the most important single thing, even for local businesses. (true/false)

Answers:

  1. b
  2. d
  3. c
  4. false. Consistent blog posting keeps any site fresh in search engine indexes.
  5. true. With any website, more better content is always a good thing.
  6. false. Sorry, but if you want continued and lasting search success, you have to keep working at it.
  7. false. Sadly for us, probably not. For local store-front businesses, realizing profit from an SEO campaign takes a long time—and may not be worth spending that kind of money. Try learning to do SEO yourself, or find someone who can do it for less. A $500 campaign is a lot more reasonable for most local businesses.
  8. true. At least for now, Facebook likes (as well as all the other similar social media flags) count for search position.
  9. false. As in above, only Google’s +1 almost counts for even more.
  10. true. Sigh. Yep. There’s no getting around the value of quality, relevant backlinks. Sorry.

10 correct: you are an SEO Star
7-9 correct: you’re doing all right, but could learn a bit more
4-6 correct: maybe you should consider hiring somebody to do your SEO
1-3 correct: give up on SEO and stick with the print Yellow Pages

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07
Jul
11

Another SEO Quiz

Now what was I looking for?

Google has been pretty good about publishing clear guidelines for webmasters seeking to improve their search ranks. But the question is, do these published guidelines accurately reflect the reality behind the Google algorithm? Just for fun, we put together this quiz comparing the Google guidelines and the opinions of SEO professionals as reported in the superb SEOMoz 2011 survey.

Ready? Go.

What does Google officially proclaim to be the #1 most important search ranking factor?

  1. Backlinks
  2. PageRank score
  3. Quality content
  4. Domain age

What do the 132 SEO professionals polled by SEOMoz think is the #1 most important search ranking factor?

  1. Backlinks
  2. PageRank score
  3. Quality content
  4. Domain age

Which of the following “negative” ranking factors does Google list first?

  1. duplicate content
  2. Hidden text or links
  3. malicious behaviors such as phishing or malware
  4. cloaking or sneaky redirects

Which of the following “negative” ranking factors did the SEOMoz professionals list first?

  1. duplicate content
  2. Hidden text or links
  3. malicious behaviors such as phishing or malware
  4. cloaking or sneaky redirects

Which of the following “negative” ranking factors does Google list second?

  1. duplicate content
  2. Hidden text or links
  3. malicious behaviors such as phishing or malware
  4. cloaking or sneaky redirects

Which of the following “negative” ranking factors did the SEOMoz professionals list second?

  1. duplicate content
  2. Hidden text or links
  3. malicious behaviors such as phishing or malware
  4. cloaking or sneaky redirects

True/false

  1. The Google’s PageRank score that they let you see is the same as the one they use to rank your pages.  (true/false)
  2. The name “PageRank” does not refer to your page’s rank, but to Larry Page, the guy who invented it. (true/false)
  3. Google’s official motto is “Don’t be evil.” (true/false)
  4. Google just wants us all to be happy. (true/false)

Answers:
3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 4
T/F:  false, true, true, insufficient data at this time

10 correct: you are an SEO Star and SEOMoz should add you to their survey pool
7-9 correct: you’re doing all right, but could learn a bit more
4-6 correct: maybe you should consider hiring somebody to do your SEO
1-3 correct: give up on SEO and open an AdWords account

17
Jun
11

Friday’s SEO Site of the Week

Today’s Site of Week is an interesting SEO Expert Quiz on SEOMoz. There are some surprises here for even the most experienced search marketeers. It’s a big old quiz—better reserve a half hour or so. We took it and missed a couple that seemed “no-brainer.” Think you know SEO?

TAKE THE QUIZ, IF YOU DARE

We’ll give it a giant question mark.

22
Mar
11

An SEO Quiz

Which of the following is clearly NOT a violation of Google’s Terms of Use:

  1. DNS cloaking
  2. Buying and selling links
  3. Keyword targeted landing pages
  4. Hiding keywords & links
  5. Automated rank checking

If Google believes that you have violated their Terms of Use, they might:

  1. Remove your website and its pages from the Google index
  2. File an injunction against you
  3. Push all of your site’s pages farther down in rank
  4. Send a “cease and desist”
  5. Numbers 1 and 3
  6. Numbers 2 and 4

If you believe your competitors are in violation of Google’s Terms of Use, Google suggests you:

  1. Report them to your state’s Attorney General
  2. Try to duplicate their tactics
  3. Notify Google through their Webmaster Tools interface
  4. Repeatedly click on the competitor’s AdWord ads

If you have a database driven site that might use multiple different URL strings for the same page, you should:

  1. Place a <meta content=”duplicates”> tag in the head of your home page
  2. Place a <link rel=”canonical” href=”preferred URL” /> tag in  the head of duplicated pages
  3. Stop it immediately
  4. Post a “sitemap” with links to all the pages

True/False

  1. Reciprocal linking is a violation of Google’s rules. (true/false)
  2. Achieving higher search engine ranks by breaking search engine rules is illegal. (true/false)
  3. Google prohibits the use of 301 redirects (true/false)
  4. Buying links is considered the same crime as fraud. (true/false)
  5. Using a competitor’s brand names as keywords can get you fined. (true/false)

For extra credit, name three ways of gaining backlinks that are actively discouraged by Google. HINT:  There are more than three.

Answers
3, 5, 3,
2
T/F: false, false, false, false, false

10 correct: you are an SEO Star
7-9 correct: you’re doing all right, but could learn a bit more
4-6 correct: maybe you should consider hiring somebody to do your SEO
1-3 correct: give up on SEO and open an AdWords account