You have probably noticed slang and abbreviations in the SEO world. We’ve compiled and categorized all important SEO terms and their definitions below.
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Content that is ten times better than current content, in the rankings, with the highest ranking for a given keyword.
HTTP code indicates that the server successfully requested access to a particular page or resource.
Redirection takes the user to a new URL link and tells search engines that a page has been permanently moved to another location.
Redirection takes the user to a new URL link and tells search engines that a page has been temporarily moved to another location.
304 not modified
HTTP code that is an implicit redirect to a cached resource.
HTTP code indicating that the server was unable to find the desired/searched page or resource.
HTTP code indicating that the requested resource is no longer available on the server and no forwarding address is known.
Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
Open source HTML frameworks to create simplified versions of web pages that load faster on mobile devices.
A tracker that powers Ahrefs’ backlink index and related SEO tools.
Descriptive text that appears instead of an image when it was failing to load.
Clickable word or phrase that connects one web page to another.
Writing technique is considered spam and that turns a single article into several others.
When a website publishes content that originally appeared on another website.
Content that is automatically generated using a program or code.
Links to pages belonging to other websites.
Bing Webmaster Tools
Free service from Microsoft that helps you monitor and identify issues with your website’s appearance in Bing search results.
A system that powers and sustains the Bing search engine.
Black Hat SEO
The use of SEO strategy and tactics that violate search engine guidelines.
The percentage of visitors who take no action after entering a website.
Words and phrases associated with a brand, product, or service.
Internal links that give users (and search engines) a clear navigation path within a website.
Page designed to get performance under a keyword and redirect users to another different destination.
Link on a website that points to a non-existent resource. These can be internal or external links.
State of a page, visually, the last time Google visited it.
HTML code that tells Google what you consider to be the parent version of a page.
Link URL that Google sees as the “parent” of a page or group of pages.
When a website is mentioned by two other websites.
Content is created by a program that is equated with a human creating it.
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
Globally distributed, a networked server that makes it easier for users to access your website.
Collections of content, linked together, on a similar topic.
When keywords appear together on pages about a certain topic.
Core Web Vitals
Metrics that are part of the Google experience page and that are used to measure user experience (UX).
The most important pages or posts on your website.
How fast and how many pages a search engine wants to crawl on your website?
The ability of a search engine to access content on a web page.
The “robots” that search engines use to discover drifting web pages.
A link that transfers PageRank, better known as the link being “followed”.
Domain Rating (DR)
The power and authority of a website are based on its backlink profile.
Pages were created to obtain results and good performance in similar searches.
Content that appears on the website in more than one location.
Time elapsed between when the user clicks on a search result until they return to the page listing the search engine results.
Link URL that contains content that depends on variable parameters.
A link pointing to your website (which you didn’t ask for or aren’t paying for).
The process of getting your product or content in front of a relevant audience by sending personalized emails.
The first page a user visits on your website.
Content that has no “expiration date” or expires = timeless content.
Link from your website to another website.
Type of navigation found in a category/file page on websites dealing with various listings and topics.
Content that visitors can only access after providing their contact information.
Pages were created to perform specific and similar searches. Also known as “doorway” pages.
Free Google service that monitors when content changes, matching a specific search with certain keywords.
Set of rules used by Google to match search results when a user performs a search.
Google’s free service tracks and monitors traffic to a particular website.
Search suggestions were given by Google when trying to perform a new search.
When a website gets a high performance on Google for an irrelevant and unrelated search, using SEO techniques known as black-hat.
Google Business Profile
Free business listing, by Google, that appears on maps and various search results.
The search index was introduced by Google in 2010, which allowed it to index even more content and provide search results in a faster and more up-to-date way.
Slang term that describes the vulnerability of a new website or page experience, when Google is still determining its performance and ranking in searches.
An algorithm was launched in 2013 by Google to return better search results. This algorithm emphasizes the search direction rather than individual-level keywords.
Google Knowledge Graph
The knowledge base of entities and degrees of relationship with each other.
Google Knowledge Panel
Search engine results (SERP) functionality that provides information about the main topic of a given search.
Google My Business
Free Google service that allows business owners to create, manage and optimize their Google business profile.
An algorithm update released in 2011 by Google, rewards high quality websites and penalizes low quality websites in their search results.
A penalty was taken by Google to demote a page or website in its search results. Such a penalty can be through the algorithm or done manually.
Google algorithm update was made in 2012 to lower the quality of websites that relate to manipulative content links and keyword misrepresentation.
Google algorithm update was made in 2013 to improve search results for local constituency keywords.
Google filter that prevents new websites from appearing at the top of search results.
Google Search Console
Google’s free service helps to monitor and identify problems with the appearance of the website in a given search result by the user.
Google Top Heavy Update
Google algorithm update was made in 2012 to reduce the quality of websites with too many ads at the top of their pages.
Google Webmaster Guidelines
Google best practices to help find, index, and evaluate your website.
Google Webmaster Tools
An old name for Google Search Console ( Google Search Console ).
A web crawler that powers Google’s search engine.
The use of SEO strategies and tactics that draw the line between white-hat and black-hat.
Create content for another website.
Infographic created by yourself but published on other websites.
HTML character title is commonly used to mark the main title of a page.
HTML elements are used to define titles and subtitles on a page.
The algorithm was created by Google in 2003 to identify authority pages on the web so that they have results.
The practice of improving all aspects of a website to achieve high performance in search engines.
HTML attribute that informs Google about alternative versions of a web page, adapted for different languages and geographic regions.
Encrypted version (HTTP) that protects communications between your browser and the server from being intercepted and targeted by a computer attack.
Link from another website to your website.
The search engine’s ability to analyze and save a web page in its files.
Query where someone wants to find information, not products.
Link to another page within the same website.
Interactive ads that take up the entire screen and cover the interface of a website or application.
When a website unintentionally targets the same keyword across multiple posts or pages.
Percentage of the total words on a page that are a specific keyword or phrase only.
Metric is used by SEO tools to estimate the ranking difficulty of a given keyword.
The position in an organic search for a particular keyword.
Process of reducing a word to its “root” or “genesis” (example: flowers, flowery -> flower).
Repeating the same keywords (or similar phrases) in your content when trying to manipulate rankings.
Words and phrases that people type into search engines to look for what they want.
Content specifically formulated to attract other links.
Process of getting other websites to link to pages on your website.
‘Authority’ is passed when one page connects to another.
Consent for two websites to link to each other.
Group of websites created to connect in order to improve their joint performance in search results.
The number of backlinks pointing to a particular website.
Evaluation of all backlinks (in quantity, quality, diversity, etc.) that a website has.
The process of trying to recover lost backlinks.
Natural tendency for links that appear corrupted on the web over time.
Links to manipulate the page ranking ( PageRank ) or ranking of a website in Google search results.
Irrelevant linksare placed on pages to try and improve search engine rankings.
The growth rate for a backlink associated with a website.
Local business schema
Structured data type to help local businesses optimize their SEO with a focus on their geographic area.
Any mention that is made of your business name, address and online phone number.
Search Engine Results Page (SERP) functionality that appears for localized searches and that shows local profiles on Google Business.
Local search marketing
The process of improving your presence in local searches using SEO tactics or paid ads.
The process of ‘optimizing’ your online presence for high performance in Google searches in your geographic area.
Log file analysis
In server logs, you analyze the behavior of search engine bots to discover opportunities to improve SEO.
A search term with a low traffic volume.
Incorrect name for semantically related words and phrases. (LSI keywords do not exist.)
Removal of websites/web pages, performed by Google, for websites that do not comply with the so-called webmaster guidelines.
HTML attribute used to describe what that particular page is about/what it is about.
Meta tags give some search engines (not Google) more information about a page’s content.
Code that tells the browser to redirect the user to a different URL after a certain period of time.
Meta robots tag
HTML snippet that tells search engines how to crawl or index a page.
Pieces of code that communicate important information about your page to search engines.
A copy of a website hosted on a different server.
Google’s move to use the mobile version of the content for indexing and ranking.
A link that is created organically.
When someone is looking for a specific website.
When someone uses black-hat tactics (SEO) to try to sabotage the rankings of a competitor’s website or page.
Tag that tells Google not to take a link into account for ranking purposes.
Tag that tells search engines not to index a page.
HTML attribute that prevents referrer information from going through another link.
Keyword data that Google does not share with you via Google Analytics.
Any extraordinary efforts (and not directly related to the website) to improve your search engine rankings.
The practice of optimizing a page’s visible content and source code to rank higher in search engines.
Open Graph meta tags
Bits of code that control how URLs are displayed when shared on social media.
Organic search results
Unpaid search results that cannot be bought or influenced by advertisers.
Traffic is generated from an organic search on search engines by a user.
Page without internal links pointing to itself.
A link pointing to a page that is not on your website.
The time it takes for a page to load and/or open.
A formula that evaluates the value of a page by looking at the quantity and quality of other pages that link to it.
A backlink that you pay to get.
People also ask
Search engine functionality that answers questions related to a given user search.
The process between search engines and the results showed, that which occurs when a user cannot find the desired content.
Private Blog Network (PBN)
A network of websites specifically designed to link to and improve the rankings of others.
Component of Google’s algorithm that uses sophisticated algorithms to understand the meaning of unfamiliar words and phrases.
When two websites are connected to each other.
Request for Google to review your website after fixing identified issues with a manual action or notification of security issues.
Search suggestions related to your query that appear at the bottom of the results pages.
Web pages that select and link to useful resources.
Google search results with additional data, usually coming from structured data on the page.
The file informs search engines where they can get information or not from your website.
Code that helps search engines better understand and represent your content in search results.
List of rules used by search engines to rank matching results when a user performs a search.
Search engine poisoning
When malicious hackers create bogus websites that appear to be legitimate search results. The aim is to steal personal information or install malware on affected users’ devices.
The reason behind a search.
The words and/or phrases people type into search engines to find what they want.
The visibility of your website and related pages in organic search engine results.
How many times a month, on average, do people in a given country search for your main keyword?
Terms related to the keyword you want to target.
Keywords that define your niche market and help you identify your competitors more accurately.
The practice of optimizing a website or webpage to get more high-quality traffic from organic search results.
The process of evaluating a website to see how it performs in search engines.
The grouping of topic-related web pages via internal links.
Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs)
Search engines show pages in response to a particular user’s search on search engines.
Non-traditional search results provide information directly to search engines so users don’t have to click through.
Share of voice
Brand visibility in the market.
Terms with a high search volume.
Links to other pages or sections of a page that appear in some Google search results.
XML file that lists all the important and main content on your website.
The outbound link that appears on every page of a website.
Deliberate manipulation of results that come up in search engines, using techniques that go against guidelines.
Sponsored link attribute
The attribute of a link that shows that a link is a paid, sponsored or affiliate link.
HTML attribute that allows displaying different versions of an image for different screen sizes and resolutions.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
Protocol for securely establishing a private connection between networked computers.
SSL is an old technology that has been replaced by Transport Layer Security (TLS). However, people often still use old terminology (SSL) when referring to TLS.
A standardized way of providing information about a web page.
A part of the URL left in the root domain, for example, help .ahrefs.com
Search engine optimization through content structure organization.
Making technical tweaks to help search engines find, crawl, understand and index your pages.
Statistical measure that aims to judge the importance of a word in a given document.
Content that has little or no value to the user.
An HTML element is used to specify the title of a web page.
Top-level domain (TLD)
Last segment of a domain name, such as .com or .org.
A query that tells you when someone wants to buy something but hasn’t decided where to buy it.
Transport Layer Security (TLS)
An updated, more secure version of an SSL link, is used interchangeably with SSL.
The algorithm parses links to separate useful pages from pages created for spam.
UGC link attribute
The attribute of a link shows when it is user-generated content (UGC). It is used for comments, forum posts, or any other content section where users can add new content themselves.
Links in the content of a page that are not editorially placed or approved by a website owner.
URL Rating (UR)
The strength of a page’s backlink profile is on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being the strongest.
The final part of a URL that (usually) explains the content of a page.
Search engine dedicated to a specific area in focus.
The use of voice to interact with a search engine (instead of searching using text).
The structure indicates how a website is organized and its pages are interconnected.
Pages were created to manipulate search engine rankings.
A metric of SEO tool providers that measures the relative strength of a website. (Ours is Domain Rating.)
White Hat SEO
The use of Google-approved SEO strategies, techniques, and tactics.
HTTP header sent by a server that controls the indexing of a page.
Pages on topics that could affect a person’s happiness, health, financial stability, or security in the future.