Some Common SEO Questions and Their Answers

I spend a lot of time hanging out with my ideal readers and there have been some prevalent SEO questions that I would like to answer. The objective of this post is to answer some of these questions. It will help you understand the intricacies of SEO.

1. Should I submit my site to the major search engines?

Great question! Some people think that you need to submit your site often to the search engines. Honestly, it’s a one time thing. Now, it can take the GoogleBot up to 45 days to index a particular page. To speed up this process, there are two things you can do:

  • guestpost on other sites in your niche to raise the PR (page rank) of your site
  • link your site with Google webmasters tools and take advantage of the ability to have content indexed within 48 hours

One note on PR, there are really only a few benefits nowadays. First, higher PR sites typically sell for more than lower PR sites. Second, higher PR sites stand a better chance at getting indexed quicker. Third, it can be significantly easier to obtain better rankings.


2. What is my competition like?

To some of us seasoned marketers, this is a no-brainer. For others, it’s a legitimate question. First, I suggest you have a very clear understanding of the search terms you’re trying to have search engine visibility for. You can take this list and follow the following steps:

  • Use Google Chrome
  • Browse via ‘Incognito window’
  • Manually enter search terms and see what Google is currently ranking

When analyzing your competition, you need to pay attention to things like: PR, domain authority, links to the domain, links to the post URL, and how well the site or page is optimized for your search terms.

3. What domain extension should I have?

It sucks when you finally come up with a great domain name idea and come to find out that the .com version isn’t available. Here’s what I suggest: manipulate the domain idea until you find a .com version. People automatically think .com when they hear any website domain. If you absolutely love the .org or the .info or whatever, go with it. I absolutely love my domain, as blogging is an excellent word to have in the domain name. So.. there are exceptions..

A few more thoughts. Most domain extensions serve specific purposes. For example, if you weren’t a school, then there’d be no need to have a .edu extension; same goes for .gov if you’re not a government. Having a .co, .biz, or .info doesn’t necessarily put you at a disadvantage. Keep your ideal customer in mind and pick the one that best suits them.

4. How can I find out where I stand in the Google rankings?

Honestly, this is a total time waster. People forget that the amount of money they make is directly correlated to specific activities. Blogging with a purpose and promoting that content so that it ranks well is an income generating activity. Finding where you rank, not so much.

Now, obviously everything has its place. I just don’t want you spending too much time dinking around trying to find out where you rank. Having said that, here’s a simple process you can follow.. unless you want to invest in a quality ranking tracking tool:

  • Follow the bullets in Step 2
  • Stop once you get to page 10. (Any more than that is spending too much time)

23 thoughts on “Some Common SEO Questions and Their Answers”

  1. Jay Lin says:

    yeah, so great.
    This article let me get my answer for SEO.
    Thank for your sharing,

  2. Edson Hale says:

    This is SEO after Google Panda that has entirely changed the optimization philosophy of blogging; if someone doesn’t adjust in this changed scenario so he should get ready for pack up
    Very wonderful info, thanks a lot

  3. Hi John,

    Thanks for sharing this excellent information. I think that SEO is something that most new bloggers and Internet marketers concern themselves over unduly.

    While it makes sense to not do anything to harm your SEO and, of course, you should do anything that you can to help it, I believe that it’s much more important to provide good content and build relationships through this and through putting yourself out there.

    I also liked how you didn’t place too much importance on domain extensions. Again, this is something that many people seem to worry too much about. At the end of the day, unless your content is good then all the SEO and domain extensions in the world aren’t going to make a difference.

    Then there’s the aspect of Google’s forever changing rules. Spending too much time worrying about all this stuff can be a real headache and you certainly shouldn’t place your reliance solely on it. Better to factor in Google, but not rely on it completely, otherwise it’s likely to eventually turn around and bite you in the bum!

    Thanks for the awesome post, it will no doubt be very helpful to many people who have the concerns you mentioned in it.

    Kind regards,

  4. Maria Ahmed says:

    Hi John, This is a great post, I couldn’t agree more with your suggestions and think they are a fantastic place to begin for the SEO newcomers. Would you agree that once this begins, so too can solid keyword research and SEO strategy planning?

  5. Charles says:

    This article is very helpful. However, I have one question. Is there an advantage to using Google Chrome, as opposed to, Firefox?

  6. Hendri says:

    Thats great info, thx for sharing:)

  7. Raj kumar says:

    Hi this are the regular question we really come across and John thanks for giving the answers too.

  8. faisal says:

    Just keep writing good content and get good positive links by sharing good stuff.

  9. Ron says:

    post very good but I like gOOgle
    😀 😀 😀

  10. jack says:

    One note on PR, there are really only a few benefits nowadays…
    “Third, it can be significantly easier to obtain better rankings.”

    It may only seem like that only because authority type sites happen to have a higher PR.

    The reality is that the quoted statement above is not true. PR has no effect on rankings.

  11. Bob Straub says:

    Great answers John.

    I also think its vital to get a .com extension just for memorability. The less you have to explain to someone the better. I’ve had to explain a .co before. It’s not good.


  12. I. C. Daniel says:

    Thanks for SEO lesson. I’m always interested in SEO.

    Best regards from I. C. Daniel

  13. Do I like the ‘Google’ picture better than the article? Hmm, it’s a close one! Nah, seriously, great tips. I’m not a geek at all and stuff like this always stumps me. It’s good to know what NOT TO DO as well as what to do!

    There’s nothing worse than wasting time……except for maybe wasting money!

  14. Jason says:

    Very informative article these question about seo normally puzzle me but i didnt know that if you add your website to google webmaster tool it will get index in 48 hrs goog share after the google updates seo is not a major factor anymore it as to do with alot of stuff such as good quality content

  15. Hassan says:

    This are the questions I asked myself when I started blogging and I thank God I have found solution to it as I make more research. I bought my domine name today and I have sublimed it to google. Now I am looking farward to to write a great content

  16. SEO has always been my Achille’s heels but this very interesting article has shed some light on it, especially after all the changes.

    I am still very much focused on content but I really enjoyed reading this concise and straight to the point article. So, my next challenge is to TAKE SEO more seriously now! LOL

    Best regards,


  17. What ever you do don’t try to cheat the system.

    You really don’t have to these days.

    If you don’t know what techniques to use you should check out some of JC’s old posts but it’s not that hard folks.

  18. Hiya, great post, really informative. Complex questions with simple answers! Thanks

  19. Cv format says:

    Nice tips on SEO. SEO can always do well to reduce a lot of spend on paid adeertising but we need more tips

  20. True, paid advertising is great (when it works) but all that spending adds up and you can’t beat a good boost of organic traffic! 🙂

  21. Remco Boom says:

    An easy way to get indexed fast by Google is by submitting a sitemap to the google webmaster tools.

    Some say it helps to enter your website to as many Google owned websites as possible. The more they know about you the more likely you’re going to be indexed fast.

    + Add a bookmark to your website in your personalized google page.
    + Enter details to YouTube, Googlemaps etc.
    + Enter a RSS feed to Google reader.

    Other methods include:
    + Enter your website in other websites that are being crawled daily. For example, enter it here and chances are that your website will be crawled before the day is over:

    + Enter your website in
    + Create an account on Stumbleupon and stumble upon your own website.

    I’m sure there are many more ways to speed up the indexing. Be as creative as you can. Being original usually pays off!

    1. Remco Boom says:

      Almost forgot. Add Google Analytics to your website!

  22. Whitney says:

    Great tips. A lot of people think SEO is dead, but that’s not true. All you have to do is master the basics like what’s mentioned here, then build up from that. It takes a lot more time and dedication than it used to, but with the right strategy you can still get huge free traffic from SEO. Loved the post!

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