Many people could argue that SEO was born with the first website published in 1991. But the history of ‘official SEO” started around 1997 when a rock band manager was upset to see their website’s search engine ranking.
According to the book “Digital Engagement” by Bob Heyman, famous rock band Jefferson Starship was disappointed when they found their official website was sitting on Page 4 of some search engines at that time, instead of spot 1 of page 1. They didn’t know why and tried to find out ways to improve their search engine positioning which eventually gave birth to a completely new industry, that we call ‘SEO’ today.
Though it’s been more than 20 years from the initiation, SEO is still guesswork to most of the people because of the continuously updating search engine algorithm. So, how could you take the guesswork out of SEO and get data-driven to improve your SERP ranking?
The answer is easy! Split Testing!
SEO split testing is a comparatively new concept in the SEO sector. However, all the big websites with millions of traffic have started embracing it. A few months back Pinterest disclosed two of their SEO split testing results publicly.
In one test, they ran an experiment with the quality of text description of pinned images. The result showed that improving the quality of text description drew more traffic than expected.
So, Pinterest focused on improving the quality of text description which increased their organic traffic around 30% than before.
These two events should give you some idea why SEO split testing is important for any website.
Let’s see 3 easy SEO split test you can run on your website to improve organic traffic.
Test the Title Tag
You should split test several versions of your title tag and see how each one is changing your ranking position or affecting your traffic.
A good title tag could tremendously improve your click-through rate. So, you need to find out the winner title tag via SEO split testing.
A developer community website, Coderwall, grew 57% organic traffic just by split testing their title tag.
Find out the appropriate Schema Markup
If you have a web page, a search engine is simply going to index it. If you use schema markup on that web page, it will tell the search engine how to index it.
HTML tag doesn’t give any information about what that text string means — “Avatar” could refer to the hugely successful 3D movie, or it could refer to a type of profile picture—and this can make it more difficult for search engines to intelligently display relevant content to a user.”
So, finding out the right schema markup to use with your content could you give you a big boost in traffic.
Argue with data
You need to test different types of datasets to identify potential areas to work in. For example, you may or may not get rank for using short and simple keywords.
Now, you should find out whether you’d do better with long keywords or timely keywords containing the year.
You can also split test with canonical or non-indexed pages to check their performance.
Remember, you need to wait at least 3 to 4 weeks to measure the result of your SEO split testing. Any timeframe less than that could result in the false interpretation of data. However, if you see any sharp drop in the ranking or traffic in any of your split testing, cancel the test immediately.
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