Glossary of Terms 2017-11-21T14:19:48+00:00

Glossary of Terms

There are a lot of terms and abbreviations in digital marketing – keyword rankings, SEM, SEO, PPC, just to name a few….! It can be difficult to keep them all straight. Below is our Glossary of Terms – very handy for clients during our monthly calls.

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SEO Metrics


External Backlink

An external backlink is a link on another website pointing to your own. The more links you have pointing to your site, the more authority your website has with search engines.

Citation Flow

Citation Flow is a number predicting how influential a URL might be based on the number of sites that link to it. It is a Majestic Flow metric weighted by the number citations to a given URL or Domain.

Majestic defines Flow Metrics as “scores assigned to websites and URLs by algorithms run on Majestic servers during the build of an index. Flow Metrics are expressed as numbers between 0 and 100, the higher the number, the stronger the signal.”

Trust Flow

Trust Flow is a number predicting how trustworthy a page is based on the number of trustworthy sites link to it. It is a Majestic Flow metric weighted by the number citations to a given URL or Domain.

Majestic defines Flow Metrics as “scores assigned to websites and URLs by algorithms run on Majestic servers during the build of an index. Flow Metrics are expressed as numbers between 0 and 100, the higher the number, the stronger the signal.”

Domain Authority

Domain Authority represents Moz’s best prediction about how a website will perform in search engine rankings. This prediction is calculated by combining all other Moz link metrics (linking root domains, number of total links, mozRank, mozTrust and more) into a single score out of 100.

mozRank

MozRank represents a link popularity score and reflects the importance of any given web page on the internet. Pages earn MozRank by the number and quality of other pages that link to them; the higher the quality of the incoming links, the higher the MozRank.

mozTrust

MozTrust is Moz’s global link trust score. It is similar to MozRank but, rather than measuring link popularity, it measures link trust. Receiving links from sources which have inherent trust, such as the homepages of major university websites or certain governmental web pages, is a strong trust endorsement.


Site Metrics


Site Metrics are derived using data from Site Auditor (a tool associated with Raven Tools, what we use for our monthly reporting) and Google. You do not need to run Site Auditor in order to gather this information – it will automatically populate when you navigate to Site Performance. This data mainly relates to the ways that your website interacts with search engines, including how prepared your domain is for crawling.

All Traffic

Includes traffic from the three major sources:

  1. Direct Traffic: visitors who arrived by either typing your URL, clicking on a bookmark, or clicking on your link in an email or other message
  2. Referring Traffic (also known as all referrals): visitors who arrived by clicking a link on another site
  3. Search Engine Traffic: visitors who arrived by clicking on links displayed in search engine results – this traffic is further divided into organic (non paid) and paid search (i.e. Google AdWords)

Page Views

When a visitor arrives at your website, they should search around on a few more pages. On average, a visitor will look at about 2.5 pages. Each individual page a visitor views is tracked as a page view. This metric includes data on all sources of traffic.

Load Time

Lead time refers to the length of time it takes for your website to load in seconds. The quicker a page loads, the better chance a user will stay on the page. Pages with lengthy load times can cause users to bounce from the page, which means you’ve lost your visitor before they could check out other pages.

Page Speed

The Google Page Speed score for your website is calculated from a series of variables including, but not limited to, the use of CSS and whether or not your images are optimized. More information on Google Page Speed criteria can be found in the Desktop Page Speed section of Site Auditor.


AdWords & Paid Social Metrics


Impressions

Each time someone searches Google or the Google Network and your AdWords ad displays, it is counted as one impression.

Clicks

A click (sometimes called a click-through) occurs when a user sees your ad and clicks on the title of your ad, leading them to your landing page. You are only charged when a user clicks.

CTR

Click-through rate (CTR) is the number of clicks your ad received divided by the number of times your ad was shown (impressions). Your ads and keywords have their own CTRs, unique to your campaign performance. Our goal is 1-3% CTR depending on the market – the higher the CTR, the more relevant your keywords are to your ads.

Cost

Cost refers to the total advertising costs that were charged for a given date range.

Average CPC

The average cost-per-click (CPC) is the average amount you paid for a click on your ad. Average CPC is calculated by dividing the total cost of your clicks by the total number of clicks.

Conversions

Number of times an ad click converted on your site. A conversion could be a sale, a newsletter sign up, or some other action taken by the user. Conversions must be manually setup and generally describe a favorable action or transaction.

Conversion Rate

Your conversion rate is calculated by taking the number of conversions and dividing that by the number of ad clicks you received during the same time period.

Conversion Value

Sum of all conversion values associated with this particular campaign, ad group, keyword or ad.