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Key Technical Questions For Your Next SEO Hire.

Updated: Aug 3


Key Technical Questions for Your Next SEO Hire [TFI WEB DESIGN]
Key Technical Questions for Your Next SEO Hire [TFI WEB DESIGN]

SEO in Leeds and beyond is a concept that continues to be underpinned by changing trends, particularly in terms of how web users access online content.


For example, 55% of all worldwide online traffic came from mobile devices in 2020, with a further 42% driven through desktops.


Of course, this is just one topic that you may want to quiz potential SEO hires on as a business owner. But, what are the key technical questions that you should put to candidates at present?


#1. How Do You Check Whether a URL is Indexed by Google?

While there’s more than one method of checking whether or not a URL has been indexed by Google, the goal of this question is to test whether a candidate understands the quickest and most effective option.


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In truth, every technical SEO should know that the ‘site: command’ is the most straightforward way of checking a URL’s status with regards to indexing, particularly when utilised alongside other Google search operators that enable the tapering and filtering of results.



To follow up, you may want to check with the candidate to see how they’d verify how many site landing pages are indexed by Google.


You can also check to see if they know the most accurate way to do this, affording candidates the opportunity to talk about the Google Search Console Coverage report and precisely how this works.


#2. Can and How Do You Block a URL From Being Indexed?

It’s well known in the world of SEO that you can actively block a landing page URL from being indexed by Google. But exactly how is this done?


In simple terms, no-index tags can be used to keep pages out of Google’s index, but you want to make sure that your SEO candidates don’t confuse these with robots.txt files.


The reason for this is simple; you’ll use the latter to block a particular landing page and optimise crawling.



No-index tags also represent the best way to safeguard a page that shouldn’t be accessed by everyone, especially when they’re deployed alongside a password.


#3. What Are the Most Important SEO Ranking Factors?

This question is a little different as there are no definitively correct answers.


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However, this is arguably one of the most important questions you can ask, as you’re looking for people to demonstrate their understanding of the industry and answer with confidence and conviction.


But what exactly should you be looking for in their answer? Well, they should definitely avoid absolute statements and be prepared to back up their answers with reasoning and data, while demonstrating the difference between correlation and caution when citing such information.


As we say, you’ll also be appraising the confidence with which the answer is delivered and just how well the candidate understands the most current trends.




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