SEO Interview Questions For 2019

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SEO Interview Questions

Here is a list of some of the top SEO interview questions for 2019 that if you can answer most of them correctly, you should be able to easily land an SEO job in the near future.

In this list, we cover basic SEO interview questions, technical SEO interview questions, simple algorithm questions, and Google SEO updates.

 

Basic SEO Questions and Answers

1. A website has two versions, https://www .siteurl.com & https:// siteurl.com , what should be done to the site?

a) Ask the client and find out which website URL they prefer for their business b) Nothing, having two versions is ok c) https://www is preferred d) https:// is preferred e) Look at search console and change to the URL that gets more traffic.

2. The Icon on the left is a(n)

a) Favicon b) Site Icon c) Site logo d) Title Icon e) Google Icon

3. What is a robots.txt file?

a) Google generated file to index a website b) WordPress generated file c) A file created by Yoast d) The file that hosts a sitemap e) A file that tells a search engine what to index and crawl

4. What should be included in a robots.txt file?

a) Google Analytics & Search Console Code b) XML Sitemap URL c) HTML Sitemap URL d) Google Tag Manager Code e) All of The Above

5. What is an XML Sitemap?

a) A sitemap for users b) A sitemap for search engines c) A sitemap that is used for both users and search engines

6. What is an HTML Sitemap?

a) A sitemap for users b) A sitemap for search engines c) A sitemap that is used for both users and search engines

7. Which Sitemap should be linked in the footer of a website?

a) XML b) HTML c) Both d) None of the above

8. These pages are essential to every website

a) Privacy Policy / Terms of Service / About / Contact b) Cookies / Terms of Service / Login / Contact c) Location / Login / About / Cookies d) All of the above e) None of the above

9. Should a website have a blog?

a) Yes b) No

10. What are free lead magnets

a) Inserts into pages that collect email addresses b) Free downloads that users engage with c) A way to get value out of traffic d) All of the above e) None of the above

11. What pages should have free lead magnets

a) Most pages (Mainly blog posts)
b) Contact c) About d) Privacy Policy e) Terms of Service

12. A website doesn’t have a padlock, what is the issue?

a) The site inst SEO Optimized b) The site has insecure content c) The site has bad hosting d) All of the above e) None of the above

13. What is needed so that a site has a https URL

a) CDN b) SSL c) Sitemap.xml d) All of the above e) None of the above

Site Architecture

14. A url structure like sampleurl.com/shop/seocourses is an example of a

a) Organized URL Structure b) Categorized URL Structure c) SEO URL Structure d) Google URL Structure e) Google SEO Structure

15. If changes are made to a URL structure, what must be done so that the page is redirected

a) 404 Redirect b) 302 Redirect c) 403 Redirect d) 301 Redirect e) Nothing, it automatically redirects

16. Why should a website build out Service pages

a) They will be able to rank for those services b) Helps build out the site c) Gives users more information d) Build more Innerlinks e) All of the Above

17. Why should a website build out location pages

a) They will be able to rank for those locations b) Helps build out the site c) Gives users more information d) Build more Innerlinks e) All of the Above

18. What Google penalty is associated with duplicate content

a) Panda b) Penguin c) Hummingbird d) RankBrain e) Pigeon

19. Is it ok to have uncategorized pages or posts

a) Yes, but you want to categorize them b) Yes, you can keep them alone c) No, you need to categorize them immediately d) No, it doesn’t matter e) None of the above

20. When should you use a 301 redirect

a) When you change the URL of a page b) When you are getting a 404 error in search console c) When you are getting a 404 error in rank chaser d) All of the above e) None of the above

21. When should you use a 302 redirect

a) When you change the URL of a page b) When you get a 404 error c) After you use a 301 redirect d) When you temporarily want to change a URL e) None of the above

22. When should you use a 410 redirect

a) When you change the URL of a page b) When you want to completely remove a page c) After you use a 301 redirect d) After you use a 302 redirect e) None of the Above

23. Why do we want to build redirect thank you pages

a) Its essential for rankings b) To track sales and conversions in Analytics c) This is an outdated technique d) WordPress required it e) None of the Above

Indexation

For the following pages, what should be there indexation status

a) Indexed / Follow b) Indexed / No Follow c) No Indexed / Follow d) No Indexed / No Follow

24. Pages

25. Posts

26. Thank You Pages

27. PDFs

28. Dates

29. Authors

30. Shop Pages

31. Post Tags

32. Product Tags

33. WP Directories

34. Account Pages

35. Media Attachments

36. Category Pages

37. Sitemap.html

38. Privacy Policy

39. Contact Page

40. Terms of Service

41. Service Pages

42. Location Pages

Google Search Console

43. What Should You Check in Google Search Console

a) To see if the sitemap is submitted b) To see if there are any manual properties c) To see if there are any sitemap errors d) To see if the correct URL is being used e) All of the above

Google Analytics

44. What Should You Check in Google Search Console

a) To see if conversions are being tracked b) To see if the correct URL is being used c) To see if the sitemap is submitted d) Both A & B e) All of the above

Schema Markup/OG Data

45. Which page(s) should have OG data

a) All Pages b) Home Page c) Contact Page d) About Page e) Schema Page

46. Which page(s) should have Organization Markup

a) All Pages b) Home Page c) Contact Page d) About Page e) Schema Page

47. Which page(s) should have Local Markup

a) All Pages b) Home Page c) Contact Page d) About Page e) Schema Page

48. When Should You Use Organization Markup

a) Local Websites b) National Websites c) All Websites d) WordPress Websites e) Squarespace Websites

49. When Should You Use Local Markup

a) Local Websites b) National Websites c) All Websites d) WordPress Websites e) Squarespace Websites

50. Which pages need individual markup

a) Home b) Blog c) About d) Contact e) All of the above

Plugins

51. What is the main purpose of Yoast

a) No Index / No Follow Pages b) Update Meta Descriptions c) Update Titles d) All of the above e) None of the Above

52. What is the main purpose of WPSSO Core

a) Add social media to a website b) Add OG data to pages c) Help increase page speed d) Update Titles e) All of the above

53. What is the main purpose of Smush

a) Decrease load time b) Optimize images c) Compress image sizes d) All of the above e) None of the above

54. What is the main purpose of SOGO Add Script Header Footer

a) Allow code to be added in the header or footer b) Automatically add schema scripts to pages c) It’s a default wordpress plugin d) It’s not needed e) None of the above

55. What is the main purpose of 410 for WordPress

a) Set up redirections b) Increase Page Speed c) Add Schema To Pages d) Set up 301 Redirects e) Set up 410 redirects for pages

56. What is the main purpose of Redirection

a) Automatically add schema scripts to pages b) Increase Page Speed c) Add Schema To Pages d) Set up 301 Redirects e) Set up 410 redirects for pages

57. What is the main purpose of Markup (JSON-LD) structured in schema.org

a) Add schema throughout the website b) Set up 301 Redirects c) Compress image sizes d) Set up 410 redirects for pages e) Allow code to be added in the header or footer

Google My Business

58. A Google My Business listing should be set up for:
a) All Businesses b) Local Businesses c) National Businesses d) Ecommerce Businesses e) None of the above

59. What Information is crucial for every GMB listing

a) Hours b) Location c) Pictures d) Service Location e) All of the above

60. What should a client do on every GMB listing

a) Respond To Questions b) Respond To Reviews c) Post Updates d) None of the above e) All of the Above

61. What pictures are needed for a GMB listing

a) Services x 3 b) Outside x 3 c) Team x 3 d) Inside x 3 e) All of the above

Citations

62. Citations should be build for:

a) All Businesses b) Local Businesses c) National Businesses d) Ecommerce Businesses e) None of the above

63. How many citations should be built?

a) 0 b) 25 c) 50 d) 100 e) 200

Web Design

64. What is a mobile responsive website?

a) A website for a national business b) A website that resizes and still functions properly c) A website for a local business d) All of the above e) None of the above

65. These web design features should be on every site:

a) Site Search b) Mobile Responsive c) Breadcrumbs d) Social Media e) All of the above

Page Speed Optimization

66. This is the website we use to check speed

a) GTMetrix b) Pingdom c) Google Site Speed d) Site checker Pro e) All of the above

67. What is a CDN
a) Distributed Servers meant to make loading a website faster b) Website hosting c) Website plugin that helps with SEO d) Special type of website hosting e) None of the above

68. What is the most popular CDN

a) MaxCDN b) Rackspace c) Fastly d) Cloudflare e) Akamai

69. Every website should optimize these for speed

a) Browser Caching b) Gzip Compression c) JS and CSS Minification d) All of the above e) None of the above

Screaming Frog

70. What filter do you use to only show web pages

a) XML b) Image c) HTML d) CSS e) PDF