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Twitter for SEO

Jun 02, 2018 - filed under Twitter 2 Comments
 

Can Twitter help your SEO efforts? Yes, it can. This is the story of how we boosted rankings for a client page. Twitter was a big part of it.

A client wanted one page on its big, institutional website to rank better for a specific search term. The page was one of several hundred similar pages. Like the others, it was well-optimized on the page:

  • H1
  • H2
  • title tag
  • image captions
  • image file names
  • the text on the page

The page was ranking in the 21-23 range on Google. The client wanted to boost it to the first page – quickly!

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4 keyword research pitfalls that will ruin your SEO to oblivion

Mar 10, 2018 - filed under marketing 6 Comments
 

The SEO landscape can be unforgiving to those who cut corners.

Picture this: you pour in thousands of dollars building links. You finally manage to reach the first page. Plus, you went all in and got your hands dirty with pay-per-click (PPC).

But, wait. Despite ranking first and running PPC campaigns, your site isn’t raking in the cash.

Then it hits you — you were targeting the wrong keywords all along.

You rushed your keyword research. You didn’t think it through. You didn’t study user intent before matching keywords to content. You didn’t do your homework.

Oops.

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11 ways to hand-craft the perfect URL

Jul 01, 2017 - filed under web design 1 Comment
 

When building a URL structure, there are many factors to consider. Here are 11 ways to create the perfect URL.

Before you start, you want URLs that:

  • are easy to link to
  • search engines like
  • people can easily remember
  • tell people what your pages are all about

The URL structure is everything that comes after the domain name. Choosing a domain name is important, but that is an article in its own right. We won’t address it here. Choosing whether to use subdomains or folders for large sections of a website is another related debate that we’ll pass on for today.

The URL structure is about how your folders and files appear to the public and to the search engines.

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3 fundamental strategies to get a winning logo

Apr 12, 2017 - filed under marketing 5 Comments
 

Logo design seems simple. but it’s worth the time to do it right. Here are three strategies to help you get the most out of your logo design.

Everybody has a logo. Little League teams have logos. Hair salons have logos. Big companies, small companies…everybody.

A few of the logos are actually good.

By “good”, I don’t mean that I like them. I mean that they achieve what they are meant to achieve. They are winning logos.

Here are three strategies to help you get a winning logo.

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What’s so special about WordPress SEO?

Dec 11, 2016 - filed under SEO 5 Comments
 

WordPress SEO isn’t all that different from SEO on any other website. However, some of the mechanics are unique to WordPress, so it’s worth knowing what to look for. Here are 11 handy tips.

Google ranks all websites together in one pot. It does not separate out WordPress sites for a special index.  That means that WordPress SEO is, at its base, no different than SEO for any other website.

As with any other website, you need both on-page and off-site SEO – both proper coding and content and good links and social signals.

As with any other website, it’s not how good your SEO is, it’s how much better (or worse) it is compared to the competition.

As with any other website, the title tag is prime real estate, as are the h tags and the bold tags.

As with any other website, the speed of loading and the mobile compatibility are crucial.

As with any other website, you need to know which search terms (keywords) people are searching for and, more importantly, which ones convert.

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SEO Analysis – things everyone should know about their website

Nov 03, 2016 - filed under SEO 5 Comments
 

Most people know surprisingly little about their website. Unless you are the coder, chances are you know less than you think.

I recently had some work done on my writing website, making it fully responsive, tinkering with the content, boosting the speed and making some other adjustments. I wanted to see how it would perform.  So I put it through Neil Patel’s SEO Analyzer.

SEO Analyzer allows you to compare your site to three other domains, so I typed in three  significant competitors. Then you get three PDFs:

  • Website analysis
  • Competitor analysis
  • Social analysis

Here are some things that SEO Analyzer told me, and everyone should know about their website. I should note that the analysis is just for the home page.

SEO analysis
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Small business hit in the pocketbook by Google Keyword Planner changes

Aug 20, 2016 - filed under SEO 3 Comments
 

Google has been busy, busy, busy with its Keyword Planner tool these past few weeks. The fun began in June, when several users complained that it was suddenly mandatory to have at least one active Adwords campaign to access the Keyword Planner.

A few days of outrage later, Google clarified that this was a technical glitch and would be fixed.

Oops.  Hehe.

A week or so after that, Google made a real change to the Keyword Planner; this time with the way search volumes are showcased. While you could view traffic estimates for individual keywords previously, the Keyword Planner now consolidates these figures to include search variants as well.

For what it’s worth, this is in sync with what Google does already on Adwords – advertisers can no longer solely target exact match keywords and all such campaigns now inevitably target close variants as well. Read the rest of this entry »

How to promote your blog in 111 easy steps

Aug 14, 2016 - filed under blogging 6 Comments
 

Call me lazy, but I’m going to throw stuff today.

First, I’m going to throw a list at you. Yes, that means I don’t have to do the fancy writing I love so much. But, wait! Coming up with 111 easy tips to promote your blog takes time and effort. In fact, more effort than letting the words pour out. Just so you know that I’m not really being lazy.

Second, I’m going to throw out a challenge. Tell me how many of these 111 tips you are already doing. Then come back in one month and tell me how many you are doing by then. Let’s see who gives their blog promotion the biggest kick in the caboose!

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SEO and the next big optimization

Jul 11, 2016 - filed under SEO 2 Comments
 

What is SEO all about?  I’ll bet nine out of ten webmasters will answer, “It’s about my Google rankings.”

Well, yes, that’s the result you are shooting for.  But what is the process?  What does SEO do?

And that’s where nine out of ten webmasters will say, “Ah…um…well…I dunno.”

SEO is about optimizing.

There is no such thing as over-optimization, despite almost 70,000 mentions in a Google search. When something is optimized, it is the ideal.  It is the very best it can be.  It is at the very summit of the mountain. Take one more step, and you are not over-optimizing.  You are de-optimizing.

So what happens once you’ve optimized?  Is your work done?  Can you take any steps in any direction?  Or are you on the pinnacle of the mountain, where any step will just take you down?

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How can I get my website indexed by Google?

Jul 02, 2016 - filed under SEO Comments Off on How can I get my website indexed by Google?
 

It’s the biggest F in the FAQ of SEO.  The most frequently asked newbie question: “How can I get my website indexed by Google?” The answer is simple.  It will get indexed on its own if it’s any good and you do any promotion.

As Neil Patel puts it, “You can take the ‘tortoise’ approach – just sit back and wait for it to happen naturally.”

Like all things in life, you had best read the fine print. Those are two huge “ifs”.  Let’s take a look at each one.

How to get your sit indexed by Google

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