Should HTML Sitemaps be a Part of Your SEO Strategy? At one time, HTML sitemaps were seen as an important on-domain SEO component. They helped search engines like Google spider content and attribute PageRank across your domain. Google used to be very specific about HTML sitemap SEO benefits. You … [Read more...] about The HTML Sitemap & SEO: Do HTML Sitemaps Still Have a Place?
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Perhaps you've heard about private blog networks (PBNs to their friends!) as you've researched different ways to promote your blog? If you haven't, I'm going to explain what a PBN is so you understand the risks involved. We know that promoting your blog is an absolute necessity if you want Google … [Read more...] about What is a PBN and Should You Use One to Boost Your SEO?
As a new blogger you'll be coming to terms with a stack of new concepts and technical terms. You'll be learning lots of blogging specific ideas and at the same time come into contact with SEO. In this post I'm going to touch on domain authority, an aspect of SEO that plays an important role in how … [Read more...] about What is Domain Authority & Is It Really Important?
You might be able to build mega-traffic quickly through social media, but let's be clear on this: the majority of bloggers won't regardless of what any uber-blogger tells you. For most mortal bloggers (myself included), we survive at the mercy of search engines, who like SEO to be "just so". With … [Read more...] about 16 SEO Mistakes to Avoid to Make Your Blog Search Engine Friendly
I often get new ideas for content from Quora and today is one such example. This morning I came across a question regarding Google Search Console vs Google Analytics and whether one is better than the other. This is a curious question to me (there are many curious questions on the Quora … [Read more...] about Google Search Console vs Google Analytics: Is There a Winner?
It's strange to think of something inanimate like a blog having health issues. Be that as it may, it's possible your blog is a little under the weather in terms of its SEO. If you're not checking, it's also entirely possible you have a problem that don't know about. With this in mind, I'm going to … [Read more...] about 6 Free Tools to Check SEO for Your Blog
If you've ever woken up to find a Google manual penalty in your Google Search Console account, you'll know precisely how devastating it can be. The effects of a manual penalty can see your pages booted down the search results with a corresponding painful loss of traffic. A common reason for … [Read more...] about How to Disavow Links in Google to Clean Up Your SEO Profile
If bad links have never appeared on your radar you've likely never suffered the ill effects of them. But just because you've never had a problem with them, it doesn't mean you needn't know what they are. I'm going to provide you with an overview in this post. I'll explain how you can check for bad … [Read more...] about How to Check for Bad Links Pointing to Your Blog
I'll say this upfront… broken internal links are bad. They're bad for SEO and they're bad for the experience your visitors have so it's important to find them and fix them. In this post I'm going to show you how to find broken links in Google Analytics so you can: Identify pages or posts which … [Read more...] about How to Find Broken Links in Google Analytics
You've probably seen the infamous not provided keyword in Google Analytics. Google Analytics (GA) is a fantastic tool. Period. It's incredibly detailed and presents you with all sorts of extremely useful insights into how visitors interact with you. However it's not without it's idiosyncrasies … [Read more...] about The Infamous Not Provided Keyword in Google Analytics