If you've been asking search engines what First Contentful Paint is, you've probably been checking your page load speed in Google's PageSpeed Insights (PSI) tool recently and are a bit confused! Don't panic because I'm going to explain precisely: What First Contentful Paint is.How it impacts … [Read more...] about What is First Contentful Paint in the Google PSI Tool?
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Okay this has to be the most bizarre comparison I've made regarding organic traffic… but give me a chance and hopefully you'll see I can justify it! To be honest I'm not the first person make a connection between the challenges of growing organic traffic and horticulture. However, I've yet to see … [Read more...] about Growing Organic Traffic is Like Growing Wasabi!
It's common knowledge you need links pointing to your blog for search engines to start taking notice of you. Inbound links help to bump your blog posts up the search engine results pages (SERPs) so more people find you when they makes searches. But not all links are equal... there are natural links … [Read more...] about What Are Unnatural Links & Why Should You Avoid Them?
If you're new to blogging you may not have come across this term... but it is important you understand what it is because it can tell you a lot about what your visitors think about you. I'll describe what bounce rate means and explain how understanding it can help you improve the experience for your … [Read more...] about What Does Bounce Rate Mean & 10 Ways to Reduce It!
If you've read my article explaining what keyword cannibalization is, you've probably come across the idea of canonicalization, which I touched upon. In this post I'll explain in more depth what canonical URLs are and I'll explore the following: What they do.Why they are important.How you can … [Read more...] about What are Canonical URLs & Canonicalization?
Keyword cannibalization is one of those exciting, sensational and click-baity types of terms that SEO marketeers love. I am no exception. When I first heard of it, I imagined a horde of words engulfing one another in a zombie-like feeding frenzy. I have an active imagination. The truth is … [Read more...] about Keyword Cannibalization: Do Your Posts Eat Themselves?
If you've recently tested your page load speed using Google's PageSpeed Insights (PSI) tool you might have had a nasty surprise. There are several factors that contribute to slow page load. One of them (Ensure text remains visible during webfont load) is VERY easy to get over. Firstly I'll … [Read more...] about Ensure Text Remains Visible During Webfont Load
If you've recently started a blog or website, you'll be getting to grips with lots of new concepts. Today I am focussing on the one of the most widely coveted topics for any website owner: organic traffic. If you're not 100% familiar with this, I'll explain what organic traffic is so you're clear. … [Read more...] about What is Organic Traffic & Why is it Important?
If you're reading this it's likely you have suffered a Google manual penalty and are looking to fix it. I have some experience in this having suffered, and recovered from, such a penalty myself (you can read about it in my anatomy of a Google penalty). I'm guessing you've tried to fix some of the … [Read more...] about How to Submit a Google Reconsideration Request
So as the owner of a very new domain (ahem, this one) today I am going to talk about a very controversial subject… at least it's controversial for some. That subject is (drumroll)... the Google sandbox! The Google sandbox is an oft discussed beast, the existence of which is analyzed, dissected … [Read more...] about The Google Sandbox: Fact or Fantasy?