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? An Intro to “Free” Traffic
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How to Submit a Google Reconsideration Request to Fix SEO Penalties
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 to Fix SEO Penalties
What is the Google Sandbox? Is It SEO Fact or Fantasy?
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 What is the Google Sandbox? Is It SEO Fact or Fantasy?
Submit URLs to Google & Index Your Pages Immediately!
Want to know how to submit URLs to Google? Read on friends! This morning you’ve opened up your website to the public and you’re very super excited about how it’s going to grow. Why shouldn’t you be? Putting a new website project live is something to be hyper-excited about. Seeing your … [Read more...] about Submit URLs to Google & Index Your Pages Immediately!
What are Black Hat SEO Techniques & What Google Does to Perpetrators
Have you heard of black hat SEO techniques? If you haven't, you're like a friend of mine with whom I had a discussion about this very subject some weeks past. My friend happens to be a journalist... not that this is relevant. He writes mostly for financial journals but he has an interest in all … [Read more...] about What are Black Hat SEO Techniques & What Google Does to Perpetrators
Google SEO Penalties – What Are They & How Do You Avoid Them?
If you’re unlucky you’ve suffered the effects of a Google manual penalty. It’s no laughing matter, I can tell you! Google SEO penalties are brutal, decimate your organic traffic and take a while to fix depending on why they've been imposed. But did you know there were different types? I’m going … [Read more...] about Google SEO Penalties – What Are They & How Do You Avoid Them?
The SideGains Page Load Speed Test – How I Improved Page Speeds
I'm kicking off today with a description of how to run a page load speed test on your site. This has been a very important subject for me during SideGain's first month so I'll set the scene for you to explain why! I launched SideGains around 30 days ago on 26th June 2019. As you can imagine I've … [Read more...] about The SideGains Page Load Speed Test – How I Improved Page Speeds
Why is Page Load Speed Important for Your Blog & SEO?
If you're like me you've put a great deal of effort into building your website, writing content, formatting images and publishing posts. You may have also worked hard configuring your site and tweaking all your content for SEO. But what if your site is slow? Page load speed is such an important … [Read more...] about Why is Page Load Speed Important for Your Blog & SEO?
What are Broken Links & are they a Big Deal for SEO?
Today's post focuses on broken links, how they impact your site and how to use link checkers to find them. So without further ado, let's press on. You’ve done research online and arrived at a website that looks like it has the products or information you need. You click a link to purchase, … [Read more...] about What are Broken Links & are they a Big Deal for SEO?
Getting a Manual Penalty from Google: An Anatomy of My Experience
Receiving a manual penalty from Google is not an experience I recommend! A few years ago I managed a site that received one, and it wasn't nice. What follows is my experience and how I survived it. But first, let me set a scene for you... You are responsible for the paid and organic search … [Read more...] about Getting a Manual Penalty from Google: An Anatomy of My Experience