Every site owner should know that keywords play a massive part in SEO and are used extensively by Google to assess a website and subsequently rank it. Keywords can be used in multiple places as part of an SEO strategy such as your domain name, your content, anchor text in backlinks, and in meta tags. The question which then arises is ‘Do any of these keyword ‘locations’ carry more weight than the others in the eyes Google?’. The simple answer is ‘Yes’. In the world of SEO, extensive testing takes place with some consultants having hundreds of websites which they use to test SEO strategies, adjustments, and ranking theories to see which make a positive difference to a website’s ranking. Many changes are subtle and minute such as editing a single meta tag. The accumulation of all this data has concluded that Google places more importance on keywords which appear in certain places than others. The main principle behind that Google’s thinking on keywords is that the harder it is to use a keyword, then the more importance they will place on it. In other words, they give a higher-ranking score for the places it is most difficult to achieve the use of a keyword. (more…)
Ask 10 SEO experts what SEO tools they use or recommend, and you will undoubtedly get 10 different answers. No one answer will be right, nor will any be wrong. The truth is that there are lots of tools available, and not one of them can provide you with all the information you might want for SEO purposes. One thing that is certain; the tools which these consultants might be using will mostly be paid tools. The cost of each tool will range from as little as $10 per month to as high as $1000 per month for agencies who need high capacity and multiple user access for specific tools. If you’re just getting started or do not like the idea of paying out for these tools, then you need to consider some tools that come from the very source that all these other tools are trying to second guess; Google. They have three tools which can help you with your website SEO, and they don’t cost you a single penny. (more…)
There’s been a trend in recent years for ‘makeover’ TV shows giving our cars, our homes, our gardens, and even our pets the full treatment. In this article we are going to emulate those TV shows, by giving your website a makeover to improve its SEO, and in turn boost, its ranking on Google. There are plenty of differences between giving your website a makeover compared to a house or a car. Firstly, it can be done with the minimum of disruption and in most cases without the website having any downtime. The changes that can be made require little more than spending time logged into your website admin panel and making the updates. Your website’s SEO makeover can also be done without any expenditure, although you may want to obtain some software or plugins which can assist you. Finally, the time it is going to take for you to carry out most of the SEO makeover can be measured in minutes rather than hours. Your website’s SEO makeover consists of 7 specific tasks. (more…)
A common mistake that many website owners make is thinking that improving their SEO ranking is something which can only take place away from their website. They clamour for backlinks and will make plans for a social media onslaught, and while these can help, a more sensible strategy would be to look at ways of improving the SEO on their own doorstep; in other words, their website. One of the biggest benefits of working on your website to improve its SEO, is you are in full control of what you do. You can select which aspects of your website you want to work on, and in which order you do them. You can choose the number of resources you want to employ in terms of time, effort, and possibly even funds, should you decide to outsource any of the work. (more…)
If you’re building a new WordPress website then you need to think carefully about the type of content that you’re including and the ways that it’s presented. For example, adding images to your WordPress website is a great way of boosting the user experience, but you need to make sure that they’re well optimized. Poorly optimized images can result in slow website speeds, a poor SEO score, and a high visitor bounce rate. With this in mind, I decided to put together this list of the best ways to optimize images for your WordPress website.
- Make Sure Your Images Are Compressed