Rather than navigating multiple pages, you can tailor your website around encouraging your ideal customer journey in the construction phase: You plan how a visitor to your site is going to navigate your pages and craft a concise and valuable customer journey. This is just one example, but now that Google and Bing have increased the maximum file size for sitemaps, SEO experts and web designers have much more room to work with when it comes to developing robust, efficient, SEO-ready sitemaps. … [Read more...] about Sitemap Max File Size Limit Increased On Google and Bing
Keep Up on Developments in Voice Search Optimization. Although voice search data is not presently included in Search Console reports, Google has signaled in the past that it may begin to report voice search and keyboard search queries separately, much like how desktop and mobile search data are tracked. The availability of this data would streamline a company’s ability to identify the voice search queries driving traffic to its site and adapt its content accordingly. To this point, the long-tail+ conversational keywords used in voice search occur in such low volumes that Google excludes them from the Search Console. Google has yet to reveal how it will address this problem, but watch for developments in this area.SEO Services and contact us today! … [Read more...] about Are You Optimized for Voice Search? You Should Be!
Include in your sitemap the pages (and that includes posts as well), that are important for your website. These are the pages that have high quality content and are more likely to bring organic traffic to your website.Exclude pages that have duplicate content. For WordPress websites good candidates are archive pages, tag pages and author pages.Exclude pages with ‘thin content’. When it comes to optimizing a website for search engines, you don’t want to submit in their index pages that are of low quality. It’s not a numbers game, meaning that it’s not a matter of how many pages you have in the index but how many ‘good’ pages are in the index.A good way to separate your ‘good pages’ from the ones that you don’t want to include in your sitemap is to either ‘no-index’ the pages or add them to a category and exclude the particular category (and pages) from the sitemap file. … [Read more...] about How to Optimize your XML Sitemap for Maximum SEO
Now that you’ve written your coding, or had the generator tools do it for you, it’s time to submit your sitemap. There are different ways to go about submitting a sitemap to a search engine. First, you must know what search engine(s) you want to upload your sitemap to. There are many to choose from, but some are more prominent than others. Google and Bing are the two most recommended options. … [Read more...] about Important Steps for Creating Your Sitemap
Sending Google duplicate URLs for the same landing page is asking for trouble. Why hand Google duplicate content on a silver plater? That is what you are doing when you are listing these URLs in a Sitemap file. If you have duplicate content on your site, and you don't block it from Google, then Google has a better shot of figuring it out based on crawling your site versus seeing it in a Sitemap file. … [Read more...] about Never List URLs With Session IDs In A Google Sitemap