Joshua Hardwick Head of Content @ Ahrefs (or, in plain English, I'm the guy responsible for ensuring that every blog post we publish is EPIC). Founder @ The SEO Project.Article stats Twitter 76 Facebook 715 Referring domains 25 Organic traffic 8314 Data from Content Explorer tool. ShareQuick links If search engines don’t know your website/webpage exists, your chance of ranking isn’t just an improbability, it’s an impossibility.But here’s the thing: it takes time for search engines to discover (and index) new websites.This means that if you search for your two-day-old website in Google, chances are you’ll be disappointed. In fact, 9 times out of 10, you’ll find nothing.However, even a few weeks after going live, some people still won’t see their website in Google/Bing/Yahoo (which account for 98% of all US searches).If you’re reading this article (which you clearly are), you’re probably one of these people. Now, you want to know … [Read more...] about How to Submit Your Website to Search Engines (Hint: You Don’t Always Need To)
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There are a lot of different “optimize your SEO” articles on the web, with 5, 10, 15 or so steps on them. That’s fine, that’s good, though a lot of them end up repeating the same tips over and over. I decided to do everyone one better and show off just how many options you have for improving your SEO. I’m not going into detail with them, but rather I’ll link to various more expansive guides you can check and follow. I’m sure pretty much everyone can find something they can do to their site for added benefit.Major ChangesThis first section is the smallest, because these changes are all very major undertakings that have the potential to backfire of you make a mistake while implementing them. However, the boost they can have to SEO is quite significant, so if you’re able to make one of these changes, go for it. Just take the time to research how to do it right first.Migrate to SSL. Full site security is a search ranking factor, but … [Read more...] about 50 SEO Tweaks You Can Make to Increase Your Rankings
Remember those four tips I gave you today about Google Shopping? Well, forget them. Yes, forget all of them because Google has decided to wipe the slate clean and change the product search landscape completely. What’s going on? Google announced today that it is transitioning the free Google Shopping program into a fully commercialized one to offer what it’s calling a better shopping experience for searchers. What Does This Mean for Web Site Owners? Since its inception Google Shopping (or Froogle, or Google Product Search, or Google Base) has been free to participate in. All an advertiser had to do get their products listed was to submit a data feed with accurate inventory, product, and pricing information and they could sit back and watch the traffic roll in. Beginning in June, these free listings will be phased out as ads from the Product Listing Ads Program are phased in. Google plans to complete the transition from free to paid listings some time in Fall. During the … [Read more...] about Major Changes Coming to Google Shopping This Fall
I wrote this in a comment on SERoundtable and Barry Schwartz beat me to the punch recently. Danny also addressed it in passing in a Q&A with Matt Cutts, but I wanted to elaborate on this even more. Think of this as an open letter to Google, or just a general expression of how I feel about this conversation. It honestly doesn’t matter to me. The bottom line is that I think this issue could easily be avoided and search engines should have no issue implementing this. What I think Google in particular is failing to realize, is that there are good SEO’s out there that want to help them succeed. I mean, of course we all want our clients to out rank their competitors, but there is a big part of us that I think Google has “won over”, so helping them improve their engine, would be a win for not just our clients but the SEO community as a whole. How I See This Working We submit things to Google all the time. We submit, XML sitemaps, robots.txt files, and we even … [Read more...] about Should We Disavow Links To Combat Negative SEO?
Search crawlers are becoming more and more effective every day in discovering new content pages on websites. But, that process of organic discovery can be slow and spotty, so it’s hardly any solace to sites that publish hundreds of new pages a day, or publish extremely time-sensitive content such as news articles, or publish a huge amount of specialized digital media content such as video. Even with the continuing improvements in organic search for discovering your content, it still takes time for search to find it all. It takes patience on your part, and in many cases, the content found in a crawl has inadequate context to the needed, relevant keywords that make it discoverable to searchers. Wouldn’t it be cool if a webmaster could just identify a list of content pages you wanted the search engines to crawl, telling them “these are the most important content pages on my site,” and in some cases, even offering a little bit of keyword context to it? Well, great … [Read more...] about A Primer On How To Get The Most Out Of Sitemaps