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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With so many content management systems available online, you have no excuse not to build a professional website for your company. Creating one has never been easier. Today, more than 3 billion people use the internet on a daily basis. While, some of them may limit their internet use to social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter, most of them still use it in order to find the information they need. This is where the tricky part comes into play. If you want any of these people to find your business, you have to play it smarter than the majority of your competition. You’re not competing against the billions of websites that are already online. You’re just competing against the websites that operate in your niche. To do this, you must be smart and resourceful. Search engine optimization (SEO) has come a long way in the past decade. While blog posts and keywords are still an important part of the ranking algorithm, there are at least a dozen more ranking factors that you … [Read more...] about 22 Ways to Build Backlinks to Your Website for Free in 2018
Whether you’re a website owner or a website visitor, everyone wants a fast loading website which can carry out sensitive exchanges of information securely. In 2014, Google announced that it was beginning to use HTTPS as a ranking signal, signalling an increased emphasis on secure connections from the world’s biggest search engine. Then, last month, the news came that Google’s Chrome browser will begin displaying a “Not Secure” warning message for unencrypted webpages. This message will be displayed in the address bar of websites not running the HTTPS protocol. Imagine a situation where your visitors withdraw from your website after seeing this warning message. Google does check whether your site uses HTTP or HTTPS protocol. It might not be a crucial factor if you are not very serious about your website. However, if you are an online business, this is not something to overlook – website visitors demand secure … [Read more...] about Should I move my WordPress website to HTTPS?
Google’s Webmaster Tools program provides such a wealth of information that failing to take the few minutes necessary to set up your website with the program is downright foolish! To get started with the program (or to get a bird’s-eye view of some of the changes that may have occurred since you last logged in), take a look at the following “How to” guide to using this great resource: Step #1: Sign up for an account Obviously, the first step to using Google’s Webmaster Tools program to check your website’s health is to sign up for an account in the first place. You’ll need a Google account to do so, but once this is set up, navigate over to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/. There, you’ll find a welcome screen containing details on what exactly the program entails. If you like, you can view the Google Webmaster Tools introductory video from this screen. Or, if you’re ready to get started, simply enter your website’s … [Read more...] about How to Use Google’s Webmaster Tools Program to Check Your Website’s Health
It concentrated on the rather nebulous term ‘quality content’ and the practical signals you can provide Google to prove the text on your webpage is worthwhile. This week we continue diving into on-page content factors, with content freshness. Freshness How recently your webpage was published is a ranking signal. However different searches have different freshness needs. (Source: Google Inside search post) Google checks content for freshness by monitoring the following types of searches… Recent events or hot topics: Anything that begins trending on the web, that searchers want to find the latest information on immediately. Regularly recurring events: These are events that take place on a regular basis, such as annual conferences or presidential elections. Without a specific qualifier, you probably expect to see information on the most recent event, and not one from years ago. Frequent updates: These are searches for information that changes often, but isn’t … [Read more...] about Guide to Google ranking factors – Part 4: content freshness