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Google Image Index Update

This has been a rocky year for Google algorithm updates for sure, especially for sites in the “money and health” niches. Today we discovered another update that has been brewing all year, this Google image index update has impacted 400+ sites that we directly monitor, all ranging in size from small business sites at <1k pageviews/month up to our most busy bloggers pulling >5MM pageviews/month, it’s affected sites across all hosting companies, with cdn from Sucuri/Cloudflare and without any cdn – it’s affecting everyone. How can I check my image index? Here’s how to check if your site has gone through the change, in...

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SEO Tip #1 The Yoast Bug

Robin asked me to write a “tip of the day” today, I can’t remember what the topic she mentioned but I liked the idea so I’m going to run with it and begin with my first SEO Tip #1 The Yoast Bug. Thinking about what the first tip should be, I immediately thought about the worst issue I’ve seen in about half of the last 10 sites I’ve performed an seo audit on recently – yes it’s the infamous Yoast Bug! Even 5 months after the bug appeared and warnings began flooding WordPress forums we’re still seeing affected sites going unfixed, so in this...

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GDPR Checklist

Your company has a list of all types of personal information it holds, the source of that information, who you share it with, what you do with it and how long you will keep it. This is a list of the actual types (columns) of information being held (eg Name, social security nr, address,..). For each type, a source should be documented, the parties this information is shared with, the purpose of the information and the duration for which the company will keep this information. GDPR Article 30 – Records of processing activities Your company has a list of places where it keeps personal...

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What Is GDPR? Everything You Need To Know

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will come into effect across Europe on 25th May 2018. What Does It Do? GDPR provides European Union citizens better control over the collection, use, and storage of their personal data online. It also requires companies and site owners to be transparent about how they collect, use and share personal data. Non-compliance with GDPR can result in fines of 4% annual revenue or 20 million euros – whichever is greater, though before that happens there is a multi-tiered warning system in place. Who Should Be Concerned? Customers and visitors care about their privacy protection. Taking the steps to...

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Top Google Ranking Factors

Google ranks and search engine optimization go hand in hand, but what factor’s does Google really consider when figuring out where to plop a website in their index for keyword searches? The truth is Google uses thousands of metrics to decide – and it’s not even *just* Google with exhaustive lists of rules – many of these metrics are simply World Wide Web Best Practices that ALL website’s should be employing to add value to the online community at-large and provide the best user experience for website traffic across the world as possible… However, the catch here is that some elements are true, some...

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Importance Of Social Media In Your Businesses SEO Strategy

Getting traffic to your website requires a solid SEO strategy that helps you rank high in the various search engines, with social media as an integrated part of that strategy. However, with so many different social media platforms, it can be easy to spread your efforts too thin. For this reason, it is critical to choose the platforms that will work best for your business and your website. Most businesses will find that Google+ and Facebook are most vital to SEO strategy. Social media sharing has been shown to correlate with high search rankings. Though Google and the other search engines do not tell...

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What Is SEO? SEO Basics

Search engine optimization (SEO) aims to increase the amount of traffic to a website by ranking that website high on a search engine results page. It is extremely popular because it is cost-effective and it has been repeatedly proven that it successfully brings more visitors to a particular web page. SEO is known for its use of carefully selected keywords and phrases that manipulate a search engine’s algorithm. Some companies tackle SEO themselves, while others hire an SEO agency to professionally prepare a website or article for publishing. SEO utilizes several different techniques and strategies but listed below are it’s five most important components....

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Why You Need A Responsive Website, NOT An App

Here’s a fun exercise: Dig deep into your memory and ask yourself how many apps you downloaded last month. If your answer’s more than zero, you’re in the minority. Three things in my life are certain: Death Taxes Every new web development client asking me to build them an app Apps are all the rage these days, and that’s rarely more obvious than when I talk to my clients about their digital needs. But the fact is: apps are kind of like kale. Everybody will tell you kale’s amazing for you. They’ll extol its benefits in exhaustive and convincing detail. But when you rush to Natural...

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Top 5 SEO Tips that Should Never be Absent from Your SEO Strategy

Top 5 SEO Tips that Should Never be Absent from Your SEO Strategy With the regular way in which Google updates its algorithms, doing SEO for it could become very unpredictable. What works now may not work or have lesser impact in the future. This is why before you even begin to start proper search engine optimization techniques, you have to accept the fact the field is constantly subject to change. This doesn’t mean that there are methods that have worked since Day One, though. If you’re looking for ways to keep a solid SEO plan of action for your site, then look no...

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Why Backlinks Are Important

We must be careful with our reciprocal  backlinks. There is a Google patent in the works that will deal with not only the popularity of the sites being linked to, but also how trustworthy a site is that you link to from your own website. This will mean that you could get into trouble with the search engine just for linking to a bad apple. We could begin preparing for this future change in the search engine algorithm by being choosier with which we exchange links right now. By choosing only relevant sites to link with, and sites that don’t have tons of outbound...

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