Jun 5, 2020

Why does Google ignore my COVID-19 or Coronavirus news posts?

Martin Senko replied to thread Why does Google ignore my COVID-19 or Coronavirus news posts?

Hi @ronhowells, welcome to SEO Forum.

This is valid question that I can't answer exactly, as I am not part of Google's Search Quality Raters team, but I am sure you know what's been going on for the last 2+ months...

Basically, most of covid related content is based on misinformation of some kind. In fact, there is no relevant number what-so-ever; no one really knows how many are sick, how many died, etc. Those numbers are based on testing. Is it possible to keep everyone tested in real-time? Heck no. So media is pushing a lot of content based on either false positive or false negative data, using and leveraging stats in ways they need. So their content is more shocking, controversial, even using it for political goals etc. Which is inappropriate for G Search - they need to stay neutral and factual.

So... I wouldn't be surprised, if they simply ignored articles on covid unless it's from (very) reliable source, based on their experience.

Anyway, if you are curious how Quality Raters evaluate quality of search results, check this document: https://static.googleusercontent.com/media/guidelines.raterhub.com/en//searchqualityevaluatorguidelines.pdf It's long read, but definitely helps when creating search friendly content.

PS: The covid bubble seems to be bursting, so even disease opportunists should move on and start creating helpful content if they haven't already.

Re: What is the complete guide to creating content for SEO?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: What is the complete guide to creating content for SEO?

There's loads of guides out there, but as other users before me have said, it's all about producing quality, organic content.

The user experience is what Google is looking for today. Yes, there's hundreds of factors that go into increasing your Google ranking but if your content isn't good in the first place, then the other techniques are useless.

Jun 3, 2020

Re: What is the complete guide to creating content for SEO?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: What is the complete guide to creating content for SEO?

Keywords can help you write a good article. But if you do not understand the topic, then this will be meaningless. By describing only keywords, even automatic content generators can print text (articleforge, content-edge etc).

Jun 2, 2020

Why the number of external links and internal links has decreased

Martin Senko replied to thread Why the number of external links and internal links has decreased

Hard to tell, without knowing details about what happened with your site/referring sites recently.

You should know what happened with internal references across your content. Externally, analytics tools will probably help you find out. Maybe Ahrefs would be my best best for the tool...

May 23, 2020

Rel nofollow vs. sponsored vs. ugc and external

Martin Senko replied to thread Rel nofollow vs. sponsored vs. ugc and external

Combining rels where it makes sense is perfectly fine.

From the article on Moz: > You can use the new attributes in combination with each other. For example, rel="nofollow sponsored ugc" is valid.

May 21, 2020

Re: Number of Keywords

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Number of Keywords

What are you referring to? How many times to repeat the targeted keyword or how many target keywords per page?

May 19, 2020

Google SERP showing wrong regional version after redirects

Martin Senko upvoted Google SERP showing wrong regional version after redirects

Situation

Our website (approx. 3000 pages) contains multiple regional versions of the same page (eg. en-US and en-GB). Correct href lang tags are setup in the sitemap.xml to inform google which version to serve in which region. This has worked fine.

Two weeks ago, we restructured the URLs on our website. All old URLs have proper 301 redirects. Sitemap.xml only contains new URLs, again with proper href lang tags.

Problem

Currently, for some pages the google SERP currently shows multiple versions of the same page. This isn’t a big issue on itself, but old URLs for the wrong region are showing (higher) than the new, correct URL, which is a problem. For example, a search in UK is showing both of these results in the SERP:

  • site.com/old-url (en-US version = WRONG)
  • site.com/new-url (en-GB version = CORRECT)

It’s only 2 weeks, so I guess it will take some more time for the old URLs to disappear from the google index, but I’m not sure if time will fix this issue.

Search Console info for the old URL:

  • Indexed, not submitted in sitemap
  • User-declared canonical: site.com/new-url
  • Google-selected canonical: Inspected URL

![Search Console status](https://i.imgur.com/R3soy6f.png "enter image title here")

I tried reindexing the old URL in Search Console. Google crawled the page again, but still chooses the Inspected URL (= the redirected URL) above the user-declared canonical (= current URL).

Possible cause

Investigating why Google doesn’t show the desired URL, I found the old URLs all seem to have backlinks. One example has only 3 backlinks, another has 136 (too much to request fixing them).

If this is indeed the reason why Google chooses to still show the old URLs, then maybe I should focus on giving google back the correct href lang signals for the old URLs. Would it be wise to re-add the old URL’s to the sitemap.xml so Google has correct href lang signals for these old URLs again? I’m not keen on serving outdated URL’s to Google. , but I don’t see any other way to give google correct signals.

That is, if there's really now way to get the old URL's out of the google SERP. Maybe, I should just be more patient...?

All help appreciated!

May 17, 2020

Does any change in the server require a change in the console

Martin Senko replied to thread Does any change in the server require a change in the console

Changing IP should not have long term impact on your ranks, unless you were assigned some bad IP with terrible reputation.

As long as your DNS is set correctly, domain showing the same content, everything should be good and Google will figure out automatically (if it has not already).

How does your traffic volume look? Any significant changes after switching to a new provider?

May 14, 2020

Redirects to anchor links a good idea?

Martin Senko replied to thread Redirects to anchor links a good idea?

Pretty good thinking actually.

I'd probably do the same - merge pages (that are not robust enough to sit around as a standalone pages) into one/few. That would basically mean H1 -> H2, writing some overwrite for the new page, eventually connecting the content a little bit and that's pretty much it.

As for your question, I'd definitely go with "anchored" links, because it makes perfect sense. For users, it's better - they land exactly where you want them. For you and Google, happy user = all good, I guess. Technically, there is no issue processing hash segment for Google. May even give them signal, that there is particular content, if they do parse hash segment of the URL and use it for whatever computing they do with links. I don't know.

Anyway, go for site.com/systems#system-a for sure.

May 12, 2020

Is there a difference between bounce rate and Alexa?

Martin Senko replied to thread Is there a difference between bounce rate and Alexa?

So you're running SEO tools website where you also have Alexa rank checker and you ask question like this?

Bounce rate and Alexa are completely different terms/meanings. While bounce rate is a website interaction metric (how many users left from the page where they landed), Alexa is a website, service, company... One of the (unique) metrics they compute from their data is Alexa rank, which is an approximate where you site ranks in their list of all websites on the internet. So if your Alexa rank was 1000, Alexa says your site is the 1000th most visited website in the world.

Now you know, what the difference is...

May 6, 2020

Site blocked at wikipedia

Martin Senko replied to thread Site blocked at wikipedia

They know why they do...

Unless you have (very) relevant references for Wikipedia articles, your links do not belong there. It's not a PR magazine/portal/directory.

Googles favourite?

Martin Senko upvoted Googles favourite?

I'm trying to analyse all my competitors using Moz, lighthouse and other backlink SEO tools to understand the pattern of what validates number 1 spot. This includes traffic, speed, alt tags, DA, PA, headers and text but can't see why one site sits at the top for a set keyword search and has done for some time. I'm still on page four after a month of ironing out issues but can't see how I'm failing, my sitemap is kicking out an error and I'm with a website platform and not sure how to fix it. It's one of the few things left on my list of things to try. Any thoughts.

Googles favourite?

Martin Senko replied to thread Googles favourite?

I'd add one more metric as an input to your analysis: age/history.

Don't expect to outrank your competition that has been around for years in days just by analysing their backlink profile, acquiring similar links in short time period and doing some on-page SEO.

Google has long track of visitors behaviour for older sites, while you are new kid on the block, so first you have to prove that you belong there (Google will eventually test you on higher positions from time to time, to see how you perform there) and in general, it take months to get somewhere for a new site & competitive keywords.

So take your time. You can't speed up the process all that much, unless your audience is getting crazy about your site.

Getting back to your subject "Google favourite"; This is super accurate abstraction.

May 4, 2020

Re: H1 tag on page

Martin Senko upvoted Re: H1 tag on page

Good SEO practice is to limit one H1 tag per page/post. In WordPress, By default WordPress, page/post will be given H1 tag

H1 tag on page

Martin Senko replied to thread H1 tag on page

Syntax-wise, you may have any amount of H1 on a page. There is no limit technically, as long as your headings are nested correctly.

Semantically however, it's a good practice to keep it one H1 heading per page, because, as we know, the weight of headings is relative. So if you use two H1 headings, doesn't mean you get double the exposure (ranking for both headings, instead of one). It will be simply divided between the two.

The other point of view is, if you have 2 H1 headings in one document, it should probably be two separate documents. If you have more topics under one parent topic, parent topic should be H1, child topics H2, and so on.

From SEO standpoint, most people see H1 as a document root element, so single top level heading per page makes perfect sense. Just like you always have exactly one HTML tag per page, if you know what I mean...

Site blocked at wikipedia

Martin Senko replied to thread Site blocked at wikipedia

Totally unclear what happened and what you need, so impossible for anyone to answer. Sorry.

Please, post more details to your question, in order to get relevant answer(s).

Thank you.

May 3, 2020

If Google changes its algorithm, will the rank of all sites decrease?

Martin Senko replied to thread If Google changes its algorithm, will the rank of all sites decrease?

Of course all sites won't go down. That would make no sense at all. After all, the first position would be empty, right?

Google's goal is pretty clear; Serving the best possible results for searching user, sorted by relevance (and of course, adding a lot of ads to make $$).

So when your site went down, some other is now where you were before. Because G thinks it's more relevant than yours. And all those changes and updates in their algorithms are aiming for better search experience.

If your site doesn't change/update and other does, it's perfectly normal that your ranks will decrease over time. It's dynamic environment and search results are changing with every single query. So keep working on your site, content, accessability and you should see some positive changes eventually.

Apr 30, 2020

Re: How Can I Indexed Or Increse My Website Keywords?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: How Can I Indexed Or Increse My Website Keywords?
  1. Publish at least 1 blog post per week. Think in the mindset of the user, They mostly search for solutions. Focus on providing value to the users.
  2. Build Natural Backlinks
Apr 27, 2020

Re: Best strategy for URL structure change?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Best strategy for URL structure change?

Thanks for the replies (and compliment :)) The downsides for Option B are very true. I'll go for Option A!

Apr 25, 2020

Which marketing reports should I use?

Martin Senko replied to thread Which marketing reports should I use?

Please, don't create questions just to inject links. Question doesn't make sense - it is so broad it can not be answered in a reasonable manner.

Thanks for understanding.

Apr 24, 2020

Footer links with seo linking to subpages

Martin Senko replied to thread Footer links with seo linking to subpages

You're probably reacting to the OP, not @shane...

Best strategy for URL structure change?

Martin Senko upvoted Best strategy for URL structure change?

Hi, first time poster.

The case

  • 4000 page website
  • 35.000 sessions per month
  • Multiple regions with separate pages per region

We are doing a complete URL structure change to better separate the regions:

![URL structure change](https://i.imgur.com/pTd3zVo.png "enter image title here")

Note that I changed the regions to more known ones. Every page will be moved to a new URL.

The Question

What would be the best strategy to handle the change?

OPTION A: 301 Redirects Simply setup 301 redirects for every old URL. This is the easy option as we already have a script which handles this perfectly. It takes existing redirects in account while avoiding redirect chains.

OPTION B: Keep both URL’s Keep both the old and new URLs. Setup the new URL as canonical and serve only the new URL to Google via the sitemap.

Option B might be less shocking to Google as it can gradually update it’s index to the canonical URLs. However, I prefer option A as this will we the quicker / cheaper solution (option B involves custom development). But I'm not sure whether there's a difference for Google between both options and if / how big / how long a traffic drop would be caused.

It’s a commercial website but not a webshop. Sales aren’t directly related to traffic, so we’re ok with a small and temporary traffic drop.

Note that even before this change, Google is already aware which version to serve to which region. This is handled in our sitemap.

Any advice is appreciated!

Best strategy for URL structure change?

Martin Senko replied to thread Best strategy for URL structure change?

Hi @dmduco and welcome to SEO Forum!

Finally a well described and detailed question, even illustrated by image. Good work.

Generally speaking, google is perfectly fine with the option A. Yeah, it may cause traffic drop, but it should be temporary and also, they are detecting changes like yours much faster than before, so it shouldn't hurt too much.

Also, the great advantage about the option A is that it will keep your app backend clean - you will be serving just current pages, nothing extra, meta-like data for search engines, which makes perfect sense to me.

That being said - Option B will work. The price is obvious though; harder to set up correctly and affecting the actual app in the future.

Good luck!

Apr 20, 2020

Most Moz Academy courses now available for free

Martin Senko published thread Most Moz Academy courses now available for free

Just a quick reminder. If you don't know already, most of Moz Academy course are now available for free. It means a lot of content for you to learn from, for free.

This is not paid advertising (it's free, right?), but I found it useful and worth sharing.

Use promo code: wegotthis

Just make sure it applies to a course of your choice. If not, it says in the overview.

Re: Need Guidance Regarding Home Page Title Tag

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Need Guidance Regarding Home Page Title Tag

"Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security | [business name]"

Ideally titles should be consistent throughout the site. I prefer "title | site name" format-wise. It allows the topic to be identified in the search results and also allows your business to be linked to those topics.

Re: Need Guidance Regarding Home Page Title Tag

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Need Guidance Regarding Home Page Title Tag

You're overthinking it. The site title won't get you ranked. Describe the site briefly and accurately. Stuffing keywords in there doesn't provide benefit. It'll only make you look spammy to users.

Re: Footer links with seo linking to subpages

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Footer links with seo linking to subpages

I don't think that people typically search for web designers in their own city. Why would it matter where the developer is located if they're good at what they do?

I've seen this strategy a lot but I'm not sure if it's an effective strategy. If you've built a website which ends up being 1,000 pages you'll end up with 1,000 links from 1 site with the same link text.

At what point does it become spammy? I'm not entirely sure. I would say it detracts from the client site though. Prioritizing the person who paid you is probably the best bet. Referrals are a web developers best friend.

Need Guidance Regarding Home Page Title Tag

Martin Senko replied to thread Need Guidance Regarding Home Page Title Tag

Exactly what @shane said ^^

I'd keep it short and simple, carrying the most information about the page possible. Also, I'd use just one separator | and prioritize as reverse breadcrumbs - leftmost being the most page-specific. One of the reasons is, that browsers show titles in tabs. More tabs you have open, shorter part of URL is visible. Also, don't forget to use favicon. If you have loads of tabs, that's the only thing you can see and use to identify the site...

Apr 17, 2020

Re: Should I connect my CRM data for offline marketing to Google Data Studio Dashboard?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Should I connect my CRM data for offline marketing to Google Data Studio Dashboard?

I don't know if I understand the purpose. Online and offline metrics are fundamentally different. ROI is the only output from both marketing activities that is truly relevant.

Comparative data is definitely useful to better understand the nature of your business but you're also giving that data to a 3rd party. I believe the connecting your dashboards would benefit their company more than yours.

Re: Linking my sites together

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Linking my sites together

I'd leave as them be unless there is a real benefit to your visitors/customers. Avoid anything that doesn't provide immediate and obvious benefit to them.

Apr 13, 2020

Re: How do I write few articles with similar SEO keywords?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: How do I write few articles with similar SEO keywords?

Focusing on the right keywords has a huge impact on growing your traffic. The added benefit of keyword targeting is that this content will bring you visitors who are more likely to convert to leads and sales.

Writing content for SEO is a lot more than sprinkling a few keywords throughout your text. Google will certainly not appreciate it very much. Not only will you fail to get your site ranked highly by it, but you also risk getting penalized.

Apr 7, 2020

Not in search on google

Martin Senko replied to thread Not in search on google

I just started my blog its my first post...

Alright. And "just" means how long ago exactly?

Don't expect instant crawl and indexing. It takes time. From hours to up to few daysin average.

Recover from 14 Jan Core Update

Martin Senko replied to thread Recover from 14 Jan Core Update

Well, 40 000 down to 800 means, it probably wasn't just about the update. From what I understand, people lost up to 50% of their SE traffic. You lost almost 100% which doesn't make much sense.

Any new messages appeared in your Search Console?

Recover from 14 Jan Core Update

Martin Senko replied to thread Recover from 14 Jan Core Update

Depends on why exactly your website has been hit. Do you know what's wrong with your site and why it lost positions?

Generally speaking, you can always recover. It all comes down to how much effort and time it will take.

Apr 6, 2020

Website ranking issue

Martin Senko upvoted Website ranking issue

First of all greetings everyone :) Thank you for creating such a useful forum for boosting SEO and knowledge about it. I need your kind advice on this one, basically I'm trying to rank my Shopify store for two keywords mainly and these are "anti gravity phone case" and "anti gravity case". Luckily for me the website is showing up in google for them, however, instead of the main page it's product pages that are popping up. The store is called OneDealBox.

So it's like this right now when I type these keywords

![Anti-Gravity Phone Case](https://i.ibb.co/zmPW8K3/Coronavirus-3-Shutterstock-1200x768.jpg "Anti-Gravity Case") ![Anti-Gravity Phone Case](https://i.ibb.co/1sXxyDG/20200311-123212-coronavirus-logo-png.jpg "Anti-Gravity Case")

But what I'm aiming for is this, but I only see it when I type my store's name etc.

![enter image description here](https://i.ibb.co/0FRKSjB/90815446-2482385752029166-2213620006850134016-n.jpg "enter image title here")

I understand that I have lots of pages that include the "anti gravity phone case" phrase and it may be the issue itself, so perhaps there is something to be changed there, something with the structure, I never used this kind of theme and platform before, mostly worked with wordpress in the past and never had such issues. I've been trying hard to let google know that it's the homepage that is the most relevant, but with no luck. Would love to hear Your opinions on this, greatly appreciated. Many thanks!

Website ranking issue

Martin Senko replied to thread Website ranking issue

Hi and welcome!

Critical question here I think is, how does it work for you right now? Is search traffic from given keywords converting on product pages? If yes, you wouldn't want to change that.

What I mean is, getting people to your homepage is putting obstacle in their way to a product page. So conversions could be lower. Right now, it makes much more sense, as long as target page (where visitor lands after SE redirect) is relevant to their query.

If you still need your visitors landing on homepage, you should consider changes in your SEO strategy - both on & off page. That means, relevant content on the homepage, 100% semantics and site navigation, and adjusted link building strategy, so anchors with given keyword links to your homepage.

It won't change in an hour of course...

Apr 3, 2020

My website isnt showing on google search result

Martin Senko replied to thread My website isnt showing on google search result

No idea how long it's been for you, but generally speaking, rule of thumb is within days, not weeks. Talking about appearance, not ranking.

You should be IN the index within hours, but there is no obligation for Google, so it may take some time. But today, they have processes so fast a smooth, that if I won't see at least some of my pages within 2-3 days, I'll be surprised...

Specially if you manually submitted.

Check your site, robots.txt, robots meta tag eventually, and also, if the site is accessible from outside your network. This is weird.

Apr 2, 2020

Re: My website isnt showing on google search result

Martin Senko upvoted Re: My website isnt showing on google search result

How long has it been? Wouldn't worry if it's only been a couple of weeks.

Apr 1, 2020

"Some" of my pages are disappeared from google

Martin Senko replied to thread "Some" of my pages are disappeared from google

What is that update about @uday508singh ? How do you know?

Mar 21, 2020

Re: Google displaying amp pages for desktop users

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Google displaying amp pages for desktop users

That is strange. I've had the opposite issue. The pages served are desktop pages not amp pages when visited on mobile.

There must be a setting for canonical preference. Just make sure that's set to the non-amp version. If that doesn't work you can implement specific markup to indicate your preference. That information can be found on the following Google Support link.

https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/139066

Mar 16, 2020

Re: What will be your approach if your SEO method doesn’t work?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: What will be your approach if your SEO method doesn’t work?

I would give it 12-months and monitor my search console.

Next I'd pick 6 different pages with similar SERP ranks and performance history. I'd make distinctly different changes to each of them. I'd monitor for an additional 3-6 months.

I'd take the tactic from the winning page and use it on the other 5 pages. I would monitor all 6 pages for another 3 months to ascertain whether that tactic works across multiple pages.

Mar 12, 2020

Re: Duplicate content issue for medicine active ingredient

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Duplicate content issue for medicine active ingredient

It's not actually thin content though. It answers a specific query and has a obvious search intent too. Being a small page by word count does not inherently mean the page is bad.

I think profusely repeating yourself on each product page would likely be worse. Plus, how many users actually want/need/use this information? If less than a majority, you're just stuffing a page with information most users will not want.

I believe if there's a choice, you should chose a positive user experience before 'search optimization'.

Re: Duplicate content issue for medicine active ingredient

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Duplicate content issue for medicine active ingredient

Well, you could link to explanations for each of the active ingredients.

[drug -> text link] Drug 1 -> ingredient 1 Drug 2 -> ingredient 1, ingredient 2

This creates a pretty solid internal link structure and encourages multi-page visits. Reduced bounce rates can have a beneficial impact on SERP ranks.

Up to you though.

SERP 1st place conversion rate expectations

Martin Senko upvoted SERP 1st place conversion rate expectations

Hi!

My name is João Antunes and I have a question for you!

Do you have any expectations for conversion rate when you have your ecommerce site ranking in very first position of SERP?

If you have specific information for Europe I would be very thankful.

Mar 5, 2020
Mar 2, 2020

Re: Sudden drop in organic CTR / clicks, but stable impressions and positions?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Sudden drop in organic CTR / clicks, but stable impressions and positions?

The most likely scenario is that your organic position has changed, but the average position remained the same.

You could have 10 pages ranking #1 for very low volume keywords which offsets the position change for a high volume keyword. The aggregate stats can be very misleading and difficult to diagnose.

Re: Will the trailing extra space in anchor text cause any problem in SEO?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Will the trailing extra space in anchor text cause any problem in SEO?

It shouldn't make a difference. It is trivial for anyone with minimal coding experience to parse and clean text, let alone Google.

You should be concerned with which direction the links will send your organic rankings. It's honestly not worth trying to game Google's algo.

Sudden drop in organic CTR / clicks, but stable impressions and positions?

Martin Senko replied to thread Sudden drop in organic CTR / clicks, but stable impressions and positions?

Exactly what @shane wrote.

For example, by publishing new content, new long tail keywords are likely popping out, and as those are low volume, easy to rank keywords, position could be #1-3 easily, distorting your aggregated data on the top level.

What to do? Start with your strongest keywords (volume is high and position is top 3) and check the data individually on per-keyword basis. You will eventually find keywords that are trending downwards.

Feb 27, 2020

I want to rank-up my keywords that are on good places but not on top positions.

Martin Senko replied to thread I want to rank-up my keywords that are on good places but not on top positions.

If you recently gained new links, allow some time to google index em and process correctly. It's not an instant process and may take some time.

To be precise about bounce rate: Bounce rate is single-page sessions divided by all sessions, or the percentage of all sessions on your site in which users viewed only a single page and triggered only a single request to the Analytics server. Bounce Rate

Progressing to payment page != bounce rate

What is best backlink analysis free Website ?

Martin Senko replied to thread What is best backlink analysis free Website ?

Semrush is good, but I wouldn't say it's necessarily the best one

I want to rank-up my keywords that are on good places but not on top positions.

Martin Senko replied to thread I want to rank-up my keywords that are on good places but not on top positions.

Hey @steaveaustin

Check backlink profiles of your competition that is ranking higher and try to earn backlinks from that sites too. Otherwise, any good links will help, but it's not just about links.

Google measures bounce rate, "pogo sticking" and more similar metrics based on user behaviour, so as long as your site does perform worse than competition, it makes sense it's ranked lower.

Feb 18, 2020

How do I get something removed from Google search?

Martin Senko replied to thread How do I get something removed from Google search?

Check this post: https://seoforum.com/thread/google-search-console-removal-tools-new

Google recently updated their Search Console, and now you can mark your page for removal. Let us know, how it works.

Feb 17, 2020

Seoforum reached new milestone today

Martin Senko published thread Seoforum reached new milestone today

We now have 500 registered users :)

Thank you to all of our members.

Feb 15, 2020

Sudden drop in organic CTR / clicks, but stable impressions and positions?

Martin Senko upvoted Sudden drop in organic CTR / clicks, but stable impressions and positions?

[Statistics](http://somedia.be/Schermafbeelding%202020-02-13%20om%2017.20.50.png "statistics")

Since december we see a sudden drop in our CTR and clicks for organic, while our positions and impressions were unchanged and very stable. We have no clue how this could be possible? Any suggestions on what we should look into? Also the average conversion rate of the remaining organic visitors made a drop of 30% as well.

Metatitles en descriptions has been unchanged during this period, so this can't be the cause.!

How do I write few articles with similar SEO keywords?

Martin Senko replied to thread How do I write few articles with similar SEO keywords?

Well, as a copywriter, that's part of your job - to get creative, finding more facts and information on given topic and write nice and unique copy.

I don't think anyone can help you with this. Just think about it - there are thousands of articles about the same topic on the internet (obviously, not all of them unique, but still...)

Feb 7, 2020

Re: need help from seo experts

Martin Senko upvoted Re: need help from seo experts

I don't recommend you waste time or resources building unrelated links. The impact of great links is minimal compared to the quality of content being linked to.

Focus your effort on building a useful resource with proper site structure.

Re: Ranking in Google image search with "labeled for reuse" filter

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Ranking in Google image search with "labeled for reuse" filter

I'm not entirely sure what you're question is. Images will get crawled and indexed in time. There is not a special tag to be included in search results.

Meta information will help Google understand what is contained in the image which will help it rank within image search.

Re: I need help with Facebook Ads

Martin Senko upvoted Re: I need help with Facebook Ads

There could be an issue if you specified the target demographic. You could have either drilled down to too few users or your bid could be too low. I don't remember the specific mechanics of FB advertising but I do recall there being a difference between community pages and business pages in regards to onsite material.

Jan 29, 2020

My youtube livestream is unsearchable

Martin Senko replied to thread My youtube livestream is unsearchable

Someone probably reported your videos/livestream and just like @seoradar mentioned, could be penalty on the channel. Who knows.

You have definitely multiple checkmarks for penalization, so it's more than possible. I don't have any experience with recovering penalized or restricted channels, so that's up to you and YouTube. Even though they have zero obligation to work it out with you.

Hope you didn't pay too much :/

Re: My youtube livestream is unsearchable

Martin Senko upvoted Re: My youtube livestream is unsearchable

Perhaps youtube penalty of some sort? For whatever happened on that channel. Doesn't look fit.

My youtube livestream is unsearchable

Martin Senko replied to thread My youtube livestream is unsearchable

Those videos are completely unrelated to crypto. Did you buy the channel?

Google Search Console removal tools [New!]

Martin Senko published thread Google Search Console removal tools [New!]

Have you noticed already?

There are new tools in the GSC! In the sidebar under Index there is new item called Removals. Once you access it, you can see three tabs:

  1. Temporary removals
  2. Outdated content
  3. Safesearch Filtering

Right now, I can only see New request button under Temporary removals tab, but that's maybe due to feature's early state. Anyway, tool for urgent content removal from Google Search seems to be very useful in some cases.

To request removal of outdated content, you can use this page https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/removals but the property has to be already removed. Also, you can't use it for removal of personal information legally problematic content. For such case, Google has yet another tool.

SafeSearch filtering will be probably only useful for viewing purposes, so you can see which pages of your website have been filtered due to explicit content via this form https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/safesearch

If you know more details about the tools, please, share in comments.

My youtube livestream is unsearchable

Martin Senko replied to thread My youtube livestream is unsearchable

Obvious thing that pops out the very second I land on your channel is, that you have 137k subs, yet no videos and ONLY 5k views...

Did you buy the channel, removed the videos and now trying to position it in a different niche?

Too many obvious red flags here. Even the topic itself...

My youtube livestream is unsearchable

Martin Senko replied to thread My youtube livestream is unsearchable

Can you tell us more about your channel? When it was started, how many subscribers at the moment, how many videos, views...

I mean, no one really knows the algorithm obviously, just like with Google Search. But we have to be realistic about it; successful channels get better positions and more impressions in YT Search. There is nothing to disagree about this, right?

So it's all about where your channel currently is, and all I can see is happening here is, that within ~20 minutes, there are so many livestreams started on YouTube, that you just can't find yours anywhere near top, because there are multiple that are more recent (started more recently), from more popular channels, from channels that aired better performing videos in the past... you name it.

YouTube is hard one. You have to keep working on your content & audience in order to get more popular and therefore rank higher. I don't see any proven shortcuts as of now.

Agree? Disagree?

I need help with Facebook Ads

Martin Senko replied to thread I need help with Facebook Ads

I am afraid you'll have to tell us more details about what you have tried, what type of content are you trying to promote on Facebook, what's your budget and so on.

Also, not delivering isn't very specific term, and it could be just you being happy with your results, but maybe other people in the field see similar results.

Please, provide us with more details, so we can brainstorm a little bit ;)

Jan 27, 2020

What is Google BERT ?

Martin Senko upvoted What is Google BERT ?

Hi, I am new to SEO and learning SEO. Can anyone explain to me about the latest google update bert?

Re: What is Google BERT ?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: What is Google BERT ?

BERT Stands for Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers. It is Google’s neural network-based technique for natural language processing (NLP) pre-training. For more information, you can read this blog from searchengineland, I am sharing the link with you.

https://searchengineland.com/welcome-bert-google-artificial-intelligence-for-understanding-search-queries-323976

Jan 25, 2020

Google rolled out "Brand First" update to their desktop results

Martin Senko replied to thread Google rolled out "Brand First" update to their desktop results

As of yesterday, favicons are gone from search results - they did not last for too long. Who knows what will happen to domain names and breadcrumbs in the future...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">An important update! We’ve heard your feedback about the look. We always want to make Search better, so we’re going to experiment with new placements for favicons on desktop. Please see here for more: <a href="https://t.co/R4RjQ53cXe&quot;&gt;https://t.co/R4RjQ53cXe&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) <a href="https://twitter.com/searchliaison/status/1220769537513013248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&gt;January 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js&quot; charset="utf-8"></script>

Banned users (list included)

Martin Senko published thread Banned users (list included)

Hello SEOs.

I am not happy to report that we already have banned more than 70 users. The reasons are various, but most often it comes down to posting spammy threads, posting lists (no idea what that is good for), posting completely off-topic replies containing unrelated links to their sites, duplicate threads and the worst think is automated spam, but I think we are pretty good at fighting this thing and eventually automating it a lot.

We don't have hard posting policies here. You can ask nearly anything, reply to any thread in a relevant way and eventually post a link if you have some history of relevant posts.

Please, keep in mind I want to keep this place clean and serving it's purpose and I try hard. Thank you for being member of SEO forum and you are welcome to use it to gain & share knowledge.

Now, list of banned users:

abnershem
airpotroyal
aladanh
Allhd
amazonhealth
atalb
avantikaroy
belkharraf
bestseoagencyinusa
Bindu
CartoAirport
Chima
digimark658
digitalcoastmarketing
digitalmarketingboy
Divyasree
electrofollows
Esacademy
evamilan
Glamupacademy
Hassan Sial
idaynyt
KiltandMore
koreanairlinevn
leathercollectionfr
licensecube
lumenpart.com
madhubalan324
mamaprofroy
marinajoy
MdAlquamaAlam
Meddco.com
mksharmaji
naven
nuochoanewly19
pradeepkg
prajwal
preethi
punjabdentistry
qcdaiphat
quangcaodaiphathcm
Rabbihossainraihan
redstarrsic
sadhana
sarkariresult
sarkariresults
sattamatka
Savisavi
Scrdsindia
sdippress
seocliniq
seounibiztec
shaikhlawfirm
shawk
shawnseoblog
shreyashinde
sioramsurgy
social.abhi
softwareplusindia
sonam
svapps
thestudyiq02
trantungbtl
uhlpetr
user22863244
user30107068
vijaya12
vivindesign
webologixglobal
webtekdigital4
whitevoxindia
xebiaacademy
Jan 22, 2020

Google rolled out "Brand First" update to their desktop results

Martin Senko published thread Google rolled out "Brand First" update to their desktop results

New search results design has been out for few days now, but maybe you haven't seen yet. It's almost surprising, Google is going back to power brands in their results leveraging favicons & clearly emphasized domain name.

Also Ads are being marked with clear bold Ad now, so it looks like Google is doing kind of disservice to their business, but giving back great tool to webmasters, which is win for all of us.

Maybe they realized that they need quality websites in long term and they simply cannot monopolize internet by answering every single query.

It's also possible, that the update is just a part of their never ending A/B/C/... testing and could change again rather quickly. Who knows? We will see.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Last year, our search results on mobile gained a new look. That’s now rolling out to desktop results this week, presenting site domain names and brand icons prominently, along with a bolded “Ad” label for ads. Here’s a mockup: <a href="https://t.co/aM9UAbSKtv&quot;&gt;pic.twitter.com/aM9UAbSKtv&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) <a href="https://twitter.com/searchliaison/status/1216782591463813126?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&gt;January 13, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js&quot; charset="utf-8"></script>

Jan 21, 2020

Google's January 2020 Core Update is live

Martin Senko replied to thread Google's January 2020 Core Update is live

Yeah, already forgot that thread.

Do you guys already see any traffic anomalies? It's too early to judge, but I see some spikes on our websites. Big spikes followed by regular numbers and then again...

Jan 19, 2020

Is anyone willing to help me with SEO?

Martin Senko replied to thread Is anyone willing to help me with SEO?

What do you need help with?

Jan 14, 2020

How many times does Google release the algorithms and updates visible to users?

Martin Senko replied to thread How many times does Google release the algorithms and updates visible to users?

Seems like "several times per year" is the answer to your question, because no one really knows.

Everything important is typically being announced here: https://twitter.com/searchliaison

Google's January 2020 Core Update is live

Martin Senko published thread Google's January 2020 Core Update is live

For those who might have missed it:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The January 2020 Core Update is now live and will be rolling out to our various data centers over the coming days.</p>— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) <a href="https://twitter.com/searchliaison/status/1216766991882567680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&gt;January 13, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js&quot; charset="utf-8"></script>

Don't forget to comment if you see any changes, positive or negative. Thanks!

What are common types of Schema’s used in websites?

Martin Senko replied to thread What are common types of Schema’s used in websites?

Please, clarify your question.

What do you mean? Schema.org?

Jan 5, 2020

Re: What is the complete guide to creating content for SEO?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: What is the complete guide to creating content for SEO?

Forget keywords. Think search intent. What does the searcher need? What can the search query tell you about their intent?

Jan 2, 2020

What is best backlink analysis free Website ?

Martin Senko replied to thread What is best backlink analysis free Website ?

Your question is way too general to answer. There are multiple free web services that will do the job, but each does it differently, based on different volume of data crawled, etc.

Maybe tell us what exactly you are looking for? What's the goal?

Also, don't forget you can check linking pages in your GSC (Google Search Console).

Dec 26, 2019

Myth or fact: Google won't rewrite page title when starting with keywords

Martin Senko replied to thread Myth or fact: Google won't rewrite page title when starting with keywords

Never heard about it, but it does sound funny. Why would Google do that?

Backlinks from Subdomains

Martin Senko replied to thread Backlinks from Subdomains

Subdomain backlinks should count as links, however, they will have much lower value as they are biased in a way. That being said, it's atill a link, as subdomain content is considered autonomous website in the online space. But if Google ranks backlinks differently by IPs and distances, it's technically much easier to see obvious bias between subdomains and therefore the link from subdomain will be of lower value. Still, if each subdomain is ranked individually, such links could possibly bring some aggregated value.

Dec 24, 2019

URL ended with "/undefined" in SERP

Martin Senko replied to thread URL ended with "/undefined" in SERP

Can you post a serp screenshot with the undefined slug? Can not find such case myself.

Thanks

How do facebook conversion pixels work?

Martin Senko upvoted How do facebook conversion pixels work?

It's been long time since I discovered Facebook pixel, however, I haven't had time or courage to find more about how it works and learn how to use it and make use of the data it does provide.

Can you please explain scenarios in which you use Facebook pixel, how do you implement it, and what data do you check when using it. How does it help your business?

If you have some good references to learn from, I'd appreciate if you could post links. Free materials preferably.

Thank you

One website open with multiple domain names Good for Seo?

Martin Senko replied to thread One website open with multiple domain names Good for Seo?

I think you should explain what do you mean by "one website with multiple domains".

Are those domains redirected to a main domain? Are we talking about masking? Or serving exact same content through multiple domains?

Dec 15, 2019

Website network - could be seen as PBN by Google?

Martin Senko upvoted Website network - could be seen as PBN by Google?

We do run a network of websites. For demonstration, I'll make up numbers.

We have one main health related website and 20 supporting websites. Each website hosted on the same dedicated server, same IP address. We are linking from supporting websites to the main website. Links are 99% from articles, but we also have a link in the Resources section on each website.

From time to time, we do link from main website to a health problem specific website, which is often one of our supporting websites, but not exclusively.

Is there a chance, Google will evaluate our network of websites as a PBN and ban it? I don't see manual actions on these yet.

Website network - could be seen as PBN by Google?

Martin Senko replied to thread Website network - could be seen as PBN by Google?

Hi @devon, welcome to SEO Forum.

From what I read, it sounds like a PBN pattern, so it depends on Google and how it evaluates such schemes. Honestly, I don't see anything wrong about what you do, except the information bias - linking only to your own websites which may not seem objective/correct.

I'd definitely stay away from footer and navigation links.

Other than that, I can't really help, as we are talking about reverse engineering Google blackbox, which is not exact science.

Dec 10, 2019

Keyword Ranking Fluctuation

Martin Senko replied to thread Keyword Ranking Fluctuation

@matthewsstephen12

Could really be 5. negative (as long as content is not SPAM, super low quality, duplicity, etc...)? Haven't experienced such a scenario yet. Sometimes, after adding new content, websites skyrocket in rankings, sometimes not so much and often it doesn't make any measurable difference in ranking at all, but haven't really seen a decline due to new content, given it was good quality content.

Dec 3, 2019

Site Issues and Errors

Martin Senko replied to thread Site Issues and Errors

Fixed smartphone layout a little bit @MarkusMay. As always, feedback highly appreciated.

On to next few fixes.

Dec 2, 2019

Competitor Mystery

Martin Senko replied to thread Competitor Mystery

You're welcome @arandazzo88.

Please, keep us posted about changes on the site and your rankings over the time. I am sure it will be interesting to watch!

Nov 27, 2019

Competitor Mystery

Martin Senko replied to thread Competitor Mystery

Didn't mean to say that the user experience on your site is entirely bad, not at all. The site looks OK to me, but I can find room for further improvement quiet easily.

For example this page: /classes/cpr-instructor-course/ is text heavy. There are no dividing elements, seems like a whole lot of text, that no one really want to read. It's bulky and obvious tldr;

I'd suggest using more visually appealing elements like images (illustrations, charts, ...), embedded videos, tables, highlighted text (quotes, verses) etc. Something that will keep your reader interested and focused, so they read through all of that content. By doing that, time spent on each of your content pages should increase and we know that these metrics do help.

Keep pushing your content, getting good references (backlinks), use social media if your audience is there and I am sure it will help in the long term.

Re: Competitor Mystery

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Competitor Mystery

I really appreciate the feedback @ms. ItIt doesn't hurt my feelings. Just gives me a leg up on what I need to work on. I wish I had more of a design eye for UX. Like you, it's hard for me to put my finger on things like that.

Creating unique content will be difficult but I think it's possible by using "past clients" section, testimonials, staff bios, etc. I'll have to play around with it and see if I can be creative enough to make each product page unique yet standardized.

Keyword Ranking Fluctuation

Martin Senko replied to thread Keyword Ranking Fluctuation

Hey @murtza, welcome to SEO Forum.

Unfortunately, there is not enough information in your question. I find it genuine and normal that site ranks change over time, and so do the competitor ranks. You are 3rd today, and 5th tomorrow... It's not all about your site or action you do. Your competitor actions come into play just as vital as yours.

If they do the work, they rank higher and there is nothing wrong about it.

What timeframe are we talking about? I mean, given you start ranking well today, when does the drop happen?

Nov 26, 2019

Competitor Mystery

Martin Senko replied to thread Competitor Mystery

Being 100% honest with you @arandazzo88 gotta say I like knoxvillecpr a little bit more. Just my first impressions, but seems more consistent and easier to read for some reason. Can't really compare content, but that could be also another point of view to consider.

Having dedicated city&product pages should definitely help as long as you can keep up the quality and amount of the content. Also, it's questionable, how different would such a product page be for each city... I'd stay away of it if means the same content, just replacing [city name]. Otherwise, should be positive change.

Re: Competitor Mystery

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Competitor Mystery

Well, that's the difficult piece. We usually try to rank for these keywords [product name] [city name]. However, being in 4 cities, it's difficult.

Currently we have a landing page for each city and then we have our generic product pages. This makes it difficult to rank when someone is searching for a product in their city.

I'm considering a restructure, though. Maybe keeping our city landing pages, but then creating a city specific page for each product. So if we have 6 products and we are in 4 cities, that would mean 24 product pages total. What do you think about that?

Nov 25, 2019

Re: Image Size SEO Tip - Recommendation required!

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Image Size SEO Tip - Recommendation required!

You said you wanted to display the preview size image to reduce page weight and increase page load speed. To avoid the near-term drop in traffic you would have to modify yoursite.com/image-url.

If your current full-size image is found at yoursite.com/image_full-size and your preview image is yoursite.com/image_preview-size then you must modify /image_preview-size to /image_full-size.

I do not recommend this method at all but it is a quick fix to avoid the short-term drop before the new images are indexed.

Nov 23, 2019

best way to increase speed?

Martin Senko upvoted best way to increase speed?

Hello Everyone,

What is the best way to increase website speed load time? I read somewhere that your hosting provider plays a huge role also a good cache plugin for WordPress websites.

Personally I'm a big fan of cloud hosting companies they provide extraordinary support and speed than shared plans. e.g Cloudways they provide managed cloud hosting solutions.

And for cache plugins, I like WP Rocket.

What are your top go-to cache plugins and hosting?

Re: best way to increase speed?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: best way to increase speed?

You need to enable the cache and use optimized images so that it can make the page to load easily. Also choose simple design for your website and minimize HTTP requests.

Re: best way to increase speed?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: best way to increase speed?

Agree with @ms.

Wordpress is bloated. Even if you have a perfect theme, perfectly optimized media, and the best hosting available, a lightweight CMS will outperform.

SEO Forum - To-Do list

Martin Senko replied to thread SEO Forum - To-Do list

Latest posts done today, so I am taking it off the list...

Also fixed User dropdown item Settings.

How different is using subdomain vs. new domain in terms of SEO?

Martin Senko replied to thread How different is using subdomain vs. new domain in terms of SEO?

@brucejonesseo but we are talking subdomain vs. completely different domain here.

This is not sub.example.com vs. example.com/sub

Nov 21, 2019

Image Size SEO Tip - Recommendation required!

Martin Senko upvoted Image Size SEO Tip - Recommendation required!

Hey there, I have the following problem:

The Website

  • I'm running a stock image website (like pexels.com)
  • Currently the website has around 30k images displaying.
  • The most traffic comes from Google Images.

The Problem I created the website a few years ago without any knowledge about what I'm really doing. There I didn't do any optimization to the website speed. Today that changed.

If a user uploads an image it will save three images:

  1. a thumbnail (quite small)
  2. a preview (little bigger but small)
  3. the original file (quite big..)

The website is displaying the original image on the 'show' page of each image. These images also ranked in Google.

Now I want to change the large original image to the preview image to optimize the site load. However I did this but the traffic immediately crashed because the site lost almost every rank in google images. ![stastic](https://i.imgur.com/HNsmru0.png "stastic")

I think this is caused by removing the indexed image so I changed it back again to large.

The question What is better now? The site is quite slow with the big images but over the years these images got a quite good rank. Shall I remove it and wait till the preview image is ranked too? Can I still have the large one in google images but displaying the previews for the user?

What do you recommend?

Nov 17, 2019

Spam at Seoforum - New Antispam Policy Rule

Martin Senko replied to thread Spam at Seoforum - New Antispam Policy Rule

> I would delete the post and give them a warning, 2nd offence would ban the profile. Maybe they would contribute in a more positive way in the future.

Good idea, but this is going to be automatic process, so red flag and ban without manual action from admin.

Re: Spam at Seoforum - New Antispam Policy Rule

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Spam at Seoforum - New Antispam Policy Rule

I would delete the post and give them a warning, 2nd offence would ban the profile. Maybe they would contribute in a more positive way in the future.

Nov 14, 2019

Google Update? Significant traffic drop on two of our sites

Martin Senko replied to thread Google Update? Significant traffic drop on two of our sites

One of our client has confirmed SE traffic decline, due to affected ranking positions. No confirmation of that having something to do with the update in question though. Just saying.

I'll check our rather big dataset of SERPs we are collecting on daily basis, once today's processing is over.

Google Update? Significant traffic drop on two of our sites

Martin Senko upvoted Google Update? Significant traffic drop on two of our sites

One site is health related magazine, the other one is kinda product review aggregator. Used to be at steady traffic levels. About 700-800 visitors on health magazine, but for last 3-4 days, we are down to just about 50-60% of that.

Do you see something similar in your stats? Any confirmation by google? I found SERoundtable flash news about it, but doesn't look like a critical update. At least google says it's just a regular update they do on daily/weekly basis.

Other sites stay about the same traffic wise.

Google Update? Significant traffic drop on two of our sites

Martin Senko replied to thread Google Update? Significant traffic drop on two of our sites

Nothing unusual in my stats. Seoforum went slightly up, otherwise same as always.

Nov 13, 2019

My website authority getting Down Day-by-Day. How can I recover it?

Martin Senko upvoted My website authority getting Down Day-by-Day. How can I recover it?

I am making backlink from a high authority website daily, but still losing my website authority day-by-day. Why this is happening to my website? Please give me any suggestion regarding this.

My website: trendinwealth.com

Do-follow backlink

Martin Senko replied to thread Do-follow backlink

Register on Reddit, get familiar with it, find good subreddit for your needs, post valuable posts regularly and then think about backlinks. Posting links from new accounts doesn't make sense - the reason is obvious.

But Reddit could be good, as long as your post get some traction. You can get quiet some direct traffic too. But it gotta score!

Competitor Mystery

Martin Senko upvoted Competitor Mystery

Can someone help me do an analysis? I've been trying to outrank my competitor for a long time and can't ever seem to do it.

My site: primemedicaltraining.com Their site: knoxvillecpr .com

Here's what I've done and don't understand how it's not made a difference.

  1. We have hundreds more quality backlinks
  2. All our landing pages are 2,000 words
  3. Readability is good (large font, short paragraphs)
  4. Decent CTR, bounce rate and dwell time

All the above is opposite of what my competitor has and yet they still have a strong first place position. If you read their content, it's even border-line spammy. Can anyone give me some guidance of what is going on?

Re: Competitor Mystery

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Competitor Mystery

There are a variety of reasons.

Backlinks are mostly irrelevant. The people who tout backlink profiles also happen to be selling services or software that performs that function. It's not important anymore.

Length of content isn't a strict requirement either. The most important aspect of your content is how it addresses the users' query. You could write a novel and not answer their question.

Readability depends on the audience. Styling has more to do with mobile usability.

Interaction stats are probably the most important thing after relevance to the users' search intent but you can't optimize bounce rate directly. You optimize content and size structure to benefit your bounce rate.

Their content is not spammy. They are a business who is selling a service. Maybe your content is objectively better but is your business? When considering Google business listings, Google maps, other real-world data, plus your web presence, who is better?

Google's algo is a black box. We can deduce certain ranking factors but without knowing exactly what is going on it is impossible to truly compete with another website directly.

You can aim to build the best website in terms of structure and content while also building up a strong customer focused business and end up ranking #1. Or you can try to find the shortcut to outrank someone else.

The former is what one does when they are building a business, the latter is what get rich quick schemes are made of.

P.S.

Site structure matters. Everything should make sense and follow a pattern. Computers understand patterns better than context or content. People like patterns whether they notice them or not.

Oct 27, 2019

Re: Website not ranking in google...

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Website not ranking in google...

There are hundreds of thousands of pages for even the most obscure search queries. Just because you mention a word does not mean you will rank in the top 20 pages. That isn't how this works. Read about the basics of SEO if you actually want to see results.

Oct 24, 2019

Someone ripped of a blog of mine...and it is already ranking higher....how to fix!

Martin Senko replied to thread Someone ripped of a blog of mine...and it is already ranking higher....how to fix!

That's definitely one of key things I'd focus on.

Not the only one though. New quality content, new high quality backlinks to the pages you want to rank high, social signals... everything will help your site.

Someone ripped of a blog of mine...and it is already ranking higher....how to fix!

Martin Senko upvoted Someone ripped of a blog of mine...and it is already ranking higher....how to fix!

Hi everyone,

First post so apologies if I'm not doing this properly.

I run a hobby website. Its all about how expats living in Thailand can get Thai citizenship. Its pretty niche, but that's okay.

Last year I wrote a long blog post on how to you can apply for Thai citizenship.

To my mind, its unique and goes okay and most of my pages rank fairly highly on google searches on the topic.

https://www.thaicitizenship.com/thai-citizenship-for-foreigners-married-to-thai-spouse/

Anyway, last week I find that someone has ripped off my blog, word for word. The reason I found out is that when I did a search on the topic, the following site ranked higher than mine in some cases - even though it is newer, has ripped off my content. To be clear, their site has nothing to do with the topic of Thai citizenship, they just have one of my better articles there, word for word.

https://emergingtrendsadvisors.com/thai-citizenship-step-by-step-guide/

My question is, what have they done (if anything) to have achieved this, and what am I potentially doing wrong. As said, its a hobby site but I'd like to be the best one around. I know my content is the best, but clearly that isn't enough for google.

Many thanks in advance.

SEO Forum - To-Do list

Martin Senko published thread SEO Forum - To-Do list

I know some members posted their suggestions here on the forums and even via email. I am supper happy about that.

Anyway, I'll post here, what we're working on at the moment, so you know what to expect.

  1. First thing first, SEO forum needs Latest posts feed, so this is priority now.
  2. Search
  3. Thinking about dedicated section for SEO jobs.
  4. Sponsored content pages by SEO individuals and agencies. If you wan to collaborate on this one, feel free to respond.

That's it for now.

If you have anything in mind for next updates (probably scheduled for 2020), feel free to post here: https://seoforum.com/thread/seo-forum-feature-requests

My website authority getting Down Day-by-Day. How can I recover it?

Martin Senko replied to thread My website authority getting Down Day-by-Day. How can I recover it?

This is odd situation. Often, it works the other way, but I have experienced similar scenario in the past.

It happened when my client started earning backlinks by spamming forums and blog comments. So what happened was initial signal when the link was created (positive) has been suppressed by negative signal when Google found out, that the link has been removed days/weeks later.

It's same here on SEO forum. When you post something, receive an upvote, reply, you earn some points (as defined per action). On the other side, if your post is removed for SPAM, we pull a lot more points from your score. For example, if you post a thread, you get 10 points. If it's deleted for SPAM, we subtract 100 points...

From my experience, links works the similar way. You get points for earning links, but the negative signal from links disappearing could be more destructive.

Will link building be still relevant in 2020

Martin Senko replied to thread Will link building be still relevant in 2020

Hi @sakshiarora

Link building will be relevant in 2020 and even in 2021... That's because links are one of the most relevant available signals for Google to rank sites on the net. Just like user behaviour metrics (bounce rate, pogo sticking, pages per visit, ...) and so on.

You can't cut down strong signal like links in one moment. Power of links will be probably lower and lower over time, but I can't see it becoming completely irrelevant for ranking sites. Definitely not in the next few years.

What do you think?

Oct 22, 2019

Someone ripped of a blog of mine...and it is already ranking higher....how to fix!

Martin Senko replied to thread Someone ripped of a blog of mine...and it is already ranking higher....how to fix!

Hi @samran

the answer looks quiet simple at first glance. Your domain has lower authority, so likely that's why your content sky rocketed on their site. Could be anything really, but their site seems to be preferred by search engines, because it has better references on the net.

What I see for example on Ahrefs website authority checker: your site (0.9), their site (23)

best way to increase speed?

Martin Senko replied to thread best way to increase speed?

Hi Adam, welcome to SEO forum.

Best tip for speeding up Wordpress? Level up to a different CMS, or get rid of most of installed plugins. You can do with better host, but that's not the way I'd go - you want be able to scale on a hardware vertical forever.

Oct 16, 2019

Best SEO book for 2019

Martin Senko replied to thread Best SEO book for 2019

@Gilly_John I guess your IP matches the OP's IP for reason, right?

We don't allow hidden promotions here. And specially not in your first post.

Thanks for understanding.

Oct 14, 2019

Impossible Google ranking with white hat techniques

Martin Senko replied to thread Impossible Google ranking with white hat techniques

There are few more things, you can't see. For example, bounce rate. And it could be crucial.

Also, the page in question could be newer than top 10 ranking pages, so maybe it just needs more time. Google use metrics like bounce rate, pogo sticking, dwell time, organic CTR and so on, to accurately rank your website not according to what's on it and how good above mentioned ranks are, but according to user interactions.

Basically, if searchers like more the page of your competitor, than everything you mentioned up there doesn't really matter that much.

Will having a lot of inbound links from low domain reputation websites help increase mine.

Martin Senko replied to thread Will having a lot of inbound links from low domain reputation websites help increase mine.

Hi there and welcome to SEO forum.

If not spammy, links in general won't hurt. Your question is missing one key point - are these sites even in your niche? If absolutely not, I wouldn't really spend time on this, not worth it. If close to your niche, then OK, might be worth getting some links for diversity of your backlink profile. Just don't expect too much.

The weight of inbound links is not the same as it used to be years ago. It's still strong ranking signal, but just links won't make your site #1.

Sep 30, 2019

SEO, on-page technical SEO

Martin Senko replied to thread SEO, on-page technical SEO

Are you keeping your current exact URL structure? Are you changing markup too, or just styles?

Aug 1, 2019

SEO + Backlink

Martin Senko replied to thread SEO + Backlink

Same questions over and over. Please, make sure your future questions are more specific (eventually much more).

If website is not ranking, there may be million reasons why. If anyone would like to help you, they would be just guessing. Keep that in mind please.

Online store

Martin Senko replied to thread Online store

Hi @onlinecricstore

Please, be more specific. Your question is too broad to even scratch the surface.

Jul 22, 2019

Website page speed issue

Martin Senko replied to thread Website page speed issue

Hi raheel.

<a href="https://ibb.co/WcVMn82&quot;&gt;&lt;img src="https://i.ibb.co/vJXT1yj/Screen-Shot-2019-07-22-at-14-04-50.png&quot; alt="Screen-Shot-2019-07-22-at-14-04-50" border="0"></a>

as you can see, your page is truly terrible when it comes to page load. There is no one thing to fix. There are multiple issues to be addressed.

Please, let us know, what CMS are you using, and how's the website hosted (is it on VPS where you can buy more resources? Is it shared webhosting with no options at all?).

Also, this is pretty terrible advertisement for your services. Optimizing website speed should be one of the very first things on your list to improve any website, so if you can't fix your own website, why would anyone use your services?

Jul 18, 2019

I'm Robert Garcia! Newbies here

Martin Senko replied to thread I'm Robert Garcia! Newbies here

Weird thing about all those recent accounts is, that they didn't post a signle link, not even in their BIO. What's the purpose then?

I'm Robert Garcia! Newbies here

Martin Senko replied to thread I'm Robert Garcia! Newbies here

Thank you for the heads up. You're right, IP addresses of those last four introuduction posts do match (although not precisely, they are from same class C network) so definitely something worth reporting. I'll keep closer eye on it.

Jul 17, 2019

I'm glad that I am part of here

Martin Senko replied to thread I'm glad that I am part of here

Hi Shawn, good to have you on the board here.

Would be awesome if you could keep us updated on SEO updates and effective marketing strategies. Looking forward to your future posts!

Hi I'm Axe Colver, Interested in SEO

Martin Senko replied to thread Hi I'm Axe Colver, Interested in SEO

Hi Axe, welcome to SEO Forum.

Looking forward to learn something new from you experience. How long have you been in SEO?

Jun 13, 2019
Jun 3, 2019

Google, spammy links and disavow tool - Webmaster Central hangout

Martin Senko published thread Google, spammy links and disavow tool - Webmaster Central hangout

Came across another Google Webmaster Central office-hours hangout issue which also featured common, but interesting question:

My website gets hundreds of links that seem to be spammy I suspect maybe one of my competitors is trying to decrease my rankings Do I need to keep disavowing these links week after week or should I only be worried if I get unnatural links manual action?

John Mueller's answer: So in general we do automatically take these into account and we try to kind of ignore them automatically when we see them happening and for the most part I suspect that works fairly well. I see very few people with actual issues around that so I think that's mostly working well with regards to disavowing these links. I suspect if these are just normal spammy links that are just popping up for your website then I wouldn't worry about them too much. Probably we figured that out on our own. If you're worried about them regardless if there's if it's something that you're not sure about, you're losing sleep over these links and you just want to make sure that Google handles them properly then using the disavow tool is perfectly fine. The disavow tool is not an admission of guilt or anything like that. You're essentially just telling our systems these links should not be taken into account for my website and there are multiple reasons why you might want links not to be taken into account. That's not something that our algorithms would try to judge for your website so if you're seeing spammy links from certain sites, using the domain directive makes it easy to handle these into disavow file and you can just submit those there. On the other hand, if you're if you feel that these links are pretty normal spammy and something that any algorithm would figure out than you can just leave them alone and just kind of move on. I think for most websites out there pretty much the really largest majority of websites you don't need to use a disavow tool. And that's also why we have to disavow tool so separate from search console so that you don't get tempted to using disavow tool because it looks like that's normal part of search console that everyone should be using. But it's really something that you only really need to use in in really extreme cases.

Check full video for more interesting topics <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cRZP0WhJp18&quot; frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

May 28, 2019

How can you do SEO for a video?

Martin Senko replied to thread How can you do SEO for a video?

Of course you can. Youtube SEO is now trending topic in the SEO industry, but the question is just too broad.

Generally speaking, you need to have good content (suprisingly, right?) so the engagement is high. Good title, description, tags, categories, cc, ... everything does matter to some extent.

But it's mostly about the size of your channel, number of subscribers, history of your videos (views)... It takes a lot of time and effort to get your audience on Youtube. At least, I guess your question is related to Youtube videos.

Explain A/B testing in terms of Google Analytics.

Martin Senko replied to thread Explain A/B testing in terms of Google Analytics.

What exactly do you need to know?

May 24, 2019

Which place is good to pick?

Martin Senko replied to thread Which place is good to pick?

Hi @danaya and welcome to SEO Forum.

First thing - don't use your first post to promote service/product. Hang around for a second, help answer questions of other members and feel free to mention your service, but ALWAYS let us know you are affiliated with it in some way. If you feel ashamed to admit connection, you should not be posting it anyway. If you don't like it, other won't either.

To be complete and answer your question - You are right. It's not a big deal where is SEO company you're using from as long as they provide you with good service that works for you. You should always look at their results and reviews first, and consider that with their service price. If it makes sense all in all, you're good to go with whatever company wherever in the world. It doesn't matter where they are located.

Cheers.

May 19, 2019

Would signatures/signature link motivate you to post valuable information on Seoforum?

Martin Senko published thread Would signatures/signature link motivate you to post valuable information on Seoforum?

What do you think?

Would you consider posting more of your experience and knowledge if you were rewarded with link/short line of text associated with all of your posts?

Let me know what you think. Considering some sort of signatures to bring more value for users.

May 15, 2019

Re: How can I increase my site's Domain Authority?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: How can I increase my site's Domain Authority?

Ms, your explanation is really helpful for me. It surely enriched my working knowledge. I will try to do the way you mentioned. Tanks for your kind time.

May 14, 2019

Re: How can I increase my site's Domain Authority?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: How can I increase my site's Domain Authority?

Hi MS, Cordial thanks for taking your busy time to make such kind support to my issue. Yeah, DA is a developed metric by Moz. I agree with you on what you said. I have already checked my site DA and PA that are accordingly 15 (DA) and 23(PA). As far I learned, High Domain Authority site has some advantage to get ranking on goolge search engine and I believe google ranking may lead my site to more audiences and may increase the possibility of business. Thanks again for coming forward to help regarding my issue.

Should I have two XML sitemaps?

Martin Senko replied to thread Should I have two XML sitemaps?

Edited my response to be more clear.

So, you either use two different sitemaps, both top level - you need to make robots aware of both files in such case.

OR you use multiple sitemaps while having just one top-level sitemap, which is index sitemap with all underlaying sitemaps included in it. That way, you would mention just the index sitemap in your robots.txt file.

How can I increase my site's Domain Authority?

Martin Senko replied to thread How can I increase my site's Domain Authority?

@matthewsstephen12 very true. Link from a high DA site (like 70+) should do a lot of work for you, @bob

Re: How can I increase my site's Domain Authority?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: How can I increase my site's Domain Authority?

Sites with higher authority have exponentially more incoming links, and they pass exponentially more authority when they link to other websites.

  1. Submit daily blogs have DA above 80.
  2. Social media website have DA above 90.
  3. Only a handful of websites have DA of 100 (Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, Google).

Should I have two XML sitemaps?

Martin Senko upvoted Should I have two XML sitemaps?

My website has 13 pages, the blog section on my website has 46 pages. The blog has an XML sitemap that is automatically generated at "website.com/blog/sitemap.xml". Should I have 2 sitemaps, one for the main site and one for the blog? Or should I just have one sitemap for the blog since the main site doesn't have many pages?

If I make 2 sitemaps, should I mention them both in website.com/robots.txt? Or mention one in website.com/robots.txt and the other in website.com/blog/robots.txt?

Really appreciate any help with this.

Should I have two XML sitemaps?

Martin Senko replied to thread Should I have two XML sitemaps?

Hi @bogla and thanks for being part of SEO Forum community. Great question, thanks for that!

You may have as many XML sitemaps as you want. There is limitation though - XML sitemaps shouldn't contain more than 50,000 URLs. In your case, it doesn't make too much sense to decouple blog pages from other pages, as you are far from the limit.

If you're looking for logical distinction (which is perfectly fine), you can do it as you mentioned above. In that case, you would either use third sitemap, which is going to be index sitemap for other, lower tier sitemap files (containing links to them) OR you would end up having two top tier sitemap files, in which case you'd mention both in your robots.txt. Anyway, you should be OK with single sitemap.

Specifying more than one Sitemap file in robots.txt is fine.

For more details, check:

Multiple Sitemaps in the same directory

Informing search engine crawlers

Hope it helps!

May 13, 2019

How can I increase my site's Domain Authority?

Martin Senko upvoted How can I increase my site's Domain Authority?

Hello friends, Greetings. I am an online small business owner, lead a website. Try to learn how I can develop my business and I am already on studying on relevant resources to develop my website. The domain authority is not so satisfactory level. So, I am interested to learn how to improve Domain Authority. Would you please help me to improve the issue. Thanks in advance for your precious guideline.

How can I increase my site's Domain Authority?

Martin Senko replied to thread How can I increase my site's Domain Authority?

DA 15 isn't high at all. That means, it's relatively easy to rise it by 5 or 10 points in short time period. Since the scale is logarithmic, higher score points are harder to gain.

Generally speaking - acquire new backlinks (higher quality = more gain) and work with social media too (share existing content, discuss it on SM, ...).

Few more good backlinks and social signals should yield higher DA (3-7 increase) in a month easily.

Anyway, I asked why you want higher DA, because DA alone doesn't mean anything. It's yet another metric, along with hundreds of others... The key takeaway is, that if you want to be higher - your content should be better. Google ranks content depending on it's quality understanding it by machines AND people. How your visitors react to your content is crucial. Doesn't matter if you have 1000 backlinks if your content make people click back in first five seconds on your page. And even if you have just very few, or virtually no backlinks at all, your website could still do fine. So, while you definitely need some traffic to your website, it doesn't mean good backlinks will fix everything. It's just one dimension, that means nothing if everything else and specially content is weak.

Hope it helps to get you on the right track.

What Is Local SEO & Why Local Search Is Important

Martin Senko upvoted What Is Local SEO & Why Local Search Is Important

Local search engine optimization is a branch of SEO that focuses on optimizing a website to be found in local search results. Basically, local SEO is a strategic process that focuses on emphasizing the optimization efforts of local brick-and-mortar businesses. Content, on-page optimizations, and link building all with a focused, localized intent are part of these efforts. The focus changes, however, when it comes to localizing link acquisition. The focus changes to making sure all potential local signals across Google’s local search landscape are consistent and correct. If they are not, or you accidentally provide different information for the same business, you could potentially experience situations where your local results display something different than what was intended. Why Local Search Is Important Here are a few stats that prove how important local search continues to be for businesses: 50 % of people who did a local search on their phone went to a physical store within one day. 34% who did their search on a computer or tablet did the same. 18 % of local mobile searches lead to a sale within one day. 60 % of American adults conduct searches for local services or product information on tablets and smartphones. 50 %] of searchers on their mobile phones who conduct local searches are looking for things like a local business address. 78 % of local-based searches on a mobile device end in purchases being made offline. 71 % of people who have been surveyed have said they search for the location of a business in order to confirm its existence before going there for a first-time visit. 1 in 3 searches on a smartphone was conducted just before arriving at a store. 97 % of consumers looked online for local businesses in 2017, with 12 percent looking for a local business online every day.

Who Won’t Benefit from Local SEO?

While as SEO professionals we would love to see everyone benefit from local SEO and sell these services to more clients, the reality is that some businesses just don’t lend themselves well to local SEO efforts. Businesses like online only ecommerce shops, local authors, businesses that don’t want to share their local information, and private online sellers who want to keep their information private are likely not great candidates for local SEO services.

What Are the Important Parts of Local SEO?

When it comes to local SEO, it isn’t all that different from organic SEO – keyword research, content, links, and on-page technical SEO. It just has a local focus. These elements are important to get right for your website and its industry overall in order to outperform the competition in the SERPs. When optimizing for local search, however, these parts contain more of a local focus that focuses on searches people are performing in the immediate area surrounding the business (e.g., local city names).

Keyword Research

Keyword research for local SEO has not changed all that much, although some aspects are a little bit different. Now, statistics show that people have more access to devices like smartphones, Amazon Echo, and Google Home. These devices pave the way for voice search to be one of the primary avenues of executing local searches. It’s easier to say “find a doctor near me” or “find a plumber near me” for most people than it is to type. Thus, it isn’t surprising to see a rise in local queries based on conversational voice search. If your industry is service-oriented, try out keyword variations that include questions. SEMrush’s topic research tool, Keyword.io, and AnswerThePublic all provide ways to see questions people are searching for, along with their search volume. This is an excellent way to target keywords that have local intent. If your industry is a local brick-and-mortar, service-related business, like a restaurant or an attorney or lawyer, try keyword variations that have a conversational tone and focus. You may be surprised by the search volume you can achieve when you do keyword research in this way. The Importance of Content to Your Local SEO Efforts Content with a local focus has a significant importance on local SEO efforts. Depending on your industry, content with local focus, depth, breadth, and knowledge tends to do well. However, just writing long-form content won’t necessarily always produce the best results. It all depends on the nature of the results of your query, and whether this content fits the user intent behind the query the best. It’s not about whether it has the highest word count for the query. Writing custom local content with all of these factors will help you achieve the quality content Google wants to return for certain local results. What should you not do when it comes to content? Wikipedia-type content is the worst type of content you could write. You know the kind. The kind that quotes National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or city guides data that is available everywhere on Wikipedia. The reason why this is the worst type of content is that not only is the content usually thin, the value that it brings and the value of the research put into the content is usually just as thin.

Thin content adds little value to your SEO efforts

Local SEO Links For local SEO, links are a little bit different than organic SEO. First, you must consider Google’s Webmaster Guidelines when acquiring all links. You don’t want your link acquisition efforts to result in a manual action (i.e., penalty) from Google. If you build links that violate any of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, Google will eventually detect them. The next thing you know, your entire website could disappear from the organic search results.

What’s the Future of Local SEO?

Current statistics, data, and trends suggest that local SEO is headed toward a paradigm shift in significantly improved context and understanding. The proliferation of devices, like smartphones, Amazon Echo and Google Home, suggest a trend towards the creation of devices that have more conversation-like approaches that equal or exceed human understanding.

It could even be suggested that these devices implement higher-quality, faster, and overall improved algorithms to serve enhanced voice search results to the user. Google is always adjusting and updating its algorithms. It remains to be seen what will happen, but hopefully it will help improve all search results.

May 12, 2019

How can I increase my site's Domain Authority?

Martin Senko replied to thread How can I increase my site's Domain Authority?

Hi Bob. Welcome to SEO Forum!

Domain Authority is MOZ's custom developed metric. We can't really tell what are the factors exactly, but very likely it has to do with link quality, link volume, social media mentions and domain age.

Also worth mentioning, DA is logarithmic scale so it really depends on where you are at the moment. What is your DA now? Why/How do you think higher DA would help your site/business?

May 9, 2019

Can anyone suggest me the best SEO plugin?

Martin Senko replied to thread Can anyone suggest me the best SEO plugin?

@digitalmarketingboy - No hidden advertising in your posts please. If you have a service or product to offer: hang around for a while, post some useful information and introduce your product/service by creating dedicated thread. You're welcome.

May 7, 2019

Another possible algorithm update (February 2019)

Martin Senko upvoted Another possible algorithm update (February 2019)

Seeing another large spike in traffic on my current project. Seeing 120% of my average daily traffic before 11am.

This last happened on January 6th. I saw a significant increase in CTR and only a marginal increase in SERP impressions.

Anyone else experiencing a shakeup?

Do you log your ranking positions and changes?

Martin Senko published thread Do you log your ranking positions and changes?

Do you use any third party services to log your search engine positions (other than Search Console, which I don't really consider being third party, as it's Google itself)?

Do you keep track of your most important pages manually, using spreadsheet or something similar?

Looking for your insights.

How to improve website ranking with on-page SEO?

Martin Senko upvoted How to improve website ranking with on-page SEO?

What is the most important factor in on-page SEO?

website speed? keyword density? or other

How to improve website ranking with on-page SEO?

Martin Senko replied to thread How to improve website ranking with on-page SEO?

Single most important factor? Hard to tell. This would be more of a guessing than valid facts.

Anyway, I think that markup and site navigation is fundamental.

Semantics are truly the base of your content. Markup is strong tool not just because it makes your content easier to read and understand. It also gives you great power of working with importance of provided information.

You decide what is heading, which text should be emphasized, bold, smaller than the rest... With proper markup and navigation, you can get the right content in front of searchers which brings you better CTR, lower bounce rate and longer time spent on your site. Which is what you really want.

Google will notice your visitors spend much time on your site, and they interact with it. That creates snowball effect and your ranks should improve.

Don't focus on keyword density too much. Keep it readable. Sometimes, less is more. And more is less...

May 3, 2019

Re: How to drive traffic from social media?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: How to drive traffic from social media?

Usually just posting something in a niche category would attract visitors.

For example, if you hand develop a website, try posting it into the /webdev or /php subreddit and you will get at least 100 visitors in 1-2 days, after that, it really depends on what your site is offering, if the visitors will come back or not.

Re: How to get more traffic from organic search?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: How to get more traffic from organic search?

There are two dimensions your page can grow in organic search.

  1. more content
  2. higher ranking positions

Generally speaking, create more content & work on your rankings by improving your existing content.

The more keywords/phrases you are ranking for, the more potential traffic to your website.

How to drive traffic from social media?

Martin Senko upvoted How to drive traffic from social media?

Hello everyone,

Can anyone guide me how can i drive traffic from social media to my blog or website?

And how can i get traffic from Reddit website?

Give me some clues or steps to understand them.

Thanks in Advance.

Google bugs and more interesting topics - Google Webmaster Central hangout

Martin Senko published thread Google bugs and more interesting topics - Google Webmaster Central hangout

Some interesting topics popped up in the latest issue of Google Webmaster Central office-hours hangout.

Probably the most interesting question was if the bugs on Google are more than usual or are you guys being more transparent than usual?

Answer by John Mueller > I wouldn't say it's more often but we, we definitely ran into a bi,g big bug there which took a quite some time to resolve. And because that's very visible to site owners in particular through Search Console that's something that’s important for us to tell people about. ...

Check the video below for full answer from John and other interesting questions and answers.

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Apr 18, 2019

any SEO tools to use in IRAN? [read about difficulties]

Martin Senko upvoted any SEO tools to use in IRAN? [read about difficulties]

Hi,

I am from Iran. and I work on Persian/Farsi Keywords (Like گوگل, سئو, بلیط قطار, بلیط هواپیما). I am a digital marketing strategists and SEO specialist. (connect in Linkedin)

because of all related sanctions even on the web, lots of tools/software/SaaS/even extensions don't work with Iran location (Adsense has no Iran Location). some even directly block Iranians IPs.

There are some softwares that I could use, like the SEO Power Suite. but the data in these ones are a bit suspicious in my experience. not that they're not good.

DO YOU have any software or tools to suggest? I could really use a good one.

Thank you,

Apr 14, 2019

How to get more traffic from organic search?

Martin Senko upvoted How to get more traffic from organic search?

How to get more traffic from organic search?

How to get more traffic from organic search?

Martin Senko replied to thread How to get more traffic from organic search?

There are two dimensions your page can grow in organic search.

  1. more content
  2. higher ranking positions

Generally speaking, create more content & work on your rankings by improving your existing content.

The more keywords/phrases you are ranking for, the more potential traffic to your website.

Mar 29, 2019

Can speed of a website / load time impact on SEO of a website?

Martin Senko upvoted Can speed of a website / load time impact on SEO of a website?

Hi, I want to know can speed of a website / load time, impact in positive way for overall SEO of the website, and secondly do techniques like image compression, do actually help in speeding up the website, I read on an article about (link removed) that it does, can any one share their experience. thanks in advance.

Mar 14, 2019

This week, Google released broad core algorithm update

Martin Senko published thread This week, Google released broad core algorithm update

According to this tweet:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This week, we released a broad core algorithm update, as we do several times per year. Our guidance about such updates remains as we’ve covered before. Please see these tweets for more about that:<a href="https://t.co/uPlEdSLHoX&quot;&gt;https://t.co/uPlEdSLHoX&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href="https://t.co/tmfQkhdjPL&quot;&gt;https://t.co/tmfQkhdjPL&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) <a href="https://twitter.com/searchliaison/status/1105842166788587520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&gt;March 13, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js&quot; charset="utf-8"></script>

new broad core algorithm update is out already.

Also, recommend checking this post on SE Roundtable.

Too early to see changes in Search Console, but how about your recent traffic?

Mar 6, 2019

Can speed of a website / load time impact on SEO of a website?

Martin Senko replied to thread Can speed of a website / load time impact on SEO of a website?

Hi @scottduncan101 great to have you here. Welcome!

Just one thing, before I move on to your question.

And that's not just you. This is for everyone coming here for the first time. Please, do not post links in your first few posts.

If you want to show us your article, get some honest feedback on something, well, it's fine as long as you clearly state it's your work, you own the website, you are member of a team... back it up with your name.

If it's shame for you to admit it's yours, I am sure other members are not interested in it either. Not worth posting it - will be deleted, just like the links in the post above.

Site speed does matter to some extent

If your page loads in 10 seconds, it's bad. Google don't want to serve their users with slow sites. Because it's clearly bad user experience. However, there should not be any difference, if a page loads in 1.00 second or 1.85 seconds. Fastest != Best, so if your pages load in up to 1.5 - 2 seconds, you should be good...

What's Google Dance?

Martin Senko replied to thread What's Google Dance?

Hi @kusah, and welcome to SEO Forum.

First thing first, please, DO NOT POST LINKS in your very first post, as it's obvious backlinking with no added value for other members and visitors.

So next time you want to share some interesting piece, don't forget to write why it's so interesting and describe what it is about in the first place, so other forumers may decide if they are interested or not before clicking...

Now, to answer your question: > It’s the period when Google is rebuilding its rankings, and results fluctuate widely for a 3 to 5 day period.

from very first G result that popped out on query 'Google Dance' https://metamend.com/archive/education/google-dance/

Mar 4, 2019

Post Free Classified Ads On Digisok

Martin Senko replied to thread Post Free Classified Ads On Digisok

No Ads in regular posts please.

You're free to promote your website by putting it into your profile and posting valuable content for other members.

Just don't post obvious ads with live links - these will be deleted and authors banned. Not really worth it.

If you want to buy an ad spot, let me know, we can work something out.

Re: A very dramatic LOW CTR (0.3%) - Why?!

Martin Senko upvoted Re: A very dramatic LOW CTR (0.3%) - Why?!

From your other post: WP as a platform does not get as much love as most are susceptible to hacking, etc ... but more importantly WP is viewed as "for the masses" and "bloggers". Having survived a DDoS is not a good sign as that will have had an impact on the SEs during that period ... and they have notoriously long memories. These two things CHANGED the site significantly in the eyes of others.

However, the other aspect is the revenue hit and there should be other research into that. When the site changed over the WP did the content suffer? Meaning was it changed to "fit" WP? How was the old version presented? Static HTML? Has there been a change in protocol? (HTTPS for example). Also, since Farsi is indicated, is the geolocation having any impact on traffic/advertisers? Are the best paying ads not displayed due to sanctions, etc? The range of "what it might be" is immense. Can you help narrow things down?

Feb 27, 2019

A very dramatic LOW CTR (0.3%) - Why?!

Martin Senko replied to thread A very dramatic LOW CTR (0.3%) - Why?!

Hi Mehdi. Welcome to SEO Forum.

First of all, don't post unnecessary links in your first post. You may get banned easily. Just a heads up.

To your question. I think the graph is missing important data - positions over time. Sometimes, moving to a different CMS, you may get more pages indexed, rank for more keywords, but not high enough to receive actual clicks. Which is fine - it takes time.

Looking at your impressions data line, looks like they went up, so it could be some indication...

If possible, check your positions over time and also check number of indexed pages and keywords you are ranking for.

Good luck.

Jan 7, 2019

Re: Possible algorithm update (January 2019)

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Possible algorithm update (January 2019)

It is 7:30 am and I have already received 7 hits from Google which means it has already been an above average day. It is strange.

Possible algorithm update (January 2019)

Martin Senko upvoted Possible algorithm update (January 2019)

I saw a significant change of behavior for my current project. I started the website mid November and have been slowly gaining traction. However, today I've jumped from 5-10 uniques to 75 and counting. This type of jump should not occur so quickly.

Anyone else seeing any traffic fluctuations?

Possible algorithm update (January 2019)

Martin Senko replied to thread Possible algorithm update (January 2019)

I have noticed small spike in traffic for my health related product review website since January 2nd, however, nothing on such a scale ^

Does the traffic flow continue today? Will be interesting to see the keywords that perform so well in your Search Console in a day or two...

Jan 4, 2019

Which Backlinks I do first for SEO?

Martin Senko upvoted Which Backlinks I do first for SEO?
  1. Forum
  2. social bookmarking
  3. profile backlinks
  4. Q&A
  5. PDF
  6. Video submission
  7. outreach
  8. commenting.

Which Backlinks I do first for SEO?

Martin Senko replied to thread Which Backlinks I do first for SEO?

First links you acquire for a new site are likely to be from submissions, comments, profiles pages and social networks, as I do not expect new site having great content from the start.

The better links should be acquired along the way, as you publish better content. It's a long, and more importantly never ending journey. Your best bet is to do your own research to discover opportunities within your niche.

Appraise my domain name

Martin Senko upvoted Appraise my domain name

Hello, can you please appraise my domain name Soviet .me

Dec 20, 2018

Appraise my domain name

Martin Senko replied to thread Appraise my domain name

I can see some search results for "civex" on Google, nothing fancy though.

According to Namebio, civex.com has been sold for $3,850 in 2010 on Sedo, and than again in January 2018 for $125 (which is probably what you have paid for it). Seems solid, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it going for around $5k if right person knocks on your door. Who knows. The thing about appraising domain names is, that it's just a speculation. Real value will be negotiated between buyer and seller.

Dec 19, 2018

Appraise my domain name

Martin Senko replied to thread Appraise my domain name

Not ideal extension for resale. Anyway, if there was someone looking to get this particular domain, I believe anything from reg. fee to $500 would be possible. But honestly, there are so many options to go after, that your odds of selling this name are slim to none.

Dec 1, 2018

Suggestion: Basic SEO vocabulary with brief explanation of terms

Martin Senko replied to thread Suggestion: Basic SEO vocabulary with brief explanation of terms

I appreciate your content-driven idea, it does make sense, the only problem is - we need to write it down.

Let's use this thread to get together basic SEO terms that should be included on that page.

Introducing new post type: Blog

Martin Senko published thread Introducing new post type: Blog

First of all, I have to admit that this part took me way more time than I expected. Not that I was working on it, just couldn't get back to work on seoforum lately. Anyway, the blog (beta) is now deployed and this is first post of blog post type.

How is blog/blog post different from a regular thread?

The main difference is, clearly how much more content-oriented blog post is. There is no sidebar, centered single column layout, larger serif font with increased line-height...

Why?

We are doing a lot of digging around Google and have some data, not only search related. I though it would be a good idea to post larger articles from time to time, but thread is just a thread if you know what I mean. Blog post should work better for sharing and get more impressions from the world, as it will present original content

Nov 28, 2018

How to deal with fake negative reviews on Google Business

Martin Senko replied to thread How to deal with fake negative reviews on Google Business

As you probably already know, it's not easy at all to get Google remove some reviews for you. What you are describing is probably the worst case scenario, because there is nothing wrong about reviews with no text. You can't complain about not being your customer, as this is very hard to prove, and Google knows that.

In my opinion, the best thing you can do is responding to them, being nice (even though that might be really challenging at times) and make others who may read your reviews in the future feel ok about it - they understand it's clear fake, it wasn't your fault, customer posted no details so you can't help...

You can still report it, I am just 99% sure it will stay there in case it's one at a time with no text posted.

Spam at Seoforum - New Antispam Policy Rule

Martin Senko published thread Spam at Seoforum - New Antispam Policy Rule

I am posting this to find out if my idea sounds reasonable to you, or if it's too much in your eyes.

So, what I am proposing > Each new post, from a user with no posts would be (automatically) scanned for links, and if contained link(s), the post would be auto-deleted and author auto-banned.

Does that sound fair?

Nov 23, 2018

Instagram's ranking factors

Martin Senko replied to thread Instagram's ranking factors

The good thing about Instagram is, they have publicly uncovered their algorithm.

Key ranking factors on Instagram are

  • Interest
  • Recency/Timeliness
  • Relationship
  • Frequency
  • Following
  • Usage

First three being the most important.

So if you post content in tags that others follow and check often /interest, post frequently enough /frequency + recency while having good base of followers /relationship, you should be seen. The relationship most likely doesn't have to be direct (your followers), but also level of connection or if you want, distance between your and target account matters. It's more likely to show up on closer feeds (target user A is following B who is following you) than on profile that would have no connection at all, or it is 10-15 hops away from you.

Sure, that's just not enough. It's only the starting point. Your content have to be good enough to get you likes, shares and new followers. Cycle through that, get better at knowing what videos and images work for your account and you should grow. But there is no shortcut.

One more thing to note - make sure you don't use automation tools. At least not aggressively. Shadow bans are easy to get now.

Broken SERP after the Medic update on August 1st 2018

Martin Senko upvoted Broken SERP after the Medic update on August 1st 2018

We still experience broken SERP after the Medic update. Positions go up and down, sometimes even more than one page away. I hear even worse stories from local seos. Is it same for your health related sites or you're doing good on your stable position as before? It's all weird, seems like Google doesn't know if they did the right thing so they are trying to pull emergency break.

Lost 35-50% traffic anyway...

Can I rank without backlinks?

Martin Senko upvoted Can I rank without backlinks?

I have read so many articles about ranking and how to rank sites and the most common advice is to build links. At the same time, I should not buy links and do comment spam. Let's say I can't build links. Can I rank my website on the first page for more competitive keywords?

Can I rank without backlinks?

Martin Senko replied to thread Can I rank without backlinks?

Yes you can. But it would take more work and in some point you will have to start building links to keep up with competition.

If you don't want to use links, social signals may help a lot. However, from my experience, links have better effect. If your content gets shared a lot, you can rank well, but with links, you'd rank even better.

It's not one or another. Should be links + social signals + everything else that could possibly help.

With links or without, make sure you have your on-site SEO done right first.

Nov 22, 2018

Re: What exactly Pogo Sticking is? Does it affect SERP?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: What exactly Pogo Sticking is? Does it affect SERP?

Thanks. The way I read it, bounce rate isn't necessarily a bad thing. For example, if you have one page website, your visitors can't visit more than one page per visit, but they might spent a lot of time on your site anyway. Is that correct?

Google Business reviews impact on ranking positions

Martin Senko upvoted Google Business reviews impact on ranking positions

We are running e-commerce store. Signed up for Google Business account, so people can find us locally, check if we are open, call us or visit our website. It works fine, getting some views, customers checking our photos and so on. We ask our customers to leave a review. Not to leave a positive review, just a review, whatever their experience was. And we get 5 star reviews all the time.

However, this month, we received 3 negative reviews already. It's pretty obvious those are not from our customers as they use newly created accounts, leave no comment or feedback, just 0 stars review. We are 99% sure it's our competition, know exactly who that is, but there is nothing we can do about it. Google seems ignoring complaints and our review score is going down due to defamatory reviews.

The question. Are negative reviews in Google Business affecting our rankings? I can't say from our stats yet, they looks normal, but it's short time period and the overall score is not so bad yet. It's like 4.8 now.

But what if they went further and reviews were down to 3 or 2.5? Is it going to affect our rankings?

Re: Google Business reviews impact on ranking positions

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Google Business reviews impact on ranking positions

It might. I would imagine it depends on the niche. If you run a company that makes custom ski masks in a city that has a ton of other custom ski mask companies, then reviews/ratings will likely have a larger impact. Logically there are only a handful of meaningful ways to rank businesses online and quality of service is one of them.

2018 major seoforum rewrite

Martin Senko replied to thread 2018 major seoforum rewrite

@shane do you mean job listings? Or other way around - SEO's available for hire? I definitely plan that for the future, just need to build community first .

Re: 2018 major seoforum rewrite

Martin Senko upvoted Re: 2018 major seoforum rewrite

10k lol. what a joker.

redesign was a success!

Re: 2018 major seoforum rewrite

Martin Senko upvoted Re: 2018 major seoforum rewrite

I like the changes. Good to see blogposts coming. Also password reset is a must. Keep up the good work.

Re: 2018 major seoforum rewrite

Martin Senko upvoted Re: 2018 major seoforum rewrite

Looking good. A "for hire" section might be good in the future. Keep it up.

Site Issues and Errors

Martin Senko replied to thread Site Issues and Errors

@nmiller good catch. Default reply order should be indeed oldest first.

Nov 21, 2018

What exactly Pogo Sticking is? Does it affect SERP?

Martin Senko replied to thread What exactly Pogo Sticking is? Does it affect SERP?

@martinkhan yes that seems right. Pogo sticking is in a way subset of what is considered bounce. So when user bounces, it means he visited one page and left - nothing about time on site, while pogo sticking is kind of a quick bounce, back to the search engine, visiting another page. That's telling G that the site you pogo bounced from wasn't good enough to answer your question, or give you information you were searching for, so you have to open another.

However, what I found interesting is, that the pogo bounce rate isn't variable in G's ranking formula. Well, at least according to what John Mueller said in this video.

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/asmUDAzWKdI&quot; frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Re: What exactly Pogo Sticking is? Does it affect SERP?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: What exactly Pogo Sticking is? Does it affect SERP?

AFAIK

> pogo sticking != bounce rate

Bounce rate is one page visit basically. Doesn't take in account the time spent on the site. Pogo sticking is going back and forth between search results, spending no time on the pages.

I think it's obvious why pogo sticking is bad.

Nov 20, 2018

2018 major seoforum rewrite

Martin Senko upvoted 2018 major seoforum rewrite

Hello SEO bots.

You've probably already noticed that seoforum looks different now. Yeah, I spent quiet some time updating and rewriting this project during last few months. What you can see here now is yet incomplete version of the update, but at least, most of my to-do's have been checked.

I still need to fix a lot of things and finish some features that are almost ready to deploy (blogs being the most important one). The thing is, this whole process is taking more time than expected and from time to time I feel like losing motivation and momentum, so I decided to deploy what I currently have so I can see the site live and maybe get some feedback...

I'll share some points from my seoforum to-do list, as of August 2018

  • redesign
  • laravel 5.5 -> laravel 5.6<sup>1</sup>
  • bootstrap 3 to bootstrap 4
  • League CommonMark -> Parsedown
  • post reporting/flagging
  • bookmarking
  • advanced banning
  • blogposts
  • instant search
  • call to action for guests
  • on-site sign up
  • invisible recaptcha
  • password reset
  • custom generic avatars
  • Q&A
  • advanced antispam policy
  • improve tests coverage<sup>2</sup>
  • too many minor things...

<p><sup>1</sup> Laravel has been upgraded from 5.5 to 5.6, but during the development, Laravel 5.7 has been released, so I will have to upgrade again.<br/> <sup>2</sup> Test suite now contains more than 120 tests, which is almost double compared to what I had in August. I see another 50-80 test coming, just to cover current functionality.</p>

I am open to any feedback and suggestions, so feel free to tell me how you like new design, and what does or doesn't work for you.

One more thing I want to share is, I contacted owner of @seoforum Twitter handle, who tweeted that he would like to sell the handle. The bad thing is, he was looking for $10,000 for it, and few months later $4,000 which is far from fair price for a third party handle, that you actually can't sell as per Twitter rules. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Would like sell this handler anyone here for offer !!</p>— chirag shah (@seoforum) <a href="https://twitter.com/seoforum/status/1034828258011795456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&gt;August 29, 2018</a></blockquote> So yeah, I am not gonna have this handle ever, as it's worth up to $100 for me.

That's all I had on my mind today, so have a good one and enjoy.

Thank you for being part of seoforum community.

2018 major seoforum rewrite

Martin Senko published thread 2018 major seoforum rewrite

Hello SEO bots.

You've probably already noticed that seoforum looks different now. Yeah, I spent quiet some time updating and rewriting this project during last few months. What you can see here now is yet incomplete version of the update, but at least, most of my to-do's have been checked.

I still need to fix a lot of things and finish some features that are almost ready to deploy (blogs being the most important one). The thing is, this whole process is taking more time than expected and from time to time I feel like losing motivation and momentum, so I decided to deploy what I currently have so I can see the site live and maybe get some feedback...

I'll share some points from my seoforum to-do list, as of August 2018

  • redesign
  • laravel 5.5 -> laravel 5.6<sup>1</sup>
  • bootstrap 3 to bootstrap 4
  • League CommonMark -> Parsedown
  • post reporting/flagging
  • bookmarking
  • advanced banning
  • blogposts
  • instant search
  • call to action for guests
  • on-site sign up
  • invisible recaptcha
  • password reset
  • custom generic avatars
  • Q&A
  • advanced antispam policy
  • improve tests coverage<sup>2</sup>
  • too many minor things...

<p><sup>1</sup> Laravel has been upgraded from 5.5 to 5.6, but during the development, Laravel 5.7 has been released, so I will have to upgrade again.<br/> <sup>2</sup> Test suite now contains more than 120 tests, which is almost double compared to what I had in August. I see another 50-80 test coming, just to cover current functionality.</p>

I am open to any feedback and suggestions, so feel free to tell me how you like new design, and what does or doesn't work for you.

One more thing I want to share is, I contacted owner of @seoforum Twitter handle, who tweeted that he would like to sell the handle. The bad thing is, he was looking for $10,000 for it, and few months later $4,000 which is far from fair price for a third party handle, that you actually can't sell as per Twitter rules. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Would like sell this handler anyone here for offer !!</p>— chirag shah (@seoforum) <a href="https://twitter.com/seoforum/status/1034828258011795456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&quot;&gt;August 29, 2018</a></blockquote> So yeah, I am not gonna have this handle ever, as it's worth up to $100 for me.

That's all I had on my mind today, so have a good one and enjoy.

Thank you for being part of seoforum community.

Oct 25, 2018

Regarding reviews and ratings!

Martin Senko upvoted Regarding reviews and ratings!

Hi,

I am trying to use SCHEMA at my HTML site to display ratings in google search results and my schema is working but ratings disappears from search results after few days. Can anyone help me out? www(.)sa-airlines(.)co(.)za/Mango-Airlines(.)html

Regards, Swadesh

Re: Regarding reviews and ratings!

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Regarding reviews and ratings!

Hi Swadesh, welcome to seoforum.

I just checked your page and everything looks good - Google's Structured data testing tool says so. I see handful of rich snippets from your website appearing in google site:sa-airlines.co.za, however, the one you posted isn't there.

I am experiencing same thing with my websites - it appears an disappears randomly, sometimes have even two versions of same page - with and without the snippet.

One thing to note is, that Google doesn't have to display your rating snippets at all, it's just an option. Would be interesting to find out why it disappears. Is it because they don't trust the data website provides? Is it just part of ranking process that it appears and disappears, just like results from new sites are jumping up and down in SERPs before they stabilize? Who knows. Maybe someone with more experience with rich snippets in organic results?

Sep 1, 2018

Re: Website not ranking in google...

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Website not ranking in google...
  1. Sitemap submitted
  2. Sitemap status? Not sure on that one. No errors by the looks of it
  3. 18 pages indexed
  4. No blocked resources or errors
  5. The website has been active for 5 weeks
  6. No SEO plugins.

All pages have page titles and meta descriptions.

My theory might be that the images are too large. The detail in my photos is quite heavy so quite a few of the images reach 800kbs, I am, however using a lazy-loader to improve page-speed. I also have media queries in place to use smaller images on mobile.

Aug 22, 2018

Re: Website not ranking in google...

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Website not ranking in google...
  1. Did you submit your sitemap to Google's Webmaster Tools?
    1. What is the status of the sitemap in GWT?
    2. How may pages are indexed in GWT?
    3. Are there any errors/blocked resources in GWT?
  2. How long has the website been active?
  3. Are you using any SEO plugins?
Aug 21, 2018

Website not ranking in google...

Martin Senko upvoted Website not ranking in google...

I've recently developed a website, it's ranking fine in other search engines such as Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo. But in Google it can't be found. I'm no SEO expert but there's no obvious warnings in Google Analytics or Google Search Console.

The website is www.ambulo.me. Can someone have a look and see what I'm doing wrong?

Website not ranking in google...

Martin Senko replied to thread Website not ranking in google...

Can you give us some keywords, for which you would expect ranking your website on the first page in Google? I see there are 9 indexed pages in google, which sounds about right to me.

Or would you expect more indexed pages?

Thanks for the details and nice site by the way!

Aug 13, 2018

Domains and SEO - with Rand Fishkin

Martin Senko upvoted Domains and SEO - with Rand Fishkin

If you work with domain and I am sure you do, you should check this interview at DomainSherpa out. It's good to know opinion on domains from someone who is focused mainly on SEO.

https://www.domainsherpa.com/domains-and-seo/

Don't forget to comment what you think about this topic.

Aug 12, 2018

August 1st Google Algo Update

Martin Senko published thread August 1st Google Algo Update

Google has released a broad core algorithm update on 1st of August.

> This week we released a broad core algorithm update, as we do several times per year. Our guidance about such updates remains the same as in March, as we covered here: https://t.co/uPlEdSLHoX

https://twitter.com/searchliaison/status/1024691872025833472

I guess you guys have already read this article, but I found it really valuable and well written, so don't forget to check it out, if you haven't already.

https://www.mariehaynes.com/the-august-1-2018-google-update-strongly-affected-ymyl-sites

Aug 6, 2018

Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

Martin Senko upvoted Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

Is Let's Encrypt certificate equally good for SEO as any other certificate money could buy? I am about to launch my new website, but I am still not decided whether should I use Let's encrypt or buy something from certification authorities like Comodo?

May 15, 2018

SEO Basics in 2018

Martin Senko upvoted SEO Basics in 2018

I think this is good question even for those who are more experienced. We all know what worked in 2010, 2015, etc. But what are your most recent recommendations?

From what I see, backlinks still do their work. PR, social media mentions, google for business. It all works - at least for us. If we add good navigation structure, HTTPS, mobile friendly design, that's good enough to bring pages up for most keywords in general. However, when it comes to more competitive keywords, you need something more to get on the first page.

Share what works for you.

SEO Basics in 2018

Martin Senko replied to thread SEO Basics in 2018

There is a LOT going on in SEO these days. It's more content driven then ever but if you know right paths, you can boost your existing content as well.

  1. AI / RankBrain - taking in account not just how many searchers click on your page, but also how they behave. Ie. how long they stay on your page, bounce rate... Search results change accordingly.
  2. Mobile - everything should be mobile in 2018. Most of searchers use their mobile devices (mobile phones/tables) so it's natural for Google to prioritize results with mobile users in mind (actually mobile first, as they became majority).
  3. Site speed - with mobile users, your site has to be quick. They use mobile data, could be lower of lower signal quality... Your site has to be quick and efficient. So save them some bandwith and load sites as fast as possible. Use lazy loading instead of loading all the bandwith consuming content at once.
  4. Linkless mentions - It's not a 2018 invention, but we should keep that in mind more than ever, that search engine keep track of linkless mentions as well, so it's not all about traditional links. Bing has confirmed it, and Google does that very likely too.
  5. Voice search - Adoption of voice search is on the rise.
  6. Video and visual content - Don't miss the visual boat. Shot videos, include visual content in your articles. It does make it easier for people to understand the topic, therefore Google likes it.
  7. AI everywhere - SERP manipulation techniques will take a huge hit. Guest posting, backlink schemas, keyword stuffing - you name it. No, Google won't filter it all, because they can't, but they will become better and better in filtering.

There is lot more coming, but this is what came to mind when I saw the question. Good luck in 2018 - we will need it :)

Apr 20, 2018

Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Martin Senko replied to thread Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

No problem, glad to help @akhtar. You can accept answer if it answered your question.

Re: Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Your robots.txt file looks good to me, even though Allow isn't defined in the standard. However, major crawlers should know this directive.

See (from http://tools.seochat.com/tools/robots-txt-validator): > The official standard does not include Allow directive even though major crawlers (Google and Bing) support it. If both Disallow and Allow clauses apply to a URL, the most specific rule - the longest rule - applies. To be on the safe side, in order to be compatible to all robots, if one wants to allow single files inside an otherwise disallowed directory, it is necessary to place the Allow directive(s) first, followed by the Disallow. It is still nonstandard.

I guess empty robots.txt would work just fine for, just like having no robots.txt at all.

Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Martin Senko upvoted Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Google Search Console is indicating that my has been blocked by robots.txt file. While testing it, through the robots.text testing tool it says ALLOWED.

Wondering why Google mentioned the sitemap contains URLs which are blocked by robots.txt. How to resolve this issue?

Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Martin Senko replied to thread Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Your robots.txt file looks good to me, even though Allow isn't defined in the standard. However, major crawlers should know this directive.

See (from http://tools.seochat.com/tools/robots-txt-validator): > The official standard does not include Allow directive even though major crawlers (Google and Bing) support it. If both Disallow and Allow clauses apply to a URL, the most specific rule - the longest rule - applies. To be on the safe side, in order to be compatible to all robots, if one wants to allow single files inside an otherwise disallowed directory, it is necessary to place the Allow directive(s) first, followed by the Disallow. It is still nonstandard.

I guess empty robots.txt would work just fine for, just like having no robots.txt at all.

blog traffic and adsense issue

Martin Senko upvoted blog traffic and adsense issue

I am running a blog http://www.aspmantra.com from last 4 years. But not getting good traffic. I want to earn money. Also adsense is approved for this domain. From last 3 or 4 months not getting 100 % earing. I am only getting 2 % of it, other all are deducted as invalid traffic.

blog traffic and adsense issue

Martin Senko replied to thread blog traffic and adsense issue

Are you using any traffic generation services? If your traffic is auto generated by bots (high bounce rate, low time spent on site, zero interactions, etc.) there is not a good signal and you should take some steps to make sure your Adsense account is not going to be banned.

Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Martin Senko replied to thread Robots.txt and Sitemap Error

Post your robots.txt and exact URLs you're getting errors for in your Search Console. Can't really tell without knowing your robots file.

Jan 14, 2018

Re: Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

Simply use Google's Let's Encrypt and never look back :P I use it for my affiliate websites, and they are doing pretty well in Google. There is no point overpaying fancy certificates to make Google love you. Think users first. As far as your users can transport their requests over to your server and vice-versa securely, that's all you should care about. I think that's also what Google cares about. To make their users secure in first place. Whole point of Google forcing you to use SSL certificate for your website is not about making it harder for you to rank. It's all about users and their security. That's why I think it's fair and we should accept that.

Dec 28, 2017

Google increased length of snippets

Martin Senko published thread Google increased length of snippets

So, what do you think about longer snippets in search results? I think it's pretty good and this change could improve CTR. Not dramatically, but definitely in a positive way - for good content and useful sites in general.

Do you see any CTR growth lately?

Dec 17, 2017

Duplicate keyword in URL

Martin Senko replied to thread Duplicate keyword in URL

There is no point to implement such a redundant URL structure. It's over-optimization, and it could be bad for your site, even though this isn't ordinary keyword stuffing.

I'd suggest using simple URLs. Make em easy to read, short and descriptive. Do not overuse keywords just for sake of optimization. Think visitors-first, just like Google does, and you'll be good.

It's honestly bad looking URL structure, and I'd avoid it if possible.

Dec 10, 2017

How different is using subdomain vs. new domain in terms of SEO?

Martin Senko replied to thread How different is using subdomain vs. new domain in terms of SEO?

@priyaverma so what's the point of your post? Do you prefer subdomain or a brand new domain?

Dec 7, 2017

Duplicate keyword in URL

Martin Senko upvoted Duplicate keyword in URL

Can duplicate keywords in URLs boost page importance on that keyword? Or is it potentially subject to penalisation?

Think of some-product.com/some-product/some-product-{specific} where product specific would be either color, size, model, version or so.

To me, it looks quiet spammy, but saw that on a site. They do well in G's SERP. I would rather not post their actual website for now, but you know get what i mean.

Re: Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

If you are asking, because you are considering https over http, then the answer is https, regardless the certificate. Read more details about https vs. http.

If you're comparing any paid vs. Let's encrypt the more important question here is, what is the acceptance of the Certificaton Authority (CA), that issued your certificate.

Talking about Google an their Let's Encrypt, these days you're good to go with it. And yes, it does equally good job securing your website as virtually any other certificate, assuming same parameters.

If you are a bank or other financial (security critical) organization, there are better options though. However, I don't think that's the case.

Re: Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

Martin Senko upvoted Re: Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

SEO Forum uses Let's encrypt as well. It's just pretty common solutions these days, and it works for 99% of websites.

I don't think there is anything wrong about LE certificate, even if you are bigger website. It's all about the security first, not the name of CA, and in LE case, it uses same encryption, same algo, ... so why pay for it? LE is well spread out certificate, so unless you need EV, which you likely do not, use LE and enjoy.

Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

Martin Senko replied to thread Let's Encrypt: Is it equally good for SEO as any other paid certificate?

SEO Forum uses Let's encrypt as well. It's just pretty common solutions these days, and it works for 99% of websites.

I don't think there is anything wrong about LE certificate, even if you are bigger website. It's all about the security first, not the name of CA, and in LE case, it uses same encryption, same algo, ... so why pay for it? LE is well spread out certificate, so unless you need EV, which you likely do not, use LE and enjoy.

Does Google index hash URL segment?

Martin Senko upvoted Does Google index hash URL segment?

Hash in URL means anchor on that page. But if I use links like something.com/page.html#section does Google index this link as a separate page, so index would now contain both something.com/page.html and something.com/page.html#section? Obviously, where I see problem with that is duplicate content, which could be big issue for some sites (including my sites).

I just don't believe Google would be so stupid and index it that way. Or at least, there must be a way to fix it (something like rel=canonical).

I have no evidence that I was penalized for using #section, but it got me thinking lately...

SEO and analytics tools you use

Martin Senko upvoted SEO and analytics tools you use

This is probably secret stuff that most people won't share, but if you don't mind sharing: What apps do you use for monitor and analyze your SEO, ranking positions, backlinks, social signals and traffic in general? No need to state the obvious - I know most or maybe generally all webmasters use Google Analytics. I am more interesting to learn about new, maybe bit specific stuff like Mixpanel, if you know what I mean.

SEO and analytics tools you use

Martin Senko replied to thread SEO and analytics tools you use

I try to keep it simple. Too much of analytics tools makes me overloaded with data that I can't really use, and it takes so much time to actually analyze all the data to make good use it.

This is my list of tools I use, sorted by priority:

  1. Google Analytics
  2. Google Tag Manager (for any website having more than one tag, that one tag would be Analytics. If I need only Analytics, I don't use Tag Manager)
  3. Facebook Pixel (for remarketing)
  4. Other remarketing Pixels
  5. Custom Analytics tools for tracking conversions on third party websites

Have no experience with Mixpanel, but from what I heard, it seems to be really comprehensive tool for nearly anything one could think of.

@martinkhan do you use Mixpanel? Do you recommend it? If so, why? What's best about it?

Dec 4, 2017

Hreflang on multiple domains

Martin Senko upvoted Hreflang on multiple domains

I need some help and guidance regarding Hreflang tag.

We are working on a website, say example.com. We are planning to launch the same website in the german language with different domain - example.de. The content should remain the same on the .de website.

We don't want to get into the Google penalty for duplicate content. How can I use hreflang tag on both of the websites?

I am confused using the hreflang tag on both websites. Should I need to add both tags on two domains?

I'd appreciate your thoughts. Thanks guys

What does soft 404 error mean?

Martin Senko upvoted What does soft 404 error mean?

I see this quiet often in SEO discussions, blog posts, etc.

> Soft 404 error

But what does that really mean? Is there an hard 404 too? How are these different?

What does soft 404 error mean?

Martin Senko replied to thread What does soft 404 error mean?

Hi Lisa.

Guys at Search Engine Journal published nice article about 404 errors / error pages. I highly recommend it to read it, so you better understand what are they and when you should use 404 or eventually, how to fix 404 errors.

Check the full article here: 404 vs. soft 404 errors

However, to answer your question; 404 error means the page is missing, but the server responded with 200 (even it probably should be returning 404 or other 4xx HTTP response code). Google, with all the data, knows what are common patterns of 404 pages, so even after getting 200, they may flag the page in their index as missing (404).

What you should do is: return 404 code AND show 404 page, when the page is missing. Otherwise, you're telling user/search engine, that the requested page exists.

Dec 3, 2017

Search console website variations for redirects

Martin Senko upvoted Search console website variations for redirects

Do I need to add http://www.example.com, https://www.example.com, http://example.com and https://example.com? I have all of these defined in nginx server and redirecting them to https://example.com, not sure how to handle that in search console though.

It would be great if we could monitor the website in one place without adding all the alternatives. Is it possible?

Dec 2, 2017

How different is using subdomain vs. new domain in terms of SEO?

Martin Senko upvoted How different is using subdomain vs. new domain in terms of SEO?

I read many opinions that search engines do not pass nearly any of main domain authority to a subdomain, because it's basically different domain. Some people say that subdomain receives SOME of its main domain authority.

I have no real experience with this, at least nothing measurable, but I think that it makes sense that subdomain is much closer to the main domain and therefore should take at least some advantage over newly registered domain.

What do you think?

Site Issues and Errors

Martin Senko published thread Site Issues and Errors

SEO Forum has been developed by a bot human being. Bots People make mistakes. Therefore, seoforum surely has some bugs and eventually may throw an unexpected error or behave the way it should not.

The best thing you can do in such a scenario:

  1. Navigate to this thread (Site Issues and Errors)
  2. Post issue you experienced here.

OR (if you want it to be more of a discussion than a plain issue report)

  1. Create new thread
  2. Tag it Meta & Site Issues and Errors
  3. Post issue in separate thread.

I will do my best to fix it ASAP.

Thank you for reporting!

SEO Forum Feature Requests

Martin Senko published thread SEO Forum Feature Requests

Once again, welcome to SEO Forum!

It's a pleasure for me to welcome you here, in our own tiny piece of the internet where we meet to brainstorm and exchange our experience with nearly anything, but mostly connected with internet marketing, search engine optimization and related topics.

To make sure you enjoy your stay, this is thread for you - guys with ideas. Feel free to suggest new features, changes and edits to the site, so we can grow together and make this even better and nicer place to be.

I will personally try to go through all of your requests, and prioritize them according to how you upvote.

Don worry to post anything. Really.

ms

Martin Senko

@ms
Prague, Czech Republic

PHP (Laravel) backend programmer and data-oriented SEO explorer. Seoforum is my hobby project where I develop, discuss and take care of members comfort. Feel free to post under Meta if you need anything. Or report bugs here https://seoforum.com/thread/site-issues-and-errors

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