Have you ever wondered why you’re not getting enough traffic from search engines even though you’re posting quality contents on your blog consistently? It might be because your design is messy or your website speed is really slow. Did you know that, website loading time affects your search engine rankings? Yes, that’s true! Your website speed determines your search rankings. Among 200+ Google ranking factors, website speed is one of the crucial factors. Google penalizes the sites that have slow loading times and rewards the sites that load really faster. So if you want to increase your search engine traffic, make sure to optimize your website speed. Let’s now dig into the details of how load times affect search rankings. Find out your website speed. Before thinking about optimizing your website speed, you need to know how fast your website is loading. There are several tools to help you analyze your website speed that are mentioned below. You can use a free … [Read more...] about How Your Website Loading Times Affect Search Rankings
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Not many years ago, there was this term called “keyword density” and every blogger and webmaster used to stuff their pages with too many keywords. The more keywords they had on their pages, the better rankings they used to get. Once Google had realized the fact that “keyword stuffing” is hurting user experience than help, they started updating their algorithms to give the content rich sites better results. Most SEO beginners have a lot of problems when it comes to increasing their website traffic from search engines. Indeed increasing organic traffic is a big problem even for most bloggers who have been playing the SEO game for a long time. SEO is not an easy task and it requires a lot of skills (like on-page, off-page SEO, building links etc) to dominate search results. The most important factor of search engine optimization is “keyword usage”. Most people who are new to SEO make two dumbest mistakes: either they don’t really care about … [Read more...] about [Revealed] Keyword Density: Does It Really Matter Anymore?
Every blogger knows about Google Webmaster Tools, but just a few of them actually use it for useful purposes. Google Webmaster Tools provide you with a Code Validator tool to help you check your code, and analyze the errors linked with it. All you need to do is simply copy your page HTML source code and paste it in the box provided. The tool scans and analyzes the code, and gives you a list of errors and warnings. HTML is quite different from normal programming languages, as compared to traditional languages, the code in HTML continues to work in some or other way, no matter how many errors it contains. This makes the whole concept of error detection and correction quite troublesome. The Google Validator tool takes the complete responsibility for error detection in your code, and does the job provided effectively as well as efficiently. What is the importance of Google Code Validator Tool? I have seen many forums where newbie bloggers continue to ask questions like Do I need to … [Read more...] about Does Google Penalize for Wrong HTML?
Have you ever wondered why Facebook is Blue? How color of a website affects reader experience? Be it a blog or an e-commerce site, the color of site makes a lot of difference. This guide is for all those bloggers, entrepreneurs & webmasters who understand that design thinking is the way to progress. You would learn how color affects sales of your site & how readers perceive certain colors. In a study conducted by Dr. Andrew Elliot at the University of Rochester, simply placing a thick red border around a photo of a person increased how attractive a stranger perceived the person in the photo? According to Psychologists, it’s because humans often flush red when they are attracted or interested in someone. In other words, red is the color of romance.It stimulates us unconsciously. Color has an enormous psychological influence on human brain and is the most powerful visual cue for drawing immediate attention. Scientists have long found out that color affects the mood, … [Read more...] about The Psychology of Colors: How Does Color Affect your Conversion
You step outside out of your house and the air outside has a pleasant odor to it and the breeze touches your face and has disarrayed your hair a little bit. You’re off to meet someone and you just happen to gaze at yourself through the glare coming off a shop’s window pane while hustling through the streets. You look at yourself and just think how in the world has that dress seemingly got more tightened and now it’s as if you were in a diving suit. You look at passerby’s giving you a weird look from top to bottom and you feel the need to rush to a nearby wash room and get straightened up again! You spend a significant amount of time in front of the mirror and still don’t feel ‘perfect’ once you’re done with it. You feel people are talking and texting others’ about how disastrous you were in that dress and with that tousled hair. If these things were a part of your life until now, you might be just another victim of Social … [Read more...] about Great Advice for People who have Social Anxiety or Too Self Conscious
I could see a big traffic change for few of my blogs starting form 5th November 2012. Initially I thought it’s a Monday effect as 4th Nov was Weekend, but similarly I could see many bloggers asking in the Webmaster forum about traffic change from 5th November. Today (7th November), Google confirmed about the panda data refresh which affected less than 1.1 English queries. Panda data refresh rolling out. ~1.1% of English queries noticeably affected. More context: http://t.co/QqlpqTmk — Google (@Google) November 6, 2012 This news was first confirmed by SEL and later on Google tweeted about the same. This is the 21st iteration of Google panda which includes Panda update and data refresh. Usually data refresh doesn’t impact a large percentage of search queries and a major change is seen after panda update when new signals are added in the algo. What to do if Panda 21st affected your site? I have already shared a detailed Google panda recovery guide and guide to … [Read more...] about Google Confirmed Panda Update 21 : 1.1% Query Affected
Gmail has added series of features to enhance their free eMail service. Recently they introduced Gmail tabbed inbox and now they have introduced Gmail image caching to make your Email more secure and safe from malware. If you are one of those who uses Gmail, you must be aware of feature call “Display images below” or “Always Display images from $email“, which blocks automatic image loading inside an Email. You have to click on “Display images below” to see the images inside an Email. This feature makes your Email more secure, but it’s annoying at times. Now gMail is handling this issue by caching the images on their proxy server, and filtering out any spam or possible hacking attempt on your Email. This feature has its own pros and cons, and it will certainly make Email marketers to re-work on their Email analytic tool. What is Gmail Proxy Image caching and how it will Affect You? I’m sure you must be aware of Email tracking tools … [Read more...] about How Gmail Image Caching Feature Will Affect Email Marketing?
Are you on shared hosting & wondering does it affect SEO of your blog? Do you need a dedicated I.P. for your shared hosting account? Let’s find out the answer here. For the beginners, those who are not aware of Shared hosting, It’s a server where lots (10+ up to 200-300) sites are hosted on same server and thus sharing the same I.P. Usually you get private I.P on a shared hosting for $2-5 which is not much if you are running a professional website. Though Matt Cutts said some time back in a video that shared hosting won’t impact your search engine ranking. Google allows certain limit on indexing and it’s based on server I.P. On shared hosting if a website is already consuming too many resources (bot crawling) you will be affected and might notice slow indexing or search engine bots are not crawling your blog. Eespecially I have seen many web-hosting companies offers a complete new package by saying it as SEO hosting, where they give Private I.P’s for … [Read more...] about Does Shared Web Hosting Affect Search Engine Ranking?
It’s really important for new and experienced blogger to keep their website’s page load time as low as possible. 47% of consumers expect a web page to load in 2 seconds or less. A 1-second delay in page response can result in a 7% reduction in conversions. If an e-commerce site is making $100,000 per day, a 1-second page delay could potentially cost $2.5 million. Even Google has made it official: Check out this video from Matt Cutts talking about the importance of website loading speed: How to find website loading speed: Google Developers – Google Developers is an online page speed test site which provides some great insights on what you need to do to improve your site’s performance. You will get a score from 0-100. If you rank above 90, then you’re in good shape. Google can also tell you why your page is loading slowly and can suggest ways of how to improve. Pingdom – Pingdom is another great tool to test a site’s speed. Pingdom … [Read more...] about How Website Loading Speed Affects Usability & Solution
Two of the most commonly asked questions regarding changing a WordPress theme are: Will it affect my blog’s SEO? Will it affect my blog’s traffic? The answer to this question changes with different scenarios, and I will try to answer this question from all angles with regards to WordPress, SEO, and traffic. But before I move ahead, there are a few things that you should know: Many WordPress themes like Genesis and Thesis come with built-in SEO options, and if you are using the theme’s SEO feature, chances are high that your blog’s SEO will be affected. If you are using an SEO WordPress plugin to handle your blog’s SEO, you are more likely to retain your overall SEO, but only if your new WordPress theme is SEO optimized. Who is Handling Your Blog’s SEO? WordPress Theme or SEO Plugin? Before shifting to the Genesis WordPress theme last year… … I was using the Thesis theme, and thanks to the Thesis SEO feature, it handled all of my … [Read more...] about Does Changing WordPress Theme Affect SEO & Traffic?