The latest release of Google’s Penguin Update, an updated algorithm is live. This new release of Penguin is estimated to impact roughly 2.3% of English queries conducted through Google’s search engine. This is the fourth update of the Penguin algorithm which targets black hat web spam and is far more powerful than earlier Penguin updates.
Penguin 1 on April 24, 2012
Penguin 2 on May 24, 2012
Penguin 3 on October 5, 2012 Continue reading
The keywords metatag was a critical element for early search engines but hasn’t been used in search engine ranking since 2002. There is no such thing as setting a meta keyword tag for a WordPress.com blog. However, from time to time new bloggers post to the WordPress.com support forums asking for instructions for setting a meta keyword tag for their blog. Continue reading
I know it’s not Friday when I usually publish this weekly feature but I can do more reading so why wait? Happy reading!
Five Things You Should Not Do On Your Home Page - Most people immediately press X button on their browsers after seeing cluttered home pages. If you want to avoid it, here are few things that you should not to do on your home page. Continue reading
You probably know that targeted readers use search engines to do keyword searches to locate information of topical interest to them. But did you know that successful blogs draw between 30 – 60 % of their incoming targeted readers from search engine referrals?
Aha! Now that I have your attention allow me to quickly share some blog post tagging tips that will increase targeted traffic to your blog posts.
I had a productive and satisfying week and hope you did too. I kept to my schedule. I completed my month end contracted work 2 days in advance of the deadline. I used that time to clean up my computer files on all 3 computers preparatory to the big computer switch over, which was scheduled and cancelled once again. Being on call for the 3 computer switch over is nerve wracking because it means they must be ready to be carted off at a moment’s notice. Continue reading
Another week is almost gone and I’m wondering where it went. Here’s my weekly offering for you readers.
Blog Log #2: The One Thing I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started Blogging – When you first start out blogging, you’re hungry. You’re excited. You have a million ideas. But nobody talks about how you’ll feel five years in. … Blogging for fame and fortune usually leads to burnout. Blogging as a creative outlet or to support a business usually has longevity. Do what you do because you love it but also have a goal. Continue reading
We live in an information age that’s best described as the age of digital overwhelm. We all have lives to live and very few make an income from blogging. It’s not surprising that content curation in the form of digital digests, online magazines and curated content blog posts are is becoming a popular way for hobby bloggers to filter noise and share relevant material with online friends. Continue reading
This is something new I’m trying out to see how it goes over with you Readers. The idea I have is to publish a brief post every Saturday that contains links to to articles I found to be the best related reads and resources of the week, as a well as, tips and tweaks that are too small to expand and create a full blog post from. Continue reading
SEO (search engine optimization) is important for two reasons, both of which are critical to your blog’s success. Search engines can be the largest source of organic (unpaid) traffic to your blog. The visitors search engines deliver are targeted readers already interested in your content who are are more likely to return an/or subscribe. That’s why it makes sense for bloggers to learn basic SEO elements and focus on making Google their blog’s best friend. Continue reading
Recent studies indicate we bloggers now have as few as 30 seconds to impress or lose the attention of a visitor. While there is no one correct way to move visitors around your site good web design means easy navigation for all visitors. If your site navigation isn’t intuitive then all the hard work you do to promote your content is for nothing, as visitors these days scan content quickly, and they won’t return if they can’t immediately locate what they want. Continue reading
It’s no surprise that Facebook, which is arguably among the largest data mines based on voluntary content submission there is online has announced a BETA social search feature ie Graph Search as it’s making a lot of noise. Facebook members can search for other users and filter the results based on interests, education, age, location and much more. If you make it into the BETA program you may be surprised or even shocked at what you find when you use Facebook Graph Search. Continue reading