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Unofficially Supported SEO Tricks That Can Help Propel Your Website

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Nobody knows exactly how Google’s algorithms work or what they consider beyond what Google has revealed. This can make it difficult to say the least to contemplate an effective SEO campaign. The problem is that SEO is the backbone of the internet and it is absolutely vital to the success of any website.

Companies have done correlation studies and extensive research to try to figure out what the key elements are when it comes to Google’s algorithms and they have yielded some surprising results. Some of these results have been found to be much more effective than others. Google seems to have done a better job lately of communicating with the communities involved with SEO and search queries, so they are putting forth an effort. They don’t hesitate when it comes to stating exactly what does and doesn’t work, but they do still have plenty of secrets.

That being said, below are some tactics that do yield very positive results, although Google doesn’t officially support them. Its kind of like when a mom tells their young child they can’t have a cookie before dinner but then leaves the top off the cookie jar and walks into the other room.

Java Script-Injected Canonical Tags

John Mueller of Google stated on Twitter that Google currently only processes the rel-canonical tags on the initially fetched, non-rendered version of a site. Seemingly, that should be the end of it and many people assumed that it was. The thing is that someone was actually smart enough to test the theory with their own website and you may be surprised by what they found. They injected canonicals into multiple pages with the Google Tag Manager. The results showed that Google actually did canonicalize the targets of the JS-injected canonical tags despite their claims. It did take several weeks for the target URLs to be recognized and picked up. However, the more important point here is that you should run your own tests and don’t just assume that what Google says is Gold.

Escaped Fragment Solution

Deprecating the escaped fragment solution has been on the table for Google for a very long time and they have made it public. Google’s official word is that it would no longer be supported as of the second quarter in 2018. John Mueller, who seems to be a large source of information from Google, has revealed that crawling the escaped fragmented versions can’t exactly stop as Google would like it to because of all the links pointing to them. So, despite all of Google’s attempts to move away from the escaped fragmented solution, there is no way to get rid of them completely just yet.

Anchor Link Attributes With Hreflang

There are multiple places these are typically placed. They show up in the head of pages, the response headers or even sitemap files. Supposedly Google does not support these attributes within anchor links. At least, that has been the long-standing word. Again, there was a website who decided to conduct their own testing on this. This client chose not to include the hreflang attributes anywhere except in their anchor links. The results? Thousand of them were picked up as hreflang tags. Not all of the hreflang attributes were picked up in Google’s Search Console, but many of them were. This suggests that Google at least partially supports hreflang attributes in the anchor links. Mueller’s stance on this? He states that Google neither officially nor unofficially endorses the use of hreflang attributes in anchor links. What you do on your site is up to you.

Getting the upper hand on your competition can be difficult, especially since everyone knows exactly what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and so forth. Except, there are a few unofficially support tricks that can boost your website that your competitors might not know. In a race to the top, there is no reason not to use these SEO tricks to promote your website in the SERP rankings.

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Three Types of Posts for Your Company Blog

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The majority of brands now realise they need a robust content marketing strategy, and a company blog is a critical component within that. The following article explores some different types of blog posts to use.

It’s crucial to vary content to keep your audience engaged, and this piece will show you how.

Industry news and reaction

As stated, your company blog should be varied with the different types of content you use. Getting the balance right is crucial here. Your audience wants to be informed, so you should focus some of your attention on providing the latest news from your industry.

Keep in mind the intense competition in the marketplace for this type of content. Remember your competitors may be sharing the same news as you. Therefore, you also want to include some of your own commentary.

It’s crucial to pinpoint what this piece of news means for your business or how you are taking advantage of the latest industry trend.

Share your news

Another way to make your blog stand out is to include content that only you can write. The obvious example of this is sharing your own news. There are various ways you can do this, such as publishing a case study of the work you have done for a particular client.

An approach like this works well for marketing agencies; it’s not a hard sell but it does provide an opportunity to show what you can do.

There are other options as well, such as a report from a recent event of yours – you can even include video highlights or an interview you did. Always think about what your audience is interested in and which type of content they will engage best with.

Sharing good news makes your brand more personable and encourages engagement with your audience. Be careful though to avoid writing promotional posts regularly, and always look to add value through your company blog.

List-style evergreen posts

Latest industry and company news should certainly be shared regularly to keep your audience informed. However, one of the problems with this type of content is it only typically gains short-term views over a day or two when it’s fresh.

It’s also crucial to publish content that doesn’t age in the same way.

The best approach for this is list-style evergreen posts. To put it simply, this is content that stays fresh for months or even years after it is published. Again, ensure you are providing value to your audience by covering the topics they are most interested in.

Remember blog posts like this are fun to write, easy to promote and can be shared over and over again.

Content marketing is a significant trend and something most brands need to be involved in.

If you’re serious about this type of marketing, you will want to have a company blog that you update regularly.

It’s necessary to find the right balance with the content you publish, so this article has explored the topic in greater detail.

Remember to provide commentary on industry news, share your own news and create list-style evergreen posts.

 

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Three Keys to a Great Infographic

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If your brand wants to master Pinterest, then it’s essential to create great infographics. It’s well worth doing this because Pinterest is an incredibly valuable social media site if you can get the hang of it. Therefore, this article focuses on some essential tips to create the best infographics.

Write an engaging title.

It’s easy to think that infographics are all about imagery. However, the words and language you use are also crucially important. Of course, this process all starts with the title you choose to use.

Therefore, spend some time on a descriptive title for your content while also keeping SEO in mind.

Remember, there are different ways you can create an engaging title, and these can include the use of numbers, which can draw attention. For example, you can focus on a particular year or several tips if that works for the rest of the content of your infographic.

Another thing you can do is ask a question in your title, which aims to educate as well as giving users a reason to read on.

Make your infographic visually appealing.

It may seem an obvious point as infographics are a type of imagery in themselves. However, the way you present your information can play a crucial part in the success of it. In general, you should be creative with your infographic to ensure it stands out.

Remember, it isn’t a restrictive type of content so you can add images, charts and text effects.

Keep it consistent though by following a plan and formula. For example, data is common in an infographic, but using data visualisation techniques can bring a lot more attention to your content.

Keep in mind you are presenting information and the more appealing you make it; the more likely others will want to share it.

Think about the use of colour.

It’s striking how much more appealing an infographic incorporating a range of different colours is compared to one that is black and white or using only one colour. Of course, it’s vital to strike the right balance though because too many colours could look messy and detract from your core message.

One concept that can be effective is to take advantage of different contrasts between colours.

Remember. you want to pick colours that complement each other; the right blend can make specific colours stand out.

In fact, this can be a very effective way of using bold colours to create the maximum effect.

Pinterest can be a tricky social media site for brands to master.

Of course, this is partly because it looks complicated at first. One type of content that performs particularly well is infographics.

Remember to write an engaging title, make your infographic visually appealing and think about the use of colour.

 

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3 Social Media Tips for Writers

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The work responsibilities of a freelance writer have certainly changed over the years. It is no longer the case that the job is limited to only the writing process. The best freelancers now need to invest a significant amount of time in social media efforts to promote themselves.

The following article explores this content in more detail by providing some social media tips for freelance writers.

Make use of Twitter and Facebook.

Twitter is a conversational platform and can be a great place for freelancers to be. The opportunities are vast. You can post links to your latest content, advertise that you are available to hire, and connect with other freelancers.

It’s certainly true that having a strong Twitter profile with regular updates will add to your credibility as a freelancer.

Facebook doesn’t tend to be such a good platform for web traffic, but it can still have significant advantages. First of all, you can set-up a Facebook page to market yourself where you can post some of your latest content.

Facebook groups also offer a significant opportunity where you can find out about job opportunities as well as getting exposure for your content if your allowed to post links.

Remember that visuals rule on social media.

It’s fair to say that you won’t get very far merely posting words on social media; it isn’t the sort of content that engages enough these days.

Of course, visual content is critical when promoting on the more image-led sites such as Pinterest and Instagram.

At the same time, when you get your visuals right, it can be hugely rewarding for web traffic and exposure. It’s a good idea to use various social media platforms to create your content for each social media site and play around with it to see what works.

If you have the time to invest in it, Pinterest can be hugely rewarding for web traffic, but your visuals have to look great.

Stay active on your core platforms.

It’s important to have a schedule for your social media activity; otherwise, you will not be as active as you should be. Social media platforms are different, and not all of them are right for everyone, it also depends on how much time you want to invest in it. Some sites require a bigger time commitment than others, and you want value for your time.

However, you will quickly understand which platforms are worth your time.

It’s also a good idea to have a clear strategy of what you want to achieve with each platform. You may also want to plan content in advance and schedule your posts.

Staying active though will be the way forward to getting the best results.

Being a freelance writer can be a complicated job as there are many more aspects to it than simply writing content. Social media though needs to be part of your work, especially if you write most of your content online.

Various platforms have much to offer freelance writers if you are willing to invest the time. Remember to make use of Facebook and Twitter, use key visuals and stay active on your core platforms.

 

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