In my experience, updating plugins and themes usually works flawlessly 99% of the time. Occasionally, however, there is a server hiccup and the maintenance message never goes away. If you’ve never experienced this before it can be a nerve-wracking situation. Especially if your website is for your business or brand.
What a month March has been. It's hard to top February, and although I didn't do so through earned commissions, there were some huge increases in traffic. I also connected with a respected figure in my niche who actually reached out to me! This led to a guest post opportunity for myself as well as an interview of this person that I posted on my site. It was a nice unexpected surprise for sure. That wasn't the only surprise. Another one of my pins took off with the most impressions and clicks that I've ever received. It was by far...
Most veteran SEO’s should already know the difference. However, there is something to be said about long-tail keywords. Wouldn’t they just be the same as a keyphrase? The idea for both is that multiple words are used to target a specific query. According to Yoast, they are not exactly the same.
I’m noticing that some SEO’s are starting to panic about this. There is some thought that removing the next and prev tags should be implemented on a site-wide scale. I think this is a bit of an overreaction and would say don’t waste your time. I doubt any benefits would be gained from doing this.
What an incredible run for the WordPress team. My first introduction to the platform was back in 2011. After much research, I decided it offered the most advantages over rival platforms for building sites. Prior to that, I always assumed that WordPress was just another blogging tool such as LiveJournal or Blogspot. It never dawned on me that it would bridge the gap between designers and bloggers.
I’m a huge fan of both cPanel and WHM for web hosting and server management. While there is a learning curve for both, it reminds me of how Windows took a command line interface to the next level with a GUI. Sure, there are other alternatives to WHM but none that I’ve found that are so feature-rich and user-friendly.
In total, MOZ listed 14 predictions, each from a different user. I’m not going to chime in on each of them, but there are a few which I find particularly interesting. It’s absolutely worth it to read the article with details on each prediction. These users, much like the MOZ team, offer some great insights and rationale as to what to expect next from Google. Here are a few of these insights listed below.
If you consider that Google’s search algorithm is believed to have over 200 ranking factors, then you’d understand just how difficult anyone other than Google can calculate the influence of a domain. No one but Google knows how much weight each factor holds. Therefore, it’s safe to say that any 3rd party domain metric is relying on the average correlation between said metric and the SERPs.
Since I started blogging over a year ago, I wanted to have a commenting system that was user-friendly and feature-rich. I thought I’d find a permanent solution in Disqus. After all, it’s used by major websites including some of the top news organizations. The fact that you only needed one account to comment across the platform on other websites made it extremely appealing. So why did I decide to migrate to a new system? jQuery errors and my lack of faith in getting timely support.
In the last two installments of Niche Dreams, I talked about how I wanted to integrate myself into my brand. It's something I probably wouldn't have been comfortable doing a year or so ago, but times have changed! I've learned a lot during these months of building up my niche website, and I figure using my experiences within the niche is the best way to get exposure. One of my goals was to create a video review of a product I use and promote on the site. That's been accomplished. I also finally set up my brand with Instagram and...