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Basics of a mobile website

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By: Google Webmasters
Learn the tools: PageSpeed Insights, Mobile-Friendly Test and Mobile-Usability
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My YouTube SEO Playlist

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Check out my Search engine optimization playlist on YouTube!

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How To Measure SEO Results In 2015 - Rand Fishkin Moz

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Published on 16 Oct 2014No Whiteboard & It wasn't Friday ;) While at Problogger 2014 I interviewed Rand Fishkin from Moz asking all the tough questions. Questions like "what is is the role of an SEO? how to measure SEO results?" and "what are the future trends in online marketing for 2015?".

The Top 7 SEO Trends That Will Dominate 2015

The SEO industry in 2014 is virtually unrecognizable from that of 2011 and earlier, and this coming year we’ll see even more changes in best practices for the industry and how we execute SEO campaigns.

Sources: YouTube, Forbes
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Have You #HOTHed Your SERPS Today?

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thehoth results traffic growth
After HOTHing their site for a year, this old-school marketing department grew traffic by 82%!
Aggressive Outsourced SEO Link Building for Agencies & Publishers -
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Top 35 Directories with HIGH PR & DA for 2014

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Are you looking for free directories with high PageRank and Domain Authority? The following is my list "Top 35 Free and Premium Directories for 2014". I've checked them manually on 05.10.2014 and they all have very strong backlinks profile, high PageRank and very good Domain Authority :)

Do you want to increase your online presence in the eyes of Google?
I'm sure you do :) So, what are you waiting for?...

PageRank 7 
- High Rank Web SEO Submit directory
- Site promotion directory

PageRank 6
- UK Britain United Kingdom Business Directory
- Montreal Directory Quebec Canada Directroy
- Sites Web Directory
- UK and Britain Internet Directory
- Submission Web Directory

PageRank 5

PageRank 4
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Beginner’s Guide to Google Webmaster Tools: 12 Ways to Grow Your Blog

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Beginner's Guide to Google Webmaster Tools: 12 Ways to Grow Your Blog
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How to add HTML or JavaScript code

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Have you ever looked at your Blogger template and thought it looks a bit…Boring? But then you go to change your template and none of the available options seem to have the features you want. You scroll through Blogger’s list of extra features and widgets and still just can’t find what you need. You may find yourself wondering, “How do I make my blog stand out from the crowd and properly engaged the user?”

Blogs are designed to be “clean” and provide a distraction-free reading service, but sometimes the specific purpose or mission of your blog demands something a bit more dynamic and interactive. However, building an entire website of your own from scratch to accomplish what you want would be impractical, or maybe impossible for you due to the amount of HTML, Javascript, and other coding languages involved.

Luckily there is a kind of middle ground. Blogger allows you to create and add bits of HTML and Javascript to your Blogger blog, so that you can insert the kind of functions you want by creating custom widgets. These widgets, also known as gadgets on Blogger, are small tools or applications that can be added to a website or blog in order to create whatever function you need, in essence, or to bring in content and services from third-party websites. The diversity of these widgets (or gadgets) is almost as unlimited at your imagination. You can create countdown tickers, photos, games, or interactive applications that allow you to connect to your social media platforms and even chat right from your blog—making it a lot easier to keep up with your readers! Blogger widgets can also help you track your popularity, such as by listing your blog followers, and they can help you reach more people, for example by allowing readers to subscribe to your blog content. The following tutorial will step you through adding HTML and/or Javascript to your Blogger blog so that you can make it as dynamic and interesting as your written content:

Add HTML or JavaScript code to your Blogger blogs

Sign into your account. You will be taken to the Dashboard. Click on "Layout" of your blog - see image below:

click layout on blogspot

You'll be taken to the "Layout" page. Find an empty slots with "Add a Gadget" link on them. Choose where you want to put your code and click "Add a Gadget". This will open a small window with list of gadgets, find "HTML/JavaScript" gadget and click "+" to add it - see image below:

blogspot javascript

You're almost done. Now copy the code you want to add and paste it on "Content" box. You can also name the code in "Title" box (or leave it blank). Click "Save" and visit your blog. Your HTML/JavaScript code must be on place.
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Disable 302 Redirection to Country Specific Domains

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As many of you may know, Google is continuously releasing updates in order to improve its services, particularly in the area of generating better search results. In Jan 31, 2012 Google started to implement Country-Specific url redirects to Blogger.

What does this mean?

In simple terms, if you are viewing a blog with an address such as from France (FR), then you'll be redirected to a .fr domain: Similarly, if you are viewing from United Kingdom it will be redirected to

This might sound like no big deal—who cares what a blog URL ends with, right? Wrong. Google’s motives are something any serious blogger should care about in this case; this is happening so that Google can easily block any content which is not appropriate for a specify country according to the law of that country, and can easily serve that same content in another country without any issues. This is an act of “selective censorship” being perpetrated against writers without their consent. If you have ever tried to watch a video that is freely available in, for example, the United States, from just about anywhere else, you know the frustration this kind of behaviour can cause—the video is often blocked to you for no real reason beyond outdated international copyright laws, laws drafted long before the internet existed that have simply refused to adapt in a timely manner.

More seriously, many countries with tyrannical governments employ censorship to help control the populace and restrict their access to information that could seriously aid them in their fight against oppression. Who wants to allow their blog to be censored in a nation simply because its government has arbitrarily decided to isolate and brainwash its populace? The beauty of the internet is that it is based on the freedom of unbiased information, and this is a mission that we, as writers, are bound by duty to uphold.

This country based URL redirection also has negative consequences for your blog itself.
This forced redirection causes your Alexa Traffic Rank will to be separated to different domains. This redirection is  a "302 Redirect" which is a temporary change, and not a 301 redirect, which is a permanent change of address. So, even if you are not bothered about content restriction issues, for better search engine optimization (SEO), you need to fix this issue or risk a loss of exposure.

Thankfully, there is a way to do so; you do not have to let your blog fall victim to censorship and the enforcement of antiquated laws. To fix this problem, you must also employ the following piece of code, adding it to your template; it will ensure that your blog always serves the .com address to your visitors.

Disable Blogger Redirection to Country Specific Domains:

Go to Design -> Edit HTML and search for "</head>".
Now copy and paste the following code BEFORE the </head> tag.
<script type="text/javascript">
var blog = document.location.hostname;
var slug = document.location.pathname;
var ctld = blog.substr(blog.lastIndexOf("."));
if (ctld != ".com") {
var ncr = "http://" + blog.substr(0, blog.indexOf("."));
ncr += "" + slug;
Save your template and you are ready! Google can no longer censor your content.
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Remove Blog Name from Page Titles (SEO Titles)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the method by which any kind of web content gets noticed, and is therefore also referred to as an “internet marketing strategy.” A properly-optimized page will organically climb the ranks of results produced for a given keyword by search engines, and therefore receive a very large amount of targeted traffic. This process is the only free way of getting your website onto, for example, the first page of Google results when someone researches your product or subject. Such is the ultimate goal of SEO, as remarkably few people venture beyond the second page of Google when searching, rendering results on even the third or fourth page practically invisible.

The process of SEO involves removing barriers to the indexing activities of major search engines, keyword research, optimizing content so that it is easily recognized and categorized (such as the proper use of tags, titles, headers, and sub-headers), and the accruing of inbound links. Social media is also playing a greater and greater role in how content ranks, leading to the development of Social Media Optimization (SMO).

The only alternative to SEO best practices is purchasing paid search ads in order to “force” your website on the first page of Google, a very expensive solution that is generally not practical for anyone other than large corporations.

Unlike the owners of business websites, bloggers are often less aware of the details of Search Engine Optimization than they ought to be, but then, who can blame them? Writing is in itself very hard work, the world of SEO is constantly changing, and then on top of that, each different blogging platform has a different set of pros and cons when it comes to matters of SEO. Some platforms, such as Wordpress, are inherently hospitable to SEO best practices, while others are likely to take a lot of fine-tuning.

Either way, most blogging platforms have a list of SEO tips and tricks, the knowledge of which can benefit your page rank a great deal without really causing you a lot of extra work when it comes to actual content production. Today, we are going to discuss one such easy—yet highly influential—tip for the popular Google-owned blogging platform Blogger.

By default, Blogger places your blog name in your page title. You should remove your blog name from the page title to improve your search engine visibility. This will help you in a few ways:
  1. You will reduce the number of characters in the page title;
  2. Your keyword will appear first, which helps search engines properly categorize your blog and posts;
  3. You will avoid possibly being penalized for duplicate content.
Replicating your blog title in each post title, as Blogger does automatically, can “confuse” major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing into thinking the content of your posts is simply a rehash of other, earlier posts, causing these search engines to “devalue” your posts. As bloggers, we’re always trying to produce the most original, engaging content in order to be noticed both by our audiences and search engines—it would be a real shame to have your hard work devalued simply because Blogger repeats your blog title too often!

Ergo, for better search engine optimization, you want to delete your blog name from your page titles, and here is how to do it:

You just need to do a simple edit on your template (Design -> Edit HTML). Search for this code:
and replace it with the code below:
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;index&quot;'> 
 After replacing the code, save the template. That is it!
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Google Panda 4.0 Update is Here!

Hey everybody, big news for the SEO world! Google is rolling out Panda 4.0 update starting yesterday (20.05.2014).

This was announced by the Google's head of spam team Matt Cutts:
What should a site owner do if they think they might be affected by Panda?
Published on Sep 11, 2013
Recently Google has integrated the Panda update in to its normal indexing process. Now, how will webmaster come to know whether her site is hit by Panda? And, if her site is already hit, how she will know that she has recovered from Panda? Nandita B, India
How are your website rankings today? Any improvements in ranking? Please share your experience with this update in the comments below.
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