The User Experience Blog for Website Architecture Planning

The User Experience Blog for Website Architecture Planning

HTTP or HTTPS? The SEO Impact of Using SSL Certificates September 14, 2017 by Garenne Bigby

HTTP or HTTPS? The SEO Impact of Using SSL Certificates

Not too long ago, Google announced that switching a website over to the HTTPS protocol would give it a small boost in ranking. Google, being the ruler of the Internet, should know what's what then, right? Many people have this mentality but it is vital to understand the difference between HTTP and HTTPS, how to switch, and if even making the switch is right for your brand to begin with. To start with, it is vital to ask a few questions; why would Google rather HTTPS for SEO rankings? And what are the benefits of using HTTPS for SEO? It should also be noted that there are a few concerns regarding SEO and changing an HTTP website to HTTPS.

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Crawling Private Pages of Password Protected Websites September 9, 2017 by Garenne Bigby

Crawling Private Pages of Password Protected Websites

What is a password protected website? Why would a website be password protected? Why would I want to crawl a password protected website? These are common questions that everyone asks themselves at some point, especially if you work in website design, development, or SEO. Let’s take each question one at a time, before looking at a few others as well.

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Top 25 Content Curation Tools for Content Marketers September 5, 2017 by Garenne Bigby

Top 25 Content Curation Tools for Content Marketers

With almost everyone building an online presence, including private bloggers, small business entrepreneurs, and international companies, making sure your site is highly visible is imperative to your success.

Content is key. In fact, studies have shown that online marketing trends are led by content now more than ever!

Online marketers seem to be spending the majority of their time creating content. Because it’s become the primary focus of their efforts, marketers want to have some assurances that their effort will be rewarded.

That’s where content curation comes into play.

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35 Amazing Web Analytics Tools that Rival Google Analytics

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a multifaceted industry with dozens of techniques designed and developed to push your blog or website to the fore—or at least toward it. But how do you know whether your efforts are paying off? Sure, you’ll probably find that you get more subscribers to your blog, or be getting more purchases from new clients on your ecommerce site, but that’s not a very accurate means of measuring your SEO success. So how do you know just how visible your site is? Well, that’s where web analytics tools come in.

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25 Ways to Build Backlinks to Your Website for Free

With enough website builders and content management systems (CMS) available to fill a book, and almost as many web hosting companies, developing an online platform has never been easier. But therein lies the problem many new bloggers and businesses now face.

There are more than 7.5 billion people alive at any given moment, and more than half of them are online. This means that, excluding those who don’t have access to the internet (and those too young or too old to use it), almost everyone has some online presence. For many, this may be limited to social media accounts and a smattering of subscriptions, but there are still billions of business websites and personal blogs.

So no matter the nature of your online platform, you need to be smart and resourceful if you want your site to be visible. The days of simply posting online and adding a few keywords are very much long gone. The world of search engine optimization has evolved to a point where even most novices know that there are hundreds of factors that contribute to your ranking.

Some of these factors—especially keywords—are very well known. The problem is, with the rise of voice search, keywords are no longer the dominant SEO tool. Many SEO experts have stepped forward and stated that keywords are somewhat outdated. And while they’re not likely to ever fall away altogether, relying purely on keywords is suicidal. That’s where backlinks come in.

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