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10 Best SEO Practices When Creating a Web Site

10 Best SEO Practices When Creating a Web Site

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    10 Best SEO Practices When Creating a Web Site

    There are many SEO practices to follow when creating a site.  I have documented the top 10 best SEO practices that I see many beginner clients not doing.  Whether this is your first site or you create multiple sites this is a great checklist to go over while creating your site and for review before launch.No need to worry if you have already published your site and did not follow some things on this list.  Just make sure to do them now.  You will have many more steps to follow to bring your site to the top but this is a great start to some of the best SEO practices.

    Keywords

    Before adding content to your website make sure you have done research on your keywords.  Keyword analysis can make a huge impact when it comes to your rankings.  Use google keyword planner to make sure you are using impressionable keywords and keywords that are not too competitive for your geographical marketing interest.  Maybe focus on a niche to start with.

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    Speed

    Speed is getting more and more important in search engine ranking algorithms and needs to be considered to abide by the best SEO practices.  Do things such as compressing images, HTML, CSS, JS and your database.  If using wordpress do research on your theme to make sure its properly coded taking speed into consideration.  If needed purchase a CDN solution.

    Scalability

    If you plan on growing your site in the future make sure you take scalability into consideration.  For ex. if you post a facebook icon on every page then change or delete your facebook site, all of your facebook links will be broken.  In this particular case if you used a scalable social media plug-in solution you could manage all of your social media links in one location. With a scalable solution you would only have to change the link url in one place and it would automatically update the links on all of your pages.

    Social Media

    Make sure to start to build your social media outlets either before you build your site or while you are building your site.  With social media quickly becoming a ranking factor method, make sure not to leave this multi million dollar market behind.  Some common social media outlets are facebook, twitter, pinterest, youtube and google plus.

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    Analytics

    You will want to be able to follow your analytics right when you launch your site for proper tracking.  If you plan on using google analytics for your metric then make sure you have set this all up.  Some other metrics to think about including are google search console (google webmaster tools) and bing webmaster tools.

    Optimization

    The best SEO practices will always include compressed and optimized images, audio and videos.  Make sure that not only are your normal images compressed but also your thumbnail images.  If using wordpress than make sure all of your themes images are compressed.  A good plug-in to do this for you for free is ewww image optimizer for wordpress or use tiny png’s website to manually upload photos, compress them then download them.

    Alt Tags

    Image alt tags again goes to content.  Google needs content to know what your site is about and a great way that they find this out is by using alt tags in images.  Although this can be a little bit of extra work it is very important and will help tremendously in the long run with your search rankings.

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    Site Map

    As soon as you are ready to publish your site make sure that you have a proper functioning site map and that you submit it to all the search engines.  Some common search engine submissions for site maps include google and bing.

    Robots File

    A robot file is placed to help search engines read your site.  The search engine sends a robot to your site and that robot reads the robot file and can get easy to read instructions on if it should follow your site or not and other things that search engines like to crawl and index your site.

    Security

    Security is very important.  Always make sure to do the research on the proper security techniques for the way you are building your site.  If you are handling credit cards or any sort of e-commerce its highly advised you obtain an ssl certificate for your site and do research on the types of security your host provides for you.

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    *Bonus* H1 Titles

    Well what kind of Best SEO Practices article would this be without mentioning the use of proper titles.  Make sure to use H1, H2 and H3 titles properly.  Every page needs one header H1 tag at the top of the page and only one H1 tag. Your keyword for your page should be included in your H1 tag.  As for your H2 and H3 tags these need to be used as main points in a hierarchical order.

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    Last Updated on April 3, 2019

    How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

    How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

    Debt is never a fun thing to be in. But, there are many actions that you can take that will help you rid yourself of the burden of debt once and for all.

    By coming up with a set plan, eliminating your debt can feel much easier than constantly thinking about it.

    This post will provide some tips on how you can do this to help you nix your credit card debt in less than 3 years.

    Hint: there are ways that are easier than you think.

    1. Consider Consolidating Multiple Credit Cards If Possible

    This may not be applicable to you, but if you have multiple cards – it is something to consider. Keeping up with multiple bills is time consuming.

    It will depend on the balance you have on each. Consolidate ones you can but do not do it to the point that you get too close to the maximum limit. Also, it is ideal to pick the card with the lower interest rate.

    Consider if there are any fees or alternatively, rewards, with transferring a balance to another card. Watch out for fees. Note that some cards offer rewards for transferring a balance to them. This is extra cash that can help go towards paying off your debt.

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    Having one or two cards can make nixing your debt much simpler than keeping up with the balance of a bunch of cards. Keeping track of paying the minimum towards a bunch of cards is time consuming. Spend the time to consolidate instead to make the overall process simpler going forward.

    My tip: Have one main credit card. Have a second one that you use for necessities – such as groceries or gas – that offers rewards for those purchases (a lot of cards do) and set the second one on auto-pay. You should be able to pay off a smaller amount on auto-pay if it is a necessity. If you think you cannot, then you may need to cut down a lot on expenses.

    Why do I suggest doing this? Having one thing set to auto-pay is one less thing to think about. One less thing to waste time on. Same idea with consolidating to one main card. Tracking down too many is a hassle.

    2. Try to Pay the Full Balance You Spent Each Month at the Very Least

    You need to pay off the amount you are spending each month when that bill comes in. This is the amount you spent THAT month.

    Do not let the debt keep accruing while you work on paying any unpaid debt that has accrued. It will become a never-ending battle. Try as best as you can to be current on paying for each month’s expenses when that month’s bill comes out.

    If this is a strain, consider why. You may need to cut expenses. Or you may need to consider other cards. Or look at where this money is going.

    3. Pay Extra When You Can – Every Small Amount Counts

    This cannot be emphasized enough. If you are looking at a lot of credit card debt, it can look daunting, but each extra amount that you can put towards the debt will really add up – no matter how small it is.

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    It does not just reduce the principal amount that you have left to pay off, but it reduces the amount that is collecting interest. You will always save money with that reduced interest.

    4. Create a Plan on How to Pay Extra

    Back to the main point, having this plan is giving you one less thing to think about.

    This plan should be a plan that works for you. If it does not work for you, your spending habits, and your views on debt, then it will not be an effective plan.

    For instance, if a set plan of an extra $50 (or another amount that you know you can afford) works for you, then do that. Set that aside every month and pay that extra amount. Treat it like a bill. Choose an amount that works for you and pay it like clockwork as though it was a bill you had to pay each month.

    Little amounts will not nix it entirely, but they will help tackle it and having a set plan can make it less of a chore. Creating a new plan of how much to put towards it each month is an unnecessary added stress.

    5. Cut out Costs for Services You Do Not Use

    If you are signed up for subscriptions that you do not use because of some free trial or for some other reason, cut it out. Your overall financial position will look better.

    In turn, that will make cutting your credit card debt easier. Look at your statements to find these expenses. If you do not use them, you may forget you are paying some unnecessary amount each month. Cutting it out can really add up in savings that you can put towards other needed expenses.

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    6. Get Aggressive About It

    Consider these points:

    Depending on the interest and the level of debt, you may need to give up a few indulgences. For example, instead of ordering delivery or going out to eat, cook at home. Everything adds up.

    Other things may be more of a sacrifice. It may be a trip you wanted to go on, or a daily latte habit you’ve picked up. In these instances, consider how important it is to you and if it’s worth the sacrifice. And if it is a costly expense, think whether you can wait to indulge.

    Cutting an extravagant expense can really help make a dent in your overall debt. Try not to add to debt when you are trying to pay it off. It will be a never-ending battle. Make it less of a battle with these tips and it will feel easier.

    Bottom line: Do what you can to make this process easier for you. Implement steps that do this. It takes time now, but will help overall. Also, keep track of your spending and paying down of your debts. Which is the next point.

    7. Reevaluate Your Progress at Set Intervals

    Doing a regular check-in can help you see your efforts pay off or maybe indicate that you need to give this a bit more effort. If you check every 3-6 months, it will not feel so much like a chore or feel so daunting.

    By doing this, you will be able to better understand your progress and perhaps readjust your plan. Bonus: if you see it pay off, it will feel great to do this check-in. You will get there.

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    Finally (and most importantly)…

    8. Keep Trying

    Do not get discouraged. Pushing it off will make it worse. Just keep trying.

    Once your debt becomes lower, each monthly payment will reduce the balance more. Why? You are paying less towards interest. It will be a snowball effect eventually and it will become much easier to manage. Just get to that point. And know once you do, it will feel easier and motivating.

    Start Knocking out Your Debt Today

    The best way to eliminate debt is to get started right away. Begin by implementing the above steps and watch your debt just melt away. Try out some of the above strategies and see what works best for you. Soon you’ll be on your way to a debt free life.

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