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6 Most Common SEO Mistakes and How to Correct Them

6 Most Common SEO Mistakes and How to Correct Them

Driving traffic to a website can be done through using SEO as your primary strategy. This means that traffic is brought to the website for free by researching keywords and finding out what brings in the most traffic, then using them on the website. This may work, but often it takes time and might be slower than one would expect to bring about positive changes; also, it still may not bring the site to the first page of search results.

SEO strategies can be implemented in a short amount of time, but it might take a while to master them. Many times there are just a few mistakes to correct to start achieving positive results.

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1. Forgoing Analytics to See What is Converting

SEO is about more than just getting traffic. It is about converting the traffic into leads. Keeping track of the phrases that bring in the traffic is important, but the downfall is when these keywords don’t bump the website up to the first page. Try to remember that often times, the lower-traffic phrases are better at converting because they are more specific, and having these bring the site to the first page of results can contribute to quite a few sales.

2. Optimizing for the Wrong Geographic Area

When a business is focused on customers that reside in a certain geographic area, it is vital to learn about local search. The keywords used should be specific to the region, such as those in the meta descriptions and page titles. An address and phone number should be available on the pages on the header or footer, allowing for the site to show up on results pages with local businesses. Also, listing the business on places such as Yelp, FourSquare, Google Places, and Merchant Circle will bring the website to the forefront.

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3. Optimizing with the Wrong Keywords

Generic keywords will bring in a lot of traffic, but specific keywords will bring the right kind of traffic. Global keywords won’t bring in a significant amount of local traffic; generic keywords bring in those with little interest, keywords that indicate free information and not a product, and broad keywords will bring a lot of competition.

4. Not Using the Right Title Tags and Meta Descriptions

This is likely one of the easiest SEO mistakes to overlook: each page on the website should have a unique title, as these will show up in tweets and are used in the title when someone bookmarks the website. The titles can contain specific services that are popular search terms. Meta descriptions should be unique and persuasive in only 160 characters. This serves somewhat as a sales pitch that will bring people to the site, and should also include any relevant keywords.

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5. Not Utilizing Anchor Text When Linking Internally

This is a vital part of the website text and should not only be used for a call to action, but internal links as well. This can be linked to an e-commerce services page or the like. The anchor text should also not be the same for every link. Using “This page” or “click here” too many times can hurt the site when it comes to search engines, so mix it up and don’t be afraid to include the keywords.

6. Not Creating Unique and Valuable Content

The content should not only be well written, but also link worthy. Readers will know when content is not unique and not valuable, and when this happens, the trust is lost. If outsourcing writers, the content should be original, well-articulated, and something to be proud of. To complement this, the content should also be relevant, making it valuable. Infographics, text or video tutorials, and top lists are all great options.

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Winning the SEO game is about more than just pumping out content. The information should be relevant, well written, and focused on the right audience. These strategies don’t take much to implement and can bump up your success when utilized properly.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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