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How To Avoid Google Penalties On Your Website

How To Avoid Google Penalties On Your Website

Google has two types of penalties that could potentially harm your website. They are called algorithmic penalties and manual penalties (or “manual actions” by Google). The algorithmic penalties are automatic and occur as a result of the Google algorithms. They are usually caused by Google panda[1] or Google Penguin[2] because of low quality content, duplicated content, and/or the presence of a lot of suspicious links pointing to your site. Google wants to “clean” the web based on these two updates and other criteria.

As for manual penalties, they occur as a result of manual review of your domain performed by a specialist at Google. These punishments tend to minimize a site’s efficiency and can even make it disappear on specific queries to the Net surfers. Google favors sites that have precise and positive characteristics like the speed of its loading time, the size of its optimized images, etc.

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Google diminishes the visibility of sites that are viewed less favorable based on penalties they acquire as a result of manual and algorithmic penalties a site might receive. So in order to maintain visibility in search engine results, you must do everything to avoid these penalties.To check whether your site has been punished manually or not, simply visit your Google Webmaster Tools account. To avoid penalties altogether, below is a helpful and essential guide to ensure the positioning of your website in search results.

Preventing Google Penalties

Google Panda and Google Penguin are most concerned about good practices in SEO. Indeed, Google Panda, published in 2011, penalizes poor user experience, like delayed loading times on a site, high bounce rates, errors 404, and of course duplicate content. As for Google Penguin, which was created in 2012, it penalizes spamming techniques, i.e. the quality of link anchors, the number of incoming links from a suspected referral site, the nature and origin of the links, etc.

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The bottom line is quality content is paramount. When you want to optimize your site for SEO, you will have to take into account Google Penguin and Google Panda in order to adhere to Google’s guidelines and maintain your website rank and visibility.

Content is king in SEO, so you must give a lot of importance to these factors:

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  • The content must be unique.
  • The editorial line must be clear and coherent.
  • Articles or pages should not be over-optimized.
  • Automatically generated content is prohibited.
  • Know that you have to write your content primarily for users before even thinking about the search engines.

Operating A Quality Site

Owning and operating a quality site is as simple as adopting a clear architecture and paying attention to the internal so that you don’t duplicate content. Links can make or break your site. Netlinking is a great way to get quality links on your website, but be careful to avoid abusing it to try and stay natural with Google’s guidelines. Limit the number of links per page, whether internal or external. As for backlinks campaigns, you should spread them out over a long period of time to avoid getting links at the same time as this might sound suspicious.

The majority of links to your site should be sites with the same theme. Do not over-optimize the anchors for SEO. You must vary the anchors on long phrases and not necessarily on the main keyword of your site. The list of what to do to avoid Google penalties is not exhaustive as it seems. The most important thing to remember is not to cheat in order to make your way up the website ranking through unsavory methods.

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Behaviors To Avoid For Good SEO Practice

As you all know now, most behaviors that are banned in SEO are practices prohibited by Google and behaviors that Google will penalize you for if you use them. Here are some examples of practices that should be avoided to maintain good SEO practices[3] that will not be flagged by Google. This practices are more commonly known as Black Hat SEO:

  • Cloaking, or generating, different HTML content depending on whether it is a user or a search engine that accesses it
  • Duplicating content or copy and pasting an already existing page
  • Spam comments
  • Over-optimization of keywords
  • Purchasing inbound links of poor quality

There are many other practices that are considered Black Hat SEO, but those were just a few of the most common ones that will quickly get your website in hot water with Google if they pick up on it with their manual or algorithmic penalties. Earn your ranking the right way and develop a quality site where your content is key to establishing SEO.

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Reference

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Panda
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Penguin
[3] seo services: http://www.seoservicesusa.co/chicago-seo-services

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11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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