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SEO Tools Every Business Should Be Using in 2017

SEO Tools Every Business Should Be Using in 2017

Many have tagged 2017 as a year of change in the SEO world. A lot of things have to be done differently by website owners that seek to maintain their visibility on search engines. Since high ranking on search engines is an important marketing tool for a business owner, then understanding how to maximize SEO contents would be a great advantage.

And to understand and optimize SEO in 2017, there are some great tools that website owners must learn about. These tools would help business owners to work smarter when implementing SEO techniques and it would minimize avoidable waste of time and resources. So, to assist you with your search engine optimization goals, I have compiled some great SEO tools that should be in your toolkit.

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Google Analytics

If you are conversant with search engine optimization, then you have heard about Google Analytics. It is safe to say that it is one of the best SEO tools that you can leverage on. Looking for a way to understand your site visitors, Google Analytics is what you need.

With this SEO tool, you will get insight to what visitors to your website are searching for, how often they visit your page and the number of minutes or hours that they spend on your page. Google Analytics reveals how much traffic you are getting on your site so that you can decide on whether you need to gain more visitors or not.

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GTMetrix

One of the ways that you can stay relevant in search engine optimization is to ensure that your site is mobile-friendly and loads quickly. And with GTMetrix, you can determine the speed at which your website loads. In addition to that, you can use this tool to run a diagnosis on your site, so you know how to improve on its output to influence a higher ranking on search engines.

Screaming Frog SEO spider tool

This SEO tool is one that really needs to be in your toolbox. It works as your site’s auditor. Once you download it, all you have to do is input your web address and allow it to take a spin through your site. It will show all that has happened on your website and reveal details about page titles, redirects, meta tags, internal backlinks, error status codes, and much more. You can identify areas that you need to improve on and subsequently, import the report to CSV.

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Google Search console

If you think you want to know how your web page appears in search engines, then Google Search console has got you covered. With this tool, you can view your site as it appears on search engines, and you will also learn how to make your site interact better with its users. It reveals errors on your site and successful clicks to your page. SEO experts believe that minimizing errors and making your site more user friendly can enhance the visibility of your website in the search engine.

Google trends

The ability to analyze the new trends of things, especially businesses, equips you with the opportunity to realign your priorities to fit into the future techniques of building a consistent online presence for your business. And that is where Google trend fits in.

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This SEO tool shows you the difference between what people searched for on the internet a few days or weeks ago and the information they are currently searching for concerning the theme of your website. With this, you will know how to keep updating your content and the relevant topics for new contents. It’s basically about finding the trending topics and providing detailed answers to them.

SEMrush

If you need a perfect keyword research tool, then get this app. With this tool, you will find the trending keywords in your niche. Then, you will find suggestions of similar keywords that make your content look creative. Furthermore, you will be able to view fast paced sites that have already spun the keywords into their contents and how it has boosted their rank on search engines. And for the money lovers, SEMrush shows you the per click worth of a trending keyword.

Grammarly

Based on recent developments, SEO is set to favor quality over quantity. So, it means that you can’t just write anything, stuff it with the right keywords and score a cheap visibility on search engines. It does not work that way anymore.

Now, you need to incorporate smart linguistics over keywords, and the best app that can assist you with that is Grammarly. This app identifies grammatical errors in your contents and suggests the right words. Also, when you use this app, you will learn how not to repeat keywords unnecessarily. In addition to that, Grammarly teaches good word pair.

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Last Updated on March 30, 2020

How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

Traditionally, when you have a lot of ideas in your mind, you would create a text document, or take a sheet of paper and start writing in a linear fashion like this:

  • Intro to Visual Facilitation
    • Problem, Consequences, Solution, Benefits, Examples, Call to action
  • Structure
    • Why, What, How to, What If
  • Do It Myself?
    • Audio, Images, time-consuming, less expensive
  • Specialize Offering?
    • Built to Sell (Standard Product Offering), Options (Solving problems, Online calls, Dev projects)

This type of document quickly becomes overwhelming. It obviously lacks in clarity. It also makes it hard for you to get a full picture at a glance and see what is missing.

You always have too much information to look at, and most often you only get a partial view of the information. It’s hard to zoom out, figuratively, and to see the whole hierarchy and how everything is connected.

To see a fuller picture, create a mind map.

What Is a Mind Map?

A mind map is a simple hierarchical radial diagram. In other words, you organize your thoughts around a central idea. This technique is especially useful whenever you need to “dump your brain”, or develop an idea, a project (for example, a new product or service), a problem, a solution, etc. By capturing what you have in your head, you make space for other thoughts.

In this article, we are focusing on the basics: mind mapping using pen and paper.

The objective of a mind map is to clearly visualize all your thoughts and ideas before your eyes. Don’t complicate a mind map with too many colors or distractions. Use different colors only when they serve a purpose. Always keep a mind map simple and easy to follow.

    Image Credit: English Central

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    By following the three next steps below, you will be able to create such mind maps easily and quickly.

    3 Simple Steps to Create a Mind Map

    The three steps are:

    1. Set a central topic
    2. Add branches of related ideas
    3. Add sub-branches for more relevant ideas

    Let’s take a look at an example Verbal To Visual illustrates on the benefits of mind mapping.[1]

    Step 1 : Set a Central Topic

    Take a blank sheet of paper, write down the topic you’ve been thinking about: a problem, a decision to make, an idea to develop, or a project to clarify.

    Word it in a clear and concise manner.

      What is the first idea that comes to mind when you think of the subject for your mind map? Draw a line (straight or curved) from the central topic, and write down that idea.

        Step 3 : Add Sub-Branches for More Relevant Ideas

        Then, what does that idea make you think of? What is related to it? List it out next to it in the same way, using your pen.

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          You can always add more to it later, but that’s good for now.

          In our example, we could detail the sub-branch “Benefits” by listing those benefits in sub-branches of the branch “Benefits”. Unfortunately, we already reached the side of the sheet, so we’re out of space to do so. You could always draw a line to a white space on the page and list them there, but it’s awkward.

          Since we created this mind map on a regular letter-format sheet of paper, the quantity of information that fits in there is very limited. That is one of the main reasons why I recommend that you use software rather than pen and paper for most of the mind mapping that you do.

          Repeat Step 2 and Step 3

          Repeat steps 2 and 3 as many times as you need to flush out all of your ideas around the topic that you chose.

            I added first-level (main) branches around the central topic mostly in a clockwise fashion, from top-right to top-left. That is how, by convention, a mind map is read.

            In the next section, we are covering the three strategies to building your maps.  

            Mind Map Examples to Illustrate Mind Mapping

            You can go about creating a mind map in various ways:

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            • Branch by Branch: Adding whole branches (with all of their sub-branches), one by one.
            • Level by Level: Adding elements to the map, one level at a time. That means that firstly, you add elements around the central topic (main branches). Then, you add sub-branches to those main branches. And so on.
            • Free-Flow: Adding elements to your mind map as they come to you, in no particular order.

            Branch by Branch

            Start with the central topic, add a first branch. Focus on that branch and detail it as much as you can by adding all the sub-branches that you can think of.

              Then develop ideas branch by branch.

                A branch after another, and the mind map is complete.

                  Level by Level

                  In this “Level by Level” strategy, you first add all the elements that you can think of around the central topic, one level deep only. So here you add elements on level 1:

                    Then, go over each branch and add the immediate sub-branches (one level only). This is level 2:

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                      Idem for the next level. This is level 3. You can have as many levels as you want in a mind map. In our example, we only have 3 levels. Now the map is complete:

                        Free-Flow

                        Basically, a free flow strategy of mind mapping is to add main branches and sub-topics freely. No rules to restrict how ideas should flow in the mind map. The only thing to pay attention to is that you need to be careful about the level of the ideas you’re adding to the mind map — is it a main topic, or is it a subtopic?

                          I recommend using a combination of the “Branch by Branch” and the “Free-Flow” strategies.

                          What I normally do is I add one branch at a time, and later on review the mind map and add elements in various places to finish it. I also sometimes build level 1 (the main branches) first, then use a “Branch by Branch” approach, and later finish the map in a “Free-Flow” manner.

                          Try each strategy and combinations of strategies, and see what works best for you.

                          The Bottom Line

                          When you’re feeling stuck or when you’re just starting to think about a particular idea or project, take out a paper and start to brain dump your ideas and create a mind map. Mind mapping has the magic to clear your head and have your thoughts organized.

                          If you can’t always have access to a paper and pen, don’t worry! Creating a mind map with software is very effective and you get none of the drawbacks of pen and paper. You can also apply the above steps and strategies just the same when using a mind mapping tool on the phone and computer.

                          More Tools to Help You Organize Thoughts

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