SEO Chat Forums http://forums.seochat.com/ SeoChat where SEO Professionals separate myth from fact. Where seasoned pros have been helping beginners learn proper SEO since 2003. en Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:55:13 GMT vBulletin 60 http://forums.seochat.com/images/misc/rss.png SEO Chat Forums http://forums.seochat.com/ Google Florida 2: The First Major Algorithm Update http://forums.seochat.com/google-optimization-7/google-florida-2-first-major-algorithm-update-499756.html Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:29:11 GMT https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-algorithm-history/florida-update/ Anyone has noticed? Thanks https://www.searchenginejournal.com/...lorida-update/

Anyone has noticed? Thanks ]]>
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SEO Third-Party Hotels http://forums.seochat.com/search-engine-optimization-28/search-engine-optimization-third-party-hotels-499752.html Thu, 14 Mar 2019 15:37:45 GMT Hello,

Does anybody have any advice for SEO for third-party hotels? We've been given some new hotels to sell on our booking website that are third-party. There's quite a lot of competition of other companies selling the same hotel from major travel companies.

Thanks in advance ]]>
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Is this strategy still okay? http://forums.seochat.com/google-optimization-7/strategy-still-okay-499751.html Thu, 14 Mar 2019 15:19:20 GMT About 10 years ago I designed a website for my father regarding carpet cleaning. I researched SEO on this site a lot and had some very good success with my strategy. *Basically this is what I did:* Directed page content: One topic per page. I had around 75 pages of content on his site. ... About 10 years ago I designed a website for my father regarding carpet cleaning. I researched SEO on this site a lot and had some very good success with my strategy.

Basically this is what I did:

Directed page content: One topic per page. I had around 75 pages of content on his site.

Keyword research: I used tools like Google Keyword tool to come up with 3 terms per page/topic that I wanted to rank for. Some times it was a two word phrase and some times a 3 word phrase.

Page Title (80 chars): I put the page title content like this... User readable title that included my TWO OR THREE WORD PHRASE | three word phrase

Description: I would type a description about 250 characters or less. In this description, I would try to "naturally" have my two or three keyword phrases included. It was typed as natural sentences though, not just Keyword 1, Keyword 2, Keyword 3

H1 Tag: I would have 1xH1 tag on the page that was a Sentence/phrase which included my keyword phrase

2-3x H3 Tags: These would break up the content to be more readable. I would then Include int he H3 tags a sentence that included one of the phrases

Basically... My goal was to have the keyword phrases repeated 2-3 times each in the page, but made sure that the keyword inserts made sense with the content and was readable (user experience).

I had some fantastic success with this. I was highly ranking within bigger local cities as the 1-3 spot consistently. In fact, it was so good that even though nothing has been done with that SEO/site in about 4-5 years it is STILL ranking for some of the terms and dropped to probably about 6-8 for some of the other terms. I also followed that up with writing articles about say, removing ____ stains from your carpet. Then give the directions on how to do that. But in that article I would link back to the appropriate page on the site. This helped a lot with ranking.

QUESTION:

Is this strategy still okay? Note that I make sure that EVERYTHING makes sense when you read it. It sounds natural.

I was talking to a marketing company recently and I they said that this is "keyword stuffing" and that I will be slapped for it. I don't think they are correct because it is "natural content". My guide has always been if you read it and it sounds natural then it is okay. Am I wrong with the way SEO is today? ]]>
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Google Update Florida 2 - 13.03 http://forums.seochat.com/search-engine-optimization-28/google-update-florida-2-13-03-a-499744.html Thu, 14 Mar 2019 06:54:55 GMT Yesterday there was a broad core update at the core algorithm.

Semrush and Ahrefs show totally different results for one of my main markets with regards to the Organic traffic.
GA shows just a small increase, but this doesn't mean anything.

Let's see how this will affect rankings and kws in the next days. ]]>
Search Engine Optimization rastaviper http://forums.seochat.com/search-engine-optimization-28/google-update-florida-2-13-03-a-499744.html
Google SERPs Update March 12, 2019 http://forums.seochat.com/google-optimization-7/google-serps-update-march-12-2019-a-499739.html Wed, 13 Mar 2019 16:12:28 GMT Google's latest SERPs update which appeared to start March 12, and currently is continuing today, will need to settle before we can make any observations.

Quote:

This week, we released a broad core algorithm update, as we do several times per year.
https://twitter.com/searchliaison/st...42166788587520

What specifics have you noticed have changed? ]]>
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SEO Basics Course - Critical Feedback Anyone? http://forums.seochat.com/search-engine-optimization-28/search-engine-optimization-basics-course-critical-feedback-anyone-499733.html Wed, 13 Mar 2019 13:08:20 GMT So this has been my pet project for the last year - creating a truly engaging, multimedia course for SEO. It is, as the name says, for the Basics and it is primarily aimed at the SME who just wants to get their heads around what SEO is all about before deciding if they should dive in or contract... So this has been my pet project for the last year - creating a truly engaging, multimedia course for SEO.

It is, as the name says, for the Basics and it is primarily aimed at the SME who just wants to get their heads around what SEO is all about before deciding if they should dive in or contract it out.

Its really inspired by the endless conversations I seem to have with potential clients which go:
ME: "So what is your current SEO agency doing?"
CLIENT: "Um ... SEO"
ME: "Yes, but what sort of things have they tried?"
CLIENT: "Well ... you know .... SEO ...."

Like many here I've often pointed them to courses like Moz and the Google offering but they so often glaze over (so they tell me) - either because it is just lots of text or just someone rambling on a video.

Last spring I finally I thought I might try to go one better and after a year of it bubbling slowly on the back burner here is my crack at an easier way to learn SEO:

https://webmaxing.com/online-seo-basics-course/

I'd be really interested to hear from people what their thoughts are. Both the experienced and those who are just dabbling their feet in this subject.

For this Basics course I've tried to keep things fairly neutral (away from the subject areas that cause "Does", "Does Not" arguments!) and give even the most non-techie a way to get enough knowledge not to be conned.... ]]>
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sub domain or sub folder? http://forums.seochat.com/search-engine-optimization-28/sub-domain-sub-folder-499729.html Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:09:58 GMT Hello, We are working on a new site. The idea of the site is to have an ecommerce shop, but the homepage will be a content page, basically a blog page. My developer wants to have the blog page on a subdomain, so blog.example.com, because it will be easier to make a nice content page this way.... Hello,

We are working on a new site. The idea of the site is to have an ecommerce shop, but the homepage will be a content page, basically a blog page.
My developer wants to have the blog page on a subdomain, so blog.example.com, because it will be easier to make a nice content page this way. I'm just worried that this will be bad for our SEO efforts. I've always thought it was better to use a sub folder rather than a subdomain. What are your thoughts? ]]>
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Relevant links vs Natural links http://forums.seochat.com/search-engine-optimization-28/relevant-links-vs-natural-links-499725.html Wed, 13 Mar 2019 06:51:11 GMT Let's say that you have the choice to select links from 2 different sources:
First source is a website related to your niche. It may look 100% relevant, but in my opinion is also 100% biased.
2nd source is from an irrelevant sector, but the article -which includes the link- is very well written and creates a natural way of including a link to your website. No doubt this looks much more natural.

I guess more people will say that the first link has more value in terms of SEO link juice. But what about what Google thinks?

Of course there are other parameters that could be mentioned, like traffic of every page etc, but I don't want to focus there at the moment. ]]>
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Will a Forum Help Boost SEO? http://forums.seochat.com/search-engine-optimization-28/will-forum-help-boost-search-engine-optimization-499720.html Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:20:25 GMT I am wondering whether opening a forum could be a good move for your SEOs efforts.

Some people go for the private FB group, and I'm wondering which one I should go for.

Assuming that a forum is successful, more people would come back and would spend longer on your website.

Or do you think Google might discount that data when it perceives the users are spending time on the forum and/or coming back to check the forum only? ]]>
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Using Blog for SEO http://forums.seochat.com/search-engine-optimization-28/using-blog-search-engine-optimization-499708.html Sun, 10 Mar 2019 11:37:33 GMT I currently have a blog which is a separate wordpress installation in separate directory of my main website. I am currently using Divi theme and was wondering if SEO was bettter if I just included blog into my main website rather than using separate installation? Thanks for any insight into this... I currently have a blog which is a separate wordpress installation in separate directory of my main website. I am currently using Divi theme and was wondering if SEO was bettter if I just included blog into my main website rather than using separate installation?
Thanks for any insight into this issue.

Regards

Napoleon ]]>
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Beyond Frustrated with SEO http://forums.seochat.com/search-engine-optimization-28/beyond-frustrated-search-engine-optimization-499684.html Sat, 09 Mar 2019 02:00:08 GMT I need to vent.
My party supplies website went through quite the transformation since 2016 when I learned about the importance of original content, copyright and consistent good quality images to describe our products.
I spent what we don't yet generate in copyrighting and original content generation.
I work 2 to 3 hours every night (after my regular bills-paying job) on the titles, page titles, meta descriptions, keywords etc.
But, is no where near the first page, nor the second page. It ranks on the third page for most of our keywords or search criteria.
I'm relying exclusively on social media to generate somewhat traffic.
YET, one of our closest (size wise) competitors, whose website is messy, dis articulated, lacks descriptions and copywritting, is terrible to navigate thru, is even higher than US monster Party City. WTH?!
Not to mention they also spend an absurd amount of money to be first on the list of paid ads 24/7.

I want to cry a little.

Every "test" available we have run, without any bad results at least that my limited knowledge on this subject, can identify.

So, there, you SEO experts are frigging geniuses. This is ridiculously hard and impossible. I'm hopeless and annoyed at seeing our traffic thru the sub-floor.

Rant over. Thanks for your attention. ]]>
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Moz new DA http://forums.seochat.com/search-engine-optimization-28/moz-new-da-499678.html Fri, 08 Mar 2019 09:53:27 GMT I've heard that moz have made changes to their domain authority metric. I used to use moz pro but switched to AHrefs a couple of years ago., but I have heard they have made big improvements to their keyword research and the link tools. Is it worth giving moz pro another chance, or would you say ahrefs is still superior?

Thanks ]]>
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Subdomain Links http://forums.seochat.com/search-engine-optimization-28/subdomain-links-499672.html Fri, 08 Mar 2019 04:01:33 GMT Hello,

I have seen this trick being used for quite some time, but wanted everyone's feedback. I am seeing inbound links to a website like the link below with do follow links.

Here is an actual example (not my site). 'fishingskiff01605.ampedpages.com/A-Review-Of-microskiff-16116740'

So basically you can set up a free blog, make a do follow post, etc and get an inbound link.

It just seems black hat to me. But who knows.

This post actually looks like some old link wheels IMO. But I am seeing links from these type of pages coming directly to a main site.

What is your take?

Thanks ]]>
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After 301, keep or delete? http://forums.seochat.com/google-optimization-7/after-301-keep-delete-499664.html Thu, 07 Mar 2019 13:21:07 GMT Hi All Advice needed regarding 301ís. My client has two sports centres that used to have two locations. One of them is now closed but there are still two websites because there were two specialities and the websites could focus on each of them. However, things have changed and the single... Hi All
Advice needed regarding 301ís.

My client has two sports centres that used to have two locations.
One of them is now closed but there are still two websites because there were two specialities and the websites could focus on each of them.
However, things have changed and the single centre now caters for both specialities.
Would it be best to 301 any relevant pages on for the closed centre and then keep the site.
Or would it be best to 301 any relevant pages and then delete the website of the closed centre?

Thanks, Nick ]]>
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Google Ads and area codes for telephone conversions http://forums.seochat.com/google-adwords-39/google-ads-area-codes-telephone-conversions-499662.html Thu, 07 Mar 2019 10:32:43 GMT This is a question for you US based Google Ads users out there!

One of my clients gets a lot of telephone conversions, people dialing manually and click to call.

In Google Ads these are listed with 'Area Codes' but there is no way of seeing them by State.

My question is, in the US, do cell phones have area codes. In other words if I signed up to get a cell phone in Florida would it have a Florida prefix?

In the UK cell phone numbers have no way of identifying where the user is, or where they were when they first signed up to a service. ]]>
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