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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Part 2 SEO QA - SEO Newbie's Questions Answered

In continuation with the previous post, here are some more common questions I see in my Google Analytics log. The post help to get direct answers for the question.

(1) How many words can I use in H1 tags?

H1 tags are for page headings. There are no fixed numbers. Have H1 tag meaning full for page body content that helps users and search engines to understand better. Normally 4 to 5 words are seen around as maximum and they were meaningful.

(2) Can I use the same article content in different articles site?

No you should not. Have one article per site. Do not duplicate. Make sure that the articles site is not a scrapper site.

(3) Does Google prioritize search results?

Yes Google lists search results based on website popularity and the factors includes links to your site, search engine friendly structure, quality content and many other factors. Follow Google guidelines to increase your online presence.

(4) How to get listed higher in Google?

Your site should meet Google guidelines provided the site should have relevant backlinks for your users search keywords and should have quality resources (articles, news etc). If it is a service site, build internal links from your resources.

(5) How often does Google crawl?

There is no fixed time interval. Crawls are based on backlinks, content updates, PageRank and many other factors. Build crawler-friendly pages by following Google guidelines.

(6) What is the Google panda factor?

Panda is a filter that finds low-quality pages. If you have too many low-quality pages then the site will be flagged. Read more on Google panda factor checklist.

(7) What are more important backlinks according to Google?

Backlinks that are related to your site theme and the linking site should have related content around.

(8) What does the term keyword prominence refer to?

Keyword prominence refers to the priority given for the keywords in top content, Title, H tags and Meta tags.

(9) What directories does Google like?

Human edited directories are linked most.

(10) Should I mention sitemap in robots.txt file?

Mentioning sitemap XML in robots.txt helps spiders to know the location of the sitemap.

The blog post “SEO questions answered” will be a weekly update. I will be answering the question as I find in my Google Analytics search log. Subscribe and stay tuned!

Monday, December 26, 2011

How to setup Google Feedburner for Blogger and Wordpress

Integrating Google Feedburner with blog feeds.

Easy way to setup Google Feedburner to your Blogs and Websites. Make your blog posts popular. Help your readers to subscribe your blog posts updates easily through Feedburner's headline animator . Try now. Don't miss it!

The blog post has a write-up to setup your blog feeds to the place you desire.



Step 1: Sign-up


Login to Google feedburner using your Gmail account.

Figure 1.0

Step 2: Getting your blog Feeds

Get your blog feeds from the following URL

Blogger - www.yourdomain.com/atom.xml
Wordpress - www.yourdomain.com/?feed=rss

Step 3: Adding Blog Activity Feed

Assume you have selected one of your blog feed.
In the Feedburner dashboard you will have an option to paste the blog feed link in an text box as below (Refer Figure 3.1).


Figure 3.1

If you have a podcast in your blog then click on check box “I am a podcaster” and click next button. If you don't have a podcast in your blog then leave the check box and click next button. On the next screen you may alter your Feedburner title and feed address and click again next button.

Now your Feedburner would have been created and you can see it live in the feed address you have created as seen in the below image (Refer Figure 3.2). Now you can share your feedburner's blog feed to your readers and friends.


Figure 3.2

Step 4: Creating and configuring to Feed Management

In Feedburner created page you have options to move to next step to configure stats (Refer Figure 4.1 and Figure 4.2) or to skip to feed management page as seen in below screenshot (Refer Figure 4.3).


Figure 4.1


Figure 4.2


Figure 4.3

Step 5: Activating Headline Animator

Now you can click on “Publicize” button (Refer Figure 5.1) and you will be landing to a page "publicize your feed". In this, on left hand side you can see services listed as seen in the below screenshot and from that you can click “Headline Animator”. (Refer Figure 5.2).


Figure 5.1


Figure 5.2

Here comes the page were you have the code to configure the “Headline Animator” Feedburner in your blog. Before that you can change the theme, colour code, wrap long headlines and font size for your taste and click on the Activate button as seen in the below screenshot (Refer Figure 5.3).


Figure 5.3

Step 6: Selecting the type of Code

Once it gets activated you can see an drop down option at the top of the page to select the type of platform you are about to use the code. There are options like my space, blogger, wordpress and so. Also you may select other option (just gimme the code) as seen in below screenshot and click next (Refer Figure 6.1). A pop new window will be opened with the code to paste in HTML part.


Figure 6.1

Creating Feedburner Widget for Blog - In Addition, if you would like to add your blog post activity Feedburner to your blog or signature then you may select the respective option and click next so that it takes to the next level of widget. Suppose if you select Blogger blog and click next you will have a pop up window with "Add to Blogger" button as below (Figure 6.2).


Figure 6.2

Click "Add to Blogger" button and it will open a new window where you can signin using your blogger account. Once you Signin you will be taken to a page with "Add Widget" Button. Click the button to add to the Widget to your blog layout page. Now you can click Save button in top right corner for the widget to show in your live blog. This can make your blog visitors know your posts in blog and this can even tend to click on the posts.

Coming back to the main post...

Step 7: Copy and paste the Code.That's it.

Now you may copy the code and paste it anywhere in the HTML part.

The headline animator can be seen by adding to the blog post / HTML template (Blogger) or by having the code in the .php file (Wordpress) in the place were you like to display.

TIP: If you have no idea about HTML then you can have the headline animator Feedburner code after Div or Table closing Tag.

You can press save / publish button. Now your code is updated. That's it. You are done and it would look something like the one below in your blog.

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It is recommended to have Good Feedburner headline animator in your blog or websites for the visitors to know the activity on your blog.

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