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What the Wikipedia Study Really Means for SEO

Posted by : Jitendra Singh, April 18th, 2012

Intelligent Positioning performed a study that quite caused a stir among the people at SEOs. The revelation of the study was that Wikipedia featured in the very start of the page of a Google search 99.2% of the time and almost half of the time, it featured as the inception link. What precisely this translates to an SEO? Is it more or is it less?

One must consider first, the methodology of Intelligent Positioning by perusing their post on their blog. A random noun generator was used to generate 1002 words, and the team used only the English language for their study. Google’s UK site was used for searching, which was accessed through Google Chrome, with an incognito browser window in order to avoid personalization or fancy customization.

Superficially, the results spoke for themselves. For almost 99.2% of the word search, a Wikipedia article for the same appeared on the very first page.And for more than half the results, the Wikipedia article was featured as the first entry. Actually, it was completely rare for a result not have  featured as the main link, that the researchers had such an easy time to compile a list that did not have the inception link. The list had words such as mail, trainers, news, sweets, national, wardrobe, phone, and flight. Highly competitive were these words, which were wholly or part of the name of a large corporation, such as the word ‘National’, Intelligent Positioning notes.SEO India

The only shock, experienced by most SEOs is the apparent domination of Wikipedia in the search. Google apparently has the so called love affair with Wikipedia. Search Engine Wave founder, Danny Goodwin even went out to highlight that Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, stated that ‘Wikipedia was the best thing to ever happen to internet’ and had given so much in donation to the company.

To be frank, we won’t – at least not in the way we used to think. Looking over the study methodology again, we can observe something important. People today do not search with one word nouns alone. But the search comprised only of that.

A popular advertising data analytics company composed a research study based on the user search habits on 5 search companies including Google. Though the study lasted only 3 days, Jan 9th to Jan 12th, it had close to one hundred million search queries. Among other information it had collected, it was observed that the average query information used four words.

Single word queries, like the research organized by Intelligent Positioning aren’t being used much by people at all. Actually, single word queries just made up quarter of the entire search queries back in November. But then they made up the largest pile of searches made. But then 2 word searches dominated still at 70%.

The reasoning from this is that the previous study conducted by Intelligent Positioning does not simulate modern search methodology of people. That does not translate the fact that still the ever dominant position of Wikipedia in single word search is mind boggling.

The secret of the success is that primary importance is given for a single search term in Wikipedia. Also looking at the Wikipedia page, we can observe that there are tons of links on the page which are relevant for that particular term. This linking feature, which is internal, enables Google’s crawler to effectively search the site faster and thus helps prioritizing it.

In the end, Wikipedia has been around for a very long time, with an ever growing content and articles which are constantly updated. These two nail points give the page an excellent authenticity and a stronghold. Citations and links are constantly received– and not only from amateur bloggers, but also from many rich high profile sites.

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Our Site Speed is slower than 94% of Sites Online! How to Improve?

Posted by : Jitendra Singh, April 9th, 2012

These are the things to be done in order to increase page load times. Have an idea of the page load times now so that u can see later how this affects you.

    1. Utilizing the Cache Plug-in -

This saves the webpages as html files and enables fewer PHP calls to WordPress so that the page loads way faster. Super cache is what is used more, but Quick cache or Total cache can also be a viable alternative.

    1. Usage of Content Delivery Network

Using Content Delivery Network, such as Cloud Front from Amazon can easily offload network traffic like CSS, JavaScript, etc. This makes the site load very fast. Max CDN is another way when coupled with Total cache, can deliver very fast load times.

    1. Reducing clutters in Sidebar-

Loading of sidebar widgets can also affect load speeds, which consume network resources unnecessarily. Removing the widgets will present a cleaner design of the web pages.

    1. Social Button Reduction

Social buttons are a big drag on the resources as they tend to be of a large file size. The Share bar plugin especially has many links and takes ages to load. So it is advisable to keep only popular sites as shares, like Facebook or Twitter or Google. Also adding them before and after the posts may increase sharing, but reduce load times.

    1. Avoiding commenting system extras

Loading times of comment systems can be pretty huge. There are lots of comment systems including the ever popular Facebook comment system. Word press comments are the fastest to load. But usage of Facebook comments over Word press essentially results in a tradeoff between load times and popularity.

    1. Remove Gravatars

Hosting Gravatars may be looking cool and attract comments and all that, but when comments become large, loading up 200 Gravatars can really slow the load times of the page. So disable them for a clean comment system.

    1. Loading of fewer comments

Load only 5 to 6 comments and load further if the user requests it. This will load up the page faster and make it more responsive. Utilize the Word Press comment settings (Settings>Discussion) for reduction of comments to be seen. Stopping spam comments and also stopping their attempts can significantly aid in proper load times.

    1. JavaScript at bottom, minimize, compress

Shifting of JavaScript to footer can be rewarding as it does not interfere with the page loading. Combining of JavaScript too can save a lot of resources. Always loading of CSS should be in HEAD and minimize the use of CSS if possible.

    1. Reduce Images and their sizes

Keeping image sizes low, using lesser colors to save and compressing it high will result in small file sizes for embedding. Loading up few images per site is also essential. Offloading them to a CDN can also be a viable option. There are several plugins, which compress the images on the net to boost up load times.

  1. Embedding fewer videos

Embedding of YouTube videos resulted in page load times to be highest If it is also the popular page, then the visitors may experience very slow speeds.So embedded videos should be kept to a minimum.

Additionally latest browsers have facility to compress the web pages and display them quickly to us. Simple tweaks to the .ini file of the site can compress the site significantly. Some sites may also have the option directly to enable GZip. These are being implemented on a regular basis by many. But then proper tweaking can result in amazing load times, which made the site load twice as fast.

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Local SEO: Tips for better Ranking in High Competition

Posted by : Jitendra Singh, April 3rd, 2012

You own a website. Youhave optimized it with all possible keywords in the most apt places it can be, to locate your website easily. You have structured your website to attract your customers. But still your website doesn’t appear on the first page of any search engine. What is that you are missing? It is “Local SEO”. Essentially it is a sub domain of SEO(Search Engine Optimization) which is purposefully aimed at promoting and advertising the local small brands.

This local SEOwill mainly focus on search terms which are not in the general search terms. They would require a contrastingly different service framework from those who provide the SEO services India. Mainly because the local business would lack large information technology resources which the other SEO are at a higher ease of accessing. By this the SEO service providers enable the website owners to make right decisions.

In the current economic scene the local businesses need all the resources and help they can get. Usually the local businesses would not have the bigger ad budgets, time or personnel that the bigger market has and demands it very much for a successful running of a business.

The following strategies can be adopted for local SEO or rather secrets to kill the completion:

  1. Links from other commonly visited websites directed to your website. This are called back links. These are the most vital component for any local SEO. This will be seen as increasing the vote of confidence to your website. The more is the trustworthiness of your page is, and the more relevant the content of your page from the back link is, the more your page will increase in the search engine results.
  2. Content in any way is the king of your website. The more unique the content in your webpage is, the more the chances of your page appearing in the front page results. When the content is more interesting, useful, funny or at least controversial, you have created link bait. These are those contents others would like to share it and thus your site’s reach is increased automatically. Search engines first look for those common links shared by many.
  3. Doing enough research on the target audience will immensely help in knowing the needs and will help you in structuring your website in a better way. Proposing guest posts on hot topics on the web will increase your chances sky high.
  4. Having a personal voice is the most important gift that the small businesses have. To add trust and to showcase your authority in the market, you need to have a strong personalized voice. Usually recommendations have an upper hand while comparing with features and benefits. The more your product is recommended the more is the chance of selling it. For that you need to make your voice heard. Making it more personal helps you to make them recommend more.
  5. Internal linking adds lot of value to your site. More than the sites maps, related products and posts engage the visitors and make them feel easy to compare your product with the product in the bigger market. Your navigations schema should route them to your complete content. By this they will be able to decide easily.
  6. Make your website listed in the online directories. Especially the one’s related to your industry. By this you create an edge over other sites which are not listed. Those online directories will list your products in more than one category and will enable a back link to your website. This helps your target customers to reach to your website more easily than before.

Thus local SEO benefit of a website with proper back links, having link bait, and more importantly listed in the online directory will help the website to be more trusted.

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Local SEO: Secrets to Killing the Competition

Posted by : Jitendra Singh, March 29th, 2012

Search engine optimization is the method of improving the ranking or the visibility of the website or a page while searching in a search engine. The search engines search results using the keywords or phrases. The general method used is the natural, unpaid or the algorithmic method. This method is also known as organic method search results. The search results show websites and pages with higher ranks, which make more visitors to visit those pages. SEO is also available for image search, video search, local search, audio search and academic search engines.

It is actually very difficult to rank well on a search engine and that too for a newly created site it is very important. But consider a Local search, where one can easily top and rank higher among their peers. The ranking becomes very easy and the back work or the traffic for the content is also understood easily. So it is easy to dominate the local search by using certain steps. These local SEO’s consider how search engines work and rank according to the target audience. Nowadays search engine friendly is used for website design, images, videos, shopping carts, menus, contents and other parts which are successfully extracted for search engine exposure.

Today it is easy to top the local search engine by just following certain measures. Many startups, small companies, local managements, media and other websites top the ranking in local searches. To get the number one rank, one can do the process of link building, advertising or PPC. These things are little difficult that makes a common man to do so as to achieve the top rank in a local search. The main factor which decides the ranking factor is that how much one charges and how many customers one has.

The main and easy way to top the competition is that socially connecting one and making him popular among his local people. This can be easily done by advertising and sharing things on popular social networking sites. This makes way to easy popularity among his friends and local people. Then blog and other kind of personal websites can help. Social book marking or listing of super pages are also certain things which can make his site more frequent visiting. The main thing one has to concentrate is that he should maintain his local followers and should constantly keep track of his site management. This can be done by regularly updating the site and improving the format of the site so that more visitors visit his site. The site has to be simple, attractive, should have all features and should provide more pictures. These minor things will attract more visitors and also will maintain the number of people already following the site.

The uniqueness in giving the title, name of sub links, sub heading can also increase the rating of the site. Using vibrant colors, attractive tabs, icons and logos are very vital. The logo talks about the site more than anything. It has to be designed by professionals and a attractive logo makes an impression in the minds of people. Simple 32×32 icons and normal, simple fonts make the look more satisfactory. Using wordpress, common themes and configurations make it more worthy.


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