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How to optimize your article before publishing

Do you have a list of things you need to do before you hit the button to publish an article? If you don’t, you should. It not only takes away the pain of remembering what you’re supposed to be doing every single time, but it also creates a nice workflow. A productive workflow will increase your productivity and get you more reach for your target audience. After all, you want to make sure your articles have good formatting, so your audience doesn’t get confused whenever they visit your site.

 

Here is your non-usual list of things you need to check off before you publish your article.

600+ words or more

First of all, you want to make sure your article is 600 words or more. Google loves content. And if your content is long, it must mean it holds quite of bit of quality to Google. And again, Google loves quality.

Eighth grade readability

You also want to make sure your article is readable by eighth graders. People are lazy. They don’t want to read an article that’s hard to understand. So make your article easy to understand, for the maximum audience pleasure in reading it. Itt also makes them feel like they are getting somewhere.

 

But, first and foremost, understand your audience. If you audience is professional or technical in a specific field, write in the appropriate tone.

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Choose a keyword

If you want to rank this post for a certain query at Google, then choose a keyword. Make use of Google keyword planner to check which keywords you want to rank for. Your selected keyword should be mentioned at least three times or 1% of your post (as far as keyword density goes). Your keyword should also be longtail, meaning it should be longer than two words. This is because authority websites already rank for this, and it would be hard to rank for these kinds of keywords.

Headings

Sometimes it’s hard to read content consisting of loads and loads of paragraphs. Even when you read a book, you’ll see that authors uses headings. Google really wants you to cater to the audience. If you use the first and second heading, Google will be happy.

Category

Choose the right category for your post. Only choose one category or your promotion will end up being long.

Tags

This is your chance to add other keywords you want to rank for. Make sure your tags don’t look like you are aiming for SCO. If you were a visitor on your site, what do you think the kinds of queries you make in order to find a specific post? These are the keywords you should use for your tags.

Pictures

Everyone is visual, and not to mention, pictures are very hard to copy. Pictures entice more than anything. Think about it, have you ever clicked on a post in social media that does not contain a picture? If you did, it has probably only been for for handful.

 

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Alt Text

Alt text is basically a portion where you say what the picture is about. Search engines cannot understand what are in pictures so they rely on this description.

Promotable social media pictures

Make sure the pictures about your posts are the right sizing compared to which social media platform you’re going to post it on. You want to make sure your pictures look good so that people will click on it. You can find the right dimensions here:

Source: Marketing Tech Blog

 

Or you can use tools like Canva which gives you the dimensions. All you need to do is click on the picture, and it will create the dimensions for you. Candor is free, although there is a paid version where you can magically resize your pictures without having to do it one by one.

Short sentences

A lot of people are lazy when it comes to reading text online.I make it easier for them ditching the compound sentences. It’ll make them feel like they are going somewhere, and it’ll be easier to understand the content of your post.

Compose tweets

Whenever you publish an article, it is a good idea to keep republishing it in social media. Not all your audience gets to see what you publish because they are not online at the same time. Do not just republish it using the same description. You need to change it and be creative. This will not only help you with your copywriting skills, but it will also help you determine what your audience finds appealing.

This is important

Did you get all that? Good. This is the best list you can find. If you want to get a copy of how I compose my tweets, you can download it below. Of course, I will need your email so that I know where to send it. This worksheet has led me to hundreds of retweets and likes because I have been trying to republish them at optimized times.

 

Remember to come back to this list. I like updating my lists whenever I see, hear, or try something new that works. Downloading my worksheet is completely free. I had to learn all these techniques through paid courses, and I am willing to give it to you for free!



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How to Find Keywords Using Rank Tracker

There are multiple ways to find keywords but this is the best way on how to brainstorm and get unique ones. As of now, it’s best to use long tail keywords because they are easier to target. All the one-two keywords have been targetting by big authorative websites.

Time: One hour or days.

Here is what we will be doing:

 

I. Manual Way

You can check your keywords manually but it might be a bit tedious. Below are some suggestion on how you can do it.

Tools:

IA. Thesaurus

If your target audience is intelligent, using the thesaurus is actually a good idea. You can go to the Thesaurus and try to find keywords there. Remember that not everyone know what something is called, so it’s best to stick to basic keywords.

IB. Semrush

go to Semrush and put your URL. You will then see a list of keywords that show up in your webpage. You can also put your competition’s website and see what keywords the rank for. Using Semrush is absolutely free.

IC. Google Autocomplete

Go to google and type in a keyword. You will then see a list of suggestions google gives you.

I personally don’t like google trends (but don’t let that stop you). The reason why I’m not a big is because it’s hard to track long keywords.

II. Using SEO Powersuite

Using this tool saves you so much time and headache. Get ready to do all of the above in less than an hour.

Tools you need:

Find Keywords

Option 1: From Website Auditor

This option will tell you which keywords you are already ranking for.

  1. Open your website and have Website Auditor check it.
  2. Once it’s done, go to the left and press Site Audit then, Content Analysis.

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Once you do this, more buttons will appear.

  1. Click on Keywords.

You’ll then find all the keywords you rank for and more.

Option 2: Use Rank Tracker
  1. Go to the left corner and press Content Analysis.

Content Analysis

Keyword Research

 

Finally, click on Research Keywords on the top left corner.

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Note

This part is one of the most time consuming parts of getting keywords. When you are checking each of your competition, you might notice that you will get blocked by Google if you have too many queries. This is because you are accessing their database (and while they know that a lot of SEO companies do this) they want to make sure that they are not being hacked being having you answer a Captcha.

 

That is why people invest in proxies or other things that will make google think that a different computer is accessing their database. This can only last for so long. Once Google notices that you are sending too many queries again, your proxies are going to get banned, making you buy more proxies.

Idea

One way around this is by human emulation. This will be a setting found in the preference tab on the toolbar. There will be a check box next human emulation. What will happen is that every time you had a query, rank tracker will go to Google first and type in the query over there making it seem more human. You can then add minutes to to tell rank tracker how long they’re supposed to spend on each website. It is a little bit tedious, but if you are new or only manage one website (or rather a few) then you will be fine. You could go grab a beer and come back later.

 

After finding general keywords, now it’s time to check your Competition.

This part may seem a little longer because you are asking rank tracker to check a specific page you are trying to rank for against other people’s specific pages also.

I would suggest only doing one at a time, so that you can focus on what types of keywords you are serious trying to rank for. You don’t want to get banned by Google again by trying to check a whole bunch of websites because you’re asking rank tracker to get more details upon certain websites. This is even more dangerous in Google’s eyes.

Steps

  1. Go back to your Target Keywords Pane and highlight your desired Keyword.

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  1. Click on Keyword Difficulty at the bottom of the page.

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  1. Select which search engine you want to use on the left hand side then click on update

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It will then show you the ff:

  • the top 10 sites ranking for that keyword
    • optimization rate of the page that is showing up

 

  • the social signals
  • Alexa Rank
  • Domain age
  • outgoing and ingoing links
  • The kei which shows you how difficult it is to rank for that keyword.

It might take a while but you’ll have a whole set of keywords you really want to rank in no time. Once you’re satisfied with what you have, Rank for it!

Sooner or later you’ll rank for that keyword. It will not take a day, nor will it take a week. It might take one month. What once you rank for that keyword it all feels so good that you’d want to rank for another one. Once you rank for that keyword, that is when you’ll start seeing the traffic flowing with a little effort.

So here’s a recap of what you just did:

  1. You find keywords you were already ranking for using Website Auditor.
  2. You researched more keywords on Rank tracker based on their suggest tool.
  3. Once you had a set of keywords that you liked, you asked Rank tracker how difficult it is to rank for that keyword based on how your site is optimized.

A word of advice:

  • use long tail when you’re trying to find keywords using Rank Tracker
  • The more keywords you rank for, the easier the other keywords will be because you will start to gain traction
  • Even if there is no numeric KEI, if a keyword has the color green, go target it.
  • Don’t pay attention to PPC just yet. It will cloud your judgement on which keywords you really NEED to target in order to rank up.

Did you find this tutorial helpful? If you did, please subscribe below for more SEO powersuite tutorials! You will be helping me by helping you 😛

 

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Email Settings for Google Apps on Link Assistant

After days of trying and frustration, I finally figured out how to enable settings for Google Apps on Link Assistant. Goggle Apps support and Link assistant could not help me so I decided to figure it out myself. Okay, so here it goes.
1) Go to your google account and allow the less secured apps to be connected.
google account settings
2) Go to your Link Assistant to email settings.
link assistant email settings
3) Now here are the settings for incoming mail. It’s going to ask for the POP settings, but use SMTP instead.
link assistant incoming mail settings
Note: Notice that the incoming server is still gmail. Your username is your email address from google apps.
4) After, set up the outgoing mail with the settings below.
outgoing email settings link assistant google apps
Test Connection then Ta da! These settings should work now.
If you have a different client, be sure to find out their incoming and outgoing mail servers. If you have gmail, these settings above should work for you also.
Please comment below if you found this helpful! I spent so many days figuring out how to setup these email settings to work on Link Assistant using my google apps email!

How to add an MX record on your Bluehost domain that will point to gmail

If you want to be able to manage your email address using google apps, all you need to do is create an MX record on your domain. This is a step-by-step process on how to do it on bluehost.

Steps

1) Login to your bluehost account. Go to Domains > Zone Editor
2) Choose the domain using the dropdown. It will load your page something similar to this.
3) Fill out the Records according to google’s servers.
These are the values you need to put for google’s servers. 
Here is an example of how I filled out the first one.
4) After you added all 5 records, delete the other ones that were there in the beginning. Tada!