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How to do your own YouTube SEO Now!

It’s common knowledge that SEO is driving factor for a successful blog and web content circulation and site rankings, but did you know it is also imperative to maximize views for your video content as well? Today we’ll be specifically focusing on how to bolster your YouTube videos with the necessary information to increase your video content search results in search engines such as Google or Bing.

Every Video Needs a Great Title and Description

The title, similarly to in articles or heading on web pages, holds a lot of weight when search engines sort their results. Your video title needs to contain all your primary keywords; this is the first point of reference for the search engines to assess the content of your video to determine its relevance to a user’s search query. The video description is equally important and is the place to capture entirely other terms users may implement in their questions. If you cannot fit all your desired keywords in your title, make sure to place these in your description, along with synonyms of your title keywords to reach a broader range of people searching for the content in your video.

For example, if you post a video about cakes and use the word “cake” in the video title, you will want to include additional keywords such as “baked goods, pastries, baking, dessert and cookbook” in your video description.

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Tagging Is Important

Social media has turned the hashtag into a thing of ridiculousness and search engines have made them obsolete, but tagging for video search is still a viable part of SEO for video content. Typically, the bots pull from keywords within the material, and tags aren’t necessary.

This process also prevents people from using tags to bolsters their search rankings with unrelated keywords. Because web crawlers can’t crawl through video content, tags allow the search engine robots to know the content of the video without requiring a transcript. Tags are especially helpful for videos that don’t contain verbal content.

For videos that do contain speech, YouTube transcribes the video, pulling from the data within, turning the video speech to texts. This feature is not yet foolproof, however, you should ensure your tags make up for any errors YouTube may encounter.

Keep consistent across your title, description, and tags, keeping each a reflection of the actual transcribed content of your video so YouTube will rank your video accurately.

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Be a High Performer

Like social media, the likes and shares matter on YouTube. The more likes and shares you get; the higher YouTube will rank your video in search returns. Another qualification they consider is how long people are watching your video. If your video is 10 minutes and people exit out after 30 seconds, your rankings will decline. If your video is 10 minutes and people stay for 8 minutes, your rankings will increase, as this is a high retention time. YouTube will consider your video to be of higher value and will rank it higher for search engines.

Putting it into Practice

Let’s look at a well-known YouTube Channel to see how they use their title and description to represent their video, while also making it suitable for search engines.

The Nerdist channel includes the topic of the video and the category of video within the title. “Our Official First Look at DC’s Shazam (Nerdist News w/ Jessica Chabot)” calls out the video topic as being a look at an upcoming superhero movie from the DC comics universe.

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The title also lets viewers and searchers know this is part of their YouTube series “Nerdist News.”

When we look at the description, we see they further boost the keywords DC, Shazam and Nerdist News to bring in views searching for any of these terms. They also include Zachary Levi, the name of the actor in tandem with Shazam to reach those searches as well.

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We can assume Nerdist added tags to represent all of these keywords as well, along with additional related keywords such as “superhero, comics, and movie.”

Note they list the category as Entertainment, which helps to narrow down search results as well.

When you are uploading your own YouTube Videos, take each of these aspects into consideration. The title, description, tags, category, and production value all play a part in developing the SEO for your YouTube video to make it searchable not only within YouTube but on Google and other search engines. Be intentional about how you represent yourself or your business on YouTube, and you’ll have a much better chance at high search rankings.

Author’s Bio:

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Emin is a Los Angeles-based SEO specialist. On his free time, he enjoys blogging about marketing and web design. He also likes drawing, swimming and reading books.

 

43 Free Tools to Cover All Your SEO Needs

When it comes to SEO, one must need to use a variety of Tools to speed up the data collection, research and processing works.

There are thousands of tools out there.

Some very good tools are paid and highly Expensive. So if you are a newbie or a Freelancer, they might be out of your Budget.

But there are again some few Good and FREE Tools, to get you Sorted.

Google PageSpeed Insights

https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

Enter a URL, and this tool will test the loading time and performance for desktop and for mobile, plus identify opportunities to improve (and pat you on the back for what you’re doing well). The mobile results also come with a user experience score, grading areas like tap targets and font sizes.

Agency Analytics

https://agencyanalytics.com

An Amazing Tool to know all the Technical SEO Issues, Keyword Research, Competitive Backlink Analysis and so much more.

A 360 degree tool to cover your every SEO Need.

Keywordtool.io

https://keywordtool.io/

Enter a keyword, and the Keyword Tool provides a huge handful of long-tail keyword opportunities, organized alphabetically.

Google Analytics

https://www.google.com/analytics/

In addition to tracking pretty much every bit of traffic you could imagine on your website, Analytics also surfaces many keyword insights as to which terms people use to land on your pages.

SEOCRAWLER

https://agencyanalytics.com

One of the best SEO Tool Out there. Know all the Technical SEO Errors, Competitor Traffic Analysis, Keyword Research, Backlink Comparison and so much more.

A must use tool for SEO.

Google Keyword Planner

https://adwords.google.com/intl/en_in/home/tools/keyword-planner/

Enter a keyword or group of keywords into the tool, and Google will return all sorts of helpful stats to guide your keyword strategy: monthly search volume, competition, and even suggested terms you might not have considered.

Google Trends

https://trends.google.com/trends/?geo=US

A quick browse or search through Google Trends can show you the hockey-stick rise of potential terms and SEO opportunities for your content.

QuickSprout Website Analyzer

https://www.quicksprout.com/

The QuickSprout tool does a comprehensive look at just about everything: SEO optimization, speed, tags, keywords, social, links, and even competitor comparisons.

Schema Creator

https://raventools.com/site-auditor/seo-guide/schema-structured-data

Create custom code so that your reviews, events, organizations, and people are displayed the way you want on search pages. Once you’ve created your schema code, copy and paste to your website, or try the free WordPress plugin for an even easier implementation.

SimilarWeb

https://www.similarweb.com/

Use this tool to compare traffic between two websites, a helpful tool for competitor research.

XML Sitemaps

https://www.xml-sitemaps.com/

Simply enter your site’s URL and some optional parameters, and XML Sitemaps will create a sitemap that you can upload to Google Webmaster Tools.

SEO Site Checkup

https://seositecheckup.com/

Site Checkup runs through a fast audit of your site, checking for proper tags and surfacing any errors that might come up.

Find Broken Links

https://www.internetmarketingninjas.com/seo-tools/google-sitemap-generator/

The link report from Ninja Internet Marketers combs through your whole site and highlights a number of link insights, including the internal and external links that need fixing.

Moz toolbar

https://moz.com/products/pro/seo-toolbar

Know PA (Page Authority), DA (Domain Authority) of any website

Robots.txt Generator

http://www.yellowpipe.com/yis/tools/robots.txt/

Robots.txt files let the web robots know what to do with a website’s pages. When a page is disallowed in robots.txt, that’s instructions telling the robots to completely skip over those web pages. There are some exceptions in which case a robots.txt might be ignored, most notably malware robots that are looking for security issues.

Structured Data Testing Tool

https://search.google.com/structured-data/testing-tool

Structured data helps to provide context to the information on your page. This tool from Google uses live data to validate the structured data for any web page, or you can copy/paste code to test it.

Domain Hunter Plus

http://domainhunterplus.com/

This magic extension for Chrome not only helps you find important broken links, but also tells you if the links point to an available domain.

Robots.txt Testing Tool

https://technicalseo.com/seo-tools/robots-txt/

Many robots.txt files contain hidden errors not easily visible to humans. Run your file through this tool and you never know what you’ll discover.

Linkstant

http://www.linkstant.com/

This nifty analytics tool alerts you anytime someone links to your website. Great for outreach and intelligence gathering.

SEO Tools for Excel

http://nielsbosma.se/projects/seotools/

You don’t need to be an Excel ninja to use Niels Bosma’s SEO Tools for Excel. This plugin does so many things many SEOs won’t work without it.

SEOQuake

http://www.seoquake.com/

More raw data than any other SEO toolbar out there.

Beam Us Up

http://beamusup.com/

SEO crawling software. Great free alternative to Screaming Frog. Integrates with Excel and Google Drive. Only available for Windows.

Yandex Metrica

https://metrica.yandex.com/

100% free web analytics software. Includes heat maps, form analytics, session reply, and many other features you typically wouldn’t see in a free tool.

Keyword Shitter

http://keywordshitter.com/

Generates hundreds and thousands of keyword suggestions from your seed keyword(s). You can also download all keyword suggestions to a .txt file in one click (no sign-up required).

LSIgraph.com

https://lsigraph.com/

Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) keywords generator. Enter a seed keyword, and it’ll generate a list of LSI keywords (i.e. keywords and topics semantically related to your seed keyword). TextOptimizer is another very similar tool that does roughly the same job.

CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer

https://coschedule.com/headline-analyzer

Shows how your title tag looks in the SERPs, plus gives you advice on how to improve it and get more clicks.

Check My Links extension

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/check-my-links

The free Check My Links extension lets you check the integrity of the links you post (or plan to post) in your articles to ensure they work.

After you install the extension, open the page you want to check and click the Check My Links icon on the toolbar. The app will then start testing the links on the page and display the results in a box in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Broken links are highlighted in red, problematic links in yellow, and good links in green.

Outreach Lite

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ninja-outreach-lite/

This free Chrome extension works even without a NinjaOutreach Account, and returns a TON of data on each website such as first name, contact information, SEO and social data.

Advanced Meta Tags Generator

http://freetools.webmasterworld.com/tools/advanced-meta-tags-creator

Easily create meta tags for your web pages using HTML coding.

Analyze robots.txt

http://tools.seobook.com/robots-txt/analyzer/

Checks your robot.txt file for errors

Keyword Tool

http://tools.seobook.com/keyword-tools/seobook/

Keywords Research Tool

Anchor Text Over Optimization Tool

https://www.removeem.com/anchor-text-ratios/

Type in URL and get full report of potential bad SEO links

Bing Webmaster Tools

https://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster

Like Google Webmaster Tools but for Bing

BROWSEO

http://www.browseo.net/

BROWSEO is a web app that allows you to view any webpage without distractions caused by styles. It also highlights parts of a page that are relevant for SEO.

Bulk HTTP Header Response Checker & Comparison Tool

http://www.tomanthony.co.uk/tools/bulk-http-header-compare/

Returns the HTTP response code for a list of URLs, and includes which URL they are redirected to

CloudFlare

https://www.cloudflare.com/

CDN and a security service to provide your website with speed and safety.

Copyscape

http://www.copyscape.com/

Plagiarism checker and a duplicate-content checker

IIS SEO Toolkit

https://www.iis.net/downloads/microsoft/search-engine-optimization-toolkit

Analyze SEO aspects like your site’s content, structure, and URLs for search engine spiders.

Kombinator

http://kombinator.org/

Makes combining/merging of keywords so much easier.

Meta Tag Analyzer

https://www.seocentro.com/tools/search-engines/metatag-analyzer.html

SEO tool to help webmasters analyze their web pages and Meta Tags

Meta Tags Extractor

http://www.webtoolhub.com/tn561365-meta-tags-extractor.aspx

Extracts meta tags from a website

Sunny Landing Pages

https://www.sunnylandingpages.com/

A Free Landing Page Builder that already take into consideration various Technical SEO Factors, so you don’t need to deal with them later.

Hope you will find the above Tools useful.

Author Profile:-

Kartik Mundhra

Digital Marketing Professional, with expertise in SEO, SMO and PPC.

For any sort of Project or Consultation, connect with me here at kartikmundhra@gmail.com

Connect with me via LinkedIN

 

Let’s Talk SEO: 10 High-quality WordPress Plugins to get SEO Done

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WordPress is the most commonly used open source content management system (CMS) that powers more than 26 million websites, or almost one third of the entire internet. It powers some huge brands’ websites, such as NASA, BBC America, Disney, Sony, TechCrunch, Time Magazine and many more. It’s also considered to be the most SEO-friendly CMS of them all, and there’s a huge number of WordPress plugins that can make it even more efficient in this respect. Firstly, let’s see what you should expect from an SEO-focused plugin and have a quick overview of the few basic criteria upon which you can choose the right ones.

What should I look for in WordPress plugins?

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When it comes to improving your SEO with a plugin, there’s several qualities that you should focus on when deciding which ones to use. First of all, you need to make sure that the plugins you installed don’t slow your website down, because that way you’re not just failing to improve your SEO, but you can even experience some negative effects on your rankings.

Therefore, you have to make sure that plugins you use are well-developed and that the code is perfectly efficient, with no unnecessary entities that would ruin your website’s performance. That’s why it also makes a lot of sense to install plugins that are versatile and multi-functional, as downloading a separate plugin for every important SEO feature could put some unnecessary burden on your site. This strategy also helps to avoid compatibility problems – the more plugins you install, the bigger chance of incompatibility between them.

Compatibility problems can also be prevented with regular updates, so you need to make sure that the plugins you have to provide such a service. It’s important that the plugin is carefully and continually maintained so that new bugs don’t put your website at risk. Here you should try to rely on other users’ experiences and mistakes. Hence looking at reviews and ratings before downloading anything is always a good idea. It’s not a 100% reliable method, but it’s a good start.

WordPress is such a huge enterprise that it offers more than 55,000 plugins developed for this CMS, and this number is growing every day. They are developed by top WordPress website design companies, developer teams, SEO firms and independent individuals. It’s impossible to cover the entire landscape of WordPress plugins in a single post, but it’s possible to single out some of the best ones, at least when it comes to those that primarily deal with SEO issues. Here’s a list of 10 plugins that can help you with optimizing your WordPress website for various search engines. Another good source of plugins is Codester.

Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is the single most popular WordPress SEO Plugin, with over 5 million downloads so far. There’s a free version available, but the premium version does offer some additional conveniences, such as optimization for multiple keywords. Probably the biggest advantage of Yoast SEO is that it’s extremely comprehensive and multi-faceted. It can be very handy as it can easily do the job of many different plugins, perform a complete SEO page analysis and award an appropriate score for each page.

Furthermore, it’s a rather easy one to use and it’s comprehensible for novice users, yet not too primitive for experts. The traffic-light color system used for different SEO indicators is understandable to everyone. Yoast SEO can create a sitemap and link up your website with both Google and Bing Webmaster console. Among other things it can do, there’s integration of social media, checking content for length as well as handling your redirections and alt tags. It’s got thousands of reviews and is generally considered one of the most reliable plugins out there.

Redirection

Unlike the previous one, Redirection belongs to the group of WordPress plugins that are narrowly-focused and used to handle one specific task. Obviously, in this case it’s redirections and redirection-related issues. This plugin can be very useful when you decide to migrate pages to a new website but want to retain the authority, backlinks and other important SEO aspects. It can follow 404 errors and map them to 301 redirects as well as ensure a URL is passed to another page without much hassle. This plugin also gives you access to all the redirection-related data, so you can easily keep track of when and where the redirections have happened.

Broken Link Checker

Broken links can hurt your SEO both directly and indirectly, especially if those links are internal. Hence this is something that has to be regularly checked. Broken Link Checker is a free plugin that finds broken links for you and notifies you right away. Then you can choose to edit or remove these links without actually having to edit the post at all. Apart from that, it does some other useful things, like not allowing search engines to follow broken links, as well as detecting missing images and redirects. However, it can get quite heavy and slow your server down, which is why it’s blocked by some hosting providers.

All in One SEO Pack

This is the second most popular free plugin, being topped only by Yoast. And much like Yoast, All in One SEO Pack is multi-functional and covers many areas that are important for your SEO. It’s slightly less user-friendly though, but still perfectly suitable for beginners. Some of the features offered by this plugin are XML sitemap, automatic optimization of titles and whole pages for all search engines and an automatic generation of meta tags. It’s also up-to-date with mobile optimization and supports Accelerated Mobile Pages.

Smush Image Compression and Optimization

Slow page loading does not just hurt your SEO, it can also destroy your traffic and make your bounce rate skyrocket. Namely, 40 percent of users are not ready to wait for more than three seconds for a page to load. And one of the most common reasons for a slow website is the fact that the uploaded images have not been optimized well enough. Smush Image Compression and Optimization plugin can compress all the images on your website so that you don’t have to do that manually. Compressing or resizing the images can significantly increase page speed and provide a much better experience for your visitors.

W3 Total Cache

This plugin also improves your website’s performance, although not by optimizing images but by, roughly speaking, optimizing the code. It can compress and minify CSS and JavaScript files and cache them, thus saving you up to 80 percent of the bandwidth. In fact, the creators claim that it brings a tenfold improvement in the website’s performance. There’s a simpler version of the plugin, WP Super Cache, which is convenient for beginners, but if you want to take full advantage of all the customization options this plugin offers, you should definitely go for W3 Total Cache.

WP Meta SEO

One of the most important advantages of WP Meta SEO is that it’s accessible to both beginners and experts, the former not finding it too cryptic and the latter not finding it too basic. It is one of the WordPress plugins that keeps you up-to-date with the current status of the most important SEO parameters for your website.

Among other important features, it offers to create XML and HTML sitemaps, and there’s an option to import metadata from Yoast, the most prominent name in the industry. Finally, the biggest advantage is the bulk processing feature, which enables you to improve some of the SEO-related factors across the entire website in just a few clicks. You simply select the content and the image size and WP Meta SEO does the rest for you.

SEO Squirrly

SEO Squirrly is both human and robot-friendly, which means both user satisfaction and high search engine rankings. With this plugin, you’ll get weekly reports on how you’re performing when it comes to all crucial SEO statistics. This includes the results of a keyword research, where it recommends the keywords you should focus on in order to gain some traffic. It even offers real-time advice on optimization while you’re writing or editing an article. Among other things, SEO Squirrly creates an XML sitemap for your site, helps you write top-quality copy and supplies you with images that are free of copyright.

All in One Schema.org Rich Snippets

This is a plugin that helps you generate a brief summary of what your website is about. This summary is shown whenever the site appears in the search engine results. It’s just a quick overview of what you are and what you do, together with your rating and an image of your choice. This improves your CTR and your search engine rankings. All in One Schema.org Rich Snippets also helps with some Facebook-related issues – namely, it ensures that the right info is presented to users every time someone shares a link from your website.

Rankie

The last of the WordPress plugins we’ll look into is Rankie. Rankie is basically a plugin that checks rank of your website for every relevant keyword and sends you reports on this every day. These reports are also sent to you on a monthly and annual level. Rankie generates ranking graphs for all of the crucial keywords and delivers a list of suggested keywords based on the existing ones. Finally, it provides you with a log that allows you to check each and every action the plugin has performed.

Conclusion

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Never underestimate the importance of SEO for your website. Good SEO is one of the most efficient ways of gaining organic traffic and ultimately getting your site to be really visible. WordPress is the best CMS you can use for this purpose and plugins can give you some additional help with optimization.

If you’re avoiding to deal with this because you consider yourself not to be IT-minded, that’s no excuse. Most of these plugins are easy to understand and handle, even for beginners. Therefore, if you have a WordPress website, check what you’re missing in your SEO efforts, do a little research on what you can do about it and try changing it for the better with the clever use of appropriate plugins.

 

Author: Meaghan Yorke

Meaghan is a web designer who is also quite passionate about digital marketing. These days she is all about researching various IT related topics and collaborating with other bloggers. When she is not working she enjoys dancing classical ballet.

 

Must-have Local SEO Tips To Conquer Google Maps

Undoubtedly, Google has proved a game-changer for the online business owners so far. In August 2015, it came with a big update at the same time changing the history of local searches. This update proved highly beneficial both for the users and SEO experts. With the update in Google maps, SEO experts started experiencing a difference in the way the local search was being made. The difference appeared in the form of three prime business listings in place of seven that used to rule in previous searches.

We can understand it better with an example, suppose you find “the best salon” on Google, then Google maps list will appear after paid business advertisements. And, Google will show the local salons that fall near to the searched locations with contact and address details. In this way, local businesses will reap the benefits of locating this on Google maps.

Local SEO can be a game changer, small businesses can’t afford to ignore it –   Absolute Summit

Make proper use of GMB (Google My Business)

GMB has become a crucial feature of Google as the information related to your business you add, it will appear on Google Maps, Google Search, and Google+. Make sure you focus on below directions while applying GMB for the local SEO:

You add targeted town or city on the landing page title of Google My Business.

Ensure that your GMB contains consistent, relevant and accurate information.

Primary categories of Google My Business should remain consistent with the product so that it presents a wider search category.

The listed location must be verified by business owner.

Mapping the location of your business to the site

It is great to incorporate contact details on the site to assist the customers to reach you. Along with this, you should map the relevant information regarding the directions to the business address using the Google maps. Apart from the business location, linking important information such as hours of operation, links to a phone call, driving direction, etc. proves to be a beneficial approach. In case, you are running a business in varied locations, then you should design several pages and work on optimizing them for the particular locations.

Smart handling of NAP

NAP stands for the name, address and phone number of a particular business. Make sure that you include the working one on the website and manage the similar one everywhere. Remember, none takes interest in your business and places orders until he talks to you. Google secures you in top 3, if you integrate real NAP.

To rank locally in Google Maps, it is important to have consistent NAP (name, address, and phone number) on all of your citations. Inconsistencies in NAP will keep your site from ranking in the 3 pack.  – Rob Harden  PDX SEO

Local keywords targeting for local search

Conduct page optimization on the basis of local keywords that rule in the search paradigm. Sort out the most searched keywords by users around you and start content creation as per the specific business location.

Local domain name is a good gesture

If you own a domain name having the location, then this will prove helpful in enhancing the popularity of your business. For instance, noidacakes.com brings better result as compared to onlinecakes.com.

Content rules everywhere

Like other searches, localized searches also require effective content to earn rankings under local search results. Get unique content written and amalgamate it with both online and offline SEO tactics to attain 3 pack result in rankings.

Importance of website reviews

Search engine takes customers’ reviews seriously in terms of offering top ranking to your business. And, many customers read these reviews to reach your business. So, provide quality products and services to your customers and encourage them to give the best reviews.

Inbound links form beneficial deals

To enhance the status and influence of a local business, you require expanding its popularity in the local area. Getting links from other sites local area to your own site can prove to be helpful. Local businesses have varied ways to get such links. Making donations, hosting a community event, building contacts, sponsoring meetup or webinar or promoting something of your choice can help you. Adding to this, you must own the following ingredients:

Keywords based on the location in inbound links’ anchor text to the domain.

Inbound links diversity to the domain.

Conclusion

In short, you should implement the modest SEO tips along with well-known SEO strategies. In return, you will be able to rev up your website’s ranking using Google maps in local SEO.

Author Bio

David Meyer is an SEO and SMM expert at CSSChopper, PSD to HTML Company. Owning a great hold on web marketing tactics, he serves the audience with informative write-up frequently. When not writing, he is found experimenting with something new from on-page.