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How to write page title for SEO?

I have several writers who write content for my websites. One of the things they constantly have is that they come up with page titles that are not good enough. Sometimes it’s trivial but sometimes it does pose a siginficant problem with regards to SEO. For example, in this article: http://www.bintley.com/blog/the-comprehensive-guide-to-choosing-the-right-short-range-airsoft-gun/ The title is so long …

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How to Create WordPress Widget Areas (Before and After Single Post)

Most WordPress themes such as those released by WooThemes come with ready to use widget areas only in sidebar and footer. They are missing out the most important areas of a blog for readership attention and actionable conversions. They are the areas immediately before single post content and immediately after it. For example, a paragraph …

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<IfModule></IfModule> in .htaccess

I was debugging about some mod_rewrite errors caused by the .htaccess file on one of my sites and couldn’t solve the problem myself so I opted for a help thread on the SitePoint.com forum. Turned out it’s not the problem of my mod_rewrite rules in .htaccess but some incorrect file permissions that were causing the …

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How to Change the Homepage Title of vBulletin Forum?

By default, only the forum name / title is displayed in the <title></title> tag of the homepage of your vBulletin forum, which is far from ideal in terms of SEO. One should give a much more descriptive title to the home page of the forum other than the mere name of it. To do this: …

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Auto-generated content by user searches

A not-so-commonly employed content strategy is to automatically generate custom content by user searches. For example, if you’ve got a popular blog, there will be a lot of users searching for things they want to find on your blog. It’s an obvious sign that they want you to write about them. While you are recommended …

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Use robots.txt Disallow directive to forbid spiders and search engine robots

Just like .htaccess, robots.txt resides at the document root of your domain. It’s a text configuration file containing directives or rules any well behaved web spiders or search engine robots should respect. While you can use .htaccess to forcibly prohibit any visits (including those of human visitors) to a certain part of your site, robots.txt …

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Modify Index Homepage Title of MyBB Forum

Upon a fresh installation of MyBB forum software, the default homepage title is the name of the forum. Sometimes you want to add more keywords in it or change it in some way for the sake of SEO but don’t want to tamper with the forum site title itself because that’d make it look long …

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Web Hosting IP and SEO: Are You A Slum Dog or Are You A Millionaire?

I don’t know for sure how Google takes the web hosting IP into account of determining your website’s ranking position, but I’m sure they do take that in consideration, albeit not so significantly as a maker or a breaker. Most of my sites are currently on DreamHost and every time I register a new domain, …

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How to know if your site has been penalized by Google for malicious software or suspicious content?

Back when WordPress was pretty young there’s some loopholes that enable hackers to inject unauthorized and dangerous HTML code into your website pages, thus promoting the distribution of malware that damages the end users computer. I was once there and got penalized by Google for one of my sites. However, they are gentle enough to …

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Semantic HTML Table Checklist – For The Sake of SEO!

Semantics is the study and practice of introducing meaning to markups, enabling computers to better understand human language. In real world, it is much more than just academics and web standards. Google crawlers and ranking calculators are just the sort of computers dealing with large chunks of text data everyday, reading and analyzing millions of …

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Linking back to start a war!

While there’s a positive backlink without rel=”nofollow” on an ordinary a tag that adds favorable link juice for the linked site,  and there’s a neutral backlink with rel=”nofollow” that does nothing other than sending some clicking traffic, there should also be a negative backlink that’s meant to be in attacking position to the linked site, …

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Robots.txt Disallow All and Block Search Engine Spiders

You can literally block any visitor including search engines and secure the data or information you have on your website by the help of .htaccess Deny From All. A similar solution is to have a robots.txt, majorly for search engines. To disallow all search engine visits and stop the any spider or crawler, create a …

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The Ultimate On-page SEO Checklist — Better SEO, Semantics and Accessibility at The Same Time

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 is the Bible of web developers who are responsible for HTML templating and independent content authors who are eager to reach the biggest audience possible. However, if you think that’s just for the sake of that, accessibility, think again. WCAG is way more than just accessibility, it’s also the …

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Top Sites Visited on Internet, Download the Free Top Sites List (Top 1,000,000 Sites in Traffic)

Alexa, the traffic company under Amazon is now releasing the top sites ranking data free. Updated daily, it’s currently the most authoritative top sites ranking data by traffic you can find on the Web. Download the list here. It presents the 1 million sites most visited around the globe. Other than Alexa, you can also …

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How to Do Keyword Research – From Keyword Seed List to a Profitable Niche

This tiny little tutorial is meant for SEO beginners. Just for instance, if you never heard of what a seed list is or how to do keyword research, you are one. Keyword seed list is a list of keywords you gather for further keyword research which may very well contain thousands of related keywords about …

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How to build a php query string without question mark

As a result of the spreading SEO awareness and how Google works, it is always recommended to use as less dynamic URLs as possible for your site. If one must, try using as less variables in the dynamic URL as possible. A dynamic URL is one with a question mark that passes dynamic variables to …

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Kavoir now does follow your comment link!

However it still needs my moderation before they appear on the page, but if they do, it is a valid backlink from the perspective of a search engine crawler. If you are looking for more dofollow blogs to comment on, please head to http://w3ec.com/dofollow, which makes more than 800 dofollow blogs searchable. Just search the …

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