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mki

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  1. Great feedback. https://wordpress.org/plugins/gutenberg/
  2. As a reminder: if you do not want Gutenberg, you need to install the classic editor and I recommend doing that before Thursday.
  3. There's exploits for WP plugins posted daily. Definitely a good idea since most people don't keep tabs on the security issue tracker websites.
  4. I'm providing basically zero information about this for obvious reasons. I've actually thought about this carefully and I don't think there is any way to figure out what I'm doing so I'm not concerned with sharing the information that I am providing but I really can't provide any more. About 6 months ago I setup a site targeting extremely low competition and low volume keywords in the B2B services vertical. The keywords have search volumes of 10-50 US searches monthly. The site only sends a few clicks to the merchant a week but the average earnings per click is over $100... The traffic is so low that I didn't even notice that the site started ranking, it's only getting 5-10 clicks a day. I gave up on the project thinking that I was wasting my time, man was I wrong. If I were to calculate the RPM of the pages that link to the merchant, it's nonsensically high, around ~$8,000. The ROI on the site is already 10x+ and it's only been ranking well for about a month or so. This was honestly one of the easier projects that I've ever set up that. Lesson learned: Sometimes low volume is a good thing. Most SEOs would probably look at the search volume and think that anybody who was targeting these keywords was an idiot. The SEO work was almost purely on-page as well, the domain only has 2 links from guest posts. I'll definitely work on that as there is certainly some room for improvement in the rankings.
  5. Studio press pro plus is $300 if you haven't already bought it. https://my.studiopress.com/pro-plus-offer/ Reminder: There's no site limitations on StudioPress themes. If you own them, you can use them on as many sites as you like.
  6. Wordpress is pushing the Gutenberg editor live Nov 19th and it will probably break about 80% of the WordPress sites out there. Disable automatic updates now and make sure you test everything before you update to 5.0.
  7. " Activity that attempts to manipulate or disrupt Twitter’s service is not allowed. We remove this when we see it. You can now specify what type of spam you're seeing when you report, including fake accounts. " Is the Twitter BS finally over? https://twitter.com/TwitterSafety/status/1057675174735155200
  8. I have the opposite problem. Biggest Tips: Write every day, even if it's trolling people in the comment sections of websites or randomly posting to forums. It's a skill. I honestly think a lot of my writing ability came from trolling people in comment sections of political websites. To do this effectively; you have to seem intelligent while your insult the person without breaking the rules or using profanity. You can tell how effective you are based upon their next response; if it's childish insults and breaks the rules, well then you "did a good job." If you do it long enough, you get good at it, and then writing a random article is easy by comparison. (This is how you get over the fear of cold calling as well. You start dialing random numbers out of the phone book and see how long you can talk to the person about random things like "how much you love dolphins.") Break your content down into sections and make a list of sub topics. I have a piece of content that I'm working on right now that I broke in 30 subsections (5 sections + a list of 25 things that each have an explanation) and I was suppose to write 1 paragraph for each section. For many of the sections I ended up writing 2-3 paragraphs and I'm headed to somewhere around 5,000 words. Don't proofread as you go. You'll end up with a bunch of gibberish, but you don't want to switch modes from writing to editing as it slows you down. Write to a person or an avatar of your target audience.
  9. " Thing 'bout long content is how it drawsya back in to read it over an' over even though you already read it like a zillion times. " I will admit that the longer the content is, the harder it is to edit.
  10. Hopefully they were smart enough to be doing that years ago.
  11. Scrubs "Build Followers on Google+" off todo list. Honestly the network is a ghost town. https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/08/tech/google-plus-security/index.html
  12. I've been screwing around with different techniques to get legit followers on Twitter without much success. Rand Fishkin's new project is Sparktoro which has a free Twitter follower "grader" and obviously it's no surprise that most people's followers are junk. Obviously the reason any marketer wants followers is to promote your own stuff but if your audience is bots/junk then that doesn't help you. I tried doing Followback manually and extremely selectively and that did work but it was extremely tedious. I wasn't going super aggressive but I was only building ~5 followers a day and it was a lot of work to find ~100 good accounts, follow them all, wait a few days, then unfollow the ones that did not followback. I found a method that was much faster but the quality was a little bit lower and it's actually a much better use of your time. Find ~100 influencers in your niche and follow them. They should have 10,000+ followers each and their account shouldn't be clearly automated. (See Jeff Bullas if you're not sure what an automated Twitter account looks like.) Start stalking your Twitter feed. As soon as any of these influencers post, immediately reply to them with an intelligent Tweet. Every time I do this, I seem to get 1-5 followers immediately, and I haven't been able to respond to anybody super huge on Twitter like Rand Fishkin yet. I realize that might sound silly and obvious, but I'm slowly digging my way through an ocean of advice regarding Twitter that is bad or does not work. I've built accounts up previously using a followback bot and the results are pretty bad, you do get followers but when you Tweet, your engagement is nonexistent. As a tip: posting content to your social account does not help you if you have no followers. The hashtag techniques on Twitter seem dead for the most part. You really need to build up a couple hundred followers before starting a campaign involving content to have any chance at that working. Edit: this isn't working as well now. It's very odd, I honestly think time of day has something to do with this.
  13. mki

    Moz Acquires STAT

    I saw it awhile back (a year?) and was under the impression that it was enterprise level stuff.
  14. Some people had 300k followers...
  15. Problem: You don't want people who instantly bounced to be in your retargeting audience. The solution to this is to use Google Tag Manager. You can setup GTM so your pixels fire after say 15-30 seconds (it depends on the situation what amount of time is better.) Here's a good guide: https://ventin.co/delay-pixel-landing-page-eliminate-bounce-traffic-using-google-tag-manger/ Tip: Tag Assistant does not tell you that the Facebook tag fired, you'll have to press f12 and verify that it fired in the network tab. If you see fbevents.js in the log, it works. I spent about an hour trying to figure out why the tag wasn't firing and it was working perfectly. Tip 2: If you've never used GTM before, be prepared for a super fun time. I setup GTM for my new site today and it took 4 hours to setup, granted, I do some more advanced things like tracking clicks to external sites in Google Analytics. Thankfully there's a plugin for Wordpress called "Google Tag Manager for Wordpress" that worked with my theme. Usually, it doesn't and I have to edit the theme files. So depending on what you want to do with it, you can just use it for the retargeting pixels, or you can implement a bunch of Google Analytics tweaks. There's a bunch of good content about that over at https://www.lunametrics.com/ My personal implementation was a little bit tricky because I have sections of my site where I want the pixel to drop quickly and others where I want it to fire after 30 seconds. I also want the pixels to drop instantly on the thank you page, so I can exclude them in the audience. I also have 2 copies of wordpress installed. One is for the public site that I want showing up in Google, the other is installed in a directory and forbids all search engines.
  16. You can just install the classic editor and disable Gutenberg, that's not the issue. The issue is that if you are using something like Divi, update to Gutenberg, then start updating your content, realize it's breaking divi, then switch back to the classic editor, every page you updated will be broken. The only solution I found when I tested it was to delete the pages and recreate them, so it's not like it breaks the site completely. If they do this correctly, it should prompt you on what editor you want to use when it updates. That way you can "no no no cat" it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4u9bfWy-BE Hopefully they have enough intelligence to do this correctly but I've got a hunch that every single designer and developer is going to be extremely busy starting Nov 20th... I would highly encourage people to test this ahead of time on a test site. Duplicator your site and export it. Setup Wamp. Setup your hosts file so 127.0.0.1 points to your domain name (this will cause your computer to go to local host instead of trying to DNS the domain, so don't forget to undo that later.) https://support.rackspace.com/how-to/modify-your-hosts-file/ Install your site with duplicator to your local site, test stuff. If it's fine, cool, if not, figure out what you're going to do.
  17. mki

    It's time to dump Yoast

    It's like a gas station pumping sugar into your gas tank. If they can't figure out their priorities, that company and their plugin is dead and I would bet on it, seriously, dump it. There's other solutions that work just fine.
  18. mki

    Silo structure and Url structure

    You are but it looks fine in my opinion. I don't think that's problematic unless there's extra cities or states you don't care about where you created pages for no reason. A very minor problem I see here would be if you have a state where you only have one city page. That's kind of silly because that state page is not needed but technically, the silo structure says it should be there. The pros and cons get kind of weird in that case. Under normal circumstances, the city page will link to a state page, which links to the other cities in that state, and will help the other cities. If there's only one city, it's kind of a waste but it still links to the index page so it will help the other states and cities in those states. That's where you want the external links to point to ideally. To the pages you want to rank. Ideally, all pages on the site should have a clickable path to the pages you want to rank. So getting a link to any page on the site will help but unless it's the exact page(s) you want to rank, it's less direct. It's likely you have a link in the header (not the HTML header, the visual header inside the body tag) that does that already, almost guaranteed if this is a WP site.
  19. I'm not going to check all of my sites but I'm getting "Crawled - currently not indexed" on privacy policy type pages. You can check under the coverage report.
  20. In this one case, I think you're good.
  21. mki

    It's time to dump Yoast

    I didn't notice your post but I dumped it off any site I have that gets traffic. I mostly use All In One SEO.
  22. I'm building an email list of bloggers that all blog on extremely similar topics. This happens to be topics that I am extremely knowledgeable about. I was kind of thinking that I could do exactly what you just said not to do, if I ever need some extra money. So I avoid that mistake; what kind of rates do you suggest for high quality content from an expert? I can PM you an example if you like.
  23. Note: This is intended to be used in the Command Line Interface and you can't hardcode the URL without bug fixing it. <?php //Curl as Googlebot, intended for CLI $requestUrl = ""; //hardcode the URL if desired if (($argc<2) && ($requestUrl == "")){ die("Usage: program URL\n"); }else{ $requestUrl = $argv[1]; } $ch = curl_init(); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $requestUrl); curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1); curl_setopt($ch,CURLOPT_USERAGENT,'Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)'); $output = curl_exec($ch); curl_close($ch); //dump the links to the console $dom = new DOMDocument; @$dom->loadHTML($output); $links = $dom->getElementsByTagName('a'); foreach ($links as $link){ echo $link->nodeValue . " : "; echo $link->getAttribute('href') . "\n"; } ?>
  24. I'm looking at Zen Desk chat, I like the default overlay and the fact that it doesn't make a bunch of annoying sounds when the site loads, it doesn't seem intrusive but I'm a little bit confused about the pricing. I don't understand why it's limited to 24x5 unless I'm paying $55 a month. At the end of the day I guess it's not a lot of money but I really have no incite into this.
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