Top 7 Google Chrome SEO Extensions

Top 7 Google Chrome SEO Extensions

SEO for Chrome

Pros:

  • Reports on a ton of different SEO stats

Cons:

  • Slow
  • Frequently breaks for random data points

SEOMoz Mozbar

Pros:

  • Tons of great information in sexy interface

Cons:

  • Need SEOMoz Pro account to get all the data

META SEO inspector

Pros:

  • Lightweight and reports very useful information
  • They built-in my Ad Sniffer plugin

Cons:

  • Ugly terminal style interface

SEOQuake Lite

Pros:

  • Lightweight – includes two important data points: Google PageRank & Alexa Rank

Cons:

  • No MozRank or SEMRush data (which is weird since SEOQuake owns SEMRush)

Sorezski SEO Plus

Pros:

  • Tons of useful data in a sexy interface

Cons:

  • Takes up too much space and requires too many clicks to access all the information

SERP Preview Tool

Pros:

  • Great preview of SERP listing for given page
  • Allows you to enter your own info to optimize listing
  • Can test what it would look like for a given search query

Cons:

  • That’s all it does

WooRank

Pros:

  • Allows you to easily run a WooRank report for the site you’re on

Cons:

  • Not really an extension, just opens up the web-based report
7 Basic SEO Tips, Tweaks, Tactics & Strategies

7 Basic SEO Tips, Tweaks, Tactics & Strategies

It’s quite amazing how many web sites there are that don’t do the basics. If you have a web site and you want it to succeed, then make sure you’ve done all of the following at the very least. This post will explain domain-wide redirects, proper page title, meta description, alt attribute, and URL usage, as well as web analytics and making sure to host all your own content on your own domain.

Domain-wide Redirect

Search engines consider separate sub-domains to be separate web sites. This is why domain.com and www.domain.com are considered separate web sites. External web sites will sometimes link to your site using both variations and this can lead to you not capturing the full potential of your backlinks.

To avoid this problem, you simply need to setup a domain-wide 301 redirect on your Apache web server. Assuming your site is running on Apache (the vast majority are) then you can use the following code. You’ll just need to edit your .htaccess file in your root public directory, or you’ll need to create a text file and save it as “.htaccess” and upload it to your root public directory.

Ideally you’ll want to redirect the variation with the least unique domain backlinks to the version with the most unique domain backlinks. You can utilize Majestic SEO’s Site Explorer to determine this. Just register for a free account, then enter both variations of your domain (http://domain.com and http://www.domain.com), be sure to “Use Historic Index” so you’ll see all the backlinks for each. Then, by using the following lines of code, redirect the version with the least unique domain backlinks to the version with the most unique domain backlinks.

non-www to www

www to non-www

Proper Page Title Usage

Make sure your page title is no more than 70 characters in length. Place your targeted keywords as far left as possible, throw in your site/brand at the end after a pipe (|) symbol.

good page title example

The following is a good page title because it is exactly 70 characters in length. In addition, it has the most relevant keywords at the beginning and includes the web site name at the end.

bad page title example

The following is a bad page title because it is very short. The only keyword it has in it is SEO. It is only 8 characters in length, meaning it is not making use of the additional 62 characters it could be to target additional, longtail keyword phrases. It also explains nothing about the web site’s home page.

Proper Meta Description Usage

Make sure your meta description is no more than 155 characters in length. Place the keywords you anticipate the page ranking for near the beginning of the meta description and be sure to finish it off with a nice call to action. If your page comes up in the results for the keywords you have in the meta description they will be listed in bold. This will help your listing stand out more, then your call to action will entice users to click on your listing even further. Both of these tactics combined can help increase the click through rate on your search engine result page listing.

good meta description example

The following is a good meta description because it is exactly 155 characters. It also includes keywords that the page is targeting and likely to rank for. In addition, it has a nice call to action that will entice viewers to click on its search engine result page listing.

bad meta description example

The following is a bad meta description because it is very short, does not include many keywords and has no call to action. It is only 57 characters in length, meaning it is not making use of the additional 98 characters it could be to explain in more detail what the web site is about and include more relevant keyword phrases as well as a call to action to entice viewers of the search engine result page listing.

Use ALT Attributes

Images on a web site are like a black box to search engines. This is why alt attributes exist. All search engines have to go on is the name of the image file if you do not use alt attributes. Blind people have the same problem with images on a web site that search engines do. You should always use alt attributes to explain what the image is about. Ideally you can find a happy medium between describing an image and utilizing relevant keywords you are targeting.

good alt attribute example

The following is a good alt attribute example for the above image because it explains in detail what the image is about and it also includes many relevant keywords. This is equally good for visitors and search engines to consume. In addition, the alt attribute does a good job complementing the image file name.

bad meta description example

The following is a bad alt attribute example for the above image because it explains nothing specific about the image. Simply “seo graph” is too generalized. If you typed “seo graph” in Google would you want to see this image? Perhaps, but you’d be far more likely to want to see this graph if you typed in “keyword length conversion rates”. In addition, the image would likely rank much higher for the phrase “keyword length conversion rates” than “seo graph” because it is a far less competitive keyword phrase. The alt attribute in this example, is also not very complementary to the image file name.

Use SEO-Friendly URLs

SEO-friendly URLs are equally people-friendly in that they are easy to remember and include keyword phrases in them. They are important because they help re-emphasize what the page is all about. Not only that, but when people link to a web page they commonly will copy and paste the URL. If your keywords are in the URL, then you get backlinks pointed to your site that have your targeted keywords in the anchor text.

SEO-friendly URL example

The following is an SEO-friendly URL because it utilizes hyphens to separate words and English words to explain what the page is about. Just looking at that URL, you have a pretty good idea about what you’ll find after you click on it don’t you? If you did a Google search for “seo friendly urls” the keywords “seo”, “friendly” and “urls” would be bolded, which again helps with clickthrough rates on your search engine result listing.

SEO-unfriendly URL example

The following is an SEO-unfriendly URL because it tells you nothing about what the page is about. All I can tell is that it’s one of many posts on seopeng.com. If I had never been to the site before I would have no clue at all what its about. Perhaps it has something to do with search engine optimization? For a site about SEO, they don’t really seem to know what they’re doing!

Host all your content on your own Domain

So many business web sites have a blog hosted on a free blogging service such as Blogger. This is a horrible idea because the point of a blog from an SEO perspective is to create great content, which generates backlinks organically. When You host this on your own domain such as http://www.domain.com/blog/ it associates these backlinks with your root domain and increases its overall domain authority. When you have your site hosted on a third party site is doesn’t give you the same benefit. This applies to any content you produce that is hosted on a third party site, always place it on your own root domain when possible.

Install web analytics

How are you going to measure the success of your web site if you have no data on what it’s doing? There is absolutely no reason not to install analytics on a business web site. You need to establish goals for what you want people to accomplish on your web site. These are known as conversions, desired actions you want users to take on your site when visiting. For a business web site this could by filling out a contact form, requesting a quote, giving you a call, signing up for your newsletter or purchasing a product. There’s no excuse, setting up analytics is very easy and there are many free web analytics packages out there. Google Analytics is one of the best free web analytics packages out there. Stop flying blind and install it today if you have not already!

SEO Link Value Measurement & Evaluation Criteria

SEO Link Value Measurement & Evaluation Criteria

There’s a lot that goes into assessing the value of a link. Knowing the value of a link is important, because you don’t want low-quality links nor do you want to waste too much time, money or both on links that aren’t truly worthwhile. The following are ten factors to take into account when assessing link acquisition targets.

Authority

You want links from places with significant authority and ideally trust as well. Not only domain-wide, but for the specific page in question as well. The more the merrier, but focus on the sites that have equal or higher authority than yours. Run a free Open Site Explorer report on the domain. For this example we are looking at SEOBook.com.

Relevance

Alright, so not all links need to be relevant. Ideally most will have some form of relevance. Avoid getting many irrelevant links, as they don’t really add that much value. Too many can be negative. The truly relevant ones are where it’s at! Try to find the cream of the crop, the links from domains that have backlink profiles that include the leaders of your industry. For example, that would be like SEO Peng getting a link from SEOBook.com or SEOMoz.org.

Number of existing external links on page

The less external links on the page the better. This means more authority will be passed your way, the more links you’re sharing with, the smaller your piece of the pie.

Relative difficulty for competitor to replicate

Can your competitors get links from the same source? If not, then this link is gold! Get as many of these as possible! If they can easily replicate the link, then you should still acquire it as the competition probably will in the future. Since your link campaign will probably start with you scouring through all your competitors’ backlinks, this will probably be one of the first things you do.

rel=”nofollow”

Is the link going to be tagged with rel=”nofollow” so it passes no authority? Don’t waste too much effort going after these, but you’ll need to get them too to keep your link diversity at a healthy ratio. Install SEO plugins to quickly point these out as you surf around. I’d recommend SEO for Chrome for, you guessed it Google Chrome and SEOBook’s SEO Toolbar for Mozilla Firefox. You can enable settings in these to automatically highlight rel=”nofollow” links as you surf around.

Direct traffic potential

How many direct visitors is this link likely to send? Are these the types of visitors you want? How likely that any of them will result in a conversion? If it has no direct traffic potential, then it better provide some SEO value! Obviously there’s no way for you to know how much traffic a site gets unless you have access to their analytics. For this reason, we’ll have to rely on third party traffic estimation services like Alexa.com and Compete.com. You can use the SearchStatus Firefox Plugin to see these estimates for every site you browse, then you can hover over each for specifics. This plugin also allows you to show Google PageRank and MozRank if you’re interested.

Location on web page

A link within the main content area is ideal. This will pass the most value to your site. Links from sidebars and footers are not considered as important. People are more likely to place paid links in these areas so they have been devalued relative to links placed in the main content area.

Anticipated link duration

How long is this link going to be around after you acquire it? Indefinite links are what you want. You don’t want a temporary boost.

Relative control of link

How much control over the link do you have? Can you choose the anchor text and placement? Are you able to tweak the link in the future as it fits your needs? In most cases you will not have any control.

Acquisition potential

How likely is it you’ll be able to even get a link in the first place? Is it really worth the effort to pursue? Money is valuable. Time is money. Keep the costs low unless the link really deserves it!

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