There are many XML sitemap generators available for purchase, or even for free. They do what they’re supposed to – they crawl your site and spit out a properly formatted XML sitemap. But sometimes there’s a problem with these XML sitemap generators. They don’t know what URLs should (or should not) be in the XML sitemap. Sure, you could tell some of them to obey directives and tags, like robots.txt and canonical tags, but unless your site is perfectly optimized, you’ll need to do some work by hand.
We all know that links are an important part of SEO. They help users and bots navigate a site and give search engines information about its quality and authority. With links confirmed as one of Google’s top three ranking factors, we’ve all been reminded of the importance of quality, relevant backlinks. In order to get those backlinks, we have to put a good amount of effort into link building, and that often proves to be a big challenge. There are scaling issues. There are research and outreach management challenges.
Last week I did a Mozinar on content purging, and how it can improve your SEO. If that sounds interesting to you, click this link to check out the recording. Now in that webinar, I shared a Google Sheets tool we built to help pull website data fast. Paste a list of your URLs, and voilà – your data is available in a Google Sheets format (which you can easily export into Excel if you wanted to). From different groupings from different date ranges, get your sessions, pageviews, conversions, etc. Not unlike something you can get from URLprofiler or Screaming Frog, but if you like this alternative, you can have it.
If you’re not checking your client’s HTTP headers, you’re not giving them good service. I’m not talking about the stuff in between theand tags, either. I’m talking about the server response that you get before you get all that nice HTML, or that fancy PDF, or whatever else your client’s website is slinging. That’s because, well, your client’s website isn’t slinging anything. It’s being slung by a server, and the server’s HTTP response is the first thing a web browser – or a web robot like Google’s crawler – will see.
Whenever I’m working on a linkbuilding campaign for a client, I’m always trying to think of it from a journalist perspective. I worked at The Daily Collegian, Penn State’s student newspaper, when I was in college, and constantly proofreading my colleague’s work for spelling and grammar errors isn’t the only thing that’s stuck with me. Lucky for me, I know people who remained in the industry who I could pester with my questions. And even luckier, they happen to be my best friends.
SEO is hard work. Pitching it to prospective clients shouldn’t be. To support our pitching process, sometimes we’ll generate an SEO opportunity analysis following our introduction call. It’s a great sales tool, but an even better tool for understanding if the client is a good fit (and vice-versa). The following is for those who need to get buy-in from someone else in order to go after the SEO work that they want.
Twitter is getting ready to launch significant changes, including the ability to retweet yourself, as covered by the incomparable Lance Ulanoff on Mashable recently. I got curious. Could it be that these features are already live on Twitter, and just superficially grayed out in the code?
Many members of the Greenlane team are commuters. Traveling thirty minutes or more to the office has created avid podcast listeners out of many of us looking to make the most of our time spent stuck behind the wheel. Keeping true to our “Always Keep Learning” spirit, we’ve internally listed out a few of our favorite podcast episodes. Some are marketing related, and some simply inspire the mind. I thought it might be a good to share this on the blog so you can find some new sources of audible digital marketing information. Let us help optimize your listening time.
Imagine you’re the new agency, SEO lead, or even junior level assistant for a huge brand. You know, the kind of household brand name people know. The kind of company you read about in college or in case studies for their wicked brand recognition, reach, and authority metrics. Cool feeling, right? I remember that feeling from working with my first big client and I still get it today, seven years later. But what I don’t remember were any college courses that discussed marketing at scale. In fact, this topic still isn’t getting the blog playback that it should.