Google analytics sessions vs visits and users vs visitors update

The team over at Google analytics on Good Thursday 2014 have decided to significantly change reporting terminology. Unique visitors has been changed to users and visits to sessions. Users (formerly Unique Visitors) Visitors has been renamed to Users to better reflect the fact that someone might first access your website from Google search on their desktop at work then return directly from their mobile phone to continue reading your article.  Essentially the same user but two visits sessions. Sessions (formerly Visits) Visits has been Read More +

7 modern SEO Myths from forbes

One of those rare SEO articles from mainstream media news where I actually agree with everything they say. In my opinion these modern myths are very dangerous and if people were to follow all 7 of them they would be left asking why their website isn’t getting any traffic. So here you go 7 SEO Myths in 2014

Is it better for SEO to choose a CCTLD?

Subdomains, subdirectories, ccTLDs or parameters? Which should you use? While there are pros and cons to any method my personal favourite is to use the correct ccTLD. It is more work but it helps search engines identify easily what country the website is targeting.   What does seem to be quite apparent is that Google likes the parameter option the least. Bing uses this option for their country versions. Bing UK for example is   Google’s guidelines for international websites can be found here:   Read More +

How to Inter-Link Multiple Domains

Linking your domains when they are related in some way is perfectly fine according to Google as long as this isn’t being done solely to artificially increase PageRank. This makes sense when: Your business has different websites for different countries (example this country selector page: Your business is part of a group (Amazon’s footer links to all their properties:   If you are building thousands of domains and linking them together with the sole purpose of improving keyword rankings then this classifies as spam. In Read More +

Do Facebook or Twitter Social Signals Affect Rankings?

In Matt Cutts’ latest video he explains that as of January 2014 social signals from Facebook and Twitter are not used by Google to affect organic rankings. The 2013 Moz Ranking Factors study stated that “As in 2011, social signals were some of our highest correlated factors, with Google+ edging out Facebook and Twitter”. However, Matt Cutts states in his recent video that for Facebook and Twitter that is just correlation and that highly engaging content also ranks well because it is good content and Read More +

New Google Analytics onclick Link Tracker Required for New Script

If you’re using the new latest version of the Google Analytics tracking script which looks like the following: <script> (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-XXXXXXX-X', ''); ga('send', 'pageview'); </script>   You will need to change the onclick tracking code if you wish to track simulated pageviews for clicks on your links Whereas with the old script you could use this script in your tags   onClick="javascript: pageTracker._trackPageview('/click/some-a ction');"   you will now have to use this one: onClick="_gaq.push(['_trackPageview', '/click/some-action']);"     The fully tracked Read More +

Google Analytics Improves In Page Analytics

Google Analytics Improves In Page Analytics In page analytics displays a visual representation of where users click on your website. The problem with it – and the reason no one uses it – is that it only shows the percentage of clicks to a given link independent of the position of the link itself. In other words, if you have a header navigation link to your contact page as well as a footer link to the contact page Analytics shows the same click percentage for Read More +

How to add your author picture to wordpress – the easy way

Adding your image to your author bio in wordpress is incredibly easy. All you have to do is create a Gravatar account and make sure you use the same email address that you used in your author profile. Once you have made the gravatar account and uploaded your image it will automatically appear in your author profile on your blog (can take about 5 minutes). It’s beautifully that simple. 1) Make your author profile in wordpress 2) Make your gravatar account on using the Read More +

‘English Person’ C-Word was NOT a Google Bomb – Explained

Was the Google result for “english person” a prank or was it simply an error in the Google algorithm? Read on to find out why many, including The Huffington Post, were wrong about this one. This is an update to my original post which can be found here. Google has now manually removed the Wikipedia result. There have been many manipulations of Google  search results by pranksters and of course SEO is at it´s core an intentional manual attempt to make a page rank for Read More +