Tips Tuesday and 53 Google Search Changes for April

Tips TuesdayHello Happy Site Owners! This week’s post is full of SEO and blogging tips. Plus, the release of WordPress 3.4 is just a few weeks away. See the video to get the insider’s view. And, if you want to get on the fast track to having a successful website, BlogAid is now your one-stop-shop for WordPress classes and themes. My schedule is filling up fast for May and into June. Get with me asap if you want to launch before summer.

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From the horse’s mouth. 53 Highlights of Search Quality Changes in April posted on Google’s Inside Search blog. Among them:

  • Anchor bug fix (it’s about time!)
  • Improvements to local navigational searches
  • Improvements to how search terms are scored in ranking
  • More text from the beginning of the page in snippets. (This is huge. Hope you’re using a good plugin like WordPress SEO by Yoast to help you take advantage of it in the best way.)
  • Improvement in a freshness signal and no freshness boost for low-quality content.
  • More concise and/or informative titles.
  • Sub-sitelinks” in expanded sitelinks.
  • Better ranking of expanded sitelinks.

Visit the post for details on these and more changes.

WordPress Tips

WordPress 3.4 Beta was released, meaning that we’re close to a final version. Watch the video on What’s New in WordPress 3.4 to see the updates.

One of the new under-the-hood features in WordPress 3.4 is the new mobile API. Specifically, support has been added for touch screen devices like iPad and Kindle Fire so you’ll be able to better manage your site on the go. I’ll report more on this after I see it actually work.

WordPress Plugins

The links below are to the plugin developer’s page, but you can find most if not all of these plugins in the WordPress plugins repository.

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Social Login for WordPress lets your users log in and comment via their accounts with popular ID providers such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and more. I don’t know if this is compatible with other comment services, so don’t add it willy nilly if you use those.

Blog Tips

I remember when this happened to me. The Shocking Truth About Launching a Writing Career by Jeff Goins.

Authors are familiar with writer’s block. Maybe we should come up with a new phrase for content marketers called topic block. See how to get over it in this post from Grow on What Do I Write About?

Even if you already have a site, this is worth reading to help you stay on target with your goals. 7 Things to Consider Before Creating a Business Website on CSS Reflex.

I guarantee you this has more than three worthwhile tips. From the Client Attraction coach herself, 3 Fast and Easy Ways to Make Client Attraction a Priority.

Need three more good ones? Here you go, from Roger C. Parker on Content Marketing Institute, 3 Tips for Increasing Your Content Productivity.

SEO Tips

Want to know how your competition is doing? Here are 15 Questions to Unravel Your Competitor’s Online Marketing Strategy from super blogger Kristi Hines. It includes links to useful tools too.

Want to know more about SEO? From Amanda DiSilvestro on Blogging Pro, here are the Top 8 SEO Blogs You Should be Reading. I do.

Got a spammy-looking site? The Google Penguin is coming after you.

More Tips

Did you get a message that your site was hacked? Google sent a hack notice to 20,000 site owners recently. These notices come from profile on Google Webmaster Tools.

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