8 SEO Mistakes To Avoid


 

 

 

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SEO is an acronym that seems easier to say than implement. It is unfortunate that majority of website owners keep making the same mistakes over and over. Well, it is about time you identified the mistakes that keep derailing your blog/website and do away with them once and for all. After all, high gains is what you want, right?

Google and other search engines tend to keep stepping up their criterion in ranking websites. In this regard, you must also step up your game and beat the high competition already in existence. It is not hard. All you need is to abide by the principles that can compel your website to rank among the first SERPs in leading search engines.

Here are 5 biggest SEO mistakes and how you can avoid them easily:

1. Keyword Stuffing

Majority of website owners tend to hold the belief that keyword stuffing is the only way to beat competition in Google ranking. If that is what you go by, then you are missing the whole point. You do not have to repeat a single keyword over and over with the intention of manipulating search engines. This used to work before but not any more.

Way Out: It is simple! You just need to avoid keyword stuffing. It is more effective to do a thorough research and come up with powerful keywords. With just a few powerful keywords, stuffing will not be necessary. You simply need to evenly distribute the keywords without exceeding 6% density.

2. Plagiarism

Maybe you came across a commanding blog ranking high on search engines and you thought of duplicating the content to help your website rank high too. Again this is a missed point. Plagiarism is not only a crime but also a futile way of ranking content. You can never find your way to the top rank with copied content.

Way out: There is no shortcut when it comes to content creation. You must start from scratch. The idea here is to uphold utmost uniqueness when writing articles. You can borrow ideas from other websites but you must not copy.

3. No New Content

It is unfortunate that most website owners take rather too long to provide fresh content. It might interest you to know that in as much as your content is of high quality and properly optimized, it might not remain in the first rank for long. Better content is always making way into the market. Your keywords may not maintain their rank for long.

Way Out: The idea here is to keep bringing in new content to your website. Your prospective clients and visitors are always on the lookout for something new. Google and other search engines also acknowledge change. Make sure that your content contains powerful keywords and that it is very unique.

4. Broken Links

Do you take time to check the kind of links you incorporate in your articles? Are they in the right condition? Broken links are considered as a common mistake made by website owners. In as much as back-links are considered powerful tools of SEO, broken ones do not feature the same power.

Way Out: Inspect all links you intend to incorporate in your content and make sure that everything is alright. Original links are highly recommended.

5. Ignoring Analytics

Insights and metrics will always remain powerful in aiding SEO. It is too bad that most people ignore analytics. Instead, they opt for simple ways of analyzing key aspects.

The importance of analytics is that you can easily monitor the direction that your website is taking. For instance, you can tell the number of people who have made way into your website in a given duration. You can also tell the nature of conversion rate in your site. This will in return motivate you to do more and better SEO. You will easily tell if your current SEO strategies you are employing are effective or not.

Way Out: Seek the best analytics tools and use them to your advantage. Use the tools to identify your weak points and make the necessary changes. Do not forget to focus more on the important aspects of SEO when doing analytics since that is the only way you will identify loops derailing your progress.

6. Missing Quality

When writing content for your website, quality must be upheld by all means. It is not always the question of creating content that is keyword-rich. It is more important to have quality content. Quality begins with the command of the language that you are using. Google can hardly give credit to content that does not feature the required quality threshold. Instead, you will only lose rank even when you have invested so much time in keyword research.

Way Out: You must begin by creating content that has good command in grammar. This means that there should be no spelling mistakes, typos, broken phrases, and anything else that can render your work quality-less. Aside from that, you must make sure that there is coherence and flow of ideas. Formatting also counts a lot in boosting quality. It must be noted that quality cannot be equated with quantity. The former must come first.

7. Missing Context

There are cases where website owners tend to move away from the main context with the aim of manipulating search engines. This can compromise the rank of your content in search engines. It is very important to stick to the theme of your website by all means. If your website is about weight loss, then all content created has to be in that line. Anything you post has to be totally relevant.

Way Out: You do not have any choice other than sticking to your lane. It is easier to create quality content within your line of specialization rather than finding shortcuts by emulating content that is not relevant. An added advantage to relevance is that your clients will not feel lost when going through your website. Remember that you are not talking to search engines but humans.

8. Overlooking Social Media

Did you know that there is so much power in social media? However, there tends to be no much value given to the same by bloggers and website owners. Most of them only consider social media as a platform that does not blend well with websites. If that is the notion you hold, then you are very lost.

Way Out: You must learn the art of using social media to your full advantage. There is so much that social media can do in helping you reach out to your prospective clients. You can share links to your websites in social media platforms. Chances are that those you connect with will click on the links and possibly convert into long-term clients. You can even enter into paid plans on social media as a way of reaching out to an even larger number.

Conclusion

There you go! These are the key mistakes that must never pull you back. They can be easily avoided. Choose the right path of your website and returns will definitely reflect. Aim at making changes often while identifying any possible loop that can render your efforts futile.

5 Browsers (Least-Known Yet Reliable)


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Browsing experience may be complemented or, better still, ruined by the kind of browser you use. It is for this very reason that selection of the right browsers for any freelancer is greatly recommended. The truth is that most people are used to Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Little did they know that there are other browsers out there that can be used as better substitutes.

Here is a list of 5 least-known, yet reliable, web browsers that you should consider:

  1. Torch Browser 

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There is something I always love about Torch Browser. The Interface! I simply adore the appearance of this browser. It is quite sophisticated and with a lot more features than other browsers out there. Response speed is high enough, hence offering you the ultimate browsing experience.

  1. Tor Browser 

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Here comes a close sister to Mozilla Firefox. Most of its operation basics tally heavily with Mozilla. However, there is something very unique about this browser and that is Anonymous Browsing. If you intend to access sites that are blocked, then you can simply download Tor Browser. It is not only reliable but efficient as well.

  1. Pale Moon Browser 

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Initially, Pale Moon Browser had a lot of commonalities with Mozilla Firefox. However, as time passed, a wider division between the two browsers showed up. Currently, Pale Moon is a totally independent and different browser from Firefox. Its efficiency and speed cannot be doubted. Navigation for users is easy as well.

  1. Midori Browser 

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For Linux users, Midori can work just fine for you. It is a lightweight browser that can work ideally for normal access to web pages. Currently, the browser is being used a prime default alternative of Linux distributions. The best thing about this browser is that you can block unwanted and irritating pop-up ads. Incredible!

  1. QupZilla Browser

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Some people may have the perception that this browser has a lot of connections with Mozilla. On the contrary, the two browsers are not related at all. Qupzilla is very unique in its own way. It also has an ad blocker to facilitate uninterrupted browsing experience. Navigation for users is very easy.

Verdict

You can switch from your usual Mozilla or Chrome browser and try either of the above. One thing for sure is that the browsers are really reliable.

Drop your comments and opinions below and let’s know your experience with your current browser. Happy freelancing pals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

5 Free Online Tools To Test Your Typing Speed


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Like I stated in my previous blog post, high typing speed is fundamental in freelancing tasks, especially transcription and writing. It is imperative to keep enhancing your typing speed so that you can easily meet your deadlines. Fortunately, there are some online tools that you can use to enhance your typing speed. You should, therefore, take advantage of these tools in order to hit the highest typing speed.

Let’s have a look at some of the online tools that you can use to test your typing speed:

  1. Typingtest.com 

I mentioned this tool in my previous blog Post. Typing Test is considered to be one of the best tools that can greatly help you boost your typing speed. The interface and design of this site is very friendly with users. The good thing about TypingTest is that you will be able to choose from different languages of typing including English, Dutch, Espanol and many more.

  1. Learn2Type.com

With this tool, you will be able to know the number of words that you can cover per minute. It is one of the complex tools, and one that can greatly enhance your typing speed. You will be provided with a text that you are supposed to type, after which your results will be presented in terms of WPM (words per minute).

  1. SpeedTest

The tool does not only test your typing speed but accuracy as well. It should be noted that any mistake made during the typing exercise will deduct a single point in the overall results. In this regard, you have to focus on accuracy and speed at the same time in order to keep your CPM (characters per minute) high.

  1. 10FastFingers 

If you are looking for a simple website where you can easily learn more on typing, then 10FastFingers can work well for you. Everything in the site is very simple and digestible. You will be tested in terms of how many words you can type in a minute. A reference text will also be provided.

  1. KeyBr

The good thing about this tool is that you are provided with results as you type along. This means that you will be able to know when your speed is gradually increasing or slowing down. It is a great tool to challenge your concentration both on the screen and on the keyboard. Any person new with the keyboard might consider using this online typing tool.

Verdict

I won’t be wrong to blame you for the slow typing speed. After all, you have all typing test tools at your disposal. Keep practicing since it is the only way to improve by the day.

Drop your comments, opinions and questions below. Let us know how fast you can type. Happy freelancing Pals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 Simple Yet Effective Tips on Increasing Your Typing Speed


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It does not matter if you are transcriber or a writer. The bottom line is that any freelancer must have a considerably high typing speed. You will realize that some of the tasks online have very strict deadlines. This means that you will have to speed up in order to meet the set deadline. This can only be achieved with a high typing speed.

So, what can you do to enhance your typing speed?

  1. Be In The Right Posture 

Your sitting position has a lot to do with how fast you can type. In order to type faster, your back should be straight-up and your hands in level with the keyboard. That way, you will not have to train when moving your arms and fingers across the keyboard.

  1. Use Both hands 

One of the common mistakes that new freelancers make is trying to type using one hand. Doing so will not aid in improving your speed. It is important to note that a computer keyboard is wide. This is why you have to use two hands in order to cover the entire field. Each hand should handle half the keyboard.

  1. Make Use of Free Online Test Tools

You will like the fact that there are a number of online tools that you can use to test and increase your typing speed. With the tools, you can test how developed your typing skills are. One of the best tools, in this case, is Typingtest.com.

  1. Face The Screen

This may sound crazy, right? Well, for your information, this is one of the best strategies that can help in boosting your typing speed remarkably. However, facing the screen alone when typing is something that you will learn gradually. You can test your keyboard mastering, once in a while, by concentrating on the screen. Once you perfect this strategy, it becomes really easy to type.

  1. Engage All Fingers

Instead of using two or three fingers when typing, it would be best to engage all ten fingers. Like earlier stated, the keyboard is quite wide. One of the best ways to reach out to all corners of the keyboard is by engaging all your fingers.

  1. Practice, Practice, Practice 

Without practice, your typing speed will never improve. You must make typing your hobby and more so daily activity. After all, you are a freelancer, aren’t you? If your fingers stay dormant to typing for long, then improvements may never come along.

Verdict

Typing speed is very fundamental in executing any freelancing task. It is with the help of fast typing speed that you will be able to hit even the shallowest deadlines. You must, therefore, aim at improving your speed by the day.

I will be making a blog post on top online typing tools next. Keep in touch.

Drop your comments, opinions and additional tips below. Happy freelancing Pals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How To Create A Long-Term Relation With Your Clients


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I am sure you would not mind having repeat clients in your freelancing career, right? However, this is not easy at all. It takes profound efforts to ensure that you get repeat clients. The best part is that if you get repeat clients, earning immensely will no longer be a hassle. You will always enjoy the privilege of having constant workflow, even when other freelancers are complaining about short supply on their end.

Here are important things that you should do to win a client over, and consequently develop a long term working relationship:

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1. Quality, Quality, Quality 

One thing that you must know is that clients only opt for writers who often provide quality pieces. It may never be possible to win a long-term client if your work is shoddy and junk. In this regard, the very first thing you should cultivate in your articles is quality. Aim at improving your writing skills each day and you will eventually secure repeat clients.

2. Appreciate Good Feedback and Rating

Sometimes it takes more than quality to win a long-term client. It may prove productive to appeal with your client to consider you in future projects. In most freelancing platforms, writers have the privilege of sending private messages to clients. In case one of your clients liked your work and rated you well, it will be best to appreciate that. Express gratitude for the generous act from your clients. Do not take good rating from your clients as something obvious.

3. Accept Criticism

The truth is that most writers do not have the strength to take criticism positively. If you are such kind of a writer, then winning a long-term client may be next to impossible. Any man is prone to errors and that is why criticism should be taken as a learning experience. Always do the necessary rectifications as requested by your client and do forget to apologize for any inconveniences caused.

4. Give Free Pieces 

This may sound crazy to most writers. However, giving a free article once in a while is an ideal way of winning the confidence of your client. A client who receives a discount from you once in a while will not hesitate to come back with more work. You will even be surprised to receive nice tips from such clients. And as the old saying goes, ‘givers always receive abundantly’. However, you must implement this strategy sparingly. The bottom idea is to entice your clients.

5. Keep Checking on Your Client 

It is not always about business. Remember that your client is a human being just like you. Checking on your client, once in a while, is a very effective strategy in cultivating long-term relationship. A simple salutation or rather concern about the wellbeing of your client can do wonders.

Verdict 

You will certainly get repeat clients if you implement the above-mentioned strategies. However, you must aim at getting even more clients. Never rely fully on a single client you met online since you might be frustrated if they withdraw unexpectedly.

Drop your comments and opinions below. Let us share our thoughts. Happy freelancing pals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!