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How to Embed a YouTube Video

How to Embed a YouTube Video

It is quite straight forward to embed a YouTubne video. Let’s say you would like to embed Abba’s Dancing Queen.

Go to YouTube and type ‘Abba’s Dancing Queen’ in the search bar > click on ‘Abba – Dancing Queen’ > on the page that opens click on ‘Share’ > on the window that opens click on ’embed’ > copy the highlighted HTML code >

How to Embed a YouTube Video

Open a new page or post > click ‘Text’ and paste the HTML code > that’s it!

How to Embed a YouTube Video

Click ‘Publish’ > click ‘View post’ or ‘view page’ and enjoy the video!

To embed a YouTube as a Widget:

Go to Widgets > paste the HTML code into a ‘Text’ Widget. Even if you don’t know HTML you can easily change the ‘width’ and the ‘height’ of your video on the actual code.

That simple – have fun!

More Abba videos >

 

Upload a PDF File into WordPress

Upload a PDF File into WordPress

You can choose one of 3 available options:

Method 1 – Link from your Post or Page

Uploading and downloading a PDF into WordPress is an almost identical process to uploading any other type of media such as an image. You can very easily upload a PDF File, Microsoft Word Document, Excel Spreadsheet or a PowerPoint Presentation.

Go to Dashboard > Post > Add New (or you could go to Pages > Add New) > click ‘Add Media’.

Best Practice when uploading Files: make sure the file is all lower case and use hyphens if it has multiple names.

Once the ‘Insert Media’ window opens:

Click ‘Upload Files’ > click ‘Select Files’ > click on the PDF file you want to upload >

Once the file has been uploaded look on the right column ‘Attachment Details’:

Title: enter the text you want to link to the download (for example ‘Download Setcom Subscription Form’)

Caption: no need to enter a Caption for PDF files

Description: Setcom Subscription Form

Link to: Media File

> click ‘Insert into Post’

Click ‘Save Draft’ > click ‘Preview’ >

Once the preview page opens:

Click on ‘Download Setcom Subscription Form’.  And that’s it! Well done!! To view the PDF file I have uploaded to this Post click the link below:

Download Setcom Subscription Form >

Method 2 – Embed into your Post or Page

For this you need to download and activate the ‘vanilla-pdf-embed’ plugin.

Then to  embed a PDF you’ve uploaded to your WordPress site’s media library, simply put the URL for the attachment page in your post on its own line. The PDF will be embedded with the default settings at that location, as if it were using oEmbed.

If you hover the bottom part of the PDF document (in the example below ‘Setcom’s Subscription Agreement’ a window pops-up enabling you to get the document’s full width, decrease/ increase in size, save and print (this window pops-up when I view this page using a Chrome browser but not on Firefox).

http://www.wordpresstrainingjohannesburg.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Setcom-Subscription-Form1.pdf

Method 3

You need to Add the plugin ‘Download Monitor’ by Mike Jolley.  Some of the features include:

1. you can make the PDF only available to Members of your website.

2. it provides you with Stats: you can easily track download counts as well as users download attempts.

Below what the button looks like:

[download id=”1186″]

I trust the above mentioned is of assistance.

Effective Techniques for Organic Link Building

Effective Techniques for Organic Link Building

Tips from Matt Cutts, Head of Google Webspam Team:

  • Great content will bring you many links.
  • Answer Questions – participate in the community by answering questions that may help others. If you help someone the probability is high that that person will link to you.
  • Original Research – share the results of your research with the public. If someone benefits from your search the probability is high that they are going to remember you and link to you.
  • Newsletters – email useful info to people’s inboxes. This will result in increased traffic and conversions.
  • Social Media – participate in a forum or a blog and participate also on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+ and other social platforms.
  • Doing a Presentation at a Conference is another great way to get links.
  • Directories – enter your business on online Business Directories
  • Create a Blog and become an authority in your field – there is no excuse these days for a company/ individual not having a blog. Use your blog to establish yourself. Your blog is your online business card, your Profile on the internet.
  • How-tos and tutorials. Did you learn something useful? Put it on the internet. It may help someone else.
  • Do you have a free product or service? make it available to others. A good example is open source such as a new free plugin for WordPress. If you develop a free plugin and make it available for others to use… you won’t have to go to people… people will come to you. You do the work once and people downstream will come to you. Some will be grateful for what you have done and they will link to you.
  • Ensure your website has good site architecture. Ask yourself: Can my site be crawled? can my site’s URLs be bookmarked? What about my internal links – can Google get to all the pages on my site? Make it easy to link to your site as well as to individual pages and posts within your site.
  • Make a few videos.

Wise words!

Cheers,

Tony

link building
link building

How does Google handle Duplicate Content?

How does Google handle Duplicate Content?

Matt Cutts of Google states that about 25-30% of content on the net is duplicate and that it is not all spam.

Google looks for duplicate content and then tries to group it together and treat it as one piece. So when Google comes across two identical pages Google may decide to show just one of the pages on search results. Not all duplicate content is spam – it just needs to be clustered appropriately.

If all you do is duplicate content and you are doing it in an abusive, deceptive, malicious or manipulative way than expect Google to take action and treat your content as spam.

Duplicate Content
Duplicate Content

How can small sites become popular?

How can small sites become popular? Can smaller guys outperform the bigger guys?

Matt Cutts of Google suggests that it is important that your site is dynamic, responds quickly and has superior content. Matt refers to how sites such as Facebook and Instagram started small. MySpace was around when Facebook started.

If you are doing it better then in time you can expect to grow. Focus on your niche market. Cover it well and branch out from there.

Smaller guys can outperform the bigger guys as long as they do a good job. Don’t stop producing superior content.

Increase your Website’s PageRank with Link Building

Increase your Website’s PageRank with Link Building

PageRank is what SEO is all about. The higher the number of quality links to your website the higher your rankings on Google and other Search Engines (i.e the higher your website will show on search pages).

There are many ways to build links. Build links in a systematic way. GOOGLE IS LOOKING FOR SITES THAT GIVE THE BEST CONTENT TO USERS, SITES THAT GIVE THE BEST USER EXPERIENCE!

One of the golden rules is to build links from a variety of sources including:

  • Article Marketing – articles in relevant websites s.a. Ezine Articles, GoArticles
  • Directory Submissions – Paid and FREE Directories
  • GooglePlus: change from a Non Follow to a Do follow link
  • LinkedIn – easily create a Do Follow link
  • Post Comments on Articles/ Blogs you read (pointing back to your page)
  • Create great reviews for products and services you use… more often than not the company will link to you
  • If you have more than one website, inter-link them
  • Video marketing – post a video to YouTube and other video platforms and link back to your website
  • it doesn’t matter if some links have more weight than others  – you need diversity and consistency. Don’t go from 0 links to 200 links overnight… consistently build over time.

Introduction

To understand how links work and their relevance to Google, let’s start by having a look at a few definitions:

Page Rank (1) is an algorithm used by Google Searchto rank websites in their search engine results. PageRank is a way of measuring the importance of website pages. According to Google: PageRank works by counting the number and quality of links to a page to determine a rough estimate of how important the website is. The underlying assumption is that more important websites are likely to receive more links from other websites.

Increase your Website/ Blog’s PageRank with Link Building
Cartoon illustrating the basic principle of PageRank. The size of each face is proportional to the total size of the other faces which are pointing to it. Source: Wikipedia

PageRank is not the only algorithm used by Google to order search engine results, but it is the first algorithm that was used by the company, and it is the best-known. (2)

Algorithm a step-by-step procedure for calculations.

Google Panda is a change to Google’s search results ranking algorithm that was first released in February 2011. The change aimed to lower the rank of “low-quality sites” or “thin sites”, and return higher-quality sites near the top of the search results. (3)

Google Penguin is a code name for a Google algorithm update that was first announced on April 24, 2012. The update is aimed at decreasing search engine rankings of websites that violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines by using now declared black-hat SEOtechniques involved in increasing artificially the ranking of a webpage by manipulating the number of links pointing to the page. (4)

Google wrote: “…so rather than focusing on specific algorithmic tweaks, we encourage you to focus on delivering the best possible experience for users”. (5)

More from Google: “One other specific piece of guidance we’ve offered is that low-quality content on some parts of a website can impact the whole site’s rankings, and thus removing low quality pages, merging or improving the content of individual shallow pages into more useful pages, or moving low quality pages to a different domain could eventually help the rankings of your higher-quality content”.

So another Golden Rule is to focus on developing high-quality content rather than trying to optimize for any particular Google algorithm.

What Do Follow and Non-Follow Links mean?

Let us assume that you have added links on your Linkedin Profile. What is the difference between ‘Do Follow’ and ‘Non-Follow’ links?

  • Do Follow Links – the website you have your links on share PageRank with you.
  • Non-follow links – the website you have your links on does not share PageRank with you (in such a case the website is not pointing to your website).

The aforementioned is true for Linkedin, Google+ and any other sites using Do Follow and Non Follow links.

As already mentioned above the more PageRank (PR) backlinks you have the higher ranking your website is going to have.

Not all links are created equal. It is more important for Messi to have Cristiano Ronaldo say that he is one of the best soccer players in the world than Joe Soap saying it. But Messi will be ranked even higher if Cristiano Ronaldo and many Joe Soaps say Messi is a good soccer player.

Increase your Website/ Blog’s PageRank with Link Building
Mathematical PageRanks for a simple network, expressed as percentages. (Google uses a logarithmic scale.) Page C has a higher PageRank than Page E, even though there are fewer links to C; the one link to C comes from an important page and hence is of high value.

So, how do I get Do Follow links to my website?

You can get Do Follow links to your website by Directory Submissions, Article Marketing, by commenting on Pages, Blogs and Forums and by ensuring you change from a Non-Follow to a Do-Follow backlink on Google+ and Linkedin as explained below:

Directory Submissions

Two Directories you can try for instant quality links:

Directory Maximizer (paid) www.directorymaximizer.com

My Business Networking (FREE): www.MyBusinessNetworking.com

Note:

Don’t submit the exact same text to all Directories – change the text slightly

Article Marketing

Jeffrey M Louis wrote on his Ezine Article: “Submitting articles to article directories is a free method to help any web page to be seen and recognized online. It will boost your web page in the search engines to ultimately boosting your search rankings in any SEO network. Article marketing will also help gain respect from those who are looking for an expert in your field of work”. (6)

Jeff continues: “The number one benefit of submitting to a good article directory is that the directory you submit to is already a solid web page for SEO purposes. Which means if you were to write an article targeting a keyword you will see results fast. With article marketing you can target selected keywords and actually see results on the top search engines within days”.

EzineArticles.com and GoArticles.com are the best and easiest free article distribution services that will instantly explode your websites traffic in a very short time frame. They give you : 1) quality traffic 2) market visibility and 3) media exposure. They have literally million of visitors every month and they are FREE! Article distribution could not be any easier.

EzineArticles.com

www.EzineArticles.com

Ranked 1,133 on Alexa. EzineArticles.com have over 53000 (fifty three thousand) websites linking in EzineArticles.com. This is staggering!

Notes:

Link to your url + in the Resource box put 1-2 keywords + link to your internal pages as well. When you register at EzineArticles.com, click on ‘Profile’ tab. They give you the opportunity to enter various URLs. Besides your website’s URL you should also enter your Blog’s URL.

GoArticles.com

www.GoArticles.com

Ranked 3,436 on Alexa. GoArticles.com have over 24000 (twenty four thousand) websites linking in GoArticles.com. Staggering as well!

Blogs (and Pages) Comments

An easy effective way to link back to your site. This is a WIN-WIN for all. You are helping the site you are commenting on and helping your own site. You can: 1) show your URL at the end of your comment or 2) should you not wish to show your URL on your comment make sure that your URL is showing on your Profile (when people click on your photo – they will be directed to your Profile that shows your URL – if you have added your website to your profile).

Another Golden Rule is to have links not only to your homepage but have links to your DEEP PAGES as well. This is the reason for you to have your Blog’s URL on you EzinesArticles.com (not just your homepage URL).

Forums

As for Blog Comments (above), join a Forum and leave your comment (linking back to your website/ webpage).

Google Plus Backlink

Google Plus is an effective way for you to get Do Follow links from.

Go to your Google+ page. There are two important sections for you to add your link(s) on your Google+ page:

  • ‘Story’ (at the top of the page)
  • ‘Links’ at the bottom of the page.

Click ‘Edit’ each of the sections and add your link(s). Afterwards test that your links are correctly linked.

In this way you get quality, Do Follow backlinks.

As an example of Do Follow links take a look at my Google+ page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CoolTony/about

Two tips on Do Follow links on your Google+ page:

1. don’t add links for every single Blog of yours. Add a link to the most important Blogs you post.

2. Google prefers links (in the “Story” section) because it is surrounded by details (content) about your business and not just a list of links.

Blogs on Google+

Go to Google+: https://plus.google.com > search for your Keyword > Comment on a Blog you like.

Google Alerts

Keep informed of what is going on in your area of interest:

Go to: https://www.google.com/alerts

Type the keyword/ keywords you are interested in, for example: ‘Search Engine Optimization’ > enter > set: ‘How often’, etc > click ‘Create Alert’.

One more good reason to use Google+

It is highly recommended to increase the Google+ participation as your activities on Google+ will continue to show up on Google search results along with the photo of the author associated with that activity. This will boost the usability of Google+. You could also create original content and post on Google+. By increasing the participation, you are also increasing the chances of appearing on Google search results. (7)

Linkedin

Another important and easy way to get Do-Follow Backlinks.

Login to Linkedin > click ‘Edit Profile’ tab > click ‘Edit Contact Info’: on the new window that opens click the edit pencil next to ‘websites’ > enter your website’s URL.

You can enter a maximum of three URLs.

This is so easy and you got yourself one (or you can have as many as three) DO FOLLOW Links. Well done!

Final Golden Rule: Keep building links, keep improving rankings and keep going after new keywords.

References:

(1)   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PageRank

(2)   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PageRank

(3)   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Panda

(4)   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Penguin

(5)   http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2011/05/more-guidance-on-building-high-quality.html

(6)   http://EzineArticles.com/1567576

(7)  http://www.blurbpoint.com/blog/google-has-ditched-the-authoriship-markup-will-it-affect-pagerank

An additional Reference from:

David Jenyns, Melbourne SEO Services www.MelbourneSEOServices.com

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Success with your Website/ Blog’s link building and PageRank!