16Jan

Google has officially killed off their link command

Google tells webmasters and SEOs to stop using the link command, that it is officially dead and not functioning properly.

From: http://searchengineland.com/
 on January 12, 2017 at 8:34 am

    A Google spokesperson has confirmed with Search Engine Land that the company’s link command is no longer functioning. Google told us the feature is no longer around, and using a link:www.domain.com will likely return irrelevant results.
    We saw signs of this going away a year ago, but then Google told us the link operator “is not dead.” Now, Google is telling us the link operator is essentially dead.
    Yesterday, Google’s John Mueller told webmasters not to use it. Of course, most webmasters already have known not to use it for years and years now. But as long as the link operator returns any results, it can be deceiving and imply that the function does work.
    Google has not commented on when they will make sure the command returns nothing or a message that it no longer works. But for now, Google has confirmed with us that the feature is not working at all now.
    If you want to see your links, there are plenty of third-party tools, and also access to your link report, in the Google Search Console.
    28Nov

    Web Design Role in Acquiring & Retaining Customers

    Web Design Role in Acquiring & Retaining Customers

    We have seen several websites over the Internet but remember some of them. The reason behind this is that it may possible that the design of the website is highly attractive or consists advance functionality which hit directly in the mind of its targeted audience. While designing a website for our business, we need to remember the following things:
    ·       
       Ø  Attractive and striking design
       Ø  Simplicity in design
       Ø  User friend wit easy navigation
       Ø  Easily searchable
    Website plays an important role in the growth of our business and ensures higher profitability as it is the front face of our business. A website presents complete information about our business in an effective manner and this information is accurate that can easily gain the trust of the targeted audience.
    In this article, we are going to discuss the points which attract the brand or targeted audience. Some of the points are as follow:

    Speedily accessible

    In this competitive world where speed is everything, people love those websites that can open just in few seconds. Thus, while designing, we need to keep in mind that website should be small in size and easily open in any device like mobile, tablets, or more. If our website takes lots of time in loading due to the use of heavy image files and other website elements. Thus, the website lost the attention of the targeted audience.

    Accessible using any device

    If we deeply observe the targeted audience, then we realize that people are busy with their mobile. For everything, they prefer mobile either for calling or surfing over the Internet. Additionally, they only prefer to open those websites which are device and platform friendly. This means that desired website can easily be accessible using any device such as mobiles, laptops, and tablets and run on any platform without destroying information like Joomla, Android, Window, and more.

    Attractive Color theme as Blue, Black or Green

    Color theme is the most important aspect of our website design and development processes. The color theme should be similar to our brand guidelines. Thus, while selecting the color theme for our business we should keep our products and services in mind. The color of our website should be simple and pleasant that can easily be recognized by the targeted audience. Black, blue, and green are some of color which are preferred and liked by most of people thus we have to utilize their combination in our website.

    Easy to Read and Understandable

    Simplicity is the most important and demandable feature of a website. Thus, we should keep in mind that our website design should be easily recognize and user friendly. The information provided in the website should also be clear, concise, and consistent. Users need not required anyone assistance while using our website. Additionally, website elements like text, graphics, and more are clearly defined and placed so that targeted audience attract easily.

    Website Design should be Trustworthy

    A website design can easily gain the trust of the audience if it is not similar to other websites over the Web. In other words, we can say that if your website design can easily recognize by the targeted audience and unique from others website over the Internet then website can easily gain the trust of targeted audience. Some of the features of a website help in establishing that the website is trustworthy are as follow:
           Ø  Simplicity and uniqueness in designs

       Ø  Striking and attractive deigns
       Ø  Information in a website must be correct like contact details
       Ø  Highly secure environment

    About the author:

    Manchun Pandit is working in JanBask Digital Design as a Digital Marketing Manager. We have more than eight years’ Experience in the SEO, SMO, PPC and much more.
    15Sep

    Top 100 Infographic Submission Sites List of 2016

    In the Modern SEO, Infographic Submission is the most recent method for Promoting an online business. Infographic accommodation destinations give your online business an edge on Trending Market and likewise an open door manufacture High Quality Backlinks. In the event that individuals discover your Infographic instructive, Then they distribute your infographic on their online entryways with Links. With this sort of Promotional Approach your online site get an Extra Ordinary Benefits in Referral Traffic and in addition Organic Traffic. So here we have made a main 100 best SEO Approved Infographic Submission Sites List. All the site are sans spam, High PR, Having High Domain and Page Authority. Trust you will going to Enjoy these Awesome Infographic Sharing Sites.

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    Free Infographic Submission Sites List 2016

    PR 7 & 6 Dofollow Infographic Submission Sites List

    Websites DA PA PR IP Address
    www.visualising.org/ 29 39 7 206.155.64.48
    www.visual.ly/ 87 89 7 50.19.241.88
    www.datavisualization.ch/ 60 65 6 217.26.50.11
    www.coolinfographics.com/ 66 53 6 65.39.205.54
    www.chartporn.org/ 50 57 6 67.220.209.186
    www.business2community.com/ 83 57 6 166.78.238.159
    www.dailyinfographic.com/ 66 71 6 104.28.22.72
    dailyinfographic.com/ 66 71 6 104.28.22.72

    PR 5 Dofollow Infographic Submission Sites List

    Websites DA PA PR IP Address
    www.graphs.net/ 46 52 5 64.31.38.78
    www.infographicsshowcase.com/ 46 44 5 181.224.147.228
    www.infographicsshowcase.com/ 46 44 5 181.224.147.228
    visualoop.tumblr.com/ 99 59 5 66.6.43.21
    designyoutrust.com 64 70 5 198.50.203.236

    PR 4 Dofollow Infographic Submission Sites List

    Websites DA PA PR IP Address
    www.topinfographic.com/ 31 38 4 107.150.37.219
    www.submitinfographics.com 46 49 4 50.28.4.89
    www.pdviz.com/ 29 40 4 54.235.156.25
    www.nerdgraph.com/ 38 41 4 104.28.4.58
    www.loveinfographics.com/ 38 44 4 104.28.3.74
    www.infographr.tumblr.com 99 47 4 66.6.41.21
    www.infographics.alltop.com 80 52 4 184.106.110.217

    PR 3 Dofollow Infographic Submission Sites List

    Websites DA PA PR IP Address
    www.dailystatistic.com/ 27 37 3 188.65.115.90
    www.cloudinfographics.com/ 23 33 3 199.168.172.214
    www.cooldailyinfographics.com/ 36 44 3 50.63.70.207
    brandlessblog.com/ 30 34 3 50.87.151.212
    www.infographicdatabase.com/ 21 32 3 188.226.214.124
    www.mediacaffeine.com/ 33 43 3 192.254.187.94
    www.vizualarchive.com/ 28 38 3 192.185.54.183
    www.infographicsposters.com/ 28 32 3 216.250.116.117
    www.infographicpost.com/ 30 40 3 67.222.59.86
    www.infographicas.com/ 27 38 3 217.160.118.66
    www.discoverinfographics.com/ 22 33 3 199.188.205.16
    www.bestinfographic.co.uk/ 26 37 3 109.109.131.188
    www.infographicas.com 27 38 3 217.160.118.66
    www.theinfographics.blogspot.com/ 93 43 3 216.58.208.65
    www.styleandflow.com/ 27 38 3 208.113.168.10
    www.onlyinfographic.com/ 29 38 3 199.59.58.152
    www.newsilike.in/ 29 39 3 192.254.235.22
    www.moneyinfographics.com/ 28 37 3 109.75.171.200
    www.infographixdirectory.com/ 29 39 3 104.28.16.20
    www.infographicimages.com/ 20 27 3 192.185.16.159
    www.infographicsonly.com/ 32 42 3 74.220.199.6
    www.infographicsking.com/ 23 34 3 208.91.198.167
    infographicsonline.net 22 33 3 216.194.125.99
    www.infographicsbin.tumblr.com/ 99 44 3 66.6.42.21
    www.infographic-directory.com/ 27 35 3 50.63.218.1
    www.infographicas.com 27 38 3 217.160.118.66
    www.infographicsite.com/ 29 38 3 69.89.31.243
    www.infographicas.com 27 38 3 217.160.118.66
    iheartinfographics.tumblr.com/ 99 43 3 66.6.42.21
    www.html5infographics.com/ 24 34 3 107.170.106.221

    PR 2 Dofollow Infographic Submission Sites List

    Websites DA PA PR IP Address
    www.bestinfographics.info/ 29 40 2 50.63.70.1
    www.infographicszone.com/ 28 39 2 50.87.146.97
    www.pureinfographics.com/ 30 40 2 216.194.125.99
    www.pureinfographics.com 30 40 2 216.194.125.99
    www.infographicheaven.com/ 24 28 2 160.153.1.1
    www.info-graphic.co.uk/ 23 34 2 91.208.99.12
    infographic.co.za/ 24 34 2 192.232.223.58
    www.infographicsonline.com/ 25 34 2 64.207.176.59
    www.infographicsmaze.com/ 22 30 2 173.254.28.52
    www.infographiclove.com/ 30 39 2 188.65.114.122
    www.infographicsarchive.com/ 47 43 2 173.254.2.242
    www.infographicgallery.co.uk/ 15 27 2 199.59.243.120
    www.winfographics.com/ 21 32 2 184.168.221.91
    videoinfographic.com/submit-infographic/ 30 18 2 74.220.215.84
    www.videoinfographic.com/ 30 38 2 74.220.215.84
    www.travelinfographics.com/ 24 33 2 0
    www.ratemyinfographic.com/ 19 28 2 0
    www.radinfographics.com/ 17 29 2 66.228.34.67
    www.omginfographics.com/ 30 39 2 72.167.232.196
    nfogfx.com/ 19 31 2 192.185.68.100
    newsfix.co.uk/ 24 35 2 64.13.192.108
    www.latestinfographics.com/ 21 28 2 162.144.12.141
    www.infographicstyles.com/ 19 25 2 50.87.151.212
    www.infographicsarchive.com/ 47 43 2 173.254.2.242
    www.envisualizations.com/ 18 29 2 66.6.44.4

    PR 1 Dofollow Infographic Submission Sites List

    Websites DA PA PR IP Address
    www.infographic-police.blogspot.com/ 93 30 1 216.58.208.65
    wowgraph.com/ 16 25 1 192.185.16.175
    treegraphic.com/ 14 25 1 108.167.142.62
    www.travel-infographic.com/ 11 22 1 141.8.224.239
    tipsbuilder.com 22 29 1 185.53.177.6
    www.medicalinfographics.wordpress.com/ 100 28 1 192.0.78.13
    www.infographicsubmission.com/ 20 31 1 67.225.210.183
    www.infographicscentral.com/ 18 22 1 185.53.179.6
    www.infographicsaplenty.com/ 14 24 1 0
    www.infographicland.com/ 15 24 1 0
    infographick.com/ 18 31 1 188.65.114.122
    www.epicinfographic.com/ 11 21 1 104.18.61.21
    www.artsdigitalera.com/ 29 32 0 64.74.223.32
    www.infographicreviews.com/ 25 36 0 216.92.25.100
    www.amazinginfographics.com/ 29 40 0 209.188.84.45
    www.aceinfographics.com/ 15 24 0 185.53.177.6
    www.world-of-infographics.co.uk/ 17 20 0 31.170.161.209
    www.justinfographics.com/ 18 29 0 50.63.202.77
    www.itsinfographics.com/ 13 23 0 68.168.209.110
    infographicsdisplay.com 9 21 0 184.168.221.88
    www.infographicsdesigned.com/ 12 21 0 192.185.136.70
    www.infographicsbook.com/ 14 26 0 185.53.177.9
    www.infographicpond.com/ 17 26 0 185.53.177.6
    www.infographicreviews.com/ 25 36 0 216.92.25.100
    www.infographicjournal.com/ 43 52 0 107.161.179.178

    02Mar

    9 Killer Blogspot SEO Tips For bloggers

    9 Killer Blogspot SEO Tips For bloggers

     In:Blogspot Last Updated:
    SEO of BlogSpot Blogs
    We already had enough conversation about BlogSpot or WordPress and for one reason I don’t like BlogSpot much is because the limitation of optimizing it for search engine. There are many BlogSpot SEO guides that you will find on Internet, and many of them is related to template editing and all, but in WordPress, plugins make it easier to optimize your blog.
    BlogSpot SEO
    Anyhow, I’m not here to disappoint my BlogSpot friends. Instead, I will be sharing some cool BlogSpot SEO tips which will help you to get better ranking. Blog-Spot being a free Blogging platform, it’s always a preferred platform to start Blogging and learn the basics. If you have not created a Blog, here is a quick guide on How to create a Free blog on BlogSpot.
    Google Blogger is free and easy to use web publishing tool. Many bloggers initially use Blogger and then Migrate to WordPress complaining about the lack of official templates, post SEO friendliness , plugins etc., We have already discussed this in our previous post With little effort we can make Blogger posts really SEO friendly and an effective free medium for online business . So here I have collected some search engine optimization (SEO) tips for Blogspot blogs arranged in no order .

    BlogSpot SEO: Useful Tips and Tricks

    When we talk about SEO, very first thing which you need to keep in mind is: We can control on site and off site SEO. On Page SEO is covered by you which includes article quality, how well it’s optimized for Keyword and meta value for that article. No need, to feel furious or lost with above SEO terminology, as below mentioned guide will help you to learn every basic and make your Blogger blog more search engine friendly.
    • Keyword research for Beginners
    • OnPage optimization for every Blogger
    Format Blogger post URL link
    Permalink plays a great role in search engine ranking of your post. There are few rules which everyone should follow for Blogspot permalinks:
    • Keep the number of characters in post title to 50
    • Remove Stop words from permalink (Ex: A, an, the)
    While writing a blog post, you have an option to edit the permalink. Simply use it to edit your permalink and remove the stop words. A good idea is just to use Keywords in your permalink. (Don’t make it look spammy). While writing the blog post, you get the option in your right panel to keep it automatic permalink or manual permalink. Simply select manual permalink and edit it according to your wish. Check this screenshot for example:
    Custom-BlogSpot-Permalink
    Harsh has already covered this feature in detail, and you can read it over here: How to use the custom permalink for BlogSpot blogs.
    Maintain the keyword density
    Keyword density is an important aspect for better ranking. Too less will lead to less ranking and stuffing your Keyword will lead to over optimization. I usually maintain a ratio of 2%/post. Though, you can pick keyword density for your Blogpost SEO, account to one which works for you. Publish articles in relevance to post title and include necessary keywords in the post. Never stuff keywords to manipulate search engines. But after finish you can analyze the whole post to find out suitable locations where the keywords can be safely inserted without distracting readers .
    Read: What is optimum Keyword density for Better ranking
    Blogspot proper labels and related posts
    Label adds to the keyword density of the post. Labels should be widened rather than putting them into the single narrow category.I will explain this point by an example. Consider a situation when you are posting about Google chrome and putting them into label Windows software’s or browser. Here you will miss keywords like Chrome browser, Google chrome, etc. which would otherwise add to the keyword density of the whole post. Labels also affect related posts widgets in Blogger.And if there are so many posts tagged with similar labels , it would affect the arrangement of articles in related posts.
    Format Blogger post title
    When we talk about BlogSpot SEO, post title plays a major role. Blogger post title is usually followed by home page title. Have a look at the image shown below.
    blogger-post-titleHere the post title should be “city of (long-distance ) Love! “. But the title is included in the home page title ” Still in Berlin “, and this would harm the SEO friendliness of the article title. Here is how to fix this. Go to Blogger edit HTML > find out code section
    title><data:blog.pagetitle/></title>
    and replace it with
    <b:if cond= 'data:blog.pageType == &quot;index&quot;'>
    <title><data:blog.title/></title>
    <b:else/>
    <title><data:blog.pageName/></title>
    </b:if>
    Now the individual pages will have post title itself.
    Format Blogspot images for SEO
    We have already shared a detailed article on Image optimization for SEO and basis of optimization your image on BlogSpot is by adding alt tag and title tags in every image. In WordPress, this could be easily achieved by using plugins but in BlogSpot this needs be done manually. You should insert them manually after uploading each image. Here is a guide for Image optimization for SEO.
    Provide meta tags
    Meta tags are generated HTML tags used by search engines to identify the title, description, and other details of a URL. They don’t have much influence on search as they were before, but would make a slight impact on targeted keywords.
    Read: BlogSpot SEO advanced search preference 
    Provide good title, description, and footer text
    Title, footer, and description plays an important role in search engine optimization of every blog. If you are targeting, some keywords make sure that you included those keywords in the above-mentioned locations.
    Nofollow external links
    Nofollow is an HTML attribute specified on hyperlinks to block search engine advantage of external links in a website. In Blogger, you can select HTML section of the post window and add rel=”nofollow” attribute just after URL to prevent search engines from crawling a particular link. Also read: How to add nofollow link attribute to any link.
    Format comment section
    The Comment section should be no-followed and moderated to avoid spam comments. Try to include the post keywords when you are replying to reader comments. This would also add up to the total keyword density of the post. Since Google have integrated Google plus comment form with BlogSpot, I highly recommend you to enable it. This will ensure that you get higher social media interaction and share for your post.
    Read: How to enable Google plus commenting on BlogSpot blog
    Blogspot is Google’s baby blogging platform and if you do it right probably you will be doing great in terms of traffic. Always get your basic right.
    If you like this article, don’t forget to tweet and stumble. Further you might like to read Following articles for Blogspot blogs:
    • Custom domain name for Blogspot blog
    • 10 Premium looking free Blogger Templates
    I hope this guide will give you much better idea about BlogSpot SEO, though my suggestion would be when you think you are ready with Blogging and had enough experience on BlogSpot, move to WordPress. Here is a wonderful guide for WordPress, which will help you to get started.

    01Mar

    Latest Tactic, Strategies in SEO On Page Activities 2016

    Now let’s play with on Page activities, this is like a game and you can play with this as you want to. If you are a webmaster so you can update everything which are updating with latest On Page activities. What are the things are need to be updated or append the procedure I would like to show you here for your website on page Activities:
    1. Meta Tags
    2. Meta Descriptions
    3. Sitemaps (Sitemap.xml, Sitemap.html, ror.xml, urllist.txt)
    4. Content Development
    5. Content Optimization
    6. URL optimization
    7. Heading Tags
    8. Image Alt Tags
    9. Canonical Tag
    10. 301 Redirection
    11. 404 Custom Error Page
    12. Website Navigation Structure
    13. Geo Meta Tags
    14. Google Analytics Tool
    15. Google Webmaster Tool
    16. Bing Webmaster Tool
    17. Robots.txt
    18.Duplicate Content
    This means same content being posted on multiple web pages. Google frowns at this and may penalize your website if found guilty. To avoid duplicate content, use the rel=”canonical” tag for pages, but most importantly, write unique and engaging content for each page. Delete the copied web pages or use rel=”canonical” tag for.
    Duplicate URLs for example:http://www.websitename.com/About-usand http://www.websitename.com/about-usare also considered as duplicate content by Google. The solution is to avoid such tactics.
    Once you setup these activities into you website, you really can come to know about the complete development of website for SEO. Here Meta tags and description act main role in the website. The Meta title and description you are using for your website must be unique and proper obeying the guidelines of Google algorithm. You can put up maximum number for 65 characters to make a title. There is having need of 165 to 170 characters to make perfect description. Explore more with the Meta tags. Make your title of those keywords which you want to target for particular page. Use these just for separate page. You also must use remained keywords in Meta description.

    19Feb

    19 Online Review Sites for Collecting Business & Product Reviews

    19 Online Review Sites for Collecting Business & Product Reviews

    We (and the rest of the internet for the past decade) have already spent some time convincing you of the importance of acquiring online reviews for your business. So let’s just assume you’re sold on the benefits of having a bunch of people tout how awesome you are on the web.

    That being said, it’s not safe to assume we all know exactly where in the wide world of the web we can point those well wishers when they want to sing our praises. I mean, we might all be able to rattle off one or two sites (“Yelp! And I think you can get them to show up in Google Maps, too?”), but we don’t exactly have a laundry list of options at our disposal.

    Download our free guide to customer loyalty programs here to learn more about how to create loyal, happy customers.

    Check out our list of the best product review websites for B2B and B2C companies. Keep in mind that every industry has niche sites, too. For instance, those in the restaurant industry may want to be on UrbanSpoon. This blog post won’t get into sites that are specific to one industry, but it will provide review sites that apply to businesses in almost any industry.

    Review Sites for B2C Companies

    1) Amazon Customer Reviews

    Amazon was one of the first online stores to allow consumers to post reviews of products in 1995, and it remains one of the most important resources for consumers looking to make informed purchase decisions. Even if people can and even do buy a product elsewhere, if it’s sold on Amazon.com — unless it’s gasoline or drug paraphernalia, that is — then many people will look up its Amazon review before they decide to buy.
    What’s going to separate your product from one that looks just like it? Those shiny gold stars and good customer reviews. Products are rated on a five-star rating scale, which is broken down by percentage of reviews per star, followed by most helpful customer reviews and most recent customer reviews. 

    2) Angie’s List

    Geared toward U.S.-based service businesses, Angie’s List is a “higher-end” review site, because users actually have to pay for membership. But you get what you pay for. The reviews, given on an A–F scale, are typically very well-thought out — not a lot of that ranting and raving that’s more common on free review sites. The reviews can’t be anonymous, which helps cut down on fake or misrepresentative reviews, and companies are allowed to respond to the reviews posted about them, too.
    It’s free to set up a page for your company. Once you have yours, encourage your customers who are on Angie’s List to leave reviews there — members are the only ones allowed to do it!

    3) Choice

    Have customers in Australia? Choice is a member-funded review website based in Australia. Choice independently test products and services and provide performance reviews to their members. The bulk of their work involves testing products and services themselves, creating product comparisons, and writing buying guides. In addition, though, they do allow members to rate and discuss specific product brands and models with other Choice members. If you have customers in Australia, we recommend encouraging those who are on CHOICE to leave reviews there.

    4) Trustpilot

    Trustpilot is a fast-growing, community-driven consumer review platform based in Denmark, although they’ve expanded out of Europe into 65 countries, including the U.S. The platform for businesses helps companies from all over the world proactively collect customer reviews. It’s the customers who write both product and seller reviews, keeping it third-party verified.
    While they have a basic version for free (this lets you create a profile page and collect customer reviews), their paid versions let you create customizable review invitations, share ratings and reviews on social media, and link review data to your internal business systems.

    5) TestFreaks

    Similar to TrustPilot, the Swedish-based TestFreaks helps companies proactively collect customer reviews and write seller reviews to complement them. Another cool addition? Their question and answer feature, which lets prospective customers post questions and receive answers directly from your customer service team. 
    Image Credit: TestFreak

    6) Which?

    Which? is an independent consumer review organization that tests and reviews products and then writes about them. Unlike Angie’s List, it’s the folks at Which? who write the reviews — not the customers. They don’t accept submissions for product testing or survey inclusion, but they do encourage people to let them know about their products and services by emailingbrcpress@which.co.uk.
    While this leaves less room for you to influence whether your products end up on their site, it’s still worth knowing about and checking in on this popular site, especially if you have customers in the U.K. The website has product reviews for everything from dishwashers and tablets to cars and credit cards. They test and review all these products themselves, and then write about both their methodologies and results. They also take customer surveys of things like the best and worst firms for customer service
    A lot of their content is free, but customers can become members for £10.75 per month to get access to a “Best Buys” and “Don’t Buy” list, the latest reviews of products from their test labs, and access to their consumer legal advice service.

    7) ConsumerReports

    A nonprofit organization, ConsumerReports is an independent product testing organization that runs unbiased tests to rate and recommend products. They’ve reviewed over 7.7 million products, accept no advertising, and pay for all products that they test. (Fun fact: They buy and test 80 cars per year!) This is about as legitimate as it gets. As such, there’s not much you can do here “except” if you sell a product, make sure it’s really, really good.
    If nothing else, you could take this website as a lesson in excellent content creation. For each product they review, they provide the review criteria, product overviews, a buying guide, and social sharing buttons. It’s all quite comprehensive and, well, helpful. Pretty much the key to great content, am I right?

    8) TripAdvisor

    If you’re in the travel, hotel, airline, entertainment, or restaurant industries anywhere in the world, you’ll want to check out the reviews on the popular website TripAdvisor. As the largest travel site in the world, it has over 225 million reviews, opinions, and photos taken by travelers. They also have some awesome content on their about low airfares, travel guides, rental listings, and advice forums about pretty much every location in the world you could possibly image. A lot of people look there before making a trip.
    The key to a successful profile on TripAdvisor is making it as close to the top of their popularity index as possible, so that people searching for information in a specific place see your listing.According to TripAdvisor, the popularity ranking algorithm is based on three key components: quantity, quality, and recency of reviews. Here’s an excerpt of the advice they give businesses looking to improve their ranking:
    Quantity: Ask your guests to write reviews, and use our management center tools to remind them after they check out. Offering incentives for reviews is against the rules, though — take a look at our policy to make sure you understand what is and isn’t okay.
    Quality: Guests who enjoyed first class hospitality and a memorable experience are more likely to write positive reviews. Monitor what previous reviewers have written to see what worked and did not work best for your property so you can maintain and improve your service.

    Recency: Recent reviews factor more strongly on your popularity rankings and older reviews have less impact on a hotel’s ranking over time. Once again, encourage guests to write reviews to keep fresh content rolling in.”

    9) Yelp

    Yelp is a free review site that lets consumers rate businesses on a five-star scale. Any business can set up a profile on Yelp for free, and users can set up their own free profiles to review a business. You’re free to respond to reviewers, too, but we recommend taking a balanced and polite approach to any negative reviews you receive, as Yelpers are in a pretty tight-knit community.
    Yelp has also come under fire over the past few years for some slightly shady practices, like incentivizing businesses to advertise with them in exchange for gaming the search results for their business (“Pay us money and we’ll push bad reviews down!”). Savvier consumers have learned to look at Yelp reviews as a whole and with the reviewer’s clout in mind, instead of getting turned off by a business because of one bad listing.
    That being said, it’s still to your benefit to get a constant stream of positive online reviews coming to your business’ Yelp account so happy customers are always at the top of your review feed — especially is you’re a location-based business. Yelp profile information contains things like store hours and location information, so your profile will often turn up when people Google your business.

    10) Google My Business

    You know those reviews that show up with you search Google for a business? Yeah, those things are on this list in a big way.
    Google’s Pigeon algorithm update uses distance and location ranking parameters to deliver improved local search results. So, in order for your business’ website to be properly optimized for search, you’ll want to set up verified accounts with local directories — especially Google’s, called Google My Business. Getting reviews, comments, pictures, and so on, especially on Google, can give you a boost in search. Only verified local Google+ pages can respond to reviews. 
    An added bonus? Google Maps pulls that information and those reviews into the app, so having a lot of content in there will make your business look more reputable.

    11) Yahoo! Local Listings

    Similar to Google My Business reviews, Yahoo! Local reviews let users post reviews of businesses with a five-star rating system. Here’s what the results might look like:
    According to Search Engine LandYahoo! still receives about 10% of search engine share. So while you might not want to invest time figuring out the intricacies of Yahoo!’s algorithm, obtaining some favorable reviews on the Yahoo! Local Listings sure couldn’t hurt for that 10%.

    Review Websites for B2B Companies

    12) G2 Crowd

    If your business sells software, you’ll want to be sure you have a presence on G2 Crowd. Every month, over 300,000 people looking to buy software read the 37,000+ user reviews on this website so they can make better purchasing decisions.
    G2 Crowd operates kind of like Yelp, but in a specific niche. Companies are reviewed on a five-star scale, and reviews cover everything from setup and easy of use to security and support. Reviewers answer questions like “What do you like best?”; “What do you dislike?”‘; and “Recommendations to others considered the product.” Also, you can upvote and downvote others’ reviews.

    13) TrustRadius

    Like G2 Crowd, TrustRadius is an online review site for software businesses. Reviewers on the site are authenticated via LinkedIn to make sure they’re users (although the reviews themselves can still be anonymous), which allows users to see what their LinkedIn connections are saying about particular pieces of software on TrustRadius. This adds a layer of trust for someone reading the site.
    You can use the site to browse reviews of individual companies, or compare two companies side-by-side to compare their five-star ratings, screenshots of their products, pricing details, and user comments from reviewers.
    In addition to their company reviews, they’ve put together a whole bunch of buyer guides for categories including talent management software, business intelligence software, core HR software, social media, and A/B testing to help people find the right product for them based on hundreds of reviews and user ratings.

    14) Salesforce AppExchange

    Have an app on the Salesforce AppExchange? Then you’ll want to keep track of your app’s ratings and reviews there. Reviews are based on a five-star rating system, and each app has reviews listed with the most helpful positive review and most helpful negative reviews first, followed by all reviews, from which users can filter by rating, date, and helpfulness. They’ve embraced transparency, letting users access thousands of reviews and see the number of downloads with just a few clicks.

    For Online Reviews Both B2B & B2C

    15) Better Business Bureau

    A nonprofit site, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) evaluates all types of businesses against a set of best practices for how businesses should treat the public. They don’t directly recommend or endorse any businesses, products, or services; they simply provide the public with the information on their site about businesses, and whether they have met the BBB’s accreditation standards. They will also review both accredited and non-accredited businesses.
    A business’ profile listing on the BBB contains general overview information, like a short company bio and the company’s accreditation status, a history of any complaints made about the business and whether they were resolved, customer reviews, and the BBB’s A – F rating of the business.

    16) Glassdoor

    Glassdoor is an employee review site that helps anyone — from prospective employees to prospective customers to investors — get an idea of what a company is really like from the inside. In other words, it helps measure the more qualitative factors of things like valuation.
    Employees can share what it’s like to interview and work at their companies, and the site shows visitors which companies are rated highest by their employees. Many employers use it to build their employment brand so they can target and recruit candidates, but you can also use the reviews to share ideas internally for improvement among your management team.
    Creating an employer account is free, and it’s easy to track and respond to reviews. For example, you can set up alerts so you get an email each time a new review is posted so you can acknowledge and respond to each one.

    Other Places for Consumer Reviews

    Online reviews also exist on sites that aren’t necessarily built just to publish online reviews. Some businesses use their social presence and website to encourage online reviews … and some brands just get them unsolicited, for better or for worse.
    Here are some sites that, if you choose to (please, choose to) can serve as additional hubs for online reviews. And they’re awesome, because they have enormous reach, and you have some — if not entire — control over these properties.

    17) Facebook Ratings & Reviews

    Did you know there’s a place on Facebook for fans to leave ratings and reviews of your business? There sure is … it’s named, aptly, Facebook Ratings & Reviews. It appears on the left-hand side of your Facebook Page, and you can’t move or remove it like you can other parts of your Page.
    Anyone logged into Facebook can post a rating or review of a business. All they have to do is go to the Reviews section of your Page, click the grey stars to choose a rating, and then write an optional review. They can make that review public, visible to friends, or visible only to them.

    18) Twitter

    The ridiculously fast-paced nature of Twitter makes it seem like a weird place to try to accumulate reviews. But while users might not always search for reviews directly on Twitter (unless you started some kind of review hashtag, perhaps), tweets are still indexed in search results. That means a user’s tweet, whether complimentary or less-than, could pop up in the SERPs when someone’s searching for reviews on your business.
    Not only that — there’s things you can actively do with the positive tweets coming at you. For instance, we tested the element of social proof on conversions here at HubSpot, attaching three tweets that gave positive reviews on an ebook we were promoting at the time. Guess what happened? The CTA with the three tweets converted better than the CTA with no tweets. If you start to “Favorite” tweets that could serve as positive reviews in the future, it’ll be easier to find them when you want to use them in your marketing.

    19) Your Own Website

    Finally, the one place where you have total and utter control: your website. It’s an excellent place to publicize reviews you receive (perhaps embed some of those tweets you favorited?) You could carve out a section of your website dedicated just to reviews and testimonials, and even include a form so happy customers can submit their unsolicited reviews. But if you’re actively campaigning for positive online reviews and you encounter happy customers who want to leave you a positive review but don’t have accounts on sites like Yelp, Angie’s List, or Google, it’s handy to have a place on your website to publish their kind words. Consider adding testimonials to landing pages and product pages, too.
    What other online review sites do you use, either as a marketer or consumer? Share your ideas with us in the comments.
    Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2012 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

    16Feb

    10 Free US Local Business Listing Sites

    Local SEO is a must when you have a business with a physical location and expect customers to visit. You will need to pay special attention to location-specific SEO requirements for your site apart from other generic SEO essentials. In the WooRank Project tool you will learn a whole range of actionable SEO tips to get your business the online exposure it deserves. More than 20 percent of Google Search is local, as Google and other search engines sort location-specific businesses into localized search results. These results have much less competition than you would have with generic search results but it takes a few smart steps to rank at the top of them. One important step is to enter your business in local-business listing sites. In this blog we will consider the top ten directories that will help your local business acquire higher rankings in the localized SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages).

    NOTE: It is important that you manually list your business in these directories by choosing the right business categories and entering consistent information throughout all the directories. Also, even though not all directories pass link juice to your site, search engines such as Google notice the citation of your business on these sites and this affects the local ranking algorithm.

    1. Google Places:

    To be accepted as a local business on Google, you have to make your presence known in three places.
    • Google Webmaster Tools
    • Google Places
    • Google+
    Google Webmaster Tools: When your site contains a generic top level domain and you intend to target a certain geographic location you need to follow these stepsto submit your site to Google Webmaster Tools in order to appear in localized searches.
    Google Places: Create an account with Google Places, fill in your local business information and submit it to Google. You will receive a PIN number that you must enter in your Google Places Dashboard for business verification.
    Google+Create a Local Business Brand Page on Google+ by clicking the Local Business or Place option, as shown below. Add your business information and you will be taken through a verification process to get started.
    Local Business or Place Option on Google+

    Local Business or Place Option on Google+

    2. Yahoo Local:

    Yahoo Local Listing is a great free service that displays your local business address, phone number and URL and gives you the option of choosing up to five business categories. The basic free listing can include additional information such as working hours, email address, payment options and years in business, and you also earn a link to your site. The paid listing option, which costs $9.95 per month, gives you added advantages; you can see the number of times your listing was viewed, you can  upload one small photo onto the business detail page and ten large photos onto a separate page, and you can use up to two text links in search results. To sign up, you need to have or create a Yahoo ID.
    Basic Listing option on Yahoo Local

    Basic Listing Option on Yahoo Local

    3. Yelp:

    Yelp has a large user-community which is independent from popular search engines. Hence, it is necessary for your business to feature on Yelp in order to gain attention from this completely different and targeted audience. A Yelp business account directs textual and visual representation of your business to the categories of Yelp users that are most likely interested in your business. You can also add a link to your website on your Yelp profile and there is no limit to the number of business photos you can upload. Yelp allows for customer reviews and gives you the option to respond to them. Moreover, you also get personalized analytics to monitor the traffic. Before you sign up, check to see if your business is already listed on Yelp. Sign Up for Free to either claim your existing business listing or create a new one.
    Free listing on Yelp

    Free Listing on Yelp

    4. Bing:

    For local businesses, being listed on Bing is as important as being listed on Google+ Local. You can claim your business listing that already exists or create a new one by clicking on the Get Started Now link shown in the screenshot below. To create a new listing you need to sign up for a hotmail account. After you pass through a series of steps for registration, you will be prompted to enter your contact information and communication preferences. Once you have accepted the terms and conditions, (called the Bing Business Portal Offer Guidelines), you will be prompted to fill in information about your local business, such as, name, address, city, state, business email, Facebook and Twitter address, zip code and a logo. In the subsequent steps there is an option to have a free mobile website and QR code. Your listing is finally verified by means of a postcard sent to you at the address you register your business with.
    Free Business Listing on Bing

    Free Business Listing on Bing

    5. MerchantCircle:

    MerchantCircle is a popular free American local-business listing service. It retrieves information from yellow pages listings. Check to see if your business is already listed by clicking the business page and finding the ‘Is This Your Business Listing?’ option on the blue box at the left column of that page. After signing up you get to access a comprehensive dashboard on your account that has plenty of editing options to add and modify your business details. The dashboard consists of options such as a blog, products and services, sales, deals and coupons, newsletters, pictures, videos, widgets, answers and advertisements. With a MerchantCircle listing you can network with other businesses and engage with potential contacts in your niche. Most importantly, this site allows you to post a link to your website, thus providing a high quality inbound link to your site.
    Free listing on MerchantCircle

    Free Listing on MerchantCircle

    6. Local:

    Local.com is a search engine that lists local US businesses and currently is home to 16 million business listings. You can claim your business listing if it already exists on the local.com database or create an entirely new listing for free.
    Free listing on Local.com

    Free Listing on Local.com

    7. ExpressUpdateUSA (InfoUSA):

    Infogroup has a massive database of businesses in the US and also partners directly with top search engines and local business directories to provide information on local businesses. By claiming and optimizing your listing on ExpressUpdateUSA.com (previously known as InfoUSA), you can improve your position in localized SERPs. To get listed, you must first check your business listingand claim your business if it already exists on the database. Create an account for free with ExpressUpdateUSA and add the same business details that on your website. Here is the categorized database of businesses according to the city and state they are located in.
    Free listing on ExpressUpdateUSA

    Free Listing on ExpressUpdateUSA

    8. Insider Pages

    This is a fairly new business listing site but popular among users to find health and medical services, home and garden businesses, hair and beauty services, auto services and pet related business listings in the US. The live business page includes your local business contact information, physical address (the same as that on your website), hours of operation, business description, Google Map marker, plenty of reviews with star ratings and a Facebook Like button for users to ‘like’ your business listing. You can add up to 20 images. Most importantly, your business page on InsiderPages allows you to provide a link back to your website.
    Free listing on InsiderPages

    Free Listing on InsiderPages

    9. FourSquare:

    Although featured at the end of this list, FourSquare is no regular business listing platform but a mobile application that is the fastest growing small business mobile marketing platform. It provides businesses with free listings that connect to a widespread range of smartphone users who check-in to physical business locations. This application is not limited to US businesses alone but has an ever-growing community of 25 million users worldwide. It provides free tools that allow you to engage with your customers and fans. Claim your business on FourSquareand get started with a FourSquare business account for free. The Merchant Dashboard on FourSquare allows you to keep tabs on daily check-ins via the app, recent visitors and many more things.
    Free listing on FourSquare

    Free Listing on FourSquare

    10. HotFrog

    HotFrog has listed over 70 million businesses in 38 countries. It is a brand well-known among businesses as well as users around the world with the many country-specific versions of HotFrog business listing sites available.
    The site provides with reporting tools that helps track activity on business listings. To get more information about HotFrog profiles check out their section of how-tos.
    Free Listing On  HotFrog US

    Free Listing On HotFrog US
    28Jan

    Top 35 SEO Interview Questions|Best SEO Interview Questions and Answers

    Top 35 SEO Interview Questions

    1)What is SEO and introduce its types?
    Search engine optimization or SEO is a process of keep changing the position of a web page or website in a search engine results by using keywords or phrases.
    Two Types of SEO are:
    1. On Page Optimization
    2. Off Page Optimization                                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                         

    2)What are the SEO tools do you use?
    The SEO tools that I use are Google analytic, keyword search, Alexa, open site explorer, Google Webmaster.
    3)What do you mean by Backlink?
     The incoming links to your website or webpage is referred as Backlink.
    4)What are out bound Links?
    The outbound links are our website links to other webpage or website.
    5)Can you tell me something about Googlebot?
    To index a webpage Google uses the Googlebot software. Caching, Crawling and indexing of a webpage are done through Googlebot by collecting details from that webpage.
    6) What is Cross linking and what are the function of Cross linking?
    1. Cross linking is used to refer the process of linking one site to another site and provide a way to allow the accessing to it.
    2. It provides the users with reference sites that consists the content related to the search.
    3. It doesn’t need to be owned by the same person as it provides the methods that have been built on the Internet.
    4. It serves the purpose to display the page on the search engines using search engine optimization techniques and methods.
    5. The site ranking is calculated on the basis of the relevance of the sites and then it is reflected on the search engine.
    6. It uses SEO tools that provide reciprocal links and inbound links that can be used as our SEO.
    7) What is the main purpose of using keyword in SEO?
    Keyword is a single word, and while a combination of those keywords makes phrases. These keywords or phrases are used by the search engines to populate the subjects over the internet. Search engine stores keywords in thedatabase, and when search is done, it will come up with the best possible match.
    8) Can you mention the functions of body content relevance?
    Whenever there is a text that does not have images on the web page is referred as body content relevance or non-image text. It helps in good optimization of the sites and also to improve your ranking in the search engine.
    9) What are Spiders, Robots and Crawlers and what are their functions?
    Spiders, robot and crawler, they are all same and referred by different names. It is a software program that follows, or “Crawls” different links throughout the internet, and then grabs the content from the sites and adds to the search engine indexes.
    10) What does it mean if nothing appears on doing search on the domain?
    On doing search on your domain and if nothing appears then there are three possibilities.
    1. May be the site is banned by search engines
    2. May be no index by search engines
    3. Some canonical issues
    11)What is keyword stemming?
    The process of finding out the root word from the search query is referred as keywords stemming.
    12) Name some SEO blogs that you frequently read?
    1. Jimboykins
    2. Search Engine Land
    3. SEOSmarty
    4. MOZ
    5. Search Engine Journal
    13) What do you mean by Cloaking?
    Cloaking is a deceptive way of optimizing search. In this technique a different content will be searched by the search engine than what is presented or searched by the users.
    14) How many types of Meta Tags are there in SEO and what are their characters limits?
    There are two types Meta tags in SEO.
    1. Description Meta tag with 150 characters limits
    2. Keyword Meta tag with 200 characters limits
    15) How many characters limits in Title tag?
    We can add 70 characters in title tag.
    16) What is Google Sandbox?
    Google sandbox is an imaginary area where new websites and their search rating are put on hold until they prove worthy for ranking. In other words, it checks the standard of the website.
    17) Tell me something about Black Hat SEO?
    In order to get a high ranking in search engine result page, websites go for various methods and techniques which are characterized by two categories. One method that is acceptable by search engine guidelines is known as White Hat SEO, while the other method which is not acceptable by search engine guidelines is known as Black Hat SEO.
    18) Name few Black Hat SEO techniques?
    1. Link Farming
    2. Hidden text, etc.
    3. Gateway or Doorway pages
    4. Cloaking
    5. Keyword Stuffing
    19) Can you differentiate between ‘nofollow’ and ‘dofollow’ link?
    Nofollow links are not passed by search engines bot and therefore cannot be cached or indexed. Dofollow link is a kind of hyperlink and it passes through all search engines and it puts an impact over page rank.
    20) What is the difference between PR (page rank) and SERP (Search engine result page)?
    Page rank is calculated on the basis of quality inbound links from other website or webpages to our webpage or a website.
    SERP (Search Engine Result page) is the placement of the website or web-pages which is returned by the search engine after a search query or attribute.
    21) Why the Title Tag in website is valuable?
    Title tags are very essential in SEO, as it tells about the contents on that web page. Through title tags only the search engine will tell the user, what is there in the page.
    22) What is considered as more significant, creating content or building backlinks?
    Both are necessary, creating quality content is equally important to building backlinks. Although, building backlinks are useful in building authority to a site and for ranking as well, quality content is the first element that is considered to be more responsible for ranking.
    23) Can you mention the difference between SEO and SEM?
    SEM (Search Engine Marketing), it is used for the promotion of website through Search Engine Result Page (SERP) , while to optimize the search result of your webpage or website SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is used.
    24) What do you know about LSI?
    LSI stands for Latent Semantic Indexing. This technique is established to obtain the data by relating the word to its closest counterparts or to its similar context. For example, if you are searching something with a keyword “CAR” it will show all the related things like classic cars, car auctions, Bentley car, car race etc.
    25) How will you cross-check whether your SEO campaign is working or not?
    To check whether your SEO campaign is working or not, the first approach is to check the websites statistics, which tells you about the origin of traffic.  The other way of checking is to make a search based on the relevant keywords and key phrases and look for the search result. The number of search result will tell you whether your SEO campaign is working or not.
    26) What is the meaning of competitive analysis?
    Competitive analysis does the comparison, between the website I am optimizing, and the website that is ranked highly in search results.
    27) What will be your next steps if your SEO methods or technique does not work?
    My first attempt would to try analysis the problem and resolve them step by step
    1. Firstly I would try to see whether it is a new project, and then like to re-check the key words.
    2. Also, I would look for relevant key-words that can be helpful.
    3. Even though the webpage and website has been indexed well and still not appearing on the first 10 pages of search engine result page, then I would make some changes in page text, titles and description.
    4. If website is not indexed well or dropped from the index, than it might comprises     serious issues and re-work might be required.
    28) What is PPC?
    PPC stands for Pay Per Click and is an advertisement campaign hosted by Google.  It is segmented into two modules CPC ( Cost per click) and CPM ( Cost per thousand impressions) through flat rate and bidding respectively. In CPC, if the user clicks on the advert, only then the advertiser will be charged.
    29) What is 301 redirect?
    It is a method by which the user is redirected to new page url to old page url . It is a permanent redirect and it is also useful in directing link juice to new url from old url .
    30) What are Webmaster tools?
    Webmaster tool is a service provided by Google from where you can get backlink information, crawl errors, search queries, Indexing data, CTR etc.
    31) What is keyword density and what is the formula for knowing keyword density?
    From SEO point of view, keyword density will definitely help to stand out your content from others. The formula to know the keyword density is ( Total number of keyword/ total number of words in your article) multiply by 100.
    32) What is robots.txt? 
    Robots.txt is a text file. It is through this file, it gives instruction to search engine crawlers about indexing and caching of a webpage, file of a website or directory, domain.
    33) What will you do, for the company website you are working for, decides to move all the contents to new domain?
    The first step would be to update the previous site with a permanent redirect to new page for all the pages. After that, I will remove the previous content from search engine in order to avoid duplicate content issues.
    34) Can you optimize the website which has pages in millions?
    From SEO point of view, for dynamic website, special additional SEO stuffs have to be    implemented.
    1. Good Internal link structure
    2. Generation of dynamic title and description
    3. Dynamic XML sitemap generation
    35) What is the latest update in SEO?
    The latest updates in SEO are:
    1. Panda
    2. Penguin
    Bonus! 3 More!
    36) What are the key aspects of Panda update?
    Panda is to improve the search in Google. The latest version has focused on quality content, proper design, proper speed, proper use of images and many more.
    37) What are the key aspects of Penguin update?
    Penguin is the code name for Google algorithm. Its main target is to decrease the ranking of that website that are violating the Google Webmaster guidelines. These guidelines are violated by using black hat techniques like cloaking and stuffing.
    38) How will you neutralize a toxic link to your site?
    Through Backlink Quality Checker you can know who links to your website. Now, you have to go to ‘ Toxic link’ report, where you will find all the links, that are harmful to your websites. If there is any link in ‘ Toxic link report’ that matches with the link on your website, then you can remove it by using ‘Google Disavov tool’.