Switching from Http to Https- Why I Bought An SSL for My Website

http to https

If you run a blog or website, switching from http to https is highly recommended for various reasons.

Now you may be wondering what a simple switch from http to https can do for your website and if it’s worth going through the effort to implement this.

Let’s just give a quick summary of what exactly this entails so you better understand the benefits of moving to https.

Switching from http to https means you would be buying what is called an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate through your web host or an external source.

Essentially an SSL makes sure that any and all information that is passed between the web server and browsers is both secure and private, which is not the case when your website is of http protocol.

Even though having an SSL installed is not required or mandatory by any means, it is highly recommended as it provides peace of mind to your visitors and can additionally help with the overall SEO of your website.

So the two key benefits here are:

1.) Security: It ensures all sensitive information is private and secure.

2.) SEO Benefit: It may give your website a slight boost in search rankings which in return will help with the overall SEO.

The third benefit is one that I wanted to put separately to give you a specific example using screenshots.

Google Chrome will soon be flagging any http website as “Not secure” in the very near future.  See screenshot below:

Not Secure http website

Alternatively, if you have an SSL installed and your site is now https, this is what it will look like in Google Chrome.

Switching from http to https

As you can see in the screenshots above, this could make a HUGE difference in people staying on your site versus leaving.

Most people when they see the “Not Secure” signal will immediately leave your website without a second thought.

This could mean all the difference in the world when it comes to running a successful blog or website.

Seriously, do not take this lightly.

301 Redirects!

Now I want to bring up one more critical point if you plan on making the switch from http to https.

You must ensure that all instances of http are 301 redirected to https.

Many SSL installations will automatically do this for you, however it’s vital that you make sure of this first and work with any support service you can to get this squared away.

If you do not have 301 redirects in place forcing http to the https protocol, you will ultimately have two versions of the website which causes a whole mess of duplicate content issues that can negatively impact your SEO.

Consider yourself warned and make sure 301 redirects are implemented.

I Switched From Http to Https on August 5th, 2017

I will be tracking my progress to see if I notice any significant increases in search rankings and organic traffic, as this is one of the main reasons I made the switch to begin with.

I even created an annotation in my Google Analytics account to represent this transition so I can accurately keep track of any improvements.

Https notes

Although this blog is still fairly new, I suspect I will be able to make some conclusions as to whether or not this has helped my SEO for my blog.

At the very least I have a more secure website, and that’s okay with me.

I am a true advocate of testing your marketing constantly to see what works and what doesn’t (like switching to https for example).

This is something I will test over the next 6 months or so and report in on any successes I see going forward.

Little tweaks like these can help out big-time in the long run.

If you’re lazy with this kind of stuff, your competition will eat you alive.

I hope this post helped clarify any questions you had about SSL Certificates or maybe even gave you to motivation to go out and get this set up.

So let me ask…Is your website http or https currently?

If you’ve made the switch, what were you results?

What Is Guest Posting? Powerful Link Building Tips

Link Building

By far one of the most powerful, yet underrated SEO strategies out there is guest posting.

Now you may be wondering what guest posting consists of, which we will uncover briefly in this blog post.

However I recommend implementing this strategy only after all of your initial on-site SEO is complete (Title Tags, Meta Descriptions, H1 Tags, Image ALT Tags, Copy Optimization/Internal Linking etc.).

What Is Guest Posting?

Now if you’re still with me, we are about to uncover my all-time favorite technique for generating high-quality backlinks, skyrocketing search rankings and increasing organic traffic like you never thought possible.

Guest Posting is essentially researching relevant blogs in your niche and reaching out to them to see if they are accepting guest posts, where you would pitch them a few article topic ideas.

If one of your topics gets the approval, you would then write up your guest post with your website link either within the article or in your author bio…BOOM! You just created yourself a powerful backlink.

Finding Guest Post Opportunities:

Now there are many different strategies to find websites/blogs that are accepting guest posts but for the purpose of this post I will highlight one in particular that I’ve seen massive success with.

1.) Use this search query in Google: “write for us” + “keyword”

You wouldn’t believe how many guest post articles I’ve gotten published using this simple technique.

So for example, if you’re in the weight loss niche you can simply try things like “write for us” + “fitness” or “write for us” + “weight loss” or “write for us” + “nutrition”.

Many websites that offer guest posting have a “write for us” page which is why this query works so well.

You can also try the following search queries:

  • “contribute” + “keyword”
  • “guest post” + “keyword”
  • “writers” + “keyword”
Domain Authority:

Now it’s important you target websites with a domain authority of at least 15 or higher (although this could vary depending on your website).

You can check a website’s domain authority with tools like MOZ or other free alternatives out there.

I recommend creating a list of about 20-40 potential link building opportunities at a time (preferably once a month if you are serious about this).

And then plugging it into an excel file to stay organized, like the one in the screenshot below:

What Is Guest Posting

You can add the URL, DA (domain authority), opportunity, contact name/email etc.

I then like to mark the websites I’ve already reached out to in yellow, so it’s easier to keep track going forward.

Guest Posting Outreach:

The outreach process is the easy part.

Really all you have to do is come up with a template that pitches a few topics.

Something like….

“Hey there,

I really enjoy the articles on your website.  I’m reaching out to see if you’d be interested in a guest post on one of the topics below.  I believe it would be of great interest to your readers.

Would you consider any of these topics for your blog?

Topic 1

(brief description)

Topic 2

(brief description)

Topic 3

(brief description)

Kind regards,

Your name”

It’s really that simple….once you start getting the hang of the link building/guest posting process you are going to be amazed at the positive movement you see in search rankings and eventually organic traffic.

If you liked this article, please let me know in the comments section.

Now get out there and start guest posting!

List of 700+ Guest Posts Sites & How To Do Guest Blogging Guide

How To Rank Your Website Higher On Google?

Increase Your Google Ranking

So this is a question that comes up quite often in the world of online marketing…

If you’re wondering How To Rank Your Website Higher On Google, then you came to the right place.Rank Your Website Higher On Google

Now before we get started, if you’re looking for more of an example type post on SEO, please check out my article here on simple search engine optimization for websites.

I’ll be the first to say that ranking websites higher on Google is not as difficult as some people think, HOWEVER, it does take patience and persistence to move the needle.

Search Engine Optimization For Beginners

When ranking your website or someone else’s website in the search engines you need to follow a few mandatory steps.  Note: make sure you have some basic keyword research done before moving onto these steps.

1.) SEO Tag Optimization

First and foremost, you need to make sure all of your SEO tags are in place and optimized to their fullest potential.

This means adding in your most important target keywords to your Title Tags, Meta Descriptions, H1 Tags and Image ALT Tags.

The tags that hold the most SEO weight are the Title Tags and H1 Tags, however it is an SEO best practice to make sure ALL seo tags are optimized.

2.) Content Generation and Optimization

Your website must have a sufficient amount of content on it if you want any chance of ranking your website higher on Google.

And more importantly, this content should be consistent, possibly by using a blog or building out specific target pages related to your website each and every month.

Utilizing a blog is an extremely effective and simple way to ensure a healthy content ratio for your website from an SEO perspective.

Now with the content that you create, you must make sure it is optimized with your most important keywords in place (without keyword stuffing).

You will also want to add in a few internal links here and there throughout your copy which point to other pages of your website.

Internal linking helps visitors navigate your site more efficiently and helps spread link juice throughout your website.

2.) Link Building

One of the most important steps in a successful SEO campaign…

Now you need to build quality backlinks to your website to help increase your search rankings, website presence and organic traffic.

This can be as simple as reaching out to other blogs/websites relevant to your niche and see if they are accepting guest posts (which would contain your website link in the article).

This is one of the most effective link building strategies that many are not even paying attention to (better for us!).

This is a true and tested way to increase your Google ranking over time.

Please be patient when it comes to increasing your search rankings and make sure you commit to content generation and link building consistently going forward.

This should be an on-going process each and every month.

Please feel free to leave me a comment 🙂

How To Do Simple Search Engine Optimization For Websites?

How To Do Search Engine Optimization For Websites

One of the best skills you can learn as an online marketer is Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Whether you want to:

  • Implement SEO for your own website or blog
  • Help small local businesses gain more search engine presence
  • Assist larger companies with your SEO knowledge & expertise

This is all extremely possible once you learn the basics of SEO.

The best part about mastering this skill is that the vast majority of people have NO idea what they’re doing when it comes to optimizing a website to its fullest potential.

You are looked at as some sort of genius when you tell clients, friends, local businesses that you can help rank their website in Google for various keywords.Simple Search Engine Optimization

Can you say CHA-CHING!

With that being said, in this short post I am going to highlight a few simple search engine optimization techniques you should focus on that will put you ahead of 99% of the competition.

Simple Search Engine Optimization Techniques

Let’s use an example of a local pizza restaurant in Miami Florida for the purpose of this blog post (Joey’s Pizza).

1.) Keyword Research

First and foremost you will need to conduct some keyword research based around the local target, competition, etc.  You can use Google Keyword Planner or other tools to generate your keyword research list.  Try to flesh out a list where you have sufficient amount of options to rank for in Google. For example, some keywords that might come up would be:

  • Restaurants in Miami Florida
  • Pizza Miami Florida
  • Best Pizza in Miami Florida
  • Miami Florida Pizza Places
2.) SEO Tag Optimization

Now that you have your keyword research list, you can begin to actually implement an SEO plan for your client, website etc.  Here are the most important tags to focus on:

Title Tags- The Title Tag holds the most weight from an SEO standpoint and should be written as close to 70 characters as possible (without going over).  Focus on adding in your most relevant keywords here as this is the blue clickable text that is seen in the search results when someone performs a search query.  Here is an example of a strong and optimized Title Tag: Best Pizza In Miami Florida | Miami Florida Restaurants | Joey’s Pizza

Meta Descriptions: The Meta Description is the snippet of text that is underneath the Title Tag when shown in the search engines.  It should be compelling/unique and describe the page to the visitor to encourage user click through (155-160 characters long).  You would want to optimize your Meta description like this for example: Joey’s pizza has been proudly serving the residents of Miami Florida for over 20 years strong.  Come in and try one of our delicious homemade pies today!

H1 Tags: The H1 Tag is the headline that is above the main text/copy/body of each page.  It holds significant authority as far as SEO goes and should be optimized with the most important target keywords, while still reading naturally to visitors. An example would be: Contact Joey’s Pizza In Miami Florida Today!

Image ALT Tag- Image ALT Tags are more important than people realize and offer great additional SEO benefits.  For every image on a website, you can add an ALT Tag, which is also shown when a user hovers over the picture.  A simple example would be a picture of a pizza that has the tag: Miami Florida Pizza Places

2.) Link Building

Assuming the website has enough content (make sure of this before going on to this step), you can then begin link building and citation work.

Citations are basically just mentions of a business name and address on other web pages like Google My Business, Bing Places etc.  They are a major component in the ranking algorithms of Google and Bing.

Guest Posting is the process of reaching out to other related websites in your niche and seeing if they are accepting guest posts which in return would generate a link back to you or your client’s website.  This is one of the MOST powerful ways to build quality back links, increase search rankings, and generate more traffic.

These are some dead simple search engine optimization techniques that you can implement that will separate you from much of the competition.  These are ethical and natural SEO methods to gain some serious traction in the search engines.

Do things the right way and the results will follow.

Use free tools like Linkio to take the guess work out of link building strategy so you can focus on scoring the links and spend less time worrying about the details.

I have more awesome search engine optimization tips, tricks and techniques on the way!

If you liked this post, please leave me a comment and share your thoughts 🙂