5-Minute SEO Update
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Welcome to episode 17 of Websites Made Simple podcast where we are covering The 5-Minute SEO Update!
In this episode of Websites Made Simple Podcast I am covering a 5 Minute SEO Update that you can perform yourself. In some cases, it won’t take even five minutes!
If you ever thought that you might not even “be in Google” well then tune in and learn what you can check right now in under 5 minutes.
For step 1, open a browser window and Google search bar. In the search bar type in the site:operator for your domain. It should look like this:
So for my website, it would look like site:johndockins.com
It is important to not have any spaces and do not include the https or www before your URL. Type it exactly like the example.
For Step 2, view the results that Google returns. Near the top you will see the approximate number of pages/results that Google found on your website. You are checking to make sure the number “feels” about right.
Keep in mind the number may not be exact, but you should be pretty close.
What if you don’t see anything in Google Index?
The first thing is do not panic! Make sure you typed the operator command correctly. If you did, ask yourself if you have done anything that would cause your website to get banned?
If you are not sure what that would be, chances are you are fine. If you are someone who has tried some shady SEO practices, well then I suggest you try to appeal to Google by submitting a Reconsideration Request.
Next question, are you restricting search engines from indexing your site?
If you are not sure, then you need to check your robots.txt file to look for a few parameters. You can check your robots.txt file by typing in the following in a browser window:
Make sure you substitute domain.com for your own domain name.
Once you can see the contents of the robots.txt file, search for the string that would like this:
That string is saying to ALL search engines, DO NOT INDEX. If this is your problem, then you will need to modify your robots.txt file to remove this parameter. The first place to look for that is in your WordPress backend.
Go to SETTINGS>READING, and ensure the checkbox is NOT checked that states “discourage search engines from indexing this site”.
What if I see too many pages in Google Index?
There could be a few reasons why this might happen, but the most common and obvious one is that your website might be hacked.
Go back to your results for the site:operator and look for pages that do not belong or should not be there. If you do discover your site has been hacked and you now have many pages or content that do not belong, you will likely need to restore your website from a known good copy (before the hack) or seek professional support to clean your site.
No matter what, do this…
Perform the site:operator function and review the results. Look for anything out of the ordinary and TAKE ACTION.
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About the Show
Created for the non-techie entrepreneur, John Dockins reveals all of his website and online business strategies, income sources and killer marketing tips so that you can be ahead of the pack with your website and online business.
Self proclaimed “coffee addict”, you’ll learn how to build authority online using content management systems like WordPress, email marketing, search engine optimization, content marketing, and much more so that you can create something amazing without burning yourself out.
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John is a family man who also owns his own web design agency and has won several design awards for his work.