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Woocommerce custom CSS

My Account Page 1

/* Change WC Acct Page Column Widths / @media only screen and (min-width: 769px) { .woocommerce-account .woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation { width: 22%; } .woocommerce-account .woocommerce-MyAccount-content { width: 75%; } } / Style WC Account Endpoint Links */
nav.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation ul {
list-style-type: none;
padding-left: 0;
max-width:200px;
font-size: 17px;
line-height: 26px;
}
nav.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation ul li {
padding: 8px 20px;
background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.05);
border-bottom: 1px solid rgba(0,0,0,0.05);
}
nav.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation ul li.is-active {
background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.1);
}
nav.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation ul li.is-active a {
color: rgba(0,0,0,0.8); cursor: default;
}
nav.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation ul li.is-active:after {
content: “”;
height: 0;
width: 0;
border-top: 20px solid transparent;
border-left: 14px solid rgba(0,0,0,0.1);
border-bottom: 20px solid transparent;
float: right;
margin-right: -34px;
margin-top: -7px;
}
nav.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation ul li:not(.is-active):hover {
background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.07);
}
nav.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation ul li:not(.is-active):hover:after {
content: “”;
height: 0;
width: 0;
border-top: 20px solid transparent;
border-left: 14px solid rgba(0,0,0,0.07);
border-bottom: 20px solid transparent;
float: right;
margin-right: -34px;
margin-top: -7px;
}

My Account page 2

*/
.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation-link a {
margin: 5px 5px 0 0;
padding: 15px;
font-size: 14px;
}
.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation-link.is-active a:before {
background-color: #cdcdcd;
opacity:0.25;
}
.woocommerce-account .button {
font-size: 90%;
margin-right: 5px;
border-radius: 0px;
padding: 5px 10px;
background-color: #1f89e5;
border: 0px;
}
.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation-link {
width:190px;
}
.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation-link:before{
font-family: FontAwesome;
margin:5px 5px 0px 0px;
float:left;
padding: 5px 10px;
font-size:20px;
background-color:#f5f5f5;
border-right:1px solid #cdcdcd;
}
.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation-link–dashboard:before{
content:”\f0e4″;
z-index:10;
}
.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation-link–orders:before{
content:”\f07a”;
}
.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation-link–downloads:before{
content:”\f019″;
}
.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation-link–edit-address:before{
content:”\f07a”;
}
.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation-link–payment-methods:before{
content:”\f283″;
}
.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation-link–edit-account:before{
content:”\f007″;
}
.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation-link–appointments:before{
content:”\f073″;
}
.woocommerce-MyAccount-navigation-link–customer-logout:before{
content:”\f08b”;
}

Checkout and cart

/****WOOCOMMERCE ADDITIONS ****/
.woocommerce div.product div.images .flex-control-thumbs {
max-height:250px;
}
.woocommerce ul.products li.product .woocommerce-loop-product__title {

font-size: 1em !important;

}

/*
WOOCOMMERCE ALL BELOW
**/

/UPDATED PAGE */
.woocommerce-message a.button.wc-forward {
background: #fff;
color: #2b8452;
}

.woocommerce ul.products li.product h3, .woocommerce-page ul.products li.product h3 {
padding: 20px 5px 10px 5px;
font-size: 16px;
height: 95px;
line-height: 20px;
overflow: hidden;
border-bottom: 1px solid #EAEAEA;
margin-bottom: 10px;
}

.woocommerce .cart-collaterals .cart_totals, .woocommerce-page .cart-collaterals .cart_totals {
width: 100%;
}
.cart_totals h2, .shipping_calculator h2 {
margin-bottom: 10px;
color: #14522e;
background-color: #FFF;
border:solid 2px;
text-align: center;
border-radius: 5px;
padding: 10px;
}

.et_pb_contact_submit, .et_password_protected_form .et_submit_button, .et_pb_bg_layout_light .et_pb_newsletter_button, .comment-reply-link, .form-submit input, .et_pb_bg_layout_light .et_pb_promo_button, .et_pb_bg_layout_light .et_pb_more_button, .woocommerce a.button.alt, .woocommerce-page a.button.alt, .woocommerce button.button.alt, .woocommerce-page button.button.alt, .woocommerce input.button.alt, .woocommerce-page input.button.alt, .woocommerce #respond input#submit.alt, .woocommerce-page #respond input#submit.alt, .woocommerce #content input.button.alt, .woocommerce-page #content input.button.alt, .woocommerce a.button, .woocommerce-page a.button, .woocommerce button.button, .woocommerce-page button.button, .woocommerce input.button, .woocommerce-page input.button {
color: #ffffff !important;
background-color: #981c1e;
border-radius: 8px;
}

.et_pb_contact_submit:hover, .et_password_protected_form .et_submit_button:hover, .et_pb_bg_layout_light .et_pb_newsletter_button:hover, .comment-reply-link, .form-submit input:hover, .et_pb_bg_layout_light .et_pb_promo_button:hover, .et_pb_bg_layout_light .et_pb_more_button:hover, .woocommerce a.button.alt:hover, .woocommerce-page a.button.alt:hover, .woocommerce button.button.alt:hover, .woocommerce-page button.button.alt:hover, .woocommerce input.button.alt:hover, .woocommerce-page input.button.alt:hover, .woocommerce #respond input#submit.alt:hover, .woocommerce-page #respond input#submit.alt:hover, .woocommerce #content input.button.alt:hover, .woocommerce-page #content input.button.alt:hover, .woocommerce a.button:hover, .woocommerce-page a.button:hover, .woocommerce button.button:hover, .woocommerce-page button.button:hover, .woocommerce input.button:hover, .woocommerce-page input.button:hover {
background-color: #699cce;
}

.sale del .woocommerce-Price-amount {display:none !important;}

/CHECKOUT/ .woocommerce .woocommerce-info { background: #738190; } .cart_totals h2 { margin-bottom: 30px; color: #fff; background-color: #738190; } .woocommerce form .form-row { width: 100% !important; } .woocommerce-checkout #payment div.payment_box input.input-text, .woocommerce-checkout #payment div.payment_box textarea { width: 100% !important; padding: 8px; } .woocommerce #payment .form-row select, .woocommerce-page #payment .form-row select { width: 100%; height: 30px; } .woocommerce .col2-set .col-1, .woocommerce-page .col2-set .col-1,.woocommerce .col2-set .col-2, .woocommerce-page .col2-set .col-2 { float: left; width: 100%; } .custom-checkout h3 { background-color: #165f1c; /*CHANGE TO COLOR YOU WANT TO USE FOR TITLE BACKGROUND ****/
width: 45%;
text-align: center;
padding: 10px;
border-radius: 5px;
margin-top: 50px;
color: #FFF;
float: right;
}
.woocommerce form .form-row input.input-text, .woocommerce form .form-row textarea {
padding: .6180469716em;
background-color: #f2f2f2;
color: #43454b;
outline: 0;
border: 0;
-webkit-appearance: none;
border-radius: 2px;
box-sizing: border-box;
font-weight: 400;
border:solid 2px #e4e4e4;
}

wc_checkout_add_ons {

width: 45%;
float: right;
text-align: center;

}

@media screen and (min-width: 980px) {
.woocommerce-shipping-fields h3, .woocommerce-billing-fields h3 {width:100%;}
.woocommerce .col2-set, .woocommerce-page .col2-set {
width: 45%;
float: left;
}
.woocommerce-checkout-review-order{
width: 45%;
float: right;
}
}
@media screen and (max-width: 979px) {
.custom-checkout h3 {
width: 100%;
}
}

/PRODUCT PAGE ***/
.woocommerce-message a.button.wc-forward {
color: #495763 !important;
}
.woocommerce .woocommerce-message {
background: #738190;
}
.woocommerce div.product form.cart div.quantity, .woocommerce-page div.product form.cart div.quantity {
float: left;
margin: 0 0px 0 0 !important;
padding: 0px 0px !important;
}
.woocommerce div.product form.cart .button {
vertical-align: middle;
float: left;
padding-top: 9px;
padding-bottom: 9px;
margin-left: 10px;
}

/* WOOCOMMERCE ORDER PAGE */

.woocommerce-order .woocommerce-notice {
background-color: #699cce;
margin-bottom: 20px;
padding: 10px 20px;
color: #FFF;
}
.woocommerce-order .woocommerce-order-details h2, .woocommerce-order .woocommerce-order-details h3 {
background-color: #699cce;
margin-bottom: 20px;
padding: 10px 20px;
color: #FFF;
}

/* DROP DOWN SELECTOR /

.select2-container–default .select2-selection–single .select2-selection__rendered {
color: #444;
line-height: 28px;
border-radius: 2px !important;
padding: 5px 10px !important;
background-color: #f2f2f2;
border: solid 2px #e4e4e4;
}
.select2-container–default .select2-selection–single { border:none !important; border-radius: 2px !important;}

/* END DROP DOWN SELECTOR /

/SHOP PAGE LAYOUT /
/
LARGE COMPUTER /
@media screen and (min-width: 1255px) {
.woocommerce ul.products li.product, .woocommerce-page ul.products li.product {
margin: 0 1% 2.992em 0 !important;
border: 1px solid #EAEAEA;
padding: 10px;
}

.et_vertical_nav.archive.et_full_width_page.woocommerce ul.products li.product:nth-child(3n+1) {
margin-right: 10px !important;
}
.products li{
width: 22% !important;
}
}

/** LAPTOP VIEW /
@media only screen and (min-width : 1204px) and (max-width : 1254px) {
.et_vertical_nav.archive.et_full_width_page.woocommerce ul.products li.product:nth-child(3n+1) {
margin-right: 8px !important;
}
.woocommerce ul.products li.product, .woocommerce-page ul.products li.product {
margin: 0 10px 30px 10px !important;
border: 1px solid #EAEAEA;
padding: 10px;
}
.products li{
width: 30% !important;
}
.products .first {
margin-right: 8px !important;
}
}

/** SMALL LAPTOP VIEW /
@media only screen and (min-width : 1080px) and (max-width : 1203px) {
.et_vertical_nav.archive.et_full_width_page.woocommerce ul.products li.product:nth-child(3n+1) {
margin-right: 8px !important;
}
.woocommerce ul.products li.product, .woocommerce-page ul.products li.product {
margin: 0 1% 30px 1% !important;
border: 1px solid #EAEAEA;
padding: 10px;
}
.products li{
width: 45% !important;
}
.products .first {
margin-right: 8px !important;
}
}

/** TABLET AND MOBILE VIEW /
@media only screen and (min-width : 500px) and (max-width : 1079px) {
.et_vertical_nav.archive.et_full_width_page.woocommerce ul.products li.product:nth-child(3n+1) {
margin-right: 1% !important;
}
.woocommerce ul.products li.product, .woocommerce-page ul.products li.product {
margin: 0 1% 30px 0 !important;
border: 1px solid #EAEAEA;
padding: 10px;
}
.products li{
width: 45% !important;
}
.products .first {
margin-right: 8px !important;
}
.woocommerce-page ul.products li.product:nth-child(n) {
clear: none;
width: 45% !important;
margin: 0 1% 1% 0 !important;
}
}

/UNIVERSAL SHOP PAGE /
.woocommerce-products-header__title {
background-color: #738190 !important;;
text-align: center !important;
color: #FFF !important;
font-weight: 400 !important;
padding: 15px 20px !important;
margin-bottom: 10px !important;
}

.woocommerce ul.products li.product .woocommerce-loop-product__title {
font-size: 18px !important;
height: 48px !important;
overflow: hidden !important;
margin-bottom: 10px !important;
}

.woocommerce .button::after {
font-family: “ETmodules”;
right: 0px;
margin-right: 5px;
margin-top: -5px;
}

.woocommerce ul.products li.product .woocommerce-loop-product__title{
padding: .6em 0;
margin: 0;
font-size: 1em;
text-align: center;
font-size: 18px;
height: 60px;
}

.et_shop_image, .et_portfolio_image {
background-color: #ffffff;
border-bottom: solid 1px #EAEAEA;
}

.type-product .woocommerce-Price-amount {
font-size: 18px;
font-weight: 500;
width: 100%;
float: none;
}

.woocommerce ul.products li.product .button {
margin-top: 0px;
float: right;
width: 100% !important;
background-color: #4a5d6f;
color: #fff;
padding: 7px 5px;
font-size: 14px;
display: block;
border: none;
border-radius: 0px;
text-align: center;
}

.woocommerce ul.products li.product a img {
margin: auto;
width: auto !important;
height: auto;
max-width: 100%;
padding-top: 15px;
}

.et_shop_image {
background-color: #ffffff;
height: 175px;
overflow:hidden;
}

/PRODUCT PAGE /
.woocommerce-product-gallery__image {
border: solid 1px #ecebeb !important;
}

.woocommerce .woocommerce-breadcrumb {
background-color: #738190;
padding: 10px 20px;
font-size: .92em;
color: #fff;
text-align: center;
}
.woocommerce .woocommerce-breadcrumb a {
color:#FFF !important;
}

/*
WOOCOMMERCE ALL ABOVE
**/

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Reduce file size on WordPress

Step 1: Take a Backup

You should never do anything to your site without first taking a backup. If this rule is not already firmly drilled into your head, make sure that it is before you proceed.

With the above said, I strongly recommend that you take a manual backup of any files that you will be editing or removing during this process. You may not know what those files are yet so this step is something to bear in mind throughout the process rather than put into action right now. Just remember: for each of the following steps make sure that you take a backup before making any changes.

You will need FTP access to take backups and carry out some of the following steps. If you’re not set up with an FTP client yet I recommend FileZilla (for both PC and Mac). You can get the FTP login details from your hosting provider.

Step 2: Remove Redundant Themes and Plugins

Let’s start with the basics. There are two things that you should know about deactivated themes and plugins on your WordPress dashboard:

  1. They take up unnecessary space
  2. They represent a security risk (your site can still be breached via deactivated themes and plugins)

That’s two good reasons to get rid of deactivated themes and plugins. I would also recommend that you take a close look at your activated plugins and ask yourself whether you really need all of them. It could well be that the functionality present in two plugins is actually covered by one (for instance, WordPress SEO by Yoast includes XML sitemap functionality, therefore negating the need for a separate XML sitemap plugin), or that you have a bloated plugin whose resource intensiveness is not worth the added functionality. Use the Plugin Performance Profiler Plugin to single out the main offenders.

Beyond mitigating the two issues above, removing plugins should also result in an increase in site speed, which is never a bad thing.

Step 3: Change Your Media Settings

The media files on your server probably account for the majority of your website’s bulk. This is to be expected, but WordPress is particularly notorious for creating various duplicates of the same file and making your media folder two or three times larger than it needs to be.

It comes down to image sizes, which you can define on your WordPress dashboard by navigating to Settings > Media:

With these three image sizes defined, WordPress creates three separate image files in addition to the version you upload. That’s four images for each file you upload of which you may only use one.

You probably don’t need more than one size of a particular image, and if you do, you’d probably be better off uploading them in their respective sizes (so that you have control over cropping etc). And that is precisely my recommendation — start uploading images in the correct size and dimensions so that you do not need to do any fiddling on the WordPress side.

But what about those pesky image files that WordPress creates? Simple — just change the Max Width and Max Height fields to zero in the Settings > Media screen and WordPress will no longer create them. This may have adverse effects depending on how your theme is set up so I would advise that you take a backup and experiment before committing.

A final tip is to use a lossless optimization plugin like WP Smush.it to reduce the size of your image files when they are uploaded. It’ll only take a minute to install and activate the plugin and from then on it in it will do its job without you having to lift a finger.

However, in this case you should make sure that only one backup is being kept and that duplicates aren’t piling up over time. The tool should be excluding that backup folder from being included in the regular backups (as ManageWP does), which negates the size issue.

Step 5: Remove Random Files

There are plenty of things that may appear on your site’s servers that simply don’t belong there. One personal example I have is “core” files (e.g. a file labelled “core.129483”) — an issue that can arise occasionally. These files (which are actually core dumps) can be upwards of 100mb each and appear in droves, yet they shouldn’t be there at all. You can safely delete them and should also inform your hosting provider of the issue so that they can resolve it.

As a rule of thumb, any file that is particularly large should be viewed with suspicion. As I said previously, there are few times when a website will utilize a large file. I am not however suggesting that you should start deleting large files willy nilly — it pays to be sure that what you are deleting isn’t conducive to the running of your website, even if you do have a backup ready should something awry happen. If you do find something suspicious then turn to Google or the WordPress support forums for help.

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Woocommerce Shortcodes

Shortcodes in WooCommerce allows you to add a various type of functionality to your post, pages, widget, sidebar, etc without any type to write code. For example, you can add a creative slider by using a shortcode.

In this guide, I’m going to tell you how to use WooCommerce shortcodes and how they can help you embed content like featured products or even specific products into pages, posts, widgets, sidebar, etc.

There’s a list of WooCommerce shortcodes and it is important that we cover them all. Apart from WooCommerce, you can use these shortcodes for your Cart, Checkout and My Account pages, etc. to display the content.

  1. Page Shortcode

[woocommerce_cart] – This shortcode will demonstrate the customer’s cart.

[woocommerce_checkout] – This shortcode will display the checkout page.

[woocommerce_order_tracking] – This shortcode will display the Order Tracking page.

[woocommerce_my_account] – This shortcode will display the My Account Page.

You should also note that you can use combined shortcodes with each page. For example, you can set up a form page with [woocommerce_my_account], [woocommerce_order_tracking] on one page.

  1. WooCommerce Shortcodes Plugin

Although, some of the plugins are available on the Internet, but I would like to suggest to choose WooCommerce Shortcodes plugins. This plugin provides a TinyMCE drop-down button for you use all WooCommerce shortcodes.

  1. The Requirements of the Plugin
  • WordPress 3.9 or later.
  • WooCommerce 2.2 or later.

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  1. Plugin Usage

Now first thing first, you need to add the WooCommerce shortcode plugin. For installing this plugin just follow these few steps:

Go to your admin dashboard and click on Plugin > Add New on the right side. Then search for WooCommerce shortcodes, and then you just have to install and activate it.

When you install a shortcode plugin for WooCommerce, you will find a new shortcode button in your page editor and post editor. Just click on the button and you’ll see all the shortcodes in the drop-down list. See the screenshot below.

  1. Product Price/Cart Button

When you click on the Price/Cart button, it will ask you for your product ID and SKU. After filling the instructions it will generate the following shortcode [add_to_cart id=”21″ sku=”21″].

This is used to show the price and add to cart button for a singular product, either by ID or SKU.

For Example:

I am adding a new page and add the shortcode for price/cart button.
After click on this, the pop-up appears on your screen, now add the ID whatever you want to display

Clicking the OK button will generate a shortcode like in the screenshot below:

Click the publish button and you’ll see that the shortcode is generated successfully as shown in this screenshot below.

This is the one example I am showing you, you can also use any other shortcodes as well like List, add to cart, etc.

  1. Multiple Product Shortcode

Similar to the previous example, you can also add multiple products while using this shortcode: [products ids=”1, 2, 3, 4, 5″]. You can also use the following arguments: order=” “, columns=” “, orderby=” “.

This shortcode, [products ids=”1, 2, 3″ orderby=”date” columns=”3″ order=”desc”], will output six products in 3 columns ordered by date in descending order. You can also use “ASC” for ascending and title for ordering.

  1. Product Category

Product Categories allow you to add product categories loop and output with this shortcode:

[product_category category=”one”]. For the purpose of categories section, here are seven more attributes you can apply to this shortcode:

‘number‘ => ‘null‘, – This shortcode represents the number of categories.

‘orderby‘ => ‘name‘, – This shortcode represents the order, “name” and “date” are valid options.

‘order‘ => ‘ASC‘, – This shortcode represents how product categories are ordered, “ASC” or “DESC“.

‘columns‘ => ‘4′, – This shortcode defines the number of columns categories are organized into.

‘hide_empty‘ => ‘1‘, – This shortcode represents Set to 1 to hide categories with no products or 0 to show them.

‘parent‘ => ”, – This shortcode represents Set to 0 to only display top-level categories.

‘ids‘ => ” – This shortcode represents that IDs can be set to only output specified results.

  1. Product Category by Slug

This is similar to product categories but this allows you to add all your products within the defined category and can be adjusted with the per_page=”” and columns=”” parameters. Here is the shortcode: [product_category category=”” per_page=”16″ columns=”3″ orderby=”date” order=”desc”].

  1. Recent Product

The Recent product will show you the products you may have added recently. Here is the shortcode: [recent_products per_page=”12″ columns=”4″ orderby=”date” order=”ASC”].

If you need to see the result after, add this shortcode to your page/post or anywhere else:

  1. Featured Product

Feature products allow you to add your favorite products to your web page. Just go to your admin site dashboard, Products > Products and you will see an icon like this:

If you want to add featured products, just click on the icon. See the screenshot below:

Here is the shortcode:

[featured_products per_page=”12″ columns=”4″ orderby=”date” order=”ASC”]

Here’s what it will look like now:

  1. Sale Product

Sale products allow you to add products currently on sale.

Here is the shortcode: [sale_products per_page=”12″ columns=”4″ orderby=”date” order=”ASC”]

After you have added this shortcode, you can see the result as demonstrated below:

  1. Best Selling Product

If you want to show your best selling product, you need to use this shortcode:

[best_selling_products per_page=”12″ columns=”4″ orderby=”date” order=”ASC”]

  1. Top Rated Product

If you use the reviews and ratings feature built into WooCommerce, then this shortcode can be useful for displaying your best products. Here is the shortcode: [top_rated_products per_page=”12″ columns=”4″ orderby=”date” order=”ASC”].

  1. Related Product

Related product shows you the list of all the similar products. You need to use this shortcode for it: [related_products per_page=”12″].

  1. Add to Cart

This shortcode allows you to show the price and add to cart button of a single product by ID. See the below shortcode.

  1. array(
  2. ‘id’ => ’99’,
  3. ‘style’ => ‘border:4px solid #ccc; padding: 12px;’,
  4. ‘sku’ => ‘FOO’
  5. ‘style’ => ‘TRUE’
  6. ‘class’ => ‘CSS-CLASS’
  7. )
  8. [add_to_cart id=”99″]
  9. Add to Cart URL

This shortcode allows you to add to cart button of a single product by ID. See the below shortcode.

  1. array(
  2. ‘id’ => ’99’,
  3. ‘sku’ => ‘FOO’
  4. )
  5. [add_to_cart_url id=”99″]
  6. Order Tracking

This is given to you on your receipt and in the confirmation email you receive.

  1. Product Search Field Shortcode

WooCommerce product search allows you to insert live search and live filtering facilities inside pages and posts. You need to use this shortcode for it. [woocommerce_product_search].

  1. Live Product Filter Shortcode

You can also customize the filtration by using the following WooCommerce shortcodes.

[woocommerce_product_filter] — This allows you to shows a live Product Search Filter.

[woocommerce_product_filter_attribute] — This allows you to shows a live Product Attribute Filter.

[woocommerce_product_filter_category] — This allows you to shows a live Product Category Filter.

[woocommerce_product_filter_price] — This allows you to shows a live Product Price Filter.

[woocommerce_product_filter_tag] — This allows you to shows a live Product Tag Filter.

  1. Troubleshooting Shortcode

Sometimes you paste a shortcode correctly but it will display incorrectly if you face this issue, you need to check your code and make sure you did not embed the shortcode between <pre> tags. To remove this tags go to your text editor and remove it.

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Why pick the right domain name

It’s important to choose the right domain name for your website, this is because it represents your brand online and creates an impression of who you are. A clever domain name can have a huge influence on the way visitors are attracted to your website. If your domain name does not reflect what you do though, then you may well struggle to attract the right type of visitor and you may find it affects your ranking.

Your URL is just one of many factors that search engines look at, so getting it right is going to be important.

Think like a site visitor

If we are honest, Coco Cola will never need to register the domain “FizzyCola.com” will they? Their brand is so strong now that simply typing in cola is going to place their name right at the top of search engines. Maybe your brand is strong too, but it is not likely to be that strong because most people are not in the position of having years of costly branding campaigns that make them the number one in their industry.

Another example of naming your domain with searchers in mind would be if you ran a campsite in Snowdonia. A domain like “SnowdoniaCampsite.co.uk” is likely going to do you better in SERPS (Search Engine Results Pages) than something like “MountainView.co.uk”.  People are more likely to tap something like ‘Snowdonia campsites’ into their favourite search bar, so it just makes sense to have your domain structured in a similar fashion.

But you have already bought a domain that does not match your business?

It is not the end of the world and many other site owners have done remarkably similar. You can always wait for search engines and visitors to find you. In the meantime, work on your branding, overall SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and social media presence. These steps are highly recommended even if your domain name is perfect.

If like many others you do not have the time or skills to do these things in-house, we have SEO, branding and many other services that you can take advantage of including SEO friendly writing offers. Our highly skilled team has been nailing results for our customers for a number of years and we are just a message away from helping you too.

Do not forget about the extension

As well as choosing the right domain name, you also need to choose the correct extension. The extension is the letters after the ‘dot’. Generally speaking, we would recommend staying away from the newer extensions like ‘.xyz’, ‘.pizza’, ‘.bargains’ or ‘.beer’. It is usually a good idea to just stick to the ones that people know and trust.

.Com is the normal, natural choice for US and some UK based businesses while .co.uk or .uk is the natural choice for UK based businesses. Choosing the correct one is going to send a subtle message that your site and business is trustworthy and authentic.

As a side note, whatever domain name and extension you eventually go for you should keep in mind that you should also grab an SSL certificate too.

Drop us a message today and let us see how we can help you.

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Increase Organic Traffic on your website

Here’s how.

1. Optimise for your readers, not search engines

First and foremost, write your buyer personas so you know to whom you’re addressing your content. By creating quality educational content that resonates with your ideal buyers, you’ll naturally improve your SEO.

This means tapping into the main issues of your personas and the keywords they use in search queries. Optimising for search engines alone is useless; all you’ll have is keyword-riddled nonsense.

Please your buyer personas, and you’ll automatically please the search engines.

2. Blog regularly

Blogging is perhaps the most effective way to increase your organic site traffic. It lets you go into more depth than your website allows and creates a large catalogue of helpful, persona-optimised content centred on your market niche. However, poorly-written, spammy or cheap content can do more harm than good. Avoid it.

3. Plug into the blogosphere

The blogosphere is a reciprocal sort of place. Read, comment and link to other people’s sites and blogs, particularly those operating in your market, and they’ll hopefully read, comment and link to yours, attracting more prospects.

A good place to start is Quora. A neat tactic for getting your voice out there is to spend some time answering peoples’ questions on Quora and providing real, valuable and tangible insights for the specific area you are an expert in.

4. Use long-tail keywords

Don’t just go with the most popular keywords in your market. Use keywords that are more specific to your product or service. In time, Google and other search engines will identify your website or blog as a destination for that particular subject, which in turn will boost your content in search rankings and help your ideal customers find you.

Remember: Ranking on Google is about owning a sphere of influence for a specific niche topic. This blog post, for example, is targeted for those who want specific learnings on increasing organic traffic. We’re not targeting every SEO-related keyword.

5. Get your meta down

The meta title, URL and description are the three key ingredients for an optimised web page or blog post. It’s simple but effective. In fact, all on-page SEO factors are important to get right, but meta descriptions and meta data means you can tell Google exactly what you’re talking about.

We use a plethora of tools, including Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress, HubSpot’s SEO tools and Ahrefs to help us optimise our pages. But it’s not enough to just ‘install a plugin’, you have to work on each page in turn.

6. Consistently create quality content

Try to write and publish as often as possible, but not at the cost of quality! The more quality content – including thought leadership articles and blog posts – you have on your website or blog, the more opportunities you create for organic traffic to come your way.

7. Use internal links

Once you’ve built up a decent back catalogue of content, you can link to it in blogs and on your website, guiding visitors to more relevant content. This can keep visitors on your website for longer, which helps boost your search rankings.

HubSpot call this process Topic Clustering; we thoroughly recommend you watch this short video about topic clustering here:

Don’t, however, overuse internal links; too many and it starts to look like spam.

8. Encourage incoming links

Google prioritises sites that have a lot of incoming links, especially from other trustworthy sites. Encourage clients, friends, family members, partners, suppliers, industry mavens and friendly fellow bloggers to link to your site.

The more incoming links you have, the higher your site will rank because, quite simply, the more authoritative it becomes in the eyes of search engines.

But beware: SEO snake oil salesmen try to trick Google with spammy links from low-reputation sites. Some links can actually damage your SEO.

9. Blow your own trumpet

You can also link to your content yourself, on your own personal blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon etc – no spamming, mind. If people come in from social media and spend time with your content, it is a strong signal to Google that the content is relevant, useful and interesting.

10. Use social media

Build a presence on social media networks like LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook etc. All of these activities help to get your name and website address out on the internet.

Read about how we doubled our social media audience in a week. Add share buttons to your site to make it easy for people to share your content. And write content worthy of sharing.

11. Use data and metrics to optimise results

Use something like Google Analytics to track visitors to your site and blog. Being able to see where they come from and what keywords they searched for allows you to fine-tune your content.

Ultimately, to increase organic site traffic, you need to give your customers what they want – quality advice, information and insight.

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Listings

Places to list your company when you have first published your website.  Or you can pay for a service like Sitebooster and they list for you.

https://directory.independent.co.uk/add-listing https://biz.yelp.co.uk/
 
https://www.yell.com/free-listing/ 
 
https://gb.kompass.com/  
 
https://www.freeindex.co.uk/
 
https://www.cylex-uk.co.uk/ 
 
https://www.scoot.co.uk/
 
https://promote-your-business.europages.com/EN/free-listing-registration.html 
 
http://www.angieslistbusinesscenter.com/ 
 
https://mapsconnect.apple.com/ 
 
http://www.socialsubmissionengine.com/free-member.html  
 
https://ibegin.com/business-center/submit/ 
 
http://www.free-web-submission.co.uk/submissionfree/ 

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How video is helping SEO

Video content can be fantastic for increasing conversions on just about any website. In fact, more brands than ever are using videos on landing pages and on various other pages of their websites to keep visitors engaged and, eventually, convince them to make a purchase.

There are two main ways to increase conversions with video – by embedding a video on a landing page and by making use of rich snippets.

Video on a Landing Page

When a visitor lands on your site, you’ve literally got seconds to impress them and get them engaged with what you have to offer. This is the whole point of a landing page. But these days, people are so used to seeing rich media content on the internet that, quite frankly, text content often doesn’t keep them engaged.

Accordingly, I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that embedding a video on your website not only will increase the length of time that visitors stick around, but, also, the number of conversions to paying customers, which, ultimately, is what SEO is all about.

Product Videos

Product videos are perhaps the most common way that retailers increase the conversion rate of their website using video content. Hundreds and thousands of retailers are making use of product videos these days, and it’s easy to see why.

According to Invodo, 52% of consumers say that watching product videos makes them feel more confident about going ahead and making a purchase.

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9 Ways To Get High Authority Backlinks

1. What Are High Authority Backlinks?

High authority backlinks are links to your site from websites that score highly for any of the following metrics:

  • Alexa Global Rank 
  • Moz Rank
  • Domain Authority​
  • Trust Flow
  • Citation Flow

Pro Tip: sign up for 1 month free trial of Monitor Backlinks to see these metrics for all your backlinks:

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2. Nine Ways To Get High Authority Backlinks

As you may have guessed by now, it’s not just the number of links pointing to your website that matters, its the quality of those links.

In fact, poor quality backlinks can actually damage your SEO profile and may even lead to a Google penalty against your site.

So the question is: how do you get high authority backlinks to your website?

That’s what I’m going to show you in the remainder of this article: 9 of the techniques recommended by top SEO experts for getting high authority backlinks to your website.

2.1 Write Data Driven Content

The best way to get high authority backlinks is to publish outstanding, data driven content that shines within your niche and gets linked to simply because its good.

Here’s a quote from Google’s Mat Cutts that puts this in a nutshell:

The objective is not to ‘make your links appear natural’; the objective is that your links are natural.

In other words, Google would prefer that you do nothing that is aimed at getting another website to link to your website.

But the simple fact is this:

It doesn’t matter how good your content is. Your articles and blog posts are going to languish in obscurity…

Unless you reach out to other bloggers.

That said, all the techniques described below are what SEO experts call ‘white hat’.

In other words, they are not techniques designed to game the system or trick Google in to giving you a higher rank than your content deserves.

What you should definitely avoid at all costs is:

  • buying links
  • participating in any kind of ‘link scheme’
  • engaging in any link activity that involves a quid pro quo (“this for that”)

In summary:

The best link building strategy is to write content that is so good, people want to link to it.

And in fact, none of the techniques below will work unless your content is good.

2.2 Create Infographics

Infographics are another very effective way of building high authority backlinks.

Digital marketing expert Neil Patel calls them the link builder’s Trojan Horse – they get you inside the walls of high authority websites and get you links that you would otherwise never get.

But to get linked to, your Infographic will have to stand out from the crowd.

How do I do that?

Make sure your infographic:

  • is based on solid research
  • has an eye-catching design
  • uses a color scheme that pops

Use programs like Visme to create stunning infograhics.

Step 1: Do Your Research

One way to ensure your infographic stands out is to apply the skyscraper technique: Do a search on Google for keyword + infographic.

The infographics that appear on page #1 of the search results must, by definition, have acquired a lot of high authority backlinks – otherwise they wouldn’t have made it on to Page #1.

Study the top 5 Infographics that came up in the search results. Make a note of the facts and statistics each Infographic contains.

Then go to work and do some extra research. Dig deep and find more information, more up- to-date stats, new research etc.

You’re now in a position to create an infographic that’s better than any of the infographics that are listed on Page #1 of the search results.

Step 2: Create Your Infographic

Use one of the many infographic templates in Canva or Visme.

Step 3: Promote Your Infographic

Of course, getting people to link to your Infographic won’t happen on it’s own. Here are some tips to get your Infographic shared and linked to:

=> Make sure your infographic is accompanied by text that discusses the information in the infographic – remember that it’s words that get rankings on Google, not images.

=> Create an embed code for your Infographic so that that people can easily link to it. I use Siege Media’s embed code generator.

=> Install a mouse-over sharing app (places share icons over your image on mouse-over) to make it easy for your visitors to share your Infographic. Here are some best-known:

=> Go to Buzzsumo and type in your keyword.

Then, under the heading ‘Content Type’ (left sidebar) check the ‘Infographic’ box:

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Then go to the ‘Backlinks’ part of BuzzSumo and type in the URL of each of the Infographics that came up in your search.

This will tell you who shared those Infographics. Now you just need to contact those people.

But don’t ask them to link to your Infographic (that will backfire). Instead, tell them you value their opinion and ask them for their feedback.

If your Infographic is good, there’s a good chance they’ll link to it.

After all, you know from your search on BuzzSumo they this person has linked to a similar Infographic. And because of your research in Step 1, your Infographic is orders of magnitude better any other Infographic on the same topic!

Those experts have large followings and most of them will share your infographic.

Pro Tip: One way to give your infographic built-in shareability is to use the infographic to display the results of a survey of experts in your niche.

2.3 Mention Other Bloggers

An often overlooked way of getting high authority backlinks is to simply write blog posts that mention prominent bloggers within your niche.

Step 1: Link Out to 4 or 5 Bloggers in Each Blog Post

With every new blog post you write, try to mention – and link to – a handful of websites that are relevant to your topic.

Why?

Because linking out is going to improve your website’s overall SEO profile, as SEO expert Rand Fishkin points out:

Links From Your Site Encourage Links To Your Site. By definition, the Internet is a network of links between different sites. By linking out to relevant resources on other websites you’re participating in an activity that’s fundamental to the Internet. The people you link to will notice it and there’s a good chance they, in turn, will link to you.

Search Engines Notice Who You Link To. Studies by Moz strongly suggest that search engines are aware that high quality sites typically link to other high quality sites. This means that when you develop a pattern of linking to relevant, high quality sites, your site will be rewarded by the algorithms.

Linking Out Rarely Goes Unnoticed. Most websites have someone tracking their referral traffic – if you link to them, at the very least they will be curious to know who you are. They’ll visit your website and may even link back to you.

Step 2: Reach Out And Let Them Know

But don’t just hope that they notice – take it a step further and let them know. Send them a quick email along these lines:

Hi [Name],

I just wanted to let you know that I mentioned you in my latest blog post: [URL]. Thanks for the great article!

Best regards,

[Your Name]

If you can’t find their email address, send them a tweet instead.

This is what I usually do, because it’s quicker and because their Twitter ID is much easier to find:

@username Hi [Name], just to let you know that I mentioned you in my latest blog post [shortened URL]. Keep up the good work!

Make it a practice to do this with every new blog post.

At the very least you’ll be developing connections with people in your niche. And you’ll most likely also get some high authority backlinks.

2.4 Look for Link Roundups

‘Link Roundups’ were almost made for getting high authority backlinks to your best content!

What are they?

‘Link Roundups’ or ‘Blog Roundups’ are curated summaries of the week’s best blog posts in a particular niche.

Here are some examples from the SEO space:

Step 1: Find Link Roundups in Google Search

To find Link Roundups, just type in a string search along these lines:

  • keyword + “best articles of the week”
  • keyword + “best posts of the week”
  • keyword + “blog carnival”
  • keyword + “carnival”
  • keyword + “Friday link roundup”
  • keyword + “friday round-up”
  • keyword + “friday roundup”
  • keyword + “link round-up”
  • keyword + “link roundup”
  • keyword + “weekend round-up”
  • keyword + “weekend roundup”
  • keyword + “weekly link roundup”
  • keyword + “weekly round-up”
  • keyword + “weekly roundup”

Step 2: Check That They’re Still Active

To check that the link roundups are still active, click on ‘Tools’ underneath the Google search bar and then click on ‘Any time’:

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Then click on ‘Past month’:

You’ll now get a fresh list of results.

You can see from the date tags below that these are all active roundups:

Pro Tip: Put a tilde in front of your keyword – this tells Google to look for that keyword and synonyms of that keyword:

~keyword + “weekly roundup”.

Ready Made Lists of Link Roundups

If you want to skip the research altogether, Tim Soulo and Ana Hoffman have both compiled lists of blogs that do regular roundups.

Here they are:

Pro Tip: If you’re chasing a backlink from a specific website, use the ‘site’ search operator followed by the domain name of the site you want to target.

For example: site:www.problogger.com “weekly”

Step 3: Reach Out and Ask For a Link

In your outreach email you can be quite upfront…

after all, they publish weekly roundups on that subject and you’ve just written an amazing article on that very topic.

Hi [Name],

I noticed that you publish a weekly roundup on [topic]. I’ve just written an article that you might like to consider for inclusion in your next roundup:

The title is… [short article pitch together with URL]. I think your readers would find it very useful.

Either way, thanks for your time and keep up the good work!

Cheers,

[Your Name]

Use this technique every time you publish a new blog post.

But only use this link building strategy on your very best content – posts that are very well researched and written.

After all, link roundups are designed to showcase the best content from that week so you’ll need to put your best foot forward.

2.5 Broken Link Building

Broken link building is an ingenious but simple technique for acquiring high authority backlinks.

Here are the 4 key steps:

  1. Find a page that no longer exists,
  2. Find other pages that have links to that page
  3. Create content that is similar to the page that no longer exists
  4. Contact the people who have broken links (i.e. links to the page that no longer
    exists) and suggest to them that they link to your page instead.

If ever there was a completely white hat link building technique (and one that Google would surely smile upon) it is broken link building.

Why?

Because you’re building links back to your website at the same time as providing a public service:

  • to the Internet in general (cleaning up the Internet of its broken links) 
  • to the website owner in particular (fixing up their broken links for them)

Step 1: Find Pages That No Longer Exist

What you’re looking for in this step is a resource page (i.e. a page that links out to a lot of other pages) on a particular topic.

Because of ‘link rot’, chances are you’ll find broken links on that page.
Here are some search operators that will help find the kind of web pages I’m talking about:

keyword + intitle:links keyword + intitle:resources keyword + inurl:links keyword + inurl:resources

Add the intitle: and inurl: operators to the following strings:

  • keyword + “useful links”
  • keyword + “useful resources”
  • keyword + “useful sites”
  • keyword + “useful websites”
  • keyword + “recommended links” 
  • keyword + “recommended resources”
  • keyword + “recommended sites”
  • keyword + “recommended websites”
  • keyword + “suggested links”
  • keyword + “suggested resources”

Next, install the Check My Links Chrome Extension. When installed you’ll see this icon in the Chrome browser menu:

Next, use your keyword with one of the above search operators.

In this instance I used:

blogging inurl:”useful links”

As you scan the search results you’ll be able to spot the difference between pages that offer links to articles and pages that contain links to paid services.

You want to avoid pages with links to paid services because if they contain a broken link, you’re not going to be able to offer an alternative.

What you’re looking is pages that contain links to articles or blog posts.

Now click on one of the search results:

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Next, open the ‘Check My Links’ Chrome Extension. You’ll see the broken links marked in red:

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If you click on that link:

http://greenapron.com/2015/10/5-myths-about-writing-a-cookbook/

It takes you to a 404 page:

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Here’s where the fun begins!

Step 2: What Was There Before?

Now go to WayBack Machine and type in the URL of the missing page:

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You can see from Wayback Machine’s summary, this the missing page was last active in 2016:

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The blue dots indicate the date a snapshot was taken of the missing page. Click on one of the blue dots:

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Wayback Machine now shows you exactly what was on that page on February 15 2016:

You can now take that article, do some additional research to improve it, and write a similar blog post with a similar title.

Step 3: Compile a List of URLs that Link to The Missing Page

Now go to a backlink checker, such as AhrefsMajestic SEO, or Open Site Explorer and type in the URL of the missing page.

You’ll get a list of all the websites that are currently linking to that page.

You’ll need to sift through the list of websites and eliminate those that have a Domain Authority of less than 30.

Then visit each website and use the Hunter Chrome Extension to get an email address.

Step 4: Reach Out and Offer Your Replacement Post

Now reach out to the owner of the website with an email like this:

Subject: Broken Link on [name of their website]

Hi [Name],

I was searching for content on [Topic] when I came across your very useful list of resources: [URL].

However, I did notice a broken link: [URL of broken link]

As it happens, I recently published an article on that very topic, titled [title of your post]: [URL of your post]

Please feel free to check it out – it could make a good replacement for the broken link on your page [insert broken link, again].

Anyway, I hope this helps.
Cheers,
[Your Name]

You can expect a much better response from this technique than simply asking for a backlink.

Why?

Because in pointing out the broken link you’ve rendered a service to the website owner – you’ve let them know about a problem on their site that needs to be fixed.

But, you’ve also provided them with the solution!

Website owners are busy people – why would they hunt around for a replacement link when they have yours in front of them?

It’s more than likely they’ll take you up on the offer and add your link.

2.6 Resource Page Link Building

If there’s one link building strategy that generates more high authority backlinks than any other, it’s resource page link building.

Resource pages are easy to find and page owners want to link out to you. After all, what good is a resource page without any links?

A resource page is simply a page on a website that lists helpful links and resources for a particular topic.

Here’s an example from my own website:

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Step 1: Find Resource Pages

To find resource pages, do a search using these search strings:

  • keyword + “resources”
  • keyword + “useful resources”
  • keyword + “helpful resources”
  • keyword + “links”
  • keyword + “useful links”
  • keyword + “helpful links”

To get more specific, use these search operators:

  • Keyword + inurl:links
  • Keyword + intitle:links
  • Keyword + inurl:resources
  • Keyword + intitle:resources

Educational websites generally have a very high domain authority. A link from a University or College Resource Page will give a huge boost to your link profile.

To find educational Resource Pages, uses these search strings:

  • site:.edu + keyword + “resources”
  • site:.edu + keyword + “links”

Pro Tip: I’ve also found that these search strings turn up good results:

  • Keyword +inurl:articles 
  • Keyword + intitle:”curated list”

Step 2: Narrow Down the Results

Narrow down the results by eliminating sites with a domain authority of less than 30.

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In some cases, resource pages will actually have a link (“Suggest a New Resource”) where you can submit a relevant article.

Pro Tip: To find resource pages that are actively seeking new submissions do your string search on ‘Keyword’ + ‘Suggest a new resource’

Step 3: Reach Out and Offer Your Article

If there’s no link inviting new submissions, install the Hunter Chrome Extension and get the email address.

Then reach out with an email along these lines:

Hi [Name],

I was doing some research on [topic] and came across your resource page at: [URL]

Congratulations – there are some great tools there!

As you clearly know a bit about this topic, I thought you’d be interested in checking out my article: [title of your blog post].

I think it would benefit your readers and make a fantastic addition to your resource page.

Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out: [URL]

Either way, keep up the good work at [name of their website]

[Your Name]

2.7 HARO (Help A Reporter Out)

As with educational sites, news sites usually have very high domain authority. Here are some examples, with the DA in brackets:

Journalists are forever looking for facts and statistics. And when they use them they have to cite their sources.

So if you can write articles that contain well-researched statistics, there’s a good chance you’ll get linked to from a high domain authority.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Create an Account and a Profile

Sign up for a free account at HARO (Help A Reporter Out).

Next, create a profile that showcases your accomplishments and your expertise, and if possible, some social proof (e.g. unique visitors per day, number of subscribers, followers etc).

You’ll get three emails a day from HARO requesting information from experts on a whole range of different topics.

Step 2: Respond to Enquiries

The 3 emails that HARO sends out each day are sent at 5:35am, 12:35pm, and 5:35pm (EST) Monday through Friday.

The journalists who submit these queries are working to very tight timeframes – often their article has to go live within a few hours. This means they’ll grab the first response that answers their query.

Let’s say there’s a query in the 12:35 pm email that’s right up your alley, but you don’t see the email until 1:00 pm, it will already be too late.

So you need to respond to the HARO queries literally within minutes.

Pro Tip: Here’s a tip about using HARO that I got from blogging guru Brandon Gaille. To make sure you’re never late responding to a query, set up an alarm on your smartphone for 5:35am, 12:35pm, and 5:35pm (EST), Monday through Friday.

Here’s an example of a HARO query I received:

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If you were able to successfully answer that query you would get a link from Ontraport which has a Domain Authority of 64:

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Not bad for a few minutes work!

2.8 Write Statistics Articles

Bloggers and journalists are always looking for hard facts that they can cite in their articles. It lends credibility to what they are saying. And they nearly always link back to the source of those facts.

So this is a good way to earn backlinks. And it’s more powerful than nearly all the other techniques I’ve reviewed in this article.

Why?

Because the other techniques will earn you just one backlink (broken link building gets you one backlink, HARO gets you one backlink,  resource page link building gets you one backlink).

But there’s no limit to the number of backlinks a statistics article will earn.

There are basically two ways of writing statistics articles:

  1. Go out and do original research and compile your own statistics
  2. Aggregate already published statistics

Method #2 is obviously much quicker than Method #1: all you do is search the web for facts and figures on a particular topic and put them all together.

Here are some ways you can add value and make the article uniquely yours:

1. Organize the facts and figures into categories of information (instead of presenting them as an unordered list of statistics) with headings for each category.

2. Create infographics that display in visual form the facts and figures you present in written form.

Tips for creating infographics:

1) Tall ‘skyscraper’ infographics are impressive to look at but they are hard for bloggers to insert into their articles. Create much smaller infographics that illustrate just one point, and your infographics will get used more often (resulting in more backlinks).

2) Always include the URL of your website at the foot of the infographic. With some online infographic makers (e.g. Venngage and Canva) you can make the URL a clickable hyperlink.

2.9 Write Testimonials

This is one of the easiest ways to get high authority backlinks. Businesses are constantly looking for testimonials.

And because they want to show that the testimonial is genuine, they’ll almost always link back to you, sometimes with a DoFollow link.

But there’s a catch: they want real testimonials from genuine customers. So make a list of all the plugins you use on your site.

You could also make a list of all the SaaS (Software as a Service) products you use. Here are some popular ones:

SEO tools

Influencer Outreach tools

Social Media Management tools

Online Content Research tools

Use MOZBar to check the domain authority of each site. Eliminate the sites with a DA of less than 30.

Then check to see if they publish testimonials. Use a search string such as: “company name” + testimonials or “company name” + “what our customers say”.

Then contact the website and offer your testimonial.

When writing your testimonial keep in mind these two key elements of a powerful testimonial. Include one or the other, and chances are your testimonial will be accepted:

  • Qualitative and personal – “this software solved months of frustration in an instant!”
  • Quantitative and objective – “your plugin resulted in a 300% increase in my organic traffic in just 60 days – awesome!”
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Gocardless for Freelancers

Best For

All businesses taking regular or recurring payments.

Product Details

Get paid on time, every time. GoCardless is bringing Direct Debit into the digital age, building the best system for taking recurring payments. We enable organisations to take recurring payments however and whenever they want to. We process 3 billion worth of transactions a year for more than 50,000 organisations: from accountancy firms to tech start-ups and global subscription businesses.

Contact Details

GoCardless

http://www.gocardless.com

Founded in 2011

Located in United Kingdom

GoCardless Pricing Overview

GoCardless pricing starts at $0.01 as a one-time payment, per user. They do not have a free version. GoCardless offers a free trial. See additional pricing details below.

Starting Price

  • $0.01/one-time/user
  • 1% + £0.20 per transaction.

Free Trial

  • Yes

Deployment

  • Installed – Mac
  • Installed – Windows
  • Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • iPhone / iPad
  • Android

Training

  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation

Support

  • 24/7 (Live Rep)
  • Online

GoCardless Features

Payment Processing

ACH Payment Processing

Billing & Invoicing

Cryptocurrency Processing

Data Security

Debit/Credit Card Processing

Electronic Signature

In-Person Payments

Mobile Payments

Multiple Payment Gateways

Online payment processing

PCI Compliance

POS Integration

Payment Fraud Prevention

Payment Processing

Payment Processing Services Integration

Recurring Billing

Reporting/Analytics

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Hiring a web design company.

Hiring a digital service provider can be confusing.

Who does what exactly?

Do you need a web developer? A website designer? An IT specialist? Or a graphic designer?

Googling “computer person” that does “internet stuff” doesn’t work. Digital service providers have different skill sets and different areas of expertise.

Web Developer

Web developers oversee and manage website projects similar to how a custom home developer is responsible for construction of a home from the design phase to completion.

With a custom home development project, the developer utilizes their own employees as well as subcontractors like plumbers and electricians to get the home built. The developer also quarterbacks everything to keep the project moving forward from start to finish, making sure things get done right and on time.

It’s the same thing with a web developer in the digital world.

From a technical perspective, the main responsibility of a web developer is website functionality — getting your site to do what you want it to do.

An experienced web developer knows how to integrate coding languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery as well as other digital technologies to produce the desired outcome for their client’s website.

Website Designer

Whereas a web developer is primarily concerned with website functionality, a website designer is focused on aesthetics. Their goal is to make a website visually appealing.

Website designers also focus on the usability of websites.

  • Is your site easy to navigate or does it confuse and frustrate your visitors?
  • Does your site provide the information your visitors are actually looking for?
  • Does your site instil confidence in prospective clients?
  • Is it easy for visitors to get in contact with you?
  • Does your site prompt your visitors to take some type of action and move them toward becoming a client? After all, you’re in business to serve clients and run a successful business, right?

Can a web developer and website designer be the same person or firm? Yes.

My office is a perfect example. Web development and website design are two separate things, but we do both.

IT Specialist

IT stands for “information technology” and an IT specialist usually has little or nothing to do with your website.

An IT specialist implements and maintains your company’s computer network. They also handle an organisations’s hardware, software, security issues, email systems, etc.

Even though I have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering I normally don’t touch IT stuff. It’s too specialized and complicated. I outsource that stuff to my IT guy.

And my IT guy refers web development projects to me for the same reasons I refer IT projects to him. Everyone focuses on what they do best. Digital technology is too sophisticated these days for any one person to know everything.

Graphic Designer

While the previous three professionals work with websites and computer systems, graphic designers specialize in creating custom graphics, logos and images. Their work can end up on your website as well as in traditional print media like brochures and catalogues.

A good graphic designer can take a basic concept and produce something unique and amazing that you never could have done on your own.

Graphic designers combine art with technology to convey a visual message about your company, your product, your service or your cause.

Often the difference between a good and great website is the quality of your visual elements. Good graphic design work can make you look like a pro and your competitors look like amateurs.

If it’s in your budget I always recommend using the services of an experienced graphic designer.