An Honest – SiteGround Hosting Review

SiteGround is a professional hosting company that has been in business since 2004.

They are one of the oldest and most well-known hosting companies out there, which makes them a prime choice for most individuals looking to build a website. Despite being headquartered in Bulgaria, they are able to offer their services to site owners worldwide. SiteGround offers a range of high-end hosting solutions from cloud-based servers to dedicated server options.

With a large assortment of hosting services available, SiteGround is a leader in the hosting industry. They provide custom software to entrepreneurs looking to grow a startup as well as a comprehensive customer support angle that makes getting assistance quick, easy and convenient. In fact, when compared to most other hosting companies on the web, SiteGround takes the cake for their customer service department. SiteGround offers a full spectrum of hosting features, which includes cPanel with SSH access, Cloudfare and an unlimited amount of MySQL databases complete with usable bandwidth. Continue reading

Cyber Monday Deals for SEOs and Affiliate Marketers 2016

There are a lot of Cyber Monday deals to be had this week on SEO and online marketing tools so I’ve compiled a list of a few of my favourites. If you are on the look out for some new tools to add to your marketing tool kit then look no further…

Happy Bargain Hunting!

URL Profiler* –  Patrick has set-up an exclusive offer for you all to get a 30% discount off URL Profiler with the coupon code BF30 which is valid until November 28th, you can read my review of URL Profiler.

WordAI* have a huge 50% discount on offer –  you can grab a copy of this awesome article rewriter for just $297, no coupon needed. Available until Monday November 28th.

Long Tail Pro* – From November 27th – 30thLong Tail Pro will be $50 off, making the price just $47. Lifetime Long Tail Platinum will be $100 off, selling for $297. Long Tail Pro lets you find 800+ keywords from one seed word, as well as any available domain names and for just $17p/m there are a whole load more features such as the ability to bulk check 10,000 keywords at a time and get the SERP competitiveness score which works well in combination with Keyword Snatcher*.

SEMRush Pro* Get 50% off SEMrush Pro for the first month for new customers November 27th – 30th. This tool is invaluable when it comes to researching your competitor’s organic and paid search keywords and strategies.

Ninja Outreach – a blogger outreach software perfect for influencer marketing. Empower your PR team to find and outreach to bloggers. Get 35% off for life on Ninja Outreach.* – For only $297 you get an entire YEAR long subscription giving you full access to the forum, tools and training without any monthly fees. The deal is pretty insane, if you jump on it you’ll save over $450 on your BHS membership.

OptinMonster * – if you are looking for a great new optin box to capture all of your visitors email addresses then you’ll get 35% off at checkout on OptinMonster if use the coupon code BF2016.

Accuranker – are offering a staggering 75% off on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These offers are only available on Black Friday (27th of November) and Cyber Monday (30thof November) – not for the full weekend – so don’t miss out. For Black Friday: enter code BF75OFF at the checkout. For Cyber Monday the code will be CM75OFF.

Advanced Web Ranking* – are back with their Black Friday offers again. Get 20% off AWR cloud and 50% off the desktop tool. – Loganix is a premium citation and link building service. Improve your local, or organic ranking with their one of a kind service. They are offering Black Friday coupons on four of their premium services:

  • Loganix, Loganix+ and Social Citations, use coupon: BFCITATIONS (25% Discount)
  • Citation Cleanup Service, use coupon: BFCLEANUP (40% Discount)

WP Engine* – the team at WP Engine are giving a 30% discount off of their managed WordPress hosting if you use their coupon code CYBERWPE

Hostgator* – are offering 55-75% discounts on their hosting packages with prices starting at $1.98 per month for their shared hosting. Their shared hosting is great for small niche affiliate sites and service is quite reliable.

iClickandHost – This Thanksgiving you can transfer to iClickandHost’s web hosting service with a 15% discount for life! Use the coupon THANKS at checkout. The code is case sensitive and will expire November 29th.

SEO Powersuite* – $500 off the full SEO Powersuite package. Includes SEO Spyglass, Link Assistant and Rank Tracker.

Yoast SEO Premium – Save $20 on the popular Yoast SEO Premium plugin for WordPress! Price is already adjusted on site so no coupons needed.

Buzz Bundle* – Save up to 50% on Buzz Bundle was £159 now £79. If you are running lots of Social Media campaigns and watch a variety of forum profiles to monitor for mentions of your brand then this is the tool you need.

MyThemeShop – all of their themes and plugins are just $19, use coupon code TheMTSDeal until 1st December

Tesla Themes –  Offer:  50% OFF all WordPress Themes and Subscription Plans  Coupon Code:  50OFF  Valid from 26/11/2015 till 02/12/2015. 

Thirsty Affiliates – Cloak affiliate links and get organised with your affiliate marketing. ThirstyAffiliates will create pretty links from ugly affiliate links. Get 30% off this weekend.

Pretty Link Pro – Enjoy 10-20% off Pretty Link Pro between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, friends don’t let friends blog with uncloaked affiliate links.

iThemes Toolkit – “With the Toolkit, you get our entire library of plugins, themes and training
+ everything we release during your membership year for one amazing low price.” Offer: 50% OFF the WordPress Web Designer’s Toolkit (Entire Library of Themes, Plugins & Training) Coupon Code: SAVEBIG50  Valid from now until 30/11/2015. They are also offering 40% off site wide with coupon code:  JINGLEWP40  

99Robots – Get 50% off of all the products, including 22 WordPress plugins for publishers that help with lead generation, page peel advertising, interstitial overlays, content sharing, fancy quotes, author lists, tags, notification bars, and more using the code BLACKFRIDAY50. This deal expires Monday, November 30th at midnight EST.

Knowem – lets you to check for the use of your brand, product, personal name or username instantly on over 500 popular and emerging social media websites. There’s a 20% discount on their packages.

Udemy – whether you finally want to learn to code, get better at stats or improve your online marketing knowledge then there are some amazing deals on offer for Udemy training courses.

NameCheap – “Namecheap’s Annual Black Friday/Cyber Monday Super-Sale is almost here! This year, for two entire days — Nov. 27th and 30th — we’re laying out  $10 million worth of savings like a sumptuous holiday banquet. The discounts will be deep and the deals change hourly to keep you on your toes.”

Best of the Web – Get 50% off your directory listing on Best of the Web from now through December 6th using discount code CYBER50.

Feedly is one of the industry’s most popular feed (RSS) reader tools. They are offering 30% off your first year of Feedly Pro. Having Feedly pro allows you to integrate other apps like Buffer and Hootsuite to make your social scheduling easy.

WP Rocket – one of the best caching plugins for WordPress are celebrating by offering you 35% OFF all WP Rocket license upgrades!  If you were thinking about upgrading your licence, then now is the PERFECT TIME. All you have to do is use the coupon: BF2015  This sale is good through 11:59pm EST Monday November 30th.

Piktochart – They are offering 70% off their annual pro subscription, for creating amazing infographics, for 36 hours from November 29, 2015 12:00 PM EST until November 30, 2015 23:59 PM EST.

I will update this list as I find more offers – please feel free to contact me with offers you discover!

Some of these products include affiliate links, but they are all products I have used and recommend.

Speeding up Image Link Reclamation

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret.

Infographics aren’t dead – it’s just you’re all really crap at making them.

I’ll let that sink in a little…

Now that we have that out of the way, lets talk about a tactic you can use for the rare occasion that you make a decent infographic and it gets you a couple of hundred links to your Payday loan site. When that happens it feels great doesn’t it.

However as we all know most webmaster won’t use our lovely embed codes that we spent ages in adding to the bottom of our blog posts so that we could get some of those lovely external linking signals to our website.

If you are an SEO you are lazy are great at semi-automating processes so that’s what this quick tutorial will cover. Continue reading

The Big Guide to Shopify SEO

Shopify is an affordable eCommerce platform favoured by many small businesses who want to get started with selling niche products online. It’s believed that Shopify currently powers in excess of 30,000 websites and helped to ship over 20 million items to date.

The eCommerce platform allows users to easily and quickly create their own online store without all the technical work involved in developing their own website, or the huge expense of having someone else build one.

This guide is designed for SEO’s and competent webmasters who have some understanding of implementing code to websites. I don’t plan to cover off all of the basics of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) but if you are at all interested in learning more about SEO before tackling the tasks on your Shopify site then please feel free to check out the resources that I recommend below:

Periodic Table Of SEO Ranking Factors

SEOmoz – Beginners Guide to SEO

Remember to back up your theme files and any code before making any amendments!!

Redirect non-www to www

Google and the major search engines consider and as different websites. This can mean that the search engines will have difficulty determining which version of your site to index. It can also mean that if your website has been linked to from different websites and blogs using a combination of the two URLs you are diminishing the value of the links pointing to your site.

To resolve this you need to create a 301 redirect.

On your Preferences go to the DNS & Domains page, check the option for “always redirect customers here” beside your primary domain – this will then make sure your customers and also the search engines visit the correct site.

Redirect Old Pages

If you no longer stock an item then you may want to redirect your customers and the search engines to an alternative product or category page. It’s very important that you redirect rather than return a 404 Not Found especially for pages that may have links from other websites pointing to them.

Luckily Shopify have given us a very easy to use tool for this. You can find the Redirect feature in your Navigation tab in the admin, at the bottom of the page.

You can also use this feature if you are moving your eCommerce store to Shopify from a different CMS.

Shopify URL’s, Title Tags and Alt Tags

Write title tags for humans; format them for search engines.

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Parasite Google Results Pages

Well since I published this post Google have since made some edits to their robots.txt file which means this no longer works 🙁

I can’t recall seeing this before but it appears that some people have stumbled upon a way to use Google’s own search results pages as a Parasite.

Screenshot 2014-09-08 09.13.17

Here’s the results page if it is still working! But it appears the additional “/” in the URL is causing some of the confusion and causing them to appear.

Screenshot 2014-09-08 10.37.24

And clicking on the results sends you on an eternal SERP loop – great UX Google!

So all you wannabe Growth Hackers why not give it a shot and kick-start ranking your Black Friday Coupon Codes using Google’s own results- today!

Thanks to Rob Duckers for sharing