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Why a WordPress site that isn’t mobile friendly is killing your traffic.

A WordPress site that isn’t mobile friendly will kill your traffic. Visitors using mobile devices will bounce. Search engines (Google especially) will notice the bounces and penalize your SEO ranking. Visitors with a bad experience will not return and they will definitely not share your content. 

 

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Are you losing SEO because your WordPress Site is not set to force https?

Are you sure that your WordPress site is set to force https? I was surprised to see Adsense warning me that my sites were not on https. I’ve had my four sites on https/ssl for over 2 years now. I did some simple tests and Adsense was correct My sites were NOT redirecting http to https. Fortunately there is a simple way to fix this. 

 

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Why should you prune your WordPress categories?

I have a site I’m trying to grow. It is this tech blog. Currently there are over 600 posts in 90 categories? I had to ask “Does it make sense to prune my WordPress Categories?” and “how many categories are too many?”

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Add Faveicons to your WordPress site

I fell into a bit of a rabbit hole. I previously had not bothered to create faveicons for my WordPress Sites. I was doing some work with the Redirection plugin and saw a lot of 404 entries for apple-touch faveicons. As I dove in I realized I should add them. 

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Using Google Lighthouse / PageSpeed Insights to benchmark your sites.

The Google Lighthouse PageSpeed insights tool can help you speed up your sites. Page speed is a critical ranking factor for Google. A page or site that loads slowly will be penalized. You can use some simple tools to get a benchmark of your site’s performance. 

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A Simple way to see when Google indexes your images.

If you have an image centric site, you probably wonder “How long does it take for images to get indexed”?  It would be nice to keep tabs on how long it takes for your images to show up in the Google Image index. Here is a simple way to do that. UPDATED Aug 2019

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