Spring-Cleaning: 3 Things You Can Do for Your Site Right Now

Spring is in the air and we’re here to give your old stuffy marketing efforts a spring cleaning with the latest in website promotional technology.

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Nobody loves to do cleaning. That is why WebCEO wants to do it instead of you! All you need is to sign up for a Free WebCEO Plan if you still don’t have one and add a website you want to analyze.

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Can Low Quality but Organic Links Hurt Your SEO?

Our Support Angels were asked an interesting question recently: can low quality but absolutely organic links ruin SEO and decrease rankings.

To answer the question we should first understand what is the difference between “low quality” and “low authority” backlinks.

Low quality links are the links that can ruin rankings. These links are usually created to manipulate search engine results and can’t be called organic. These links are usually created for search engines, not human searchers and are placed on sites no real people visit. These links can and probably will hurt your rankings if the majority of your backlinks are low quality.
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SEO in Brief: Is Ranking Still Important?

Q: After the Google Panda and Penguin updates my rankings decreased. I am afraid that this Hummingbird algorithm will bring nothing good too. Isn’t it better to forget about rankings and concentrate on social media?

First of all, remember that rankings don’t matter so much as conversions. You get conversions when your site receives targeted traffic. Below you can see the main sources that can bring traffic to a website.

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SEO in Brief: Be Where Your Prospects Search For You

Google Keyword Tool is no longer available for public use; you can use Google Keyword Planner Instead. The new feature that all local businesses like about this new Google Planner is the ability to target by city, region or country. That is why we’ve decided to talk about local optimization more.

Local optimization is all about being where your prospects are. This means you should remember that a large portion of your potential clients search for products and companies in local directories. Modern local directories grew from old-school yellow pages and now have rather solid brands and budgets to get targeted traffic. They also do well in organic search. If you tried to get high rankings for a specific local term, you should understand why your business needs to be in as many local directories as possible.
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SEO in Brief: How to Remove URLs from Search Engine Indices

Q: I think my website was hit by the Google Panda update because of low quality articles we had. How can I remove the URLs from a search engine index?

First of all you can use the Noindex Metatag, which is understood by most search engines. To implement it, place the following code on the page you want to remove:

<META NAME=”ROBOTS” CONTENT=”NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW”>

The Noindex Metatag prevents the page from being indexed. The page itself will still be crawled, though the search engines may visit it less often over time.

The following method of removing a web page may be better from the SEO point of view:
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