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Is anyone using Showit that has changed the title? When I view Page source, “SHOWIT” is between the two <title>’s but on my page is either my biz name or my keywords. Stuck over here!
Wooh! Done. Here’s my three pages I just finished: https://www.chriskeeleyphotography.com/5-tips-to-select-your-wedding-dress, https://www.chriskeeleyphotography.com/ideal-wedding-day-timeline, https://www.chriskeeleyphotography.com/printed-product-options
Manta site told me that there are several other sites with inconsistent NAP and that Manta can fix it for $100. Do you recommend this?
Here’s one of the 5 pages I created. The other 4 are all linked on a menu on this page:
Nice work. I like how you have organized your site.
Good evening, I have created several galleries. Do the image names apply to the gallery photos or only photos that I would use for blog entries? I’m guessing I should rename all my images, but wanted to double check.
As an example, I have a gallery titled “Landscapes”. Should I title all images, “Landscape | (location) – (number)”?
Thank you so much. I’m learning a great deal.
Whatever images are displayed should be named properly. Having some here and there with improper naming is not a huge deal though.
In Addition to carrying out the Tasks of week 2, I submitted my Webpage to some Swiss Business directories.
http://www.beckysteffensphotography.com. I’m still not sure if I did the initial title correctly, but I think I did
My site is showit, and I’m trying to figure out whether putting images into galleries negates putting the keywords in filenames – thoughts? As my site stands, almost all of the images outside of blogposts are within galleries.
From my understanding and research, having your keywords in the filenames of your images is still best practice, even in image galleries.
Would it be better to have them individually on the page rather than in a gallery though? I’m not sure I have the know-how to make that look as pretty, but if it makes a huge SEO difference, I’m willing to try
Couple of questions: 1) Should our image title be the same as our alt text title 2) It was hard to incorporate the keyword I wanted to rank for in my copy so it’s on the footer of my homepage. Will that work?
1) Alt Text – I usually use the same name for both (minus the dashes for the alt text)
2) Footer Keyword – In a perfect world, you would have the keywords in the body of the home page. However, there are plenty of websites that rank well without it. As with everything we’re going to be doing, it’s just one of many factors.
Done and I have created most of the sites already but can create more if needed.
I have a question about step 3 – I have a squarespace site and instead of replacing all of my images with renamed ones (cause all of them have names like IMG_0123!), will it work the same to title them through squarespace and then have the title hidden on each image? I put keywords in the metadata of each image, would that have a similar effect as naming the image with a keyword? Thanks!
The best practice is to include keywords in the file names themselves. Titles, meta data and alt text will help, but the actual image name is important according to best SEO practices. I believe you ARE able to change the names of uploaded files in squarespace (unless things have since changed) https://answers.squarespace.com/questions/76377/how-can-i-change-the-filenames-of-images-in-galleries.html
A quick question regarding the site title. I use a squarespace site, and the site title is used instead of a logo. Currently it is set to my studio name (Matthew Calleja Photography). Changing it to options 1 or 2 simply doesn’t look good on my site. Any other suggestions maybe? By the way, loving the content so far. Very helpful!
I agree if you’re using your site name as your logo then you should NOT use options 1 or 2. Your options are to 1) use a logo – you can get a pretty cheap one done these days or create your own using a clean font or 2) just sticking with your studio name only. It’s important to remember that all of these individual tasks and tips are part of a much bigger whole. So if you don’t have your keyword in your home page title, you CAN still rank well for it. It’s just one of many factors.
Hi there guys. If I am not from US, I am from Romania, do I still do accounts on the platforms you mentioned? (Manta, Hotfrog, Kudzu, Yellow Bot Sign In) . On Creative Live I have already.
Hi Andy: Great question! If they offer options to list your business in any of these directories, then it’s probably worth the link. If you can find free business directories for Romania, then I would highly suggest listing on those. Also, search for free business directories in Europe as well.
One more question, the new pages we are creating, should they be linked in the navigation of the website somewhere or set as secondary unlinked pages?
If they are finished and good looking, then yes, you can either link from the menu if it makes sense or find a way to link in-content (within your text) on the home page.
Should my images on my home page only have the main keyword as the image name and alt text suggested or should I carry on using other keywords that I have already used?
Just the main keyword + related keywords + synonyms will give you the best chance of ranking for that keyword. If you’d like to try to rank for multiple on your home page, you can target one or two more. But much like shooting photography, you don’t want to “spray and pray” your keywords and try to rank for everything.
The Kudzu website is closed. And Manta only allows businesses in the US (I am in Switzerland).
Hi David Schmid Thanks for letting me know. Please skip those (and any other non international directories we list in the future)
Can I use my blog for the pages targeting niche keywords (task 3) or should I make these pages independently of the blog on my website?
yeah had the same question. Interested in knowing which would be best…
Is your blog part of your main domain? If so, then yes.
Done! I thought these were coming on Mondays ;D
Just giving you guys a headstart! :)
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