Everybody knows that since the introduction of the new Caffeine index, Google is able to update its site indexing within hours and even minutes. Long gone are the days when we were shown some outdated “caption” of the website content that turned out as no longer present on the page. Different was the case with images, as Google Image Search indexing was still lagging behind. It could take a month or so for the recently added image to appear in Google Image Search results.
It appears Google, in its efforts to produce real time results, is now addressing this “problem”. Several users, who are following Google image indexing closely, have reported a major improvement in this field, stating that the new images are being indexed more fluently, appearing in Google Image Search results with a delay of several days only. This is yet another proof that non-textual content is becoming more and more popular among users, making it essential for proper SEO.
Having used Google’s Website Optimizer for client’s before, I thought we would share our experience from this week when we decided to run some experiments for the li’l engine blog – running WordPress version 2.8.
In a previous article I discussed the importance of niches for a site or blog’s success. However, many people build their sites without having a niche in mind, because they either don’t know any better or they simply don’t care much for the consequences. While some of them will eventually modify their content in order to fit it in a niche, others will still prefer having a general/miscellaneous site. If you belong in the latter category, you may be wondering what you can do to drive traffic to your pages.
Well, all is not lost. Here are some tips to help you get some search engine love, retain visitors and increase pageviews:
1. Pretend that each page on your site is a sort of mini site on a specific niche — and optimise it accordingly. Make sure that the page’s title is highly optimised and relevant to its topic. The description meta tag, the alt tags and the written content should all contain related keywords. If you want to cover a different subject, create a new page for it, instead of cramming it into an existing one. (more…)