Website SEO Analysis – DesiccantPacks.org

Welcome to another of my SEO Website Reviews.

 

This is where you get to look over my shoulder as I look for potential roadblocks that might cause problems with indexation and/or ranking, as well as look at some on-page SEO factors as well as some competition analysis.

 

Grab one of your favorite beverages (depending on what time of day you’re watching this) – sit back, relax, and enjoy!

 

 

If you have any questions or comments please add them in the comments section below, thanks!

2 Responses to Website SEO Analysis – DesiccantPacks.org

  • Sergey says:

    Thank you for the review, I really appreciate your help on this! Also I’m happy that you made this review only recently, as I applied several changes in on-page SEO after submitting the SEO review form on your site, so you were able to see all these changes πŸ™‚

    If you don’t mind I would like to ask some questions:
    1) You said about the difference in quantity of pages in sitemap.xml and in the amount of pages indexed by Google. This difference is caused mostly by having tag cloud on the sidebar, so Google indexed tag pages like this one: http://desiccantpacks.org/tag/silica-gel/ . What would you suggest: to restrict search engine access to the tag pages, or to leave it as it is now as it wont make any harm to my rankings?
    2) I use content of my main post as content for the homepage, so seems like I have a duplicating content on the homepage and on this post’s direct link. Is it bad for SEO?
    3) I’m going to add Amazon affiliate widgets to this site. Recently I’ve read that people suggest to ‘hide’ links to affiliate products (Amazon, ClickBank etc.) from Google. Seems bad for me, but I would like to hear your thoughts on this.

    Also, not a questions actually, just some comments.
    a) You mentioned about the same H1 tag for all pages. WordPress theme I used for this website does not have H1 tag by default, and it uses H2 tags for post titles. So I added site title enclosed in H1 tag just to have H1 somewhere on the site. Adding site title in H1 is described in Google’s “Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide!” PDF, I hope this wont affect my rankings in a bad way πŸ™‚
    b) currently this site is on the 18-20 place in Google and on the 3rd place in Bing/Yahoo for its main keyword (for USA visitors). For now I haven’t done anything regarding off-page SEO but going to start this soon. This is the first website I’m trying to promote. When I get this site to the 1st page in Google (I’m pretty sure its doable, especially after such a great review πŸ™‚ ) then I’ll consider this as a small victory and as a sign to move further in my SEO research πŸ™‚
    c) annoying thing I noticed recently – there is a duplicating META description keyword on the homepage (one is added by WordPress engine, and another one is added by ‘All In One SEO pack’ plugin), and Google ‘sees’ the worst one πŸ™ Going to figure out how to remove one of them from the homepage – I’m developing custom PHP websites for 6 years, but still not good at WordPress stuff as I started to examine this CMS only 3 weeks ago.

    Again, thanks a lot for the review!

    • Internet Marketing Brain says:

      Hi – you’re welcome, I’m glad you found this video of your free SEO website review useful to you! πŸ™‚

      Yeah, you can make decisions about whether you want to have tag pages and others indexed by Google, and so far it would seem that the SEO plugin by Yoast (here is a link to his site, and you can find it in the WordPress plugins database too) – I think you’ll find that plugin (there are others, however) one of the best out there, but I also like the Core Tweaks plugin a lot for setting up a new WordPress site, and at the same time you can set the tag and category and I believe archive settings too.

      On that note, I don’t mind admitting I”m not a WordPress or PHP expert; I’m working to better understand all of WordPress’ workings but some things about it are a bit screwy to me, not being a developer – your experience with PHP will likely prove very helpful! In fact, I’m hoping that the WordPress folks will “clean up” some of the strange things that WordPress does that requires knowledge of PHP to be able to control, hopefully future releases will be more SEO friendly out of the box and require less plugins to control those functions.

      And, Yoast’s SEO plugin may also provide the answer to the description tag problem you mentioned as well.

      Regarding duplicate content between home page and main post: it’s best for SEO purposes to not have any posts or pages with the same content. For most of the sites I use WordPress as a CMS for, I don’t even use the blog function, just pages. You can see on this site I have pages but then a single page dedicated to posts / my blog. That’s just a preference I have for this site, and the only reason I moved from DreamWeaver to WordPress is because I’m a terrible designer, and managing a large (~100 page) site with DreamWeaver, even using templates or includes files, is just a pain in the butt to me. Okay so that’s 2 reasons… πŸ™‚

      Hiding affiliate links from Google: That’s a good question – there’s no SEOs I know of that advise this, but then most SEOs I know are agency-level doing work for small medium and large companies and are not concerned with affiliate marketing, per se. That said, Google employs huge teams of crazy-smart PhD’s and I suspect it’s just a matter of time before Google detects anything. Speaking from my own experience, I have plenty of sites with Amazon affiliate code / links / widgets on them some of which are or have ranked pretty high. So from my experience I haven’t seen any problems with that. Some rank without any backlinks, some have lost some ranking since the Panda updates, others have never ranked, others have increased in rank since Panda and there’s no reason why they should have compared to others. I’m afraid I don’t have a definitive answer based on what my sites are doing, it seems like there’s no patterns. I’d say put the affiliate links / widgets on there and see what happens. I doubt Google will care much if you do. Let me know!

      As for H1’s, the idea is that they should mirror or reflect or be highly related to the Meta Title tags, it’s just a way of signaling that “this page is about this” and of course that should be unique to each page / post. As a PHP programmer, you can likely change the theme’s code to make H1’s instead of H2’s, eh?

      Sincere good luck with your site(s), the more time I spend in SEO the more it seems like it makes sense to make sites that are super-high-quality. I can definitely say that my view on SEO has changed after working in an Agency doing SEO and I’m much less inclined to see manipulative SEO tactics as a good idea, for example, article spinning is really just polluting the web… hey,maybe that should be an upcoming blog post, what do you think?

      Glad you enjoyed your free SEO website review!
      David

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