Sorry, Google Bard Doesn’t Owe you Citations

When Google announced they were releasing a competitor to ChatGPT and Microsoft's AI, SEOs worldwide panicked. Lily Ray - a vocal member of the SEO community - has tweeted non-stop about her outrage that Google and Microsoft would "steal" publisher's content without attribution. After all, most … [Read more...]

Use ChatGPT AI for SEO Structured Data Schema!

Structured data has been a thorn in my side for years. There's always some syntax error or a line that doesn't validate. Often, there's a missing field like aggregaterating, and of course, Google keeps changing its recommendations. But with ChatGPT, I no longer need to know fiddle with JSON-LD … [Read more...]

Google’s “Content Ideas” is Useful for Fleshing Out your Niche

This morning, I got an email from Google about their new, experimental "Content Ideas" tool on the Google Search Console. Here's a screenshot: Google Content Ideas Clicking the link, I saw this report: Long-Tailed Keywords for Topics in your Niche You can see a new "Content ideas" link … [Read more...]

Why You Should Update the Year in Page Titles: Ignore Mueller!

As we approach the end of the year, Google's John Mueller continues with the tradition of scaring us into not changing the page title to reflect the New Year. Take a look at his response to a tweet asking him about it: Google's John Mueller … [Read more...]

How to Use Impact Sub IDs for Affiliate Link Tracking

Impact allows you to track custom parameters for the affiliate links you create via a "Sub ID". Unfortunately, the documentation isn't clear on how to use it, so here's a step-by-step guide with screenshots. Related to Affiliate Tracking: HostGator India Affiliate Program Ends How to … [Read more...]

[Fix] URL is Not on Google Search Console (Sitemap Issue)

I request indexing through the Google Search Console whenever I publish a post. But sometimes Google doesn't index it even after a few days, and I get the message "URL is not on Google". Below, under "Page indexing", I see the following error: Page is not indexed: URL is unknown to … [Read more...]

How to Force Google to Crawl a 3rd Party Website

Let's say you scored a juicy backlink from a great site, and you're waiting for Google to crawl it on its own - but it's just not happening. Usually, you can use the Google Search Console to only crawl pages on your own site. But here's a technique to force Google to crawl a third-party … [Read more...]

How to Add a Cloudflare noindex X-Robots-Tag

Here's how to add a Cloudflare "noindex" tag to your pages using the X-Robots-Tag response header. This solution works for all sites, including those on WordPress. Related to Cloudflare: Cloudflare Rule to Block WordPress Spam How to Fix Cloudflare Blocking REST API Requests How … [Read more...]

Alternatives to the Free Ahrefs “Organic Keywords” Movement Report

On the 20th of September 2022, Ahrefs retired the free "Organic Keywords" report, including the "New" and "Movements" tabs. Previously, you could access them by clicking on the left-hand side links like this: Organic Keywords Movement Report Instead, they redirect users to the "Calendar … [Read more...]

“HTTPS Not Evaluated” Error Can Fix Itself

After I published a post yesterday, I got the following error in the Google Search Console (GSC): "HTTPS not evaluated", under the "HTTPS is invalid and might prevent it from being indexed" link as shown here: HTTPS is Invalid and might prevent it from being indexed After clicking the … [Read more...]