How to improve my website

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Good morning,

My authority style website, MoneySavingLisa.com, is in need of help!

It was not created with SEO in mind, however, is doing pretty well in terms of being found in search engines. Referral traffic is also great, since I connect with many Frugal bloggers and I'm linked back a lot. I'm wondering how I can improve my website in terms of SEO so that I can increase search engine rankings. I plan on cleaning up the site a little bit today, and adding a WP plugin to speed it up. It just hit PR 3 this last update and I'd like to keep it growing.

Some things that have worked wonders:
- Renaming ALT tag
- Wordpress plug ins (Platinum SEO, XML sitemaps)
- Contests with other bloggers
- I'm starting to guest post or co-write on other blogs

I'm also going to start blog advertising in April, and want to make sure they are getting their moneys worth in terms of visibility so I don't want it to look extremely cluttered.

Thanks!
#improve #website
  • Profile picture of the author Oliver Williams
    Your blog looks well put together I like it. It is also very content rich. Usually I have many suggestions but only one at the moment for you. At the bottom of your site where it says

    "Get smart with the Thesis WordPress Theme from DIYthemes."

    You can remove this by going into your dashboard and selecting "APPEARANCE" then EDITOR then on the side select FOOTER and remove the code. It looks more professional.

    There may be some onsite SEO that you could benefit from doing.

    Great Site
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    • Profile picture of the author MoneySavingLisa
      Originally Posted by Oliver Williams View Post

      Your blog looks well put together I like it. It is also very content rich. Usually I have many suggestions but only one at the moment for you. At the bottom of your site where it says

      "Get smart with the Thesis WordPress Theme from DIYthemes."

      You can remove this by going into your dashboard and selecting "APPEARANCE" then EDITOR then on the side select FOOTER and remove the code. It looks more professional.

      There may be some onsite SEO that you could benefit from doing.

      Great Site
      Thanks for the tip! I'll take a look into it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fezd
    Maybe some on site SEO. I noticed that your site loaded a bit slow, might be my internet connection (it's been acting up). Loading times can get you higher in the serps (maybe marginal, but everything adds up)
    I haven't read a lot on your site because i have little time to do so but try to use the keyword you are targeting more in your posts to get some keyword density if you haven't allready.

    Preben
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  • Profile picture of the author theebookcavern
    Hey Lisa - Following up on Fezd's point, your site does seem to load a little slowly for me too. Google does take load times into account when ranking websites. I noticed you said you were going to get a plugin to speed it up but I'd actually recommend 3:
    - WP Smush.It:- Great for compressing images and reducing their load time.
    - WP Super Cache:- Caches your blog pages and makes them load faster.
    - WP Minify:- Reduces the load time on scripts such as JS and CSS.

    Also, your links to RSS, Facebook, Twitter and Contact aren't loading up properly for me. I've tried refreshing the page a few times but can't get them to appear. There is text but no clickable links. It may be a browser issue, I'm not sure. I'm using Chrome if that helps.

    Finally, once the links to Facebook and Twitter are sorted, I'd give them a bit more exposure on the site. Try adding a larger Facebook and Twitter box to your sidebar and also highlighting to readers that they can follow you on Facebook or Twitter at the bottom of each post. I imagine something like this does really well on Facebook and Twitter as it's the kind of thing people would want to share with their friends and followers. Everybody loves a deal . So the more you shout about it on your site, the more chance you have of people following you.

    Hope this helps,

    Tom
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    • Profile picture of the author MoneySavingLisa
      Originally Posted by theebookcavern View Post

      Hey Lisa - Following up on Fezd's point, your site does seem to load a little slowly for me too. Google does take load times into account when ranking websites. I noticed you said you were going to get a plugin to speed it up but I'd actually recommend 3:
      - WP Smush.It:- Great for compressing images and reducing their load time.
      - WP Super Cache:- Caches your blog pages and makes them load faster.
      - WP Minify:- Reduces the load time on scripts such as JS and CSS.

      Also, your links to RSS, Facebook, Twitter and Contact aren't loading up properly for me. I've tried refreshing the page a few times but can't get them to appear. There is text but no clickable links. It may be a browser issue, I'm not sure. I'm using Chrome if that helps.

      Finally, once the links to Facebook and Twitter are sorted, I'd give them a bit more exposure on the site. Try adding a larger Facebook and Twitter box to your sidebar and also highlighting to readers that they can follow you on Facebook or Twitter at the bottom of each post. I imagine something like this does really well on Facebook and Twitter as it's the kind of thing people would want to share with their friends and followers. Everybody loves a deal . So the more you shout about it on your site, the more chance you have of people following you.

      Hope this helps,

      Tom
      Thanks! Actually the super cache one is what I was going to use but I'll check into all those. I do realize my site needs a better load time, so I'm going to clean up my side bars and what not to help that out.

      Yes the top icons don't load. They're being worked on and they were effected with the new wordpress update.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diice
    Originally Posted by MoneySavingLisa View Post

    Good morning,

    My authority style website, MoneySavingLisa.com, is in need of help!

    It was not created with SEO in mind, however, is doing pretty well in terms of being found in search engines. Referral traffic is also great, since I connect with many Frugal bloggers and I'm linked back a lot. I'm wondering how I can improve my website in terms of SEO so that I can increase search engine rankings. I plan on cleaning up the site a little bit today, and adding a WP plugin to speed it up. It just hit PR 3 this last update and I'd like to keep it growing.

    Some things that have worked wonders:
    - Renaming ALT tag
    - Wordpress plug ins (Platinum SEO, XML sitemaps)
    - Contests with other bloggers
    - I'm starting to guest post or co-write on other blogs

    I'm also going to start blog advertising in April, and want to make sure they are getting their moneys worth in terms of visibility so I don't want it to look extremely cluttered.

    Thanks!
    Hey Lisa,

    first of all, love the website! Relatively minimalistic but not too empty looking.

    I also had slow-ish loading times. Relating to your SEO, guest-posting would be perfect for your site, not only will it develop high quality backlinks. But it wall also give the impression that you are an authority in this niche. Make sure you get your picture in the guest-post or perhaps your site Logo. Build up a reputation and relationships with other blogs. It will pay-off in the long run

    Thanks,
    -Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author creativesnaps
    Your content is really good lots on there to hold interest, maybe good idea to remove some of the offers that have expired or put them at the bottom.
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  • Profile picture of the author fiberoptic
    Nice colors and logo design. Loads slow for me too, what's the bandwidth on your hosting service?
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  • Profile picture of the author derprinz
    it's all about Content and SEO !
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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor
    Nice-looking site, good work!

    I would, however, include more text content on the home page - this is what really matters for the home page to rank well. I see only have a bunch of text there, mostly just blog post snippets, I would maybe create a sticky post for the home page just as an introduction to the site as such.

    Also, what is the main keyword you are trying to rank for with the site? If you have that sorted out, I would make sure to include this keyword in the H1 tag on the home page.

    Trev
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  • Profile picture of the author Farish
    It seems that couponsforyourfamily.com is loading slow through your website and causing some issues.

    Also your google page speed is 78 out of 100, so there is definitely room for improvement.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hlatky
    The load time was fine for me. Here are a few things I noticed:

    - The dropdown menus on the right side of the page hid behind the Deal of the Day Amazon widget
    - The image above that Deal widget was broken on every page I saw, except the homepage
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    • Profile picture of the author dayu
      improve your title, keyword and meta description.
      backlink, dofollow, blog commenting, ping, register in social bookmarking
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