Still Struggling with my seo

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I have done a lot of the steps that have been suggested, thanks but I am still stuck on page 2-5 for most of my keywords.

I own beachandbeyondcarpetcare.com a carpet cleaning site in Virginia Beach Va, among other sites, I need some help with my rankings ! Preferably some consulting or just some detailed friendly advice.

1. 49 Page WordPress site. Installed yoast. All pages SEO correct .
2 .Site is responsive.
3. No Webmasters Issues.
4. LOTS of social site bookmarks and directory submissions.
5. 58 / 100 Desktop Speed Test
6. 43 / 100 Mobile Speed Test
7. Google Places Verified In 2 Cities.
8. Site is 5 Years Old .
9. Last Month Analytic (Sessions) 316 (Session Duration) 2:58 BR 69%
10.LOTS of internal linking.
11. High Volume And Niche Keywords . Rankings from 2 page on !!!
12.SEO Spreadsheet

I believe my problem could possibly backlinks, I am really not sure though !

Any help would greatly appreciated !

Thanks Mike
#backlinks #help. #seo #struggling
  • Profile picture of the author badut jenaka
    Your site speed could also the problem. Try to use cache plugin. Or if that still not make any improvement then change your website template or theme and use seo friendly themes (with the right page structure such as headings, links, etc), the different can be significant.
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    Originally Posted by Chromemike View Post

    I have done a lot of the steps that have been suggested, thanks but I am still stuck on page 2-5 for most of my keywords.

    I own beachandbeyondcarpetcare.com a carpet cleaning site in Virginia Beach Va, among other sites, I need some help with my rankings ! Preferably some consulting or just some detailed friendly advice.

    1. 49 Page WordPress site. Installed yoast. All pages SEO correct .
    2 .Site is responsive.
    3. No Webmasters Issues.
    4. LOTS of social site bookmarks and directory submissions.
    5. 58 / 100 Desktop Speed Test
    6. 43 / 100 Mobile Speed Test
    7. Google Places Verified In 2 Cities.
    8. Site is 5 Years Old .
    9. Last Month Analytic (Sessions) 316 (Session Duration) 2:58 BR 69%
    10.LOTS of internal linking.
    11. High Volume And Niche Keywords . Rankings from 2 page on !!!
    12.SEO Spreadsheet

    I believe my problem could possibly backlinks, I am really not sure though !

    Any help would greatly appreciated !

    Thanks Mike
    You don't have any strong backlinks pointing to your website. Directory submissions and social bookmarks are complete junk.
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    • Profile picture of the author tintinman
      Originally Posted by SEO Power View Post

      You don't have any strong backlinks pointing to your website. Directory submissions and social bookmarks are complete junk.

      he is right u need your niche related backlinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    I only took a quick look at the site.

    Why are you hosting the xml sitemap files on another domain?


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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
      Attracta is a company that provides a suite of SEO services usually sold through hosting companies. I am supposing one of the services is producing site maps.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by Mike Anthony View Post

        Attracta is a company that provides a suite of SEO services usually sold through hosting companies. I am supposing one of the services is producing site maps.

        A few reasons hosting an xml sitemap on another domain is a terrible idea:
        • Google will index an xml sitemap & include it when doing a site:domain.com search.
        • If I remember correctly (I'm not logged in), WMT sitemap verification doesn't allow the root domain to be changed when submitting a sitemap URL, which is a heads up to host the sitemap on the same domain.
        • Google will also use xml sitemap data for the SERPs. If the sitemap is hosted on another domain Google is going to associate the data with the other domain which isn't helping the domain trying to rank pages.
        • An xml sitemap can also have PR. I know PR is fading but it's proof enough that Google considers an xml file as basically a regular HTML webpage, since both can have PR, both are indexed, both can have data showing in the SERP title/description.
          • Examples:
            • PR6 = hxxp://golfweek.com/sitemap.xml
            • PR5 = hxxp://blog.turbotax.intuit.com/sitemap.xml
            • PR4 = hxxp://guardianlv.com/sitemap.xml
            • etc...

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        BTW, I'm sure all those PRs (PR6 - PR4) on the example sitemap.xml URLs above are created from only internal links because no other domain would link to an xml file like a sitemap. Goes to show the power of internal links, they can be just as strong as external links. Obviously the PR originated outside the domains, just saying it's easy to see internal links funneling PR in this case.
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        • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
          Originally Posted by yukon View Post

          A few reasons hosting an xml sitemap on another domain is a terrible idea:.
          Oh I am not saying that you should I am just saying thats how it came to be there. Attracta offers a lot of services that are questionable but they get sales by selling through web hosts.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chromemike
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      I only took a quick look at the site.

      Why are you hosting the xml sitemap files on another domain?


      Fixed ! I must have done it years ago by mistake , any other help ? Thanks Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    You've made 301 redirects, but you didn't correct the URLs on the live webpages with live links pointing to the dead webpages.

    Example, this page (URL 1) still includes a link to a page that doesn't exist (URL 2). Sure the 301 redirects but it's very sloppy on-page.
    1. hxxp://www.beachandbeyondcarpetcare.com/water-damage-solutions-virginia-beach/
    2. hxxp://www.beachandbeyondcarpetcare.com/water-damage-solutions-in-virginia-beach/

    That example doesn't even redirect to the correct page.

    Run Screaming Frog on the site, sort by 301s & cleanup all the dead links (In Links) on the live webpages. Double check & correct the 301 redirects so they all point to the correct URLs.
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  • Profile picture of the author jezter6
    Originally Posted by Chromemike View Post

    I have done a lot of the steps that have been suggested, thanks but I am still stuck on page 2-5 for most of my keywords.


    1. 49 Page WordPress site. Installed yoast. All pages SEO correct .
    2 .Site is responsive.
    3. No Webmasters Issues.
    4. LOTS of social site bookmarks and directory submissions.
    5. 58 / 100 Desktop Speed Test
    6. 43 / 100 Mobile Speed Test
    7. Google Places Verified In 2 Cities.
    8. Site is 5 Years Old .
    9. Last Month Analytic (Sessions) 316 (Session Duration) 2:58 BR 69%
    10.LOTS of internal linking.
    11. High Volume And Niche Keywords . Rankings from 2 page on !!!
    12.SEO Spreadsheet
    Size doesn't matter. Most of your competitors are doing fine with about 5 pages (including home).

    Social bookmarks and directories are certainly not helping. Most social junk is nofollow anyway, which won't improve your rank any, and directories can be toxic links if it's a junk directory.

    Are those stats "good" stats or are those with Russian hacker/spammer sessions? I dont know your keyword volume across the ~10 keywords it appears you are targetting, but the main "carpet cleaning virginia beach" was something like ~500/mo. Assuming that average across all keywords (at least doubt many of them are much higher than that)...you're probably not doing too bad off if those analytics stats are from Virginia based searchers considering you're on page 2.


    I think your site speed is TERRIBLE. Change your theme back to something basic and run the speed tests again and see how it improves. If it's drastic - then it's your theme that is the problem. That alone may not be what rockets you from page 2 to page 1, but it can't hurt.

    Personally, your header rows then logo then full screen ginormous images leave little to be desired. Don't know how you get a 2:58 session duration on a 69% bounce rate, but I'm guessing visitors look at your page and they don't see anything USEFUL without scrolling and back out. Do some further research on your analytics and see if you can find out where people are coming in from, where they're landing, and where they're going to move from page to page.

    Also make sure those analytics stats don't include YOU hanging out on your site for an hour at a time.

    So aside from it looking fairly busy, you're leaving a lot of good content way down below the fold in junk town that people aren't going to see.

    I don't see the point for the header + centered image + slider. You're losing prime screen real estate space for pretty pictures and logos.

    Your theme is also missing an H1 tag for your main page. Again, that alone isn't going to magically fix your ranking, but not having one isn't helping your cause any.

    Someone with better over-optimization experience might be able to chime in, but that putting "<keyword> Virginia Beach" in every link on the homepage just looks like you're trying to battle the search engines. I don't know personally if all that extra "Virginia Beach" stuff will get you caught in a non-WMT advertised penalty -- but it looks like crap.

    Get a theme or a plugin that will (or just use an HTML widget) get schema data set up for your address fields.
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  • Profile picture of the author enterprisemind
    You might want to research/spy the backlinks of the site owner that has the number one spot and see if you can apply for some similar backlinks. Especially if they are "DoFollow" backlinks. Those are vital.
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  • I think you need to review your seo again from some other guy as it will help you a lot. Also, analyzing your website for keywords which you are targeting with content in the website. I would suggest you to include targeted keywords in social media netowrks such as Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest and others.

    Also, focus on blogs...because SEO is more about quality content for your users than Google.

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    Needal
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  • Profile picture of the author larrypaul
    Try to look for Page Speed, visitor usability parameters.With the help of this you can surely increase the SEO for the website
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  • I don't know whether this is the right place to ask questions about forum marketing. may I know how it helps websites to get sales or anything else?
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    • Profile picture of the author nettiapina
      I see only five backlinks that are ok, the rest are not helping. Hopefully you've not spend too much time building these. Note that I'm using Majestic so I probably would not see all links or the latest ones.

      There's a huge blob of CSS in the HTML of the site. I'd have that as an external file. Once the file has been loaded with the first request to your site there's no need to download that any more.

      Good points from jezter6 and others, so here's definitely something for you to try.


      Originally Posted by fiverrurassistant View Post

      I don't know whether this is the right place to ask questions about forum marketing. may I know how it helps websites to get sales or anything else?
      Somebody else's thread is never the right place to ask unrelated questions. Go find the right forum from the front page, and post your own thread there.
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      Links in signature will not help your SEO. Not on this site, and not on any other forum.
      Who told me this? An ex Google web spam engineer.

      What's your excuse?
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    • Profile picture of the author Binujha
      Improve your page speed. Yours is a local business. So concentrate on NAP consistency, GPS listing, local business listing, Citation, Classified Ads. Build some relevant quality backlinks.
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